Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N950

Samsung HW-N950 vs Sony HT-Z9F – A Look Under The Microscope

Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N950

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Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N950 might look extremely alike. It takes a few glances to tell them apart so the comparison review has been really thought after. I tried and tested them both so I do have something to say.

Sony HT-Z9F premiered in 2018, just like Samsung HW-N950 btw. Both models were created to meet all consumer needs of that time. A major reason why the features are so similar. So I wanted to concentrate on the discrepancies. For example, Samsung has 2 wireless stereo speakers in a package. It also has 7.1.4 built-in channels versus 3.1 channels for Sony. Both models have a wireless woofer in a package though. Still, Samsung definitely cares about a proper sound experience though.

HT-Z9F doesn’t have any streaming services but Chromecast While HW-N950 has all the popular services from Spotify to Amazon, Deezer, Pandora, and Chromecast Apple and Google Play streaming subscriptions. Both of these two music bars are Alexa-compatible.

Some other connectivity options are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and HDMI common for both of these sound units. Unfortunately, neither of them had a headphones input, quite disappointing. The surround sound systems are identical, both have Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Design

Both of these soundbar unit systems look very similar. The minimalistic black design with front silver lettering looks cool in any type of living room. These are the means to complete your domestic Flat TV and are meant to fit the design of a regular black or grey TV set.

Samsung HW-N950 vs Sony HT-Z9F is much longer 48 vs. 39 inches. Since HT-Z9F only has a sub but no wireless speakers the package weighs about 6.6 pounds. Compare it to HW-N950 weighs 19 pounds with a bar, a sub and a set of two stereo wireless speakers. Both of the units can be mounted on the wall or placed on top of the TV stand.

Both bars have a set of major buttons lined on top in the center. The rest of the control buttons can be found on the separate remote.

Samsung HW-N950

Pros:

  • The setup was pretty easy through HDMI.
  • The sound quality is pretty nice.
  • I loved the solid metal frame.

Cons:

  • The unit will cost you $996.
  • Multiple reports about dead HDMI inputs.
  • Rear speakers are very weak. I could barely hear whispers.

Sony HT-Z9F

Pros:

  • The price is more modest comparing to the competitor. Only about $795 regular retail price.
  • Quick automated setup.
  • A recent Alexa update.

Cons:

  • Poor customer service with limited working hours..
  • Widespread connectivity issues with multiple reports.
  • Mediocre sound for an audiophile.

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N950

Model

HT-Z9F
HW-N950

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Rating

3.9 of 5
3.7 of 5

Reviews

57
51

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Amplification type

active
active

Built-in channels

3.1
7.1.4

Supported channel quantity

3.1
7.1.4

Separate speaker (in package)

2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
Chromecast, Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

HDMI input/output

2/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

1
1

Optical digital input/output

1
1

USB

1
1

Coaxial digital input/output

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

6.4 x 100 x 10/2.5 x 39.4 x 3.4
8.1 x 122.4 x 13.4/3.2 x 48.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
8.8/19.4

Soundbars HelpToChoose comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 11.9
  • 12.4
  • 11.9Sony HT-Z9F
  • 12.4Samsung HW-N950

Samsung HW-N950 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N950 price