We've currently tested 39 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-Q990B. It's the upgraded version of last year's Samsung HW-Q950A, and with its versatile performance, it's a standout pick for everything from movies to music to TV shows. Compared to its predecessor, it brings more rumble in the bass, as well as some additional sound enhancement features. With immersive audio formats like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos, you feel like you're right in the middle of the action, thanks to its deep bass from its dedicated subwoofer and the angled rear satellites that expand the soundstage. There's built-in Alexa support for hands-free control, too.
Compared to other premium setups like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module or the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, this soundbar offers a lot more customization tools. There are more traditional bass and treble adjustments to switch up its sound, as well as a full graphic EQ to control its output across the range. Of course, no setup is perfect—the Samsung soundbar's soundstage doesn't stretch quite as wide as the Sonos or Bose. Its price tag may not be ideal for everyone, either. But if you want the best of the best, it's a great pick.
If you're looking for a premium bar at a more wallet-friendly price, the Samsung HW-Q930B is worth a look. Its performance is quite similar to the Samsung HW-Q990B, especially when it comes with immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. With its dedicated subwoofer, you feel lots of rumble in the bass during action-packed scenes, and its two satellites stretch sound effects into the space around you for a cinematic feel. It's a 9.1.4 setup, though, so it comes with two fewer surround channels compared to the Q990B, and its sub has a slightly different design.
Another big difference between this bar and our top pick comes with the selection of available sound enhancement features. You get the SpaceFit Sound room correction tool, which adjusts the bar's output based on your room's acoustics but compared to the 990B, you don't have the Auto EQ feature to adjust the sub's reproduction. However, with bass and treble adjustments and the 7-band EQ, there are still plenty of tools on hand to make it sound how you want. You can control it using Amazon Alexa, too. If you want the top-of-the-line model, the 990B is the way to go, but depending on your listening habits, you may find that the 930B is the better value overall.
The Samsung HW-Q800B is a more affordable alternative to our top picks. This premium 5.1.2 setup offers a versatile performance, which supports many different audio formats you're likely to find on streaming platforms and Blu-rays, like Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital. You get a clear and detailed sound right out of the box, with a little extra rumble mixed in to bring action-packed scenes to life. It's customizable, with tools like SpaceFit Sound room correction and a 7-band graphic EQ on hand, as well as Q-Symphony support.
Since it doesn't come with rear speakers, this soundbar is a great alternative for those who are low on space in their living room setup. That said, its performance with multi-channel content isn't as immersive as what you get with the Samsung HW-Q930B as a result. It's especially noticeable with Atmos content, as you don't get as much height in the soundstage. For example, drones and helicopters that are meant to fly above your head seem like they're coming from the space beside you. It's a fine pick, though, and you can always add on separate rears if you move to a bigger space down the line.
If you want a more budget-friendly soundbar, check out the Samsung HW-Q60B. It's a 3.1 setup with a sleek design that makes for a noticeable improvement over your existing TV speakers. Dialogue in TV shows and movies is reproduced with great clarity, and voices and lead instruments in music are pleasant and detailed in the mix. The bar supports many different audio formats, including Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos, but due to its 3.1 setup, it has to downmix them into stereo to play them. The resulting sound isn't quite as immersive as what you get with the Samsung HW-Q800B, but it's adequate for the price.
Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't come with a room correction feature, so it sounds a little different depending on the room you're listening in. However, you can make up for this with its other customization tools, including its graphic EQ. It supports Q-Symphony, too, so you can pair it up with a compatible Samsung TV, and you can easily stream audio from your phone to the bar via Bluetooth. It's a solid setup, especially compared to other models at its price, but if you want a cinematic feel in your movies, you'll probably want to opt for one of our more premium picks.
The best Samsung soundbar in the budget category that we've tested is the Samsung HW-B550. It's a simple 2.1 bar, so it's best suited for those who mostly listen to stereo content like music and TV shows. Right out of the box, it has a balanced sound, accurately reproducing everything from vocals to lead instruments in your favorite songs. There's a subwoofer included, too, that adds some rumble to bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can switch up its sound to your liking thanks to its graphic EQ and bass and treble adjustments. 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.
For those who don't have a lot of space in their setup, Samsung offers several standalone bars. You can still enjoy great sound quality without worrying about finding space in your setup for a subwoofer and satellites. The best of the bunch is the Samsung HW-S60A. This 5.0 soundbar has a very small and compact design that fits easily under your TV stand. Despite its small size, it still has a good soundstage that pushes sound past the edges of the bar for a more immersive sound. You can also find Samsung's standard selection of sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ and built-in voice assistant support, though there's no room correction like you'll find with the most premium picks.
This soundbar has a neutral sound profile that reproduces voices and lead instruments clearly and accurately. Unfortunately, since it lacks a dedicated subwoofer, it struggles to reproduce a deep and thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. It isn't something you can remedy with a graphic EQ, but if you mostly listen to content that doesn't have a lot of bass mixed in, like vocal-centric TV shows and podcasts, it's not very noticeable. Depending on the constraints of your space, it might be the best pick for your needs.
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 have 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, but they come with fewer sound customization tools.
Samsung usually makes pretty 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 also 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 price points. 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:
Jan 23, 2023: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
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Aug 26, 2022: Replaced the Samsung HW-Q950A with the Samsung HW-Q990B as 'Best Overall'. Added the Samsung HW-Q930B as 'Best Upper Mid-Range'. Replaced the Samsung HW-Q900A with the Samsung HW-Q800B as 'Best Mid-Range'. Replaced the Samsung HW-A550 with the Samsung HW-B550 as 'Best Budget'.
Jun 20, 2022: Minor updates to the text for accuracy and to the pick titles for clarity.
Mar 23, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying 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 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.