To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of Samsung HW-Q90R and Samsung HW-N950. It shows us that the HW-N950 is a better choice as a home soundbar than the HW-Q90R. According to the results of our comparison, HW-Q90R received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and HW-N950 was rated 8.6 points.
Each of the compared models received 9 points for the audio features.
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-Q90R 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. The number of channels in the considered devices is the same - 7.1.4. There is no difference in output power, the soundbars have 512 (overall) W.
|Output power, W||512 (overall)||512 (overall)|
|Separate speaker (in package)||2||2|
|Separate speaker connections||wireless||wireless|
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.
|Separate subwoofer (in package)||✔||✔|
|Separate subwoofer connections||wireless||wireless|
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-Q90R received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HW-N950, in the same category, earned 7 out of 10 points.
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.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital|
|DTS (other)||DTS Digital Surround||has not|
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-Q90R received 5 points, and the HW-N950 - 10 on a 10-point scale.
The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||✖||AirPlay|
|Other streaming services||has not||Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast|
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.
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 HW-Q90R has 2/1 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.
|Optical digital input/output||1/0||1/0|
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
|Coaxial digital input/output||0/0||0/0|
|Analog audio input/output (RCA)||0/0||0/0|
Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room. The voice control feature is implemented in each of the compared soundbars.
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. It is possible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa||Amazon Alexa|
|Size (Wx H x D), cm/in||122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3||122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3|