Rich 3D surround sound. Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Sound moves with TV action. Premium gaming mode. Automatic sound profile based on your listening. AirPlay2. Dolby Atmos. DTS:X.
Best when paired with a Samsung TV.
Innovative design fills the room with high-quality home audio. Immersive 3D surround sound. Crystal-clear dialogue. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI connectivity. AirPlay2. Voice control.
Solid bass, but not the deepest bass available.
Especially affordable. Deep bass. Remote controls soundbar and TV. Bluetooth connectivity. Dedicated game mode. Wirelessly syncs with other speakers. Wall mount and subwoofer included.
No Wi-Fi connection.
Powerful 3D surround sound. Perfectly sync with TV speakers. Easily toggle between Android and Apple. Amazon Alexa voice control. Engaging console gaming mode. Dolby Atmos. DTS:X. Subwoofer included.
Q-Symphony feature is only compatible with certain Samsung TVs.
Affordable. Crisp 3D surround sound. Dolby Digital 5.1. Impressively deep bass. Sound modes for movies, sports, gaming. Simple setup. Wall mount and wireless subwoofer included.
No Amazon Alexa voice assistant or control.
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Samsung, the largest TV manufacturer in the world, is known for its world-class TV sets. Their 4K models set the standards that every other manufacturer looks to beat. When it comes to TV home audio, however, like most TV makers, the company counts on viewers to bring additional solutions to make their favorite shows and movies sound great.
Fortunately, Samsung makes some of the industry’s best soundbars, too, and they’re worth looking into for anyone who wants to add a little “oomph” to their TV – even if that TV isn’t a Samsung.
At BestReviews, we’re on a mission to provide our readers with the most unbiased and comprehensive product guides on the internet. That means we’re dedicated to sharing insights about the features and models you’ll need to make a strong purchasing decision. Read on for our take on the best from the company.
2.1 audio features two primary speakers — a left and right channel — and one subwoofer. Sometimes abbreviated as a 2ch soundbar, these are ideal for music but sometimes struggle with producing quality dialogue that’s meant to have its own channel. Models with 2.1 audio are affordable and great for small spaces.
3.0 audio includes three main speakers: left, right, and center channel. This is excellent for TV and movies. The center speaker is dedicated to dialogue. The zero indicates there is no subwoofer, so these models are light on bass.
5.1 audio supports left, right, and center channels, two rear speakers, and a subwoofer. It is the most common native format of movies and TV. With 5.1 audio, you hear everything you’re supposed to.
Soundbars are capable of pumping out impressive, high-quality audio, but there’s some debate about how well they handle surround-sound tracks from TV and movies. Most handle “surround” effects — the audio that is supposed to come from behind you or from the sides — in one of two ways:
Samsung sells an expansion kit with two wireless rear speakers. While not cheap, it solves one of the major shortcomings of soundbars: it reliably places secondary audio in the right place. If you don’t have much room but want the immersive audio, buy one that supports the wireless rear speaker kit.
To use the convenient Tap Sound app, be sure to download the Smartthings app.
Many soundbars include speakers that push audio upward to bounce it off walls so it sounds like it’s coming from behind. The speakers use local acoustics to create a sonic stage, but sound quality depends on the room itself.
With this in mind, remember the majority of audio from your TV will come from the left, center, and right channels. For dialogue-heavy content, you may not see much benefit from external satellite speakers or built-in upfiring speakers.
Samsung offers a wide range of price points for their soundbars. You can find models for as low as $100 or as much as $1,500.
Offerings between $100 and $249 typically support 2.1 or 3.0 audio and have limited connectivity. If you want something for a dorm room, look no further.
You’ll find Samsung’s best values in the mid-range, between $250 and $799. Here, you’ll see wireless subwoofers and support for 5.1 surround sound. On the high end, expect perks like WiFi audio streaming or support for high-resolution audio formats. On the low end, options still offer an impressive sound experience while skimping on some luxuries. In the middle, a choice of note is the Samsung HW-Q70T with DTS:X and Dolby Atmos.
For the cream of the crop, expect to pay between $800 and $1,500. These soundbars include the kitchen and then some: satellite rear speakers, support for high-end formats like Dolby Atmos, and enough power to shake your living room. Samsung released its Q series for 2021, and we’re enamored with the outrageous quality of the HW-Q950A. (If you want to spend a little less on a Q series, check out HW-Q900T.)
If you are interested in creating the effect of surround sound in your living room, consider connecting some wireless speakers to your Samsung soundbar.
A. Most TV and movie audio formats are backward compatible to work with older soundbars. If you try to play a movie or TV show with an unsupported soundtrack on a Samsung soundbar, it will default to the compatibility track and play that.
A. In addition to front-facing speakers, some have speakers that fire up at an angle. Upfiring speakers “bounce” sound off the walls, floor, and ceiling, creating the effect that sound is coming from various angles. The quality of simulated surround varies by soundbar and room acoustics.
A. Absolutely. All Samsung soundbars can connect to an audio source and play back music. Many with multiple speakers let you play your tunes in surround mode, where the audio is processed across multiple channels.
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