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 comes with a room correction feature called Auto EQ that calibrates audio reproduction based on the acoustic characteristics of your room. Its balanced, neutral frequency response is well-suited for listening to many different types of audio content, and it comes with lots of customization features, including a graphic EQ. It supports Dolby Atmos content, too, and there's even voice assistant support built into the bar.
Unfortunately, this setup's soundstage isn't quite as impressive as some of the 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.
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 supports Apple AirPlay 2 and comes with an Auto EQ room correction feature. With this feature turned on, its neutral, balanced sound profile makes it a suitable choice for listening to many different types of audio content. There are a lot of other sound enhancement features available, including a graphic EQ and presets to adjust its sound. You can also control it using your voice, thanks to its built-in Amazon Alexa support. If you have a compatible Samsung TV, the manufacturer says that you can also use the Q-Symphony and SpaceFit Sound+ features to enhance your listening experience.
Unfortunately, the fabric coverings on the bar seem like they could rip or get dirty easily. Also, this soundbar doesn't come with discrete surround speakers, so surround objects like voices and footsteps don't sound as clear and real in the sound image. That said, you can purchase the Wireless Surround Kit separately if you want to add them to your setup.
If you're looking for a standalone bar, the Samsung HW-S60A is the best Samsung soundbar we've tested. This compact 5.0 soundbar comes with side horn speakers built into the bar, advertised to help create a more immersive sound. It's well-built, and it has a neutral sound profile suitable for lots of different types of audio content. There's also a graphic EQ and presets available so you can customize its sound, including a 'Voice Enhancement' feature that makes dialogue more clear and crisp. Thanks to its built-in Amazon Alexa support, you can also control the bar using your voice.
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.
The Samsung HW-A550 is the best budget Samsung soundbar that we've tested. This 2.1 setup comes with an impressive selection of sound enhancement features for its price point. There's a graphic EQ for sound customization and some preset modes like 'Surround Sound' and 'Bass Boost' to optimize your listening experience. It has a pretty neutral sound profile out-of-the-box with a little extra punch in the mid-bass. It can also get loud without a lot of compression at max volume.
Unfortunately, this setup doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. While it can play surround content, it has to downmix it into stereo, which doesn't sound as clear or real. Also, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass, so it may not be ideal for fans of bass-heavy music like EDM. That said, it still offers a customizable listening experience for a budget-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 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.
Nov 02, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
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.
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.