Samsung HW-Q60R vs Samsung HW-N650

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

HW-Q60R vs HW-N650 comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q60R
5
Samsung HW-N650
7.6
4
8
Multichannel surround
6
6

Samsung HW-Q60R vs Samsung HW-N650 review

Samsung HW-Q60R
vs
Samsung HW-N650

Against the background of the increasing popularity of soundbars, the comparison of Samsung HW-Q60R and Samsung HW-N650 takes place. And based on the available data, we can conclude that HW-N650 has better sound and performance than HW-Q60R. According to the results of our comparison, HW-Q60R received 5 points out of 10 possible, and HW-N650 was rated 7.6 points.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q60R over Samsung HW-N650

  • Available the Apple Music service

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Samsung HW-Q60R

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The HW-Q60R is rated 8 of 10 against 7 for the HW-N650 according to the audio features rating.

HW-Q60R
8
HW-N650
7

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-Q60R and the HW-N650.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. The number of channels in the considered devices is the same - 5.1. There is no difference in output power, the soundbars have 360 (overall) W.

HW-Q60R HW-N650
Built-in channels5.15.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W360 (overall)360 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
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. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

HW-Q60R HW-N650
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 multichannel sound reproduction capabilities of the soundbars were rated 6 out of 10.

HW-Q60R
6
HW-N650
6

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. If we look at the models in terms of Dolby Atmos support, then none of these soundbars can work with this technology.

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. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is not implemented in any of the soundbars in this comparison.

HW-Q60R HW-N650
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Digital SurroundDTS Virtual:X, DTS TruSurround

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.

HW-Q60R
0
HW-N650
10

The popular Spotify service is available on the HW-N650.

HW-Q60R HW-N650
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, 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-Q60R was rated 6 out of 10, and Samsung HW-N650 was rated 7 out of 10.

HW-Q60R
6
HW-N650
7

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. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

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 HW-Q60R has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HW-N650 got 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

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 basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

HW-Q60R HW-N650
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output1/11/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/01/0
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 HW-N650 has its own remote control application. Only Samsung HW-N650 has 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-N650 has the ability to use a multiroom system.

HW-Q60R HW-N650
Voice control
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HW-Q60R HW-N650
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in110 x 5.8 x 9.9/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9
Weight, kg/pounds3.5/7.93.1/7.9
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