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Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Dec 19, 2023 at 11:28 am
Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC Picture
7.5
Mixed Usage
8.0
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.4
Music
7.3
Movies

The Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC is a 3.1.2 setup with the manufacturer's Acoustic Beam technology, which uses side-firing drivers built into the bar itself to send audio through a "beam" and out a series of up-firing drivers for a more immersive sound. This mid-range offering still comes with the manufacturer's signature sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ, as well as support for more advanced audio formats like Dolby Atmos. You'll have to purchase rear speakers separately, though.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q600C is good for mixed usage. This 3.1.2 soundbar has a discrete center channel to improve vocal quality in movies and TV shows. Its bass-heavy sound also brings a little extra punch to music, and there are many customization tools on hand to get the sound you want. While it supports Dolby Atmos content, it doesn't provide the most immersive listening experience. You'll have to add on separate satellites to improve its surround sound.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • Downmixes surround sound.
8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q60CC is great for dialogue-centric TV shows and podcasts. This 3.1.2 setup has a discrete center channel to improve vocal reproduction in the mix. The balanced and even sound ensures that dialogue is reproduced with clarity and accuracy. You can even use its Voice Enhance tool to make dialogue stand out.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Dialogue enhancement tool.
Cons
  • No room correction.
7.4 Music

The Samsung HW-Q60CC is satisfactory for music. Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a bass-heavy sound that packs extra punch into the mix. Voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced, and there are a lot of sound customization tools on hand to make the most of its performance. That said, compared to more premium models, this soundbar lacks room correction, so it sounds a little different depending on the room you're in.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • No room correction.
  • Some compression at max volume.
7.3 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q60CC is decent for movies. This 3.1.2 setup uses the manufacturer's Acoustic Beam technology to simulate height with content like Dolby Atmos. It doesn't bring as much height as more premium models, so you don't get the same life-like feel with your movies. Also, 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital are downmixed into stereo, which doesn't sound as clear or real. Still, dialogue is accurately reproduced, and there's some rumble in the bass during action scenes.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement tool.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • No room correction.
  • Downmixes surround sound.
  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.4 Music
  • 7.3 Movies
  1. Updated Dec 19, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 14, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Dec 11, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Nov 20, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Nov 03, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung Q60CC soundbar is available in Black, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

Let us know in the forums if you encounter another version of this soundbar.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung Q60CC soundbar is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q600B. The two models are quite similar overall, as they both have 3.1.2 setups with Acoustic Beam and Dolby Atmos support. This soundbar is an upgrade over other mid-range models like the Samsung HW-Q60C/Q6CC, which has to downmix Atmos content into stereo to play it back. Still, it doesn't bring the same life-like feel as more premium models.

See also our recommendations for the best Samsung soundbars, the best soundbars for dialogue, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Samsung HW-Q800C

The Samsung HW-Q800C is a more premium alternative to the Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC. The Q800C is a 5.1.2 setup that's better for surround sound than the 3.1.2 Q600C. It also has a better build quality and a better stereo soundstage performance. Plus, it comes with more sound enhancement features, like room correction.

Samsung HW-Q60C/Q6CC

The Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC is better than the Samsung HW-Q60C/Q6CC, especially for height content like Dolby Atmos. The Q600C has two up-firing channels, so it doesn't have to downmix Atmos content into stereo like the Q60C. The resulting sound is more clear and life-like. The Q600C has a better stereo soundstage, too.

LG S75Q

The Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC and the LG S75Q are both 3.1.2 soundbars, and the Samsung is better overall. The Samsung can reproduce more low-bass, so you feel more rumble in the mix. Plus, it has a better performance on its height channels with Dolby Atmos content. There are some more sound customization tools, like a graphic EQ.

Samsung HW-Q600B

The Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q600B. These bars have similar setups and a similar selection of sound enhancement features. However, the next-generation model is the better performer. The Q600B incorrectly implements many audio formats, resulting in a less life-like sound. The Q600C has a better surround sound performance, too. Our results with the Q600B were quite unusual, though, and it's possible that they represent a defect in our unique unit rather than the typical performance of this soundbar.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung Q600C is a simple bar with a similar design to last year's Samsung HW-Q600B. It's mostly made of plastic, and the sides of the bar are angled to give it a hexagonal shape.

Design
Style - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes
Enclosure
Ported

The sub also resembles the model that comes with the Samsung HW-Q600B. It has a simple rectangular design with a port in the rear.

Design
Style - Satellites
Satellite Wireless
No

You can purchase compatible satellites from the manufacturer separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 40.6" (103.0 cm)
Height 2.3" (5.8 cm)
Depth 4.1" (10.5 cm)

The Samsung Q60CC soundbar is fairly wide and likely won't fit between the legs of a 65" TV stand. Since it isn't very tall, it won't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on your table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 7.3" (18.5 cm)
Height 13.4" (34.0 cm)
Depth 11.6" (29.5 cm)

The sub's size is comparable to an average desktop PC. It connects to the bar wirelessly, which gives you some flexibility when setting it up in your room.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Mounting
Mountable Bar
Yes
Bar Brackets Included
Yes
Mountable Satellites
No
Satellite Brackets Included
No

