We've currently tested 47 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 suits those who like a little more customization over their sound experience. Samsung's soundbars are also well-built and tend to feel sturdy and solid.
The Samsung HW-Q990C is the best Samsung soundbar we've tested. This premium 11.1.4 soundbar is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q990B, and its sound quality is even better than its predecessor. Out-of-the-box, you enjoy a clear and clean sound suitable for listening to many different types of audio content, from music to movies to TV shows. The dedicated sub brings the rumble in the bass, and it's more controlled than last year's model, so voices and lead instruments are represented with balance alongside the bass.
This soundbar's customization is easy thanks to its room correction feature, which automatically optimizes its sound based on the unique acoustics of your living room. If you'd rather adjust the bar's sound manually, there's a graphic EQ available, too. This setup brings an immersive sound, especially with multi-channel content like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. You can even connect the bar to a compatible Samsung TV to enjoy Q-Symphony, which syncs the TV speakers with the bar for a more all-around feel. Built-in Alexa offers hands-free control, too.
The Samsung HW-Q930C is a great alternative for those who want a premium Samsung soundbar at a more affordable price. Released in 2023, the next-generation version of the Samsung HW-Q930B offers a lot of the same sound customization tools as its more premium cousin, including room correction and a graphic EQ. Built-in Alexa support lets you control the bar with only your voice, and support for lots of common audio formats like Dolby Atmos allows you to make the most of content commonly found on various streaming platforms and Blu-rays. The inclusion of a subwoofer and satellites brings a more life-like feel to your living room, too.
At least in the US, this soundbar seems to be available only from the manufacturer and Best Buy. Still, it's worth a look, especially because of its versatile overall performance. Dialogue in movies and TV shows is reproduced with accuracy, and instruments in your favorite tunes are clear and detailed right out of the box. This 9.1.4 soundbar comes with two fewer surround channels than the Samsung HW-Q990C, so sound effects are a touch less accurate in multi-channel content like Dolby Atmos. Still, you may find it's worth the trade-off for a more affordable price.
The Samsung HW-Q800C is a standout mid-range pick from the manufacturer released in 2023. It's a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar that's versatile enough to listen to many different types of audio content. It boasts many of Samsung's premium sound enhancement tools, including SpaceFit Sound room correction and a 7-band graphic EQ. Plus, it supports a lot of different audio formats that you're likely to come across on both streaming platforms and Blu-rays, including Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital.
This soundbar comes with fewer surround channels than the Samsung HW-Q930C. The result is a slightly less immersive sound with surround sound and height content. You still feel immersed in your audio, but there isn't the same illusion of height, especially in scenes where objects like helicopters fly right overhead. Again, adding satellites will improve its surround sound performance, but if you want a theater-like feel, you'll want to opt for the more premium picks on our list.
The Samsung HW-Q60C is worth checking out if you want a great soundbar that won't break the bank. Out-of-the-box, this setup boasts a great sound suitable for listening to lots of different audio content, with a dedicated subwoofer to bring out the rumble in the bass. It doesn't have as many features as the top-of-the-line models, but you may find that you don't need them. For example, without room correction, it sounds a little different depending on your room's acoustics, but you can always use the graphic EQ and presets to make up for this.
This setup shines with stereo content, which includes most music and TV shows. It can playback more immersive audio formats like height and surround sound but doesn't offer true support. Since it's a 3.1 setup, it has to downmix this content into stereo to play it, which doesn't bring the same life-like feel as the more premium options on our list. If you want a more simple bar, though, it's still a great fit, and at least it gives you the flexibility to watch this content, even if the sound isn't quite as good.
The best Samsung soundbar in the budget category we've tested is the Samsung HW-B550. It's a simple 2.1 bar, so it's best suited for stereo content like music and TV shows. It has a balanced sound out of the box, accurately reproducing everything from vocals to lead instruments in your favorite songs. The included subwoofer adds some rumble to bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. Thanks to its graphic EQ and bass and treble adjustments, you can switch up its sound to your liking. For its price, it's a pretty good bar.
However, you naturally don't get as much flexibility as with the manufacturer's top options. As with most budget bars, there's no support for Dolby Atmos, so you can't take advantage of more immersive object-based formats often found on streaming services. Its surround sound performance is also pretty abysmal. Without discrete surrounds, it has to downmix this content into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound quite as immersive. That said, if you aren't much of a movie fan, it's a great fit. Ultimately, it still makes for a solid upgrade over your existing TV speakers at a wallet-friendly price.
Consider a standalone option if you live in a smaller space like an apartment. Unlike the top picks on our list, this soundbar comes on its own, without dedicated subwoofers or satellites that take up extra space in your room. The Samsung HW-S60B/S61B is the best we've tested from the manufacturer, and its small and compact design makes it easy to integrate into your living room. Plus, built-in Alexa support lets you control the bar using only your voice, which is a cool touch.
You can choose between the Samsung HW-S60B, which comes in Black, or the Samsung HW-S61B, which comes in White. Both bars offer the same features, including Samsung's SpaceFit Sound room correction tool. With it on, the bar's audio reproduction is optimized to meet your room's unique acoustics. Q-Symphony is available if you want to connect the bar with a compatible Samsung TV, and its graphic EQ and presets make it easy to customize. Without a dedicated sub, the bar has a less impressive low-frequency extension, so you notice less bass in the mix. That said, you can always add on a separate sub from the manufacturer down the line if you prefer.
Bose and Samsung are both top-of-the-line soundbar manufacturers that produce products at a wide array of price points. Samsung tends to have more products on the market, and their soundbars offer more customization features, like graphic EQs. Meanwhile, Bose soundbars tend to have wider, more immersive-feeling soundstage performances.
While Samsung is known to offer many different soundbars in their yearly lineups, Sonos has only a few soundbars on the market. That said, each has premium offerings, as well as more affordable options for more budget-conscious shoppers. Sonos soundbars tend to be better built, with sleek designs and built-in voice assistant capabilities to easily integrate the bars into your existing Sonos ecosystem. Their soundstage performances are better than Samsung's, but they have fewer sound customization tools.
Samsung usually makes good soundbars with good sound quality and a well-balanced sound profile. Some of their subwoofers are powerful, adding 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 a bit more expensive than similar models, but the price difference can be worth it for some people. Generally speaking, they offer more customization tools than other brands, but their soundstage performance isn't quite as impressive as other premium manufacturers like Bose and Sonos.
Samsung produces a wide array of soundbars at both premium and budget-friendly prices. Generally speaking, the higher the number, the more channels it has, and the better its performance is. However, depending on your usage habits, the improvements may not be worth the added cost. The letter in their model number corresponds to the year:
Aug 15, 2023: Updated picks in light of the new 2023 lineup. Replaced the Samsung HW-Q930B with the Samsung HW-Q900B. Replaced the Samsung HW-Q800B with the Samsung HW-Q800C. Replaced the Samsung HW-Q60B with the Samsung HW-Q60C.
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 performance. In terms of 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.