We've currently tested 29 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 best Samsung soundbar that we've tested is the Samsung HW-Q950A. This premium setup has a unique 11.1.4 design with two discrete satellite speakers and a dedicated subwoofer. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and there's even voice assistant support built into the bar. Like most premium setups on the market, it comes with a room correction feature that calibrates audio reproduction based on the acoustic characteristics of your room - Samsung calls it Auto EQ. With this feature on, it has a neutral, balanced sound profile, meaning that voices and dialogue in your favorite movies reproduce with clarity. Its dedicated subwoofer helps you feel the rumble in action-packed scenes, too. What really makes this bar stand out is its selection of sound enhancement features, including a full graphic EQ to help you customize its sound.
Unfortunately, this setup's soundstage isn't as impressive as other models we've tested from manufacturers like Bose and Vizio. Also, its low-bass isn't as extended as that of its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q950T. That said, most listeners should still be satisfied by its ability to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in your mixes, and you can also use its bass adjustment feature to get a similar result to the Q950T.
The Samsung HW-Q900A is the best 7.1 Samsung soundbar that we've tested. This 7.1.2 setup is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q900T, and it comes with some new features, including Apple AirPlay 2 support and the Auto EQ room correction feature. There are some similarities between this model and the Samsung HW-Q950A - they both come with lots of sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ, and they both have built-in voice assistant support. Its default sound profile is also quite neutral and balanced, ensuring a clear and accurate reproduction of the punch in the bass range and voices in the mid-range.
However, there are some noticeable differences between the two soundbars. Unlike the Q950A, this soundbar doesn't come with discrete surround speakers. As a result, its performance with surround sound and Dolby Atmos movies isn't as impressive. You notice that sound objects - like cars in a chase scene - don't seem like they're coming from very accurate points in the soundstage. You can purchase the Wireless Surround Kit separately if you want to add them to your setup down the line.
If you're looking for a standalone bar, the Samsung HW-S60A is the best Samsung soundbar we've tested. This 5.0 soundbar has a very small and compact design that fits easily under your TV stand, and there's no bulky subwoofer to place in your room. Despite its small size, it still has a good soundstage. Like many smaller bars, it uses side-firing speakers built into the bar to create a more immersive sound. You can also find Samsung's standard selection of sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ, as well as built-in voice assistant support. Right out-of-the-box, it has a neutral sound profile that reproduces voices and lead instruments clearly and accurately.
Unfortunately, since it lacks a dedicated subwoofer, this soundbar struggles to reproduce a deep and thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. Also, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, and its surrounds performance isn't as impressive as the bars we've tested that come with discrete surround speakers. That said, it's still a solid choice for dialogue-centric content like TV shows and podcasts as well as most types of music.
The Samsung HW-A550 is the best budget Samsung soundbar that we've tested. This soundbar is a more affordable option if you want a customizable soundbar to enhance your listening experience. Since its a 2.1 setup, it's ideal for listening to stereo content, like most music and TV shows. Right out-of-the-box, it has a neutral sound profile, so voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix. There's a little extra punch in the bass range, thanks to its dedicated subwoofer. If you prefer a different sound, you still have access to Samsung's sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ.
Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't offer as many features as more premium Samsung models. There's no room correction feature, so it sounds different depending on the room you're in. Also, there's no support for Dolby Atmos content, and its surround performance isn't very impressive, either. If you're looking for a simple, budget-friendly upgrade over your TV speakers, it's a solid choice.
Samsung usually makes pretty good soundbars that have a good sound quality with a well-balanced sound profile. Some of their subwoofers are 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.
Mar 23, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying accuracy and availability.
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Aug 04, 2021: Replaced the Samsung HW-Q950T with the next-generation Samsung HW-Q950A, the Samsung HW-Q900T with the Samsung HW-Q900A, and the Samsung HW-T550 with the Samsung HW-A550. Added the Samsung HW-S60A as 'Best Standalone'.
May 06, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
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.