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The Best Samsung Soundbars of 2019
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We have currently reviewed 7 Samsung soundbars. They seem to separate themselves from the competition with very good audio reproduction and well-built soundbars with a sturdy feel.

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  1. Best Samsung Soundbar

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Dialog / TV Shows
    8.2
    Music
    8.1
    Movies
    Channels
    :
    7.1.4

    The best Samsung soundbar we’ve tested is, without a doubt, the Samsung HW-Q90R; it's one of the best soundbars we’ve tested of any brand. This 7.1.4 setup has a great stereo audio quality and is very versatile for all types of content you can listen to. As the system configuration indicates, it comes with a wireless subwoofer that delivers deep and punchy bass, which is great for music and movies. Additionally, there are two up-firing speakers on the bar and two others on the rear satellites, giving you a great impression of height with Atmos content.

    This soundbar is very well-built and robust, meaning you won’t have to worry about it suffering physical damage. It also has plenty of connectivity options, with a couple of Full HDMI In and an ARC port, making it easy to set up multiple devices through your soundbar. Also, there are rumors about eARC support making its way to Samsung soundbars, but at the time of writing, the update isn’t released yet.

    Unfortunately, while it supports Atmos, the height performance of this soundbar isn’t on par with down-firing speakers and the bar lacks a room correction EQ, meaning it might sound different depending on your room layout. Nevertheless, this is an amazing soundbar to get if your budget allows for it.

    See our review

  2. Best 5.1 Samsung Soundbar

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Dialog / TV Shows
    8.1
    Music
    8.0
    Movies
    Channels
    :
    5.1.2

    The best Samsung 5.1 soundbar we’ve tested is the Samsung HW-Q80R. It's practically identical to the Samsung HW-Q90R, but it lacks the rear speakers. This means that it has slightly worse surround performance, but it's still decent thanks to side-firing speakers directly on the bar. It also supports Atmos, but doesn’t have as many up-firing speakers as the Q90R.

    The sound performance of this soundbar is great. Its subwoofer provides deep bass that'll satisfy bass fans and provides great low-end for movies. It has plenty of inputs and can serve as a hub for your devices like gaming consoles and Blu-ray players.

    However, like all Samsung soundbars, it has a disappointing, scrolling small screen interface and no room correction to improve audio quality depending on your room. On the upside, if you don’t have space or don’t need rear satellites for your usage, this is a great 5.1 setup that will save you a few bucks over the other Samsung. You can also check out the Samsung HW-Q60R for an even cheaper option; it's a 5.1 setup with an integrated Samsung Acoustic Beam that plays surround content, but its performance is nowhere near the quality of the Q80R.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Samsung Soundbar

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Dialog / TV Shows
    7.1
    Music
    6.2
    Movies
    Channels
    :
    2.1

    The best Samsung soundbar we’ve reviewed in the budget category is the Samsung HW-R550. It's a 2.1 setup that comes with a wireless subwoofer that provides good bass and a decent overall stereo audio quality. It gets loud enough for most uses, but it'll be more suitable for watching TV shows and listening to stereo music due to its configuration. Even if it's cheaper, the build quality of this soundbar is still good and very durable.

    It has fewer connection options than other higher-end Samsung soundbars, but you’ll still be able to plug your devices into it. If you listen to a lot of voice-oriented content like audiobooks, podcasts, or shows, then you might want to consider the 3.1 Samsung HW-R650 instead, which has an improved center channel performance for clearer dialog.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Solid design. All Samsung soundbars are very well-built and have a sleek look. You won't find any mesh fabric on them, and you'll be satisfied with their build quality made out of great solid plastic and metal grills covering the speakers.
  • Good sound quality. Samsung soundbars tend to offer a good, well-balanced, and neutral sound profile, which is versatile for different uses. Some soundbars do have a bit of extra bass thanks to their wireless subwoofer.
  • Great connectivity options. You'll always find a Full HDMI In on a Samsung soundbar for you to plug in your devices. They come with plenty of ports and also allow multiple wireless playbacks, but the more budget options only support Bluetooth.
  • Expensive. Samsung soundbars tend to be a bit more expensive than similar competing models.
  • Small screen interface. You only get a small screen that displays inputs and volume level, and the message needs to scroll to fully display. This is still better than light indicators, but some people might be annoyed by the scrolling.
  • No room correction. Unlike other brands, Samsung doesn't offer a room correction feature to adapt the audio delivery to your room. This may result in the soundbar sounding differently than intended, depending on your room.

Samsung usually makes pretty good soundbars that have a good sound quality with a well-balanced sound profile. Some of their subwoofers are quite powerful, which adds a bit of extra bass that can be great for movies. They also have a sleek and durable design that doesn't require fabric other than to cover the subwoofer port. However, this usually means they're also a bit more expensive than similar models, but the price difference can be worth it for some people.

Conclusion

Samsung is a well-known brand that offers many different types of products. Whether it comes to TVs, headphones or soundbars, it's fair to expect a good quality product with decent to great performance. For soundbars, they produce some of the best products on the market, with great audio quality and many connection options to use your soundbar as a hub for your various devices.

See our recommendations for the best soundbars.

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