Yamaha SR-B20A vs Samsung HW-Q70R

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

SR-B20A vs HW-Q70R comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha SR-B20A
5.4
Samsung HW-Q70R
7.6
6
10
Multichannel surround
6
10

Yamaha SR-B20A vs Samsung HW-Q70R review

Yamaha SR-B20A
vs
Samsung HW-Q70R

Comparing Yamaha SR-B20A and Samsung HW-Q70R, all pros and cons of devices become clear. Advantages have shown that HW-Q70R has advantages over SR-B20A mainly in terms of audio performance. According to the results of our comparison, SR-B20A received 5.4 points out of 10 possible, and HW-Q70R was rated 7.6 points.

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over Samsung HW-Q70R

  • Has an integrated subwoofer

Advantages Samsung HW-Q70R over Yamaha SR-B20A

  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • 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
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The SR-B20A is rated 6 of 10 against 7 for the HW-Q70R according to the audio features rating.

SR-B20A
6
HW-Q70R
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 SR-B20A and the HW-Q70R.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Yamaha SR-B20A has 120 (overall) W, and 330 (overall) W has the competitor.

SR-B20A HW-Q70R
Built-in channelsN/A3.1.2
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W120 (overall)330 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
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. A built-in subwoofer is only present in the SR-B20A. The HW-Q70R comes with an external subwoofer. Yamaha SR-B20A has the ability to handle wired connections from an external subwoofer, while Samsung HW-Q70R only has wireless connections.

SR-B20A HW-Q70R
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswiredwireless

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 SR-B20A received rating 6 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HW-Q70R, in the same category, earned 10 out of 10 points.

SR-B20A
6
HW-Q70R
10

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-Q70R.

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-Q70R.

SR-B20A HW-Q70R
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:XDTS Digital Surround

Streaming services

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

SR-B20A
0
HW-Q70R
4

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service is available on the HW-Q70R.

SR-B20A HW-Q70R
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas nothas not

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.

SR-B20A
7
HW-Q70R
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-Q70R.

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 SR-B20A has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HW-Q70R got 1/1 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.

SR-B20A HW-Q70R
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output0/11/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output2/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output10

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. Only Samsung HW-Q70R 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-Q70R has the ability to use a multiroom system.

SR-B20A HW-Q70R
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

SR-B20A HW-Q70R
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3110 x 5.8 x 9.9/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/7.13.5/7.9
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