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Samsung HW-Q59CT Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 07, 2021 at 10:40 am
Samsung HW-Q59CT Picture

The Samsung HW-Q59CT is a 5.1 setup released in 2021. It uses built-in Acoustic Beam technology to more accurately localize sound objects for a more immersive listening experience when using its 'Surround Sound' and 'Game Mode Pro' presets. The manufacturer also says that you can use its Q-Symphony feature with certain Samsung TVs to create a more immersive sound. If you want to listen to music, its 'Standard' preset has a pretty neutral sound profile that's suitable for most types of audio content, but unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content.

Note: The manufacturer advertises this soundbar as a 5.1 setup. However, during our tests, we found that it has a 3.1 setup when using its 'Standard' preset. With its 'Game Mode Pro' and 'Surround Sound' presets, it uses Acoustic Beam technology to simulate a 5.1 setup, which the manufacturer says helps with sound positioning to create a more immersive listening experience.

Our Verdict

N/A Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q59CT is decent for mixed usage. With its 'Standard' preset, it has a neutral sound profile with a little extra punch in the bass range that's still suitable for most types of audio content. It's well-suited for dialogue-heavy content, thanks to its discrete center channel. You can also use its 'Surround Sound' or 'Game Mode Pro' presets to activate its Acoustic Beam technology for a more immersive surround sound, though these presets aren't ideal for listening to music. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Atmos content.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • No Atmos support.
  • Lacks low-bass.
N/A Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q59CT soundbar is very good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce voices clearly and with detail, and its discrete center channel helps accurately localize dialogue within the sound image. There's even a dialogue enhancement feature to make voices more crisp and clear. While you can wirelessly stream podcasts from your phone to the bar via Bluetooth, unfortunately, it doesn't support Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or Chromecast built-in.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement mode.
  • Auto-volume mode.
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or Chromecast built-in support.
N/A Music

The Samsung HW-Q59CT is good for music. With its 'Standard' preset, it has a pretty neutral sound profile with a little extra punch in the bass range. It's suitable for listening to most types of audio content, and you can use the bass and treble adjustments and the graphic EQ to create a different sound if you prefer. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so it isn't ideal for bass-heavy genres like EDM.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
N/A Movies

The Samsung HW-Q59CT is fair for movies. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce voices clearly and with detail, though it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes. With its 'Surround Sound' preset, it uses up-firing Acoustic Beam drivers to create a more immersive listening experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • No Atmos support.
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • N/A Mixed Usage
  • N/A Dialogue/TV Shows
  • N/A Music
  • N/A Movies
  1. Updated Oct 07, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 01, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung HW-Q59CT is available in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version of this bar, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar has a similar design to the Samsung HW-Q60T. Both soundbars are advertised as a 5.1 setup, and they use Acoustic Beam technology to create a more immersive sound with certain EQ presets. Unlike the HW-Q60T, this soundbar also supports Tap Sound, which is advertised to mirror sound from your phone to the bar when tapped against the bar.

See also our recommendations for the best soundbars under $500, the best 5.1 soundbars, and the best Samsung soundbars.

Vizio M Series M51a-H6

The Vizio M Series M51a-H6 is better than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. The Vizio comes with discrete satellite speakers, and unlike the Samsung, it supports Dolby Atmos content. It also offers a better surrounds performance, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. That said, the Samsung is better built, and some listeners may prefer its graphic EQ for sound customization over the Vizio's bass and treble adjustments.

Sonos Arc

The standalone Sonos Arc is better than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. The Sonos is better built and supports Dolby Atmos content. It has better soundstage, surround, and center performances. Unlike the Samsung, it has room correction and built-in voice assistant support. That said, only the Samsung has a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization.

Vizio M Series M51ax-J6

The Vizio M Series M51ax-J6 is better than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. The Vizio supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has better center and surround performances. Also, it reproduces a more extended low-bass. However, the Samsung is better built, with a graphic EQ.

Samsung HW-Q65T

The Samsung HW-Q65T is better than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. While both 5.1 setups perform very similarly overall, the HW-Q65T comes with discrete satellite speakers. It offers a better surrounds performance, too.

Samsung HW-A550

The Samsung HW-Q59CT is marginally better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-A550. Both soundbars offer very similar performances overall. However, the 5.1 HW-Q59CT has a discrete center channel, which helps anchor voices to a more accurate location in the soundstage compared to the 2.1 HW-A550's phantom localization.

