Yamaha YSP-5600 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Yamaha YSP-5600
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YSP-5600 vs Samsung HW-K850. The Yamaha YSP-5600 was rated 8, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, input, volume down, volume up, power for the YSP-5600 and power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-K850.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that YSP-5600 has 7.1.2 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 90 versus 350 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YSP-5600. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YSP-5600 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the YSP-5600. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YSP-5600 versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the YSP-5600, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the YSP-5600 at 9 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the YSP-5600 provides a device control application. The Yamaha YSP-5600 equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha YSP-5600 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. The YSP-5600 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The YSP-5600 was rated 7/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha YSP-5600 over Samsung HW-K850

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YSP-5600
8
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
8
4
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Common

Product

Yamaha YSP-5600
Samsung HW-K850

Model

YSP-5600
HW-K850

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

47
81

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

input, volume down, volume up, power
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.2
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

90
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

4/1
2/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

91.4 x 20.3 x 10.2/36 x 8.5 x 4.8
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

11.3/25.8
6.6/14.7
Yamaha YSP-5600
Samsung HW-K850
Yamaha YSP-5600
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 5.6
  • 8Yamaha YSP-5600
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Yamaha YSP-5600 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YSP-5600 price