Samsung HW-Q900T vs Bose Soundbar 500

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Rating 5 5

HW-Q900T vs Soundbar 500 comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q900T
8.2
Bose Soundbar 500
7.4
10
8
Multichannel surround
9
4

Samsung HW-Q900T vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

Samsung HW-Q900T
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of Samsung HW-Q900T and Bose Soundbar 500. It shows us that the HW-Q900T is a better choice as a home soundbar than the Soundbar 500. According to the results of our comparison, HW-Q900T received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and Soundbar 500 was rated 7.4 points.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q900T over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support
  • Possible to create a multi-room system

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Samsung HW-Q900T

  • We do not know advantages

Audio features

The HW-Q900T is rated 8 of 10 against 6 for the Soundbar 500 according to the audio features rating.

HW-Q900T
8
Soundbar 500
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-Q900T and the Soundbar 500.

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 HW-Q900T has 7.1.2 channels, while the Soundbar 500 has 3.0 channels.

HW-Q900T Soundbar 500
Built-in channels7.1.23.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W406 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)00
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. The HW-Q900T comes with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

HW-Q900T Soundbar 500
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 HW-Q900T received rating 9 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Soundbar 500, in the same category, earned 4 out of 10 points.

HW-Q900T
9
Soundbar 500
4

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. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in HW-Q900T.

HW-Q900T Soundbar 500
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
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 HW-Q900T received 6 points, and the Soundbar 500 - 10 on a 10-point scale.

HW-Q900T
6
Soundbar 500
10

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

HW-Q900T Soundbar 500
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

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 8 out of 10.

HW-Q900T
8
Soundbar 500
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 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-Q900T has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Soundbar 500 got 1/0 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.

HW-Q900T Soundbar 500
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)01
NFC
HDMI input/output2/11/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
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 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. 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. The HW-Q900T has the ability to use a multiroom system.

HW-Q900T Soundbar 500
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HW-Q900T Soundbar 500
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in123 x 7 x 13.8/48.4 x 2.7 x 5.180 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
Weight, kg/pounds7.1/15.43.1/7
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