SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch SoundbarSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)See price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar
|Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
|number of channels of sound output
|audio output power
|has an hdmi output
|has s/pdif out port
|hdmi arc / earc
|compatible with google assistant
|compatible with alexa
|has spotify connect
|has dolby atmos
|has chromecast built-in
|supports dolby digital plus
|supports dolby digital
|has a dedicated smartphone app
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SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has a width of 1,232mm. A soundbar's width indicates the horizontal dimension of a device, soundbars are often designed to fit the width of television sets or get close.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2), at 651mm is wider than the SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar by mm
The SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has a height of 69.5mm. The height represents the vertical dimension of a device, soundbars are mostly designed to be as thin as it can be to beautifully fit in a space.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2), at 69mm is shorter than the SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar with a difference -0.5mm
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar weighs 7,700g. We take in account a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are easier to carry around the space.
A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
The Sonos Beam (Gen 2), at 2,880g is lighter than the SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar by g. Often a genuine quality system is a little bit heavier than average quality products though If you will need to switch the position of the soundbar after some time, then you should try to purchase a lighter soundbar.
Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space occupied by the soundbar or, in simpler terms, the space the product fills. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) takes up 4,491.9cm³, it is important to know the space that the soundbar takes up just so as to confirm that it will fit with ease into the available space .
The thickness of Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is 100mm, to know the thickness of a device you divide its space occupied by the surface area(length by width)
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 denotes the number of main speakers, the second number represents the total of subwoofers, and the third number if available represents the number 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-facing speakers inside the soundbar itself.
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar having a sound output value of 11.1.4 means that it has 11 main speakers, 1 subwoofer and 4 "height" speaker
And the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) having 5 means that it has 5 main speakers
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has an audio output power of 656W, this is based on the sum of speakers and their power in watts. It is the amount of power the SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar speakers can "comfortably" be loaded.
To get a better understanding of how loud any speaker can get, there are other aspects to look at such as sensitivity, sound pressure, etc.
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has an HDMI output port, soundbars with an HDMI port channel high-definition audio.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) too has a High-Definition Multimedia Interface port by which it sends "feed" audio into inputs of other digital devices, which can process these signals.
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has 3 HDMI ports, more HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has 1 HDMI ports, meaning SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has 2 more ports than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has Bluetooth, a wireless technology which allows you to seamlessly transfer data between different devices.
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 Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar can connect to Wi-Fi.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) too can connect to a Wi-Fi network.
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 Beam (Gen 2) has only 1 ports
S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.
The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) and the SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar have S/PDIF out ports
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 Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has the HDMI ARC/EARC
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Google Assistant-compatible devices.
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Alexa-compatible devices.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is compatible with Alexa
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 Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has Spotify connect
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has Dolby Atmos, which allows them to have immersive, 360-degree sound.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 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.
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 Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has DTS:X
Chromecast built-in is a technology that allows you to stream entertainment and apps from your phone, tablet, or laptop, straight to the Chromecast-enabled device.
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 Beam (Gen 2) and the SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar have airplay.
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 Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar supports Dolby digital plus
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) supports Dolby digital plus as well.
SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar supports Dolby Digital meaning that it can deliver up to six (6) different audio channels (sides) for much better sound quality.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) too supports Dolby digital.
There is a dedicated smartphone app that is designed to be used with the SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar.
The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has a dedicated smartphone app.
The period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals. When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction. SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has a warranty period of 1 years
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices., SAMSUNG HW Q990C 11.1.4ch Soundbar has 1 only