Sony HT-S350 vs Samsung HW-A550: Side by Side Comparison


The Sony HT-S350 has good sound quality for the price. It produces clear dialogue and vocals, and the bass is decent for a soundbar of this size. However, the soundstage is a bit narrow, and the bass can be weak at high volumes. The Samsung HW-A550 has better sound quality than the HT-S350. It produces clearer dialogue and vocals, and the bass is more powerful. The soundstage is also wider, which makes it sound more immersive.

Our Verdict:

The Samsung HW-A550 is the better soundbar between the two. It has better sound quality, more features, and is only slightly more expensive. If you are looking for a good budget soundbar, the Sony HT-S350 is a good option. However, if you can spend a little more, the Samsung HW-A550 is the better choice.

Pros
  • Easy setup
  • Very loud
  • Affordable
  • Multiple sound modes
  • Wireless subwoofer included
Cons
  • No Dolby Atmos
Pros
  • Pleasant mids
  • Satisfying soundstage
  • Expandable with SWA-9100S
  • Wireless sub
  • Loud
Cons
  • No center channel
Where to Buy
Ali-Expess
Wallmart

Advance Comparison

Model

Sony HT-S350 2.1ch Soundbar[ with Wireless Subwoofer ]

Samsung HW-A550/ZA

Brand Name

Sony

SAMSUNG

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.6
7.4
SOUND QUALITY
6.6
7.9
BASS ACCURACY :
6.6
8
AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY:
6.5
7
AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES:
5.6
6.7
BUILD QUALITY :
7.5
7.5
GENERAL
Number of Channel
2.1 Channel
2.1 Channel
Placement Type
Wall-mountable
Table-top , Wall-mountable
Connectivity Type
Wireless
Subwoofer Feature
Separate Subwoofer , Wireless Subwoofer
Separate Subwoofer
Rear Speaker
N/A
N/A
Central Channel Speaker
N/A
N/A
Audio Enhancement Features
Yes
Yes
HDMI input/output
N/A
Yes
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
N/A
N/A
Loudness
High Volume ( > 92db )
High Volume ( > 92db )
Warranty
12 months Months
12 months Months
Connectivity:
Digital Optical Audio Input ( Toslink )
1 Optical Audio Input
1 Optical Audio Input
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
None
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
None
1
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
None
None
RCA Ports
No
No
USB Port
None
1 USB Port
Ethernet Jack
No
No
Audio Quality ( Tested )
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy
Frequency deviation is more than standard deviation (3.4 dB). But fair enough for small room.)
Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Bass Accuracy ( for music, film scores, movies, and games)
Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
3- Dimensional Sound Accuracy ( Sound Stage)
audio seems to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location
soundstage has good focus overall but but some sound tracks seem to be bit more diffused and lack separation.
Total Harmonic Distortion ( Center Channel )
No Dedicated Center Channel Speaker. So, it can not produce sound quite as clear as 3.0, 3.2 , 5.1 or 7.2 channels Soundbar. But It has decent center performance to produce accurate audio and dialogue.
No Dedicated Center Channel Speaker. So, it can not produce sound quite as clear as 3.0, 3.2 , 5.1 or 7.2 channels Soundbar. But It has decent center performance to produce accurate audio and dialogue.
Surround Sound Imaging ( Rear Channel )
No dedicated or alternative channel for surround content. So it downmixes surround content to stereo.
No dedicated or alternative channel for surround content. So it downmixes surround content to stereo.
Streo Dynamics ( Loudness ):
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Volume is little bit more than standard deviation (<2 dB) and maximum valume is over 92 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Volume is little bit less than standard deviation (<2 dB) and maximum valume is more then 92 dB SPL
Audio & Video Latency
Here no visible latency via ARC (98 ms) and Optical (113 ms) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (N/A).
Here no visible latency via ARC (104 ms) and Optical (77 ms) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (77 ms).
Audio Enhancement Features:
Digital Room Correction:
N/A
N/A
Auto Volume Adjustment/ Night Mode:
Yes
Yes
Equilizer Options:
Presets
Graphic + Presets
Bass Adjustment ( Thump & Punch of sound)
Yes
Yes
Treble Adjustent ( Brightness and Clarity od Audio)
N/A
Yes
Surround Level Adjustment:
N/A
N/A
Virtual Surround Effect:
Yes
Yes
Supported Audio Format ( HDMI ARC)
eARC Standard
N/A
N/A
Dolby Atmos
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital
Yes
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
N/A
N/A
DTS
N/A
Yes
DTS: X
N/A
N/A
Dolby True HD ( eARC only )
N/A
N/A
DTS- HD MA (eARC only)
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM ( eARC only )
N/A
N/A
Supported Audio Format (Full HDMI In' port ):
Dolby Atmos :
N/A
N/A
DTS:X :
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital :
N/A
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus:
N/A
N/A
DTS :
N/A
N/A
Dolby TrueHD :
N/A
N/A
DTS-HD MA :
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM
N/A
N/A
Audio Format Support ( Optical Port ):
Dolby Digital :
Yes
Yes
DTS :
N/A
Yes
Build Material
Enclosure
Sealed (Bar),Ported (Sub)
Sealed (bar),Ported (sub)
Finish
The bar is mostly made of plastic and metal grille around the sides to helps protect the drivers. The sub is made of wood and plastic and there's a metal grille on the front.
The bar is mostly made of plastic, which feels solid and durable. The metal grille on the front helps to protect the drivers. The sub is mostly made of melamine.
Color
Black
Black
Soundbar Width
35.5
33.9" (86.1 cm)
Soundbar Height
2.5
2.2" (5.5 cm)
Soundbar Depth
3.5
3.4" (8.7 cm)
Subwoofer Width
7.5
7.9" (20.0 cm)
Subwoofer Depth
15.4
11.4" (29.0 cm)
Drivers Specs
Tweeter Size and Type :
None
None
Midrange Size & Types:
3.625x2.125 Cone (2)
Cones (4)
Woofer Size & Type :
None
None
Subwoofer Driver
6.5
5.5" Cone
Where to Buy
Ali-Expess
Wallmart

Comparatives Review


The Sony HT-S350 has a few features, including S-Force Pro Front Surround, Bass Reflex port, and Sound mode presets. S-Force Pro Front Surround creates a virtual surround sound effect, which can be useful for watching movies or playing games. The Bass Reflex port enhances the bass response, and the Sound mode presets allow you to customize the sound to your liking.

The Samsung HW-A550 has more features than the HT-S350, including Adaptive Sound, Game Mode, Surround Sound Mode, Bass Boost, and Wi-Fi. Adaptive Sound automatically adjusts the sound settings to match the content you are watching or listening to. Game Mode reduces latency for a more immersive gaming experience. Surround Sound Mode creates a virtual surround sound effect. Bass Boost enhances the bass response. Wi-Fi allows you to stream music from your home network.

Where to Buy
Ali-Expess
Wallmart

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