We've currently tested 22 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. Thanks to its dedicated satellite speakers, this well-built 9.1.4 setup offers an impressive surrounds performance, and it supports Dolby Atmos and DTS content too. Out-of-the-box, it has a very neutral sound profile that's suitable for listening to a variety of audio content, with an extended low-bass that really helps you feel the deep thump and punch in action-packed movie scenes. There's even a graphic EQ and presets if you want to adjust its sound more to your liking, and it also comes with some sound features that we don't test, like Acoustic Beam technology and Q-Symphony, which lets you sync up the audio on your bar with the speakers on compatible Samsung QLED TVs. It gets loud and has lots of wireless playback options, too.
Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't come with a room correction feature, so it may sound a bit different depending on the room you're listening in. It also lacks an auto-volume mode, so you can't balance out the volume levels between different TV programs when you're watching late at night. That said, it offers a very versatile overall performance, and it's even one of the best soundbars that we've tested.
The Samsung HW-Q900T is the best Samsung soundbar with a 7.1 speaker configuration that we've tested. This soundbar offers a similarly great performance as the Samsung HW-Q950T, although it lacks rear satellite speakers. Thanks to its neutral and very well-balanced sound profile, it's suitable for a variety of audio content. It can also deliver a thumpy, punchy bass, which is especially great for bass-heavy genres like EDM or action-packed movies. That said, if you like to customize your audio experience, it has a graphic EQ, EQ presets, and a dialogue enhancement feature to better suit your preferences. The bar can also get loud, which is great if you're having a house party or you want its sound to fill a large room, but there are some compression artifacts at max volume.
However, it's quite long, and you can't fit it between the legs of a 55 inch TV. Since it also lacks dedicated surround and height speakers, it has to rely on its side and up-firing speakers to bounce sound off of your walls and ceilings, which results in a less clear and immersive audio experience. That said, this 7.1.2 setup offers a wide and focused soundstage, Dolby Atmos support, and a well-balanced as well as customizable sound profile, which should please most users.
The best Samsung soundbar in the budget range that we've tested is the Samsung HW-T550. This simple 2.1 setup is the next generation and 2020 model of the Samsung HW-R550. It has a solid build quality and a well-balanced sound profile that's suitable for a variety of audio content. It can reproduce decently deep bass with extra punch and boom, which is great for genres like EDM and hip-hop. If you prefer a different sound, it has a graphic EQ as well as presets to help tweak its sound. There's also a dialogue enhancement feature if you're looking to improve vocal clarity in your favorite TV shows or podcasts. It can get loud, and you can push the bar to its max volume without too much compression, which is great for house parties or large rooms.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Atmos content, which is commonly found on some streaming services or 4k Blu-ray discs. It also has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it. It lacks an AUX port, unlike its predecessor, which is a little disappointing if you want to connect your smartphone to the bar using a wired connection. We also haven't tested the 2021 version of this soundbar, the Samsung HW-A550, yet, but we'll update this article when we do. Still, this soundbar has a decent price-to-performance ratio, especially if you're looking for an upgrade from your TV speakers without breaking the bank.
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.
May 06, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Feb 05, 2021: We verified the text for accuracy and product availability. There has been no change in our recommendations.
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.