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A Review By Comparison of the Samsung Hw Q800B Vs. Sonos Arc

Last updated on Apr 17, 2023   5 minute read
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Samsung HW Q800B

Samsung HW Q800B

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Reasons why you might like the Samsung HW Q800B

Overall Score 5.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 1110 mm
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc
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Reasons why you might like the Sonos Arc

Overall Score 5.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 1140 mm
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc

A summary of the review by feature comparison

Category Features Samsung HW Q800B Sonos Arc
DESIGN width 1,110mm 1,140mm
height 60mm 87mm
weight 5,100g 6,250g
volume 7,992cm³ 11,525.06cm³
thickness 120mm 116mm
AUDIO number of channels of sound output 5.1.2only 5only
has aac
lowest frequency 47.6hz
highest frequency 19,900hz
CONNECTIVITY has an hdmi output
hdmi ports 2only 1only
has bluetooth
supports wi-fi
hdmi version v2
rj45 ports 1only
has s/pdif out port
EXTRAS hdmi arc / earc
compatible with google assistant
compatible with alexa
has spotify connect
has dolby atmos
has dts:x
has airplay
supports dolby digital plus
supports dolby digital
has a dedicated smartphone app
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A breakdown of the review per specifications

Design

Width

Samsung HW Q800B 1,110mm
Sonos Arc 1,140mm

Samsung HW Q800B has a width of 1,110mm. A soundbar's width indicates the horizontal measurement of a device, soundbars are sometimes designed to match the width of television sets or slightly close.

The Sonos Arc, at 1,140mm is wider than the Samsung HW Q800B with a difference mm

Height

Samsung HW Q800B 60mm
Sonos Arc 87mm

The Samsung HW Q800B measures to a height of 60mm. The height represents the vertical measurement of a device, they are usually designed as slim as possible to beautifully complement a space.

Sonos Arc, at 87mm rises higher than the Samsung HW Q800B with a difference 27mm

Weight

Samsung HW Q800B 5,100g
Sonos Arc 6,250g

The Samsung HW Q800B weighs 5,100g. We consider a lower weight better because lighter soundbars are easier to shift around the space. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, even say for many other types of products.

Sonos Arc, at 6,250g weigh more than the Samsung HW Q800B by g. Most of the time a genuine quality system is a little bit heavier than average quality products though If you will need to adjust the position of the soundbar often, then you should try to purchase a less heavy soundbar.

Volume

Samsung HW Q800B 7,992cm³
Sonos Arc 11,525.06cm³

The quantity of three-dimensional space taken up by the soundbar or, in simpler terms, the space the soundbar fills. Samsung HW Q800B occupies 7,992cm³, it is a good thing to know the space that the soundbar occupies just so as to ensure that it will easily fit in the space available .

Sonos Arc's volume is 11,525.06cm³ meaning it occupies lesser space than the Samsung HW Q800B with a difference of cm³

Thickness

Samsung HW Q800B 120mm
Sonos Arc 116mm

The depth of Samsung HW Q800B is 120mm, to know the thickness of a device you divide its volume by the surface area(length by width)

Sonos Arc has a thickness of 116mm, meaning that it is less thicker than the Samsung HW Q800B by -4mm

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Audio

Number Of Channels Of Sound Output

Samsung HW Q800B 5.1.2only
Sonos Arc 5only

When it comes to surround sound channels, you’re going to run across figures in such formats as X.X two-digit, or X.X.X three-digit the first number represents the sum of main speakers, the second number represents the total of subwoofers, and the third number if available shows the sum of “height” speakers.

NOTE: "Height" speakers are usually placed on the ceiling of the room containing the soundbar, but they may also just be upward-firing speakers within the soundbar.

The Samsung HW Q800B having a sound output value of 5.1.2 means that it has 5 main speakers, 1 subwoofer and 2 "height" speaker

And the Sonos Arc having 5 means that it has 5 main speakers

Has Aac

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Samsung HW Q800B supports AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It transfers 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.

Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Samsung HW Q800B will work well with your iPhone. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well

Lowest Frequency

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc 47.6hz

Low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component reproduces low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it. Sonos Arc's lowest frequency is at 47.6Hz.

