Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-Q950T

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

SIGNA S2 vs HW-Q950T comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Samsung HW-Q950T
8.4
4
10
Multichannel surround
4
9

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-Q950T review

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Samsung HW-Q950T

Comparison of Polk Audio SIGNA S2 and Samsung HW-Q950T will reveal the best features offered by the devices. HW-Q950T is a better soundbar than the SIGNA S2. Its sound profile is well-balanced and stereo performance is better. According to the results of our comparison, SIGNA S2 received 5 points out of 10 possible, and HW-Q950T was rated 8.4 points.

Advantages Polk Audio SIGNA S2 over Samsung HW-Q950T

  • We do not know advantages

Advantages Samsung HW-Q950T over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • 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
  • Supports external media connection via USB
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The SIGNA S2 is rated 6 of 10 against 9 for the HW-Q950T according to the audio features rating.

SIGNA S2
6
HW-Q950T
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 SIGNA S2 and the HW-Q950T.

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 SIGNA S2 has 2.1 channels, while the HW-Q950T has 9.1.4 channels.

SIGNA S2 HW-Q950T
Built-in channels2.19.1.4
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/A546 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)02
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless

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.

SIGNA S2 HW-Q950T
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 SIGNA S2 received rating 4 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HW-Q950T, in the same category, earned 9 out of 10 points.

SIGNA S2
4
HW-Q950T
9

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-Q950T.

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-Q950T.

SIGNA S2 HW-Q950T
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
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. For the ability to work with streaming services, the SIGNA S2 received 4 points, and the HW-Q950T - 6 on a 10-point scale.

SIGNA S2
4
HW-Q950T
6

The popular Spotify service is available on the HW-Q950T.

SIGNA S2 HW-Q950T
Apple Music (AirPlay)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: Polk Audio SIGNA S2 was rated 6 out of 10, and Samsung HW-Q950T was rated 8 out of 10.

SIGNA S2
6
HW-Q950T
8

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-Q950T.

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 SIGNA S2 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HW-Q950T 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.

SIGNA S2 HW-Q950T
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output1/02/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
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-Q950T has its own remote control application. Only Samsung HW-Q950T 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-Q950T has the ability to use a multiroom system.

SIGNA S2 HW-Q950T
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

SIGNA S2 HW-Q950T
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2122 x 5 x 12.7/48 x 2.7 x 5.4
Weight, kg/poundsN/A6.8/15.7
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