Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N850

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Samsung HW-N850 vs Sony HT-Z9F

Samsung HW-N850 review

I compared Samsung HW-N850 vs Sony HT-Z9F, and here is what I think. The HW-N850 is a simplified version of the HW-N950. This system has a configuration of 5.1.2; The set includes the main module and subwoofer. Novelties provide high quality sound. Declared support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X technologies. The drivers are individually powered by a built-in amplifier with a total power of 372 watts, and the soundbar and auxiliary module are reported to have a frequency response from 34 Hz to 17 kHz. Samsung does not break these numbers, but it can be assumed that the subwoofer processes all lower frequencies. Samsung HW-N850

Sony HT-Z9F review

Concerning Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N850 the subwoofer itself sounds good and deep. It can drop to 31.5 Hz and slightly sticks out at a frequency of 50 Hz. The most melodic bass is heard in the region of 100 Hz. The soundbar cuts off the sound at a frequency of 200 Hz. When it comes to placement, it is best not to place both devices too far apart. The ZF9 soundbar is High Res Audio certified, as evidenced by the logo on the front panel. Tracks can be played from USB or via the network. You can play DSD and FLAC 192 kHz 24-bit, and if you have low-resolution audio sources, Sony offers DSEE HX scaling. There are Dolby Atmos and DTS: X technologies, its power is 400W and it features 3.1 built-in channels. Sony HT-Z9F

Samsung HW-N850 pros & cons

Pros

  • I have to point out that build quality is really top notch, and is very heavy for a sound bar
  • It would eliminate all the complication of setting up multi speakers and wiring them all over the place

Cons

  • Heavy front sound

Sony HT-Z9F pros & cons

Pros

  • It targets a specific buyer - those who really appreciate sound but don't want to spend ridiculous money
  • No issues connecting with my PS4PRO and being able to still use all my smart TV functions

Cons

  • If you have a smart TV and use its smart features, you still need to maintain two remotes

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Sony HT-Z9F

Sony HT-Z9F review

Nov 22, 2019

The latest Vertical Surround Engine surround sound technology allows you to enjoy realistic audio in the latest formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, which are used in movie theaters. And all this ...

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Samsung HW-N850

Samsung HW-N850 review

Nov 29, 2019

Samsung HW-N850 comes at a high level from the flagship HW-N950 "Cinematic" from the manufacturer, and in fact Samsung HW-N850 specs are the same, but without wireless rear speakers. This means that y...

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N850

Model

HT-Z9F
HW-N850

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

89
28

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

Built-in channels

3.1
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
372 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
8.1/18.7
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N850
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N850

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  • 6.8
  • 7.2
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 7.2Samsung HW-N850

The Samsung HW-N850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N850 price

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