Samsung HW-Q800T vs Sonos Beam

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Rating 5 5

HW-Q800T vs Beam comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q800T
8.2
Sonos Beam
6
10
8
Multichannel surround
10
4

Samsung HW-Q800T vs Sonos Beam review

Samsung HW-Q800T
vs
Sonos Beam

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of Samsung HW-Q800T and Sonos Beam. It shows us that the HW-Q800T is a better choice as a home soundbar than the Beam. According to the results of our comparison, HW-Q800T received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and Beam was rated 6 points.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q800T over Sonos Beam

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Supports external media connection via USB
  • HDMI ARC supports

Advantages Sonos Beam over Samsung HW-Q800T

  • We do not know advantages

Audio features

The HW-Q800T is rated 7 of 10 against 6 for the Beam according to the audio features rating.

HW-Q800T
7
Beam
6

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the HW-Q800T and the Beam.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the HW-Q800T has 3.1.2 channels, while the Beam has 3.0 channels.

HW-Q800T Beam
Built-in channels3.1.23.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W330 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. The HW-Q800T comes with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

HW-Q800T Beam
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The HW-Q800T received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Beam, in the same category, earned 4 out of 10 points.

HW-Q800T
10
Beam
4

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Samsung HW-Q800T.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in HW-Q800T.

HW-Q800T Beam
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Digital Surroundhas not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. For the ability to work with streaming services, the HW-Q800T received 5 points, and the Beam - 6 on a 10-point scale.

HW-Q800T
5
Beam
6

The popular Spotify service is available on the HW-Q800T.

HW-Q800T Beam
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, Tuneln, Chromecast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Samsung HW-Q800T was rated 9 out of 10, and Sonos Beam was rated 6 out of 10.

HW-Q800T
9
Beam
6

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on both devices.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The competitors in this comparison has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is a feature unique to Samsung HW-Q800T.

HW-Q800T Beam
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)01
NFC
HDMI input/output1/01/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The ability to control the soundbar using the application is implemented in each of the competitors. Both soundbars have a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. The HW-Q800T has the ability to use a multiroom system.

HW-Q800T Beam
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HW-Q800T Beam
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in96.5 x 5 x 10.1/38.6 x 2.4 x 4.565 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/7.92.8/6.2

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