We've currently tested 36 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 a premium 11.1.4 setup that's designed to bring a cinematic experience right to your living room. If you watch lots of movies on streaming platforms, you're likely to come across both Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos content, and the bar takes full advantage of these multi-channel options. Sound seems to stretch through the room, and its angled satellites make it seem like sound effects are happening right around you. The dedicated sub packs plenty of punch in the bass range, especially compared to last year's Samsung HW-Q950A, so you feel your seat shake during intense movie scores and action-packed scenes, just like you would at the theater. It's versatile enough for watching TV shows and listening to music, and there's built-in Alexa support, too.
This bar stands out from others in its price range thanks to its wide array of sound customization features. Like most premium setups, there are room correction tools on hand to adjust its audio reproduction based on your room's unique acoustics. Also, you find the traditional bass and treble adjustments and a 7-band graphic EQ, meaning you can control frequencies across the range. That said, no soundbar is perfect. Its stereo soundstage is good, but it doesn't stretch quite as wide as some other options on the market, like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module or the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers. 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. It's another versatile Dolby Atmos soundbar that's a great choice for everything from movies to music to TV shows. It's a 9.1.4 setup, meaning that it comes with two fewer surround channels than the Samsung HW-Q990B, and its redesigned sub brings a little less rumble in the bass in comparison. That said, you don't notice much of a difference in their performances, especially when it comes to Dolby Atmos content. The bar provides an immersive sound, with satellites that make it seem like sound effects are happening all around your room in tune with the action on screen. Dialogue is clear and present in the mix, and the subwoofer still brings plenty of thump in the bass for a cinematic feel.
You get access to the same selection of sound enhancement tools, too—well, almost. 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.
If you're looking for a more affordable option, consider the Samsung HW-Q800B. It's a 5.1.2 setup that makes for a good alternative, especially if you don't have space in your setup for a bar with rear satellites. It's still a pretty versatile bar, with support for everything from Dolby Atmos to Dolby Digital content. As with most Samsung bars, you get plenty of sound enhancement features, too, from the SpaceFit Sound room correction tool to the 7-band graphic EQ to switch up its sound. Whether you're listening to music, movies, or TV shows, the dialogue and lead instruments are clear and accurate in the mix, and its dedicated sub offers an extended low-bass for the rumble in bass-heavy genres.
Of course, without satellites, you don't get the same immersive feel as our top picks. When you listen to surround sound, sound effects don't feel as clear or as real in the space around you. There's less height with Atmos content, too, which is especially noticeable in scenes where sound effects are designed to come from above you, like drones flying past. It still does a good job compared to other setups without satellites. There's a decent sense of width, and you feel fairly immersed in your audio. Plus, you have the option to add on separate rear speakers from the manufacturer if you move to a larger space down the line, which is handy.
The Samsung HW-Q60B is an alternative available at a more budget-friendly price. It's a simple 3.1 setup released in 2022, and it comes with a dedicated subwoofer to bring a little extra rumble in the bass range. Right out-of-the-box, its balanced sound means that voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, making it suitable for listening to different types of audio content. Of course, it doesn't have as many features as the more pricey picks, so you don't have room correction, for example. As a result, it sounds a little different depending on the space you're in—however, with a 7-band graphic EQ on hand, you can make up for these differences on your own, which is nice.
The biggest difference between this bar and the Samsung HW-Q800B comes in its movie performance. The Q60B supports lots of different multi-channel formats, including both Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. However, since it's a 3.1 bar, it has to downmix this audio into stereo to play it. The resulting sound doesn't feel very real, and you don't get the same sense of audio stretching to the space around you. Audio seems like it's coming from a speaker placed in front of you rather than speakers placed all around you. There's a little less rumble in the bass, too. If you don't watch a lot of multi-channel movies, it's a good choice. It's ideal for stereo content, which includes most music and TV shows, while still offering you the flexibility to enjoy Atmos every once in a while. However, if you love immersive movies, it's worth spending a little more for a better bar.
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, too, thanks to its graphic EQ as well as its 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. It still makes 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 a 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.
Samsung usually makes pretty good soundbars with good sound quality and 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.
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.
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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. 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.