We've currently tested 16 Samsung soundbars. They seem to separate themselves from their competition with audio reproduction that's generally balanced and neutral-sounding. If you don't like their sound, they also have graphic EQs, which is well-suited for those who like a little more customization over their sound experience. Samsung's soundbars are also well-built, and they tend to feel sturdy and solid.
The Samsung HW-Q950T is the best Samsung soundbar that we've tested. This 9.1.4 setup includes a bar, two satellite speakers, and a wireless subwoofer. It has a neutral sound profile that's well-suited for a variety of audio content, and it can deliver satisfying low-bass for action-packed movie scenes or thumpy basslines in EDM or hip-hop tracks. If you prefer to customize its sound, there's a graphic EQ and presets available. It supports Dolby Atmos content, which is great if you love to watch movies. It can also get loud enough for a large or crowded room, and there are minimal compression artifacts at max volume. You can even use the bar as a hub between your TV and other devices since it comes with a few inputs. It supports Q-Symphony, and while we don't currently test this feature, you can connect the bar to a compatible 2020 Samsung QLED TV and use its speakers at the same time as the bar's speakers to create an even more immersive sound experience.
Unfortunately, it's quite wide and won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. Just like the Samsung HW-Q900T, it also doesn't have a room correction or auto-volume feature. Its surround and height performances are a bit disappointing, especially when compared to a traditional home theatre setup. Still, it offers a powerful and versatile overall performance, and it's even one of the best soundbars that we've tested.
The Samsung HW-Q900T is the best 7.1 Samsung soundbar that we've tested. This premium and well-built setup performs very similarly to the Samsung HW-Q900T, but it does so without using rear satellites. It has a very neutral and balanced sound profile that's great for lots of different content. Its bass is extended, so it delivers a thumpy, punchy sound that's well-suited for action-packed movies or bass-heavy genres like EDM. It has a graphic EQ as well as four presets that allow you to customize its sound to your liking. Since it has a dedicated center channel, it's able to reproduce dialogue in your favorite TV shows well too, and if you need even better vocal clarity, it has a dialogue enhancement feature. The bar can also get loud enough for a large or crowded room, but there's some compression at max volume.
Unfortunately, the bar is quite long and won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. Since it doesn't have satellites, it relies on its side and up-firing speakers to bounce sounds off the walls and ceiling, which doesn't sound as immersive or clear as dedicated surround or height speakers. That said, if you're looking for a 7.1 setup with a balanced sound profile that supports Dolby Atmos, this soundbar is a suitable choice.
The Samsung HW-T550 is the best Samsung soundbar at a budget price that we've tested. This well-built entry-level 2.1 setup is the 2020 model of the Samsung HW-R550. It has a well-balanced sound profile that's suitable for a variety of audio content, and thanks to its wireless subwoofer, it's able to reproduce decently deep bass. It's especially great for vocal-centric content such as TV shows or podcasts, and its 'Smart' EQ preset can help further improve vocal clarity. That said, if you want to customize its sound to suit your tastes, it also offers a 7-band graphic EQ plus presets. It can get decently loud too, which is nice if you're having a house party or if you have a large room.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Atmos content. The bar also downmixes surround content into stereo, resulting in an audio experience that doesn't sound very immersive or accurate. Unlike its predecessor, it doesn't have an AUX port either, so you won't be able to use a 3.5mm analog cable to connect to this bar. That said, it's a step up from computer or TV speakers and is a suitable choice for those looking to upgrade their setup at a cost-friendly price.
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.
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.