Sony HT-X9000F vs Samsung HW-N950

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Rating 5 5

HT-X9000F vs HW-N950 comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-X9000F
7
Samsung HW-N950
8.6
2
10
Multichannel surround
9
7

Sony HT-X9000F vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Sony HT-X9000F
vs
Samsung HW-N950

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of Sony HT-X9000F and Samsung HW-N950. It shows us that the HW-N950 is a better choice as a home soundbar than the HT-X9000F. According to the results of our comparison, HT-X9000F received 7 points out of 10 possible, and HW-N950 was rated 8.6 points.

Advantages Sony HT-X9000F over Samsung HW-N950

  • We do not know advantages

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Sony HT-X9000F

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The HT-X9000F is rated 7 of 10 against 9 for the HW-N950 according to the audio features rating.

HT-X9000F
7
HW-N950
9

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 HT-X9000F and the HW-N950.

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 HT-X9000F has 2.1 channels, while the HW-N950 has 7.1.4 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Sony HT-X9000F has 300 (overall) W, and 512 (overall) W has the competitor.

HT-X9000F HW-N950
Built-in channels2.17.1.4
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W300 (overall)512 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)02
Separate speaker connectionshas notwireless

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.

HT-X9000F HW-N950
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 HT-X9000F received rating 9 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HW-N950, in the same category, earned 7 out of 10 points.

HT-X9000F
9
HW-N950
7

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 consider the models in terms of support for Dolby Atmos, then both 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 included in each of these soundbars.

HT-X9000F HW-N950
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)has nothas not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. The streaming services category rating is the same - 10 out of 10 points.

HT-X9000F
10
HW-N950
10

AirPlay is available on each of the two models. The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars. The streaming audio from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast, it is possible to listen to each of soundbars.

HT-X9000F HW-N950
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, ChromecastPandora, 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. Connectivity of competitors was rated 7 out of 10.

HT-X9000F
7
HW-N950
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. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the HW-N950.

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 HT-X9000F has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HW-N950 got 2/0 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.

HT-X9000F HW-N950
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output1/02/0
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)1/00/0
Headphone output10
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-N950 has its own remote control application. Only Samsung HW-N950 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-N950 has the ability to use a multiroom system.

HT-X9000F HW-N950
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HT-X9000F HW-N950
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in93 x 5.8 x 8.5/36.6 x 2.3 x 3.3122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
Weight, kg/pounds2.5/58.8/19.4
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