Sonos Beam

The Samsung HW-Q59CT and the Sonos Beam offer similar overall performances. The Samsung is a 5.1 setup with a dedicated sub that reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it has a Full HDMI In port for high quality passthrough. That said, the 3.0 Sonos is better built and its more compact design may be ideal for some users. It also has better soundstage and center performances.

Vizio V Series V51-H6

The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is better than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. The Vizio comes with discrete satellites and offers a better surrounds performance. It can also reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it can get louder with less compression at max volume. That said, the Samsung is better built with a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

Vizio M Series M512a-H6

The Vizio M Series M512a-H6 is better than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. The Vizio supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Unlike the Samsung soundbar, it comes with discrete satellite speakers. It also reproduces a more extended low-bass. However, only the Samsung soundbar has a graphic EQ, which some users may prefer for sound customization.

Samsung HW-Q60T

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-Q60T or the Samsung HW-Q59CT. The HW-Q60T is better built and has a better surrounds performance. That said, the HW-Q59CT reproduces a slightly more extended low-bass. The manufacturer also says that it supports some more features like TapSound.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q600A is better than the Samsung HW-Q59CT for most uses. The HW-Q600A is a 3.1.2 setup that's better built. Unlike the 5.1 HW-Q59CT, it supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, both bars have a good stereo frequency response and lots of customization options.

Samsung HW-A650

The Samsung HW-A650 is marginally better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. The HW-A650 is better built, and it has better center and surround performances. However, both bars have good stereo frequency responses and lots of customization options.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q59CT is a simple soundbar with a similar design to the Samsung HW-Q60T. It's plastic, with a metal grille covering the top and front.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The sub is mostly made of melamine. There's fabric covering the front.

Design
Style - Satellites
Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

The Samsung HW-Q59CT soundbar is a bit wide, so it likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. That said, it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

The sub is about the size of an average desktop PC. It connects to the bar wirelessly, so you have some flexibility when placing it in your setup.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Locked

The back of the bar has two openings for the power cable and the input ports. There are also proprietary holes so you can mount it to the wall using the included brackets.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Locked

There's a port on the back of the subwoofer. Also, the power cable connects near the bottom, and there's a pairing button.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Locked
N/A
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q59CT has a good build quality. The bar is high-quality plastic, and the metal grille covering the front and the top helps protect the drivers inside. Unfortunately, the sub feels a bit cheap. It's mostly made of melamine, and the wood behind the fabric for our model flexes. The fabric covering is also loose, so it seems like it could rip easily.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
Lock m (Lock ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • User manual
  • Mounting brackets
  • Remote with 2xAA batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • 2x Power cables
  • Mounting screws with template
  • AC adapter

Sound
N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Channels
5.1
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

The Samsung HW-Q59CT has a very good stereo frequency response. On its 'Standard' preset, it has a pretty neutral sound profile with a little extra punch in the bass range that should be suitable for most types of audio content. That said, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass. However, you can customize its sound to your liking using its graphic EQ and presets.

This soundbar also comes with 'Surround Sound' and 'Game Mode Pro' presets that use Acoustic Beam technology to simulate a 5.1 setup. However, during our subjective listening tests, we found that the 'Standard' preset was better-suited to stereo content, like music. The 'Surround Sound' and 'Game Mode Pro' preset modes tried to push sound higher than the 'Standard' preset, resulting in a more fake and diffused sound with stereo content.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Locked
Suggested Bass Setting
Lock
Suggested Treble Setting
Lock
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

The Samsung HW-Q59CT has a very good stereo frequency response with calibration. With its bass set to '-5' and its treble set to '5', it has a more neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. Unfortunately, it still doesn't reproduce a very extended low-bass, so you don't feel the low rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
Lock dB

The Samsung HW-Q59CT has a decent stereo soundstage. Its soundstage is perceived to be wider than the bar itself, which is good. It also has good focus, so sound objects seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location rather than a more general area.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
Lock dB

The Samsung HW-Q59CT has a very good stereo dynamics performance. It gets loud enough to fill up a large room or a crowded party. While there are some compression artifacts present at max volume, they shouldn't be too noticeable, so audio is still reproduced clearly.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

The Samsung HW-Q59CT has a fair THD performance. At normal listening volumes, the THD falls within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure. However, there's a jump in THD when you push the bar to max volume, especially in the bass range. That said, it may not be too noticeable with real-life content.

