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The 3 Best Samsung Soundbars of 2020
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Best Samsung Soundbars

We have currently reviewed 16 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.

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Best Samsung Soundbars


  1. Best Samsung Soundbar

    8.2
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    8.2
    Music
    8.2
    Movies
    Channels
    7.1.4

    The best Samsung soundbar we’ve tested is the Samsung HW-Q90R. This well-built 7.1.4 setup comes with a dedicated subwoofer and two rear speakers to create an immersive listening experience. It has a neutral, balanced sound profile, with an extended bass that can accurately reproduce the low thumps and rumbles in action-packed scenes. If you like to customize the sound of the bar, there's a graphic EQ and presets available in its companion app. It can get loud, and it has a lot of sound enhancement features and connectivity options. You can use it to watch Dolby Atmos and DTS content, too. With such a versatile overall performance, it ranks among the best soundbars we've tested.

    Unfortunately, it's pretty wide, so it may not easily fit between the legs of your TV. It also doesn't have a room correction feature, which is a bit disappointing for such a premium soundbar. It may also be a bit more difficult to find new as Samsung releases premium bars from its 2020 lineup like the Samsung HW-Q900T and the Samsung HW-Q950T. However, if you're looking for a premium setup with a well-rounded performance, it's a solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Best 5.1 Samsung Soundbar

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    8.1
    Music
    8.1
    Movies
    Channels
    5.1.2

    The best Samsung 5.1 soundbar we’ve tested is the Samsung HW-Q80R. It's practically identical to the Samsung HW-Q90R, but it lacks rear speakers. That said, the sound performance is great. Its subwoofer provides a deep bass that'll satisfy fans of EDM and hip-hop. This bass is also great for those who like to feel the rumble of explosions in their action films. While the 5.1 setup doesn't perform as well for surround sound compared to the Q90R, its side-firing speakers directly on the bar are still decent. It also supports Atmos content if you want a more immersive listening experience. If you like to have several devices connected to your soundbar, it has plenty of inputs, and it can serve as a hub for your devices like gaming consoles and Blu-ray players.

    Like all Samsung soundbars, it has a small scrolling screen interface, which can be a pain to read, and it lacks a room correction to improve audio quality depending on your room. On the upside, if you don’t have space or don’t need rear satellites for your usage, this is a great 5.1 setup that will save you a few bucks over the other Samsung HW-Q90R. You can also check out the Samsung HW-Q60R for an even cheaper option; it's a 5.1 setup with an integrated Samsung Acoustic Beam that plays surround content, but its performance is nowhere near the quality of the Q80R.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Samsung Soundbar

    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.4
    Music
    6.3
    Movies
    Channels
    2.1

    The Samsung HW-T550 is the best budget Samsung soundbar that we've tested. This 2.1 channel setup is the 2020 model of its predecessor, the Samsung HW-R550. It has an improved sound signature that's slightly more neutral, and its stereo soundstage is a bit wider. Although it doesn't look as sleek or premium as higher-end Samsung soundbars, it's still well-built. It has a 7-band graphic EQ so you can really tweak its sound profile to your liking, and it can get loud enough for a large room or if you're having a house party. It's great for vocal-centric content, and it even has a 'Smart' EQ preset that uses DRC (dynamic range compression) to automatically optimize the volume of different content such as TV shows and advertisements.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support Atmos content, and it downmixes surround content into stereo, which doesn't result in a very immersive audio experience. It also doesn't have as many connectivity options as other Samsung soundbars on this list, and it lacks an analog audio jack, which is a little disappointing for those who like to listen to vinyl. That being said, if you're looking for an upgrade from your computer or TV speakers, this soundbar is a good choice at a more affordable price than others on this list.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Solid design. All Samsung soundbars are very well-built and have a sleek look. You won't find any mesh fabric on them, and you'll be satisfied with their build quality made out of great solid plastic and metal grilles covering the speakers.
  • Good sound quality. Samsung soundbars tend to offer a good, well-balanced, and neutral sound profile right out-of-the-box, which is versatile for different uses. Some soundbars do have a bit of extra bass thanks to their wireless subwoofer.
  • Great connectivity options. You'll always find a Full HDMI In on a Samsung soundbar for you to plug in your devices. They come with plenty of ports and also allow multiple wireless playbacks, but the more budget options only support Bluetooth.
  • Expensive. Samsung soundbars tend to be a bit more expensive than similar competing models.
  • Small screen interface. Samsung soundbars tend to have a small screen that displays inputs and volume level. If there are messages, the text needs to scroll to fully display. While some may prefer this interface over light indicators, others might be annoyed by the scrolling text.
  • No room correction. Unlike other brands, Samsung doesn't offer a room correction feature to adapt the audio delivery to your room. This may result in the soundbar sounding differently than intended, depending on your room.

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.

Conclusion

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.

If you're still shopping around, see our recommendations for the best soundbars. If you need something more specific, check out the best soundbars for dialogue, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

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