Samsung HW-T550 vs Yamaha SR-C20A

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Rating 5 5

HW-T550 vs SR-C20A comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-T550
4.5
Yamaha SR-C20A
5
4
6
Multichannel surround
5
5

Samsung HW-T550 vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

Samsung HW-T550
vs
Yamaha SR-C20A

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of Samsung HW-T550 and Yamaha SR-C20A. It shows us that the SR-C20A is a better choice as a home soundbar than the HW-T550. According to the results of our comparison, HW-T550 received 4.5 points out of 10 possible, and SR-C20A was rated 5 points.

Advantages Samsung HW-T550 over Yamaha SR-C20A

  • Separate subwoofer provided

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over Samsung HW-T550

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • App for remote control

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 6 points for the audio features.

HW-T550
6
SR-C20A
6

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-T550 and the SR-C20A.

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, Samsung HW-T550 has 320 (overall) W, and 100 (overall) W has the competitor.

HW-T550 SR-C20A
Built-in channels2.1N/A
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W320 (overall)100 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswirelesshas not

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-C20A. The HW-T550 comes with an external subwoofer.

HW-T550 SR-C20A
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswireless

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 5 out of 10.

HW-T550
5
SR-C20A
5

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-T550 SR-C20A
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Virtual:Xhas not

Streaming services

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

HW-T550
0
SR-C20A
0

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

HW-T550 SR-C20A
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. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Samsung HW-T550 was rated 6 out of 10, and Yamaha SR-C20A was rated 7 out of 10.

HW-T550
6
SR-C20A
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-T550 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the SR-C20A got 0/1 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.

HW-T550 SR-C20A
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output1/10/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/02/0
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 SR-C20A has its own remote control application. None of these 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. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

HW-T550 SR-C20A
Voice control
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HW-T550 SR-C20A
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in83.8 x 5 x 7.6/33.9 x 2.2 x 3.358.4 x 5 x 7.6/23.6 x 2.5 x 3.7
Weight, kg/pounds1.8/4.61.3/3.9
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