N/A
Sound
Center
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

The Samsung HW-Q59CT has a good center channel performance. Thanks to its 5.1 setup, it has a discrete center channel, which helps to more accurately localize voices to a pinpoint location in the sound image. While its frequency response is a bit bass-heavy, this shouldn't be too noticeable since most voices are reproduced in the mid-range.

N/A
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock
7.1 Rears
Locked

The manufacturer advertises the Samsung HW-Q59CT as a 5.1 setup, but during our tests, we found that it has a 3.1 setup with its 'Standard' preset. As a result, it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. Audio seems like it's coming from in front of you rather than from speakers placed all around you. The results above reflect our tests with the 'Standard' preset enabled.

However, with its 'Surround Sound' and 'Game Mode Pro' presets, this soundbar uses Acoustic Beam technology to simulate a 5.1 setup. During our subjective listening tests, we found that the 'Surround Sound' preset is better-suited to surround content. It fires sound upward and forward from the bar using a phantom localization, resulting in a more immersive sound. You can see the results for the 'Surround Sound' preset here.

N/A
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Locked
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A
N/A
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Locked
Dialogue Enhancement
Locked
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Locked
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Locked
Bass Adjustment
Locked
Treble Adjustment
Locked
EQ
Locked
Surround Level Adjustment
Locked
Rear Level Adjustment
Locked
Height Level Adjustment
Locked
Virtual Surround
Locked

The Samsung HW-Q59CT soundbar has a fair selection of sound enhancement features. You can customize its sound using the bass and treble adjustments as well as its 7-band graphic EQ. It also comes with several EQ presets, including 'Standard', Surround Sound', 'Game Mode Pro', and 'DTS Virtual:X'. Unfortunately, it lacks some more premium sound enhancement features like room correction, so it may sound a bit different depending on the room you're listening in.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
Locked
HDMI ARC
Locked
HDMI Out
Locked
Full HDMI In
Locked
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
Locked
RCA In
Locked
USB for Files
Locked
Ethernet
Locked

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar has several physical inputs. There's a Full HDMI In port, meaning you can use it as a hub between different devices. However, it doesn't have an AUX port, so you can't wire older devices for audio playback.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Locked
Dolby Atmos
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
DTS
Locked
DTS:X (eARC only)
Locked
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Locked
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Locked
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Locked

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar has decent audio format support via ARC. It supports Dolby Digital, which is the most commonly used surround sound format. Also, it supports DTS, which is the fallback for the higher quality DTS-HD MA format.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Locked
DTS:X
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
DTS
Locked
Dolby TrueHD
Locked
DTS-HD MA
Locked
5.1 PCM
Locked

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar also supports Dolby Digital over its Full HDMI In port, which is handy for listeners who watch a lot of content on Blu-ray discs and streaming services. However, you can't stream object-based or lossless audio formats like Dolby Atmos.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Locked
DTS
Locked

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar also supports Dolby Digital and DTS via Optical in. These formats are commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

N/A
Connectivity
Latency
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Samsung HW-Q59CT Latency Video Sample
ARC
Lock ms
Optical
Lock ms
Full HDMI In
Lock ms

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar has a fair latency performance. It has somewhat high latency via ARC, Optical, and Full HDMI In, so you may notice a bit of delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. As a result, it may not be ideal for watching video over these connections. That said, some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

N/A
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Locked
Wi-Fi
Locked
Chromecast built-in
Locked
Apple AirPlay
Locked

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar only lets you stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Locked
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Locked
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Locked
HDR10 Passthrough
Locked

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar can passthrough high bandwidth signals. When connected between your PC and your TV, text on the screen appears crisp and clear.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Locked

The sub connects to the bar wirelessly. You only need to plug it into a power outlet to use it.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Locked
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Locked

There's a small display screen on the right side of the bar behind the metal grille. It shows the settings you change, as well as the input you're on and the volume level.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are some physical controls on top of the bar. You can turn the bar on and off, adjust the volume, and change the input.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
Locked

The remote is fairly simple and lets you control all of the bar's functions. The manufacturer also says that it supports Samsung OneRemote, so you can control the bar using the remote for a compatible Samsung TV.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Locked
Google Assistant
Locked
Apple Siri
Locked
Additional Features
App
App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Acts As A Remote
Locked
Controls Soundbar's Settings
Locked
Casts Device Files
Locked
Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Locked
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Locked

The Samsung Q59CT soundbar has an auto-off feature that shuts it off after 20 minutes of inactivity. It also supports HDMI CEC, meaning you can control the bar's basic functions with your TV remote.

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