Highest Frequency

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc 19,900hz

High-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component reproduces high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it. Sonos Arc's highest frequency is at 19,900Hz.

Connectivity

Has An Hdmi Output

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

The Samsung HW Q800B has an HDMI output port, soundbars with an HDMI port can channel high-definition audio.

Sonos Arc too has HDMI port through which it sends "signals" audio into inputs of other digital devices, which can receive and process these signals.

Hdmi Ports

Samsung HW Q800B 2only
Sonos Arc 1only

Samsung HW Q800B has 2 HDMI ports, more HDMI ports imply that you may connect at the same time several devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

Sonos Arc has 1 HDMI ports, meaning Samsung HW Q800B got 1 more ports than the Sonos Arc

Has Bluetooth

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Samsung HW Q800B supports Bluetooth, a cable free technology which allows you to easily transfer data between different compatible devices.

Supports Wi-Fi

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Wi-Fi is a wireless networking technology that allows devices such as computers, and mobile devices .i.e smartphones and wearables to connect and interact with other devices on the internet, the Samsung HW Q800B can connect to Wi-Fi.

Sonos Arc too can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Hdmi Version

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc v2

Sonos Arc has an HDMI version of 2, newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

Rj45 Ports

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc 1only

RJ-45 ports are used for Local Area Network (LAN) connections. With more ports, you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. Sonos Arc has only 1 ports

Has S/Pdif Out Port

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

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Extras

Hdmi Arc / Earc

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Before you needed to connect an optical cable from your TV to the optical input of an audio device on top of the already connected HDMI cable to play all audio through a soundbar, now with ARC you can easily connect all these at a go from a compatible HDMI socket on your TV to an HDMI ARC socket on your soundbar.

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) carries audio over HDMI. ARC is only capable of carrying compressed 5.1 audio, but eARC has higher bandwidth and can carry uncompressed 7.1 audio, as well as formats such as DTS:X and full bitrate Dolby Atmos. It is available on the Samsung HW Q800B

Sonos Arc has the HDMI ARC/EARC

Compatible With Google Assistant

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Google Assistant-compatible devices.

Compatible With Alexa

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Samsung HW Q800B is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Alexa-compatible devices.

Sonos Arc is compatible with Alexa

Has Spotify Connect

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Spotify Connect allows you to control the music playing on the soundbar from the Spotify app on another device when the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Samsung HW Q800B has Spotify connect

Has Dolby Atmos

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. Samsung HW Q800B has Dolby Atmos, which allows them to have immersive, 360-degree sound.

Sonos Arc has it too, Atmos theoretically means you'll be able to hear, say birds chipping from above or a plane moving from over your head into the distance like it would be in a natural environment.

Has Dts:x

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

DTS:X is an object-based surround sound technology that allows filmmakers to place and move individual sounds around your listening space, giving you a theater-like audio experience.

More like Dolby Atmos as it aims to create a multi-dimensional sound that "places you at the center of the action", it differs from Dolby Atmos by the required speaker configuration. Samsung HW Q800B has DTS:X

Has Airplay

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

AirPlay allows wireless connection of Apple devices with external screens or speakers. You may stream computer screens, videos, and music from iOS devices, play games like on consoles, or present your slideshows easily on your device.

Both the Sonos Arc and the Samsung HW Q800B have airplay.

Supports Dolby Digital Plus

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

If a device supports Dolby Digital Plus it can deliver up to fourteen (14) different audio channels (sides) with improved bitrates, for much better sound quality. Samsung HW Q800B supports Dolby digital plus

Sonos Arc supports Dolby digital plus as well.

Supports Dolby Digital

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

Samsung HW Q800B supports Dolby Digital meaning that it can deliver up to six (6) different audio channels (sides) for much better sound quality.

Sonos Arc too supports Dolby digital.

Has A Dedicated Smartphone App

Samsung HW Q800B
Sonos Arc

There is a dedicated smartphone app that is designed to be used with the Samsung HW Q800B.

The Sonos Arc has a dedicated smartphone app.

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