Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs Samsung HW-Q90R

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Rating 5 5

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs HW-Q90R comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8.2
Samsung HW-Q90R
8.2
4
10
Multichannel surround
10
10

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs Samsung HW-Q90R review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
vs
Samsung HW-Q90R

Choosing a soundbar is not an easy task and the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs Samsung HW-Q90R comparison is meant to help you with that. We fairly judged the compared soundbars for their performance and both received a 8.2 out of 10 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 over Samsung HW-Q90R

  • Comes with 4 separate speakers
  • Available the Amazon Music service

Advantages Samsung HW-Q90R over Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

  • 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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is rated 10 of 10 against 9 for the HW-Q90R according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
10
HW-Q90R
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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 and the HW-Q90R.

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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 9.2.4 channels, while the HW-Q90R has 7.1.4 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 1000 (overall) W, and 512 (overall) W has the competitor.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HW-Q90R
Built-in channels9.2.47.1.4
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W1000 (overall)512 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)42
Separate speaker connectionswiredwireless

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.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HW-Q90R
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 10 out of 10.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
10
HW-Q90R
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. 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.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HW-Q90R
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHDDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Digital Surround, DTS HDDTS Digital Surround

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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 received 9 points, and the HW-Q90R - 5 on a 10-point scale.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
9
HW-Q90R
5

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HW-Q90R
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, SoundCloudhas 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. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 was rated 8 out of 10, and Samsung HW-Q90R was rated 7 out of 10.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8
HW-Q90R
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-Q90R.

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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HW-Q90R got 2/1 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.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HW-Q90R
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output3/12/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output1/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/00/0
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 HW-Q90R has its own remote control application. Only Samsung HW-Q90R 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-Q90R has the ability to use a multiroom system.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HW-Q90R
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HW-Q90R
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/7.28.7/19.4
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