You can mount the bar to the wall using the included brackets.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q600C has a good build quality. The bar itself is mostly made of plastic, and metal grilles cover the front and top of the bar to help protect the drivers inside. Rubber feet on the bottom of the bar help to keep it in place. Meanwhile, the sub is made of particle board, which feels solid but a bit cheap. Stretchy fabric covers the front of the sub, though it's quite thin and could rip easily, so you'll want to handle it with care. The port in the back of the sub is made of plastic.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power adapter (4.9 ft / 1.5 m)
  • 2x mounting bracket
  • 2x mounting screws and washers
  • 2x power cables (4.9 ft / 1.5 m)
  • HDMI cable

Sound
7.8
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.90
Std. Err.
3.54 dB
Channels
3.1.2
Low-Frequency Extension
35.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Samsung Q60CC soundbar has a very good stereo frequency response. Out-of-the-box, it offers a bass-heavy sound that adds extra punch and warmth to the mix, which is great for fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. Thanks to its balanced mids, voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced. Its low-frequency extension isn't the most impressive, so you don't get a deep rumble in action-packed scenes. You can customize its sound a bit thanks to its graphic EQ. Note that when we first activated the bar, the sound modes didn't work, but we could fix this issue pretty quickly by performing a factory reset on the bar.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-2
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
-0.07
Std. Err.
2.23 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
43.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

Since this soundbar has a bass-heavy sound out-of-the-box, those who prefer a more neutral sound with stereo content may want to customize it a bit. Setting the bass to -2 results in a more even and balanced sound, so you don't have any extra punch in the bass range. Note that there is a trade-off in terms of low-frequency extension when you lower the bass, so you'll also notice less rumble in the low-bass. Depending on your preferences, you may find that the trade-off is worth it.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.26 dB

The Samsung HW-Q600C has a decent stereo soundstage. The width of the soundstage is perceived to be about as wide as the bar itself, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. While the overall focus is decent, some holes are present in the soundstage between the center and left/right stereo channels, making it more challenging to accurately pinpoint the placement of sound objects like voices, causing them to sound like they're coming from a generalized area.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
94.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.48 dB

The Samsung HW-Q60CC gets loud enough to fill larger, more open rooms with sound. However, as you push it to max volume, you notice some compression in the mix, which impacts the overall quality and clarity of audio reproduction.

6.9
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.60
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
4.34

Distortion falls within good limits when you listen to stereo content at an average listening volume. As you push the bar to max volume, though, there's more distortion present. Still, distortion is hard to hear with real-life content, so it won't be an issue unless you're a very astute audiophile.

8.3
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.67
Std. Err.
2.91 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.39
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.49

This 3.1.2 soundbar comes with a discrete center channel to improve vocal quality in the mix. Though the overall frequency response is more bass-heavy, it's still quite even in the mids, which is where most voices are reproduced. As a result, dialogue is clear and accurate.

4.3
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-0.52
Std. Err.
2.98 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
91.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.31
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.74
7.1 Rears
No

The Samsung Q60CC doesn't have the most impressive surround sound performance, though this is normal for a 3.1.2 bar. It has to downmix surround sound into stereo to play it back, meaning you don't get the same clear or real feel with 5.1 content. For example, in the opening scene of the movie Gravity (2013), sound seems concentrated in the space in front of your couch rather than stretching all around your room for a more cinematic feel.

5.5
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.09
Std. Err.
5.48 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
85.4 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.73
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.14

The Samsung Q60CC soundbar uses the manufacturer's Acoustic Beam technology to simulate height with content like Dolby Atmos. Essentially, a side-firing channel inside the bar sends sound across the "beam" to exit out of holes at the bar's top. It's not quite the same setup as other Samsung bars with up-firing channels like the Samsung HW-Q990C, and it can't reproduce as much height as more premium models. The frequency response on these channels is fairly even, too, so sound effects reproduce clearly and accurately.

As part of our tests, we also subjectively evaluate the bar's soundstage performance with height content. Overall, Acoustic Beam doesn't simulate a lot of height, especially when compared to setups with dedicated up-firing drivers. Aerial scenes in movies like 1917 (2019) fail to provide a sense that planes and other objects are coming in right over your head. Instead, it seems more like they're coming from the space in front of your couch. There's some bass in action-packed scenes, but it's not very extended, so you miss out on some rumble and thump. Certainly, the bar is an upgrade over those without Atmos support, but given its price, it's no surprise that it doesn't bring as real of a feel as more premium models.

7.7
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Graphic + Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
Yes
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q600C has a good selection of sound enhancement features. As with most bars from the manufacturer, you can customize its sound thanks to bass and treble adjustments as well as a 7-band graphic EQ. There are a few preset modes, too, like Standard, Surround, Game Pro, and Adaptive Sound. You can adjust the rear levels if you add on rear speakers separately.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI Out
eARC
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
Full HDMI In
1
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No
Subwoofer Output
No

You can connect the bar to your TV using Optical or HDMI connections. A Full HDMI In port is on hand as well, in case you want to use the bar as a hub between devices for video passthrough.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: ARC/eARC
Dolby Atmos
Supported
Dolby Digital
Supported
Dolby Digital Plus
Supported
Dolby TrueHD
Supported
DTS
Supported
DTS:X
Supported
DTS-HD MA
Supported
PCM Channels
Up To 7.1

This soundbar supports many different audio formats that you'll likely come across on various streaming platforms and Blu-rays. It can playback 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, though it has to downmix them into stereo to do so. You can also enjoy lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

9.9
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Supported
Dolby Digital
Supported
Dolby Digital Plus
Supported
Dolby TrueHD
Supported
DTS
Supported
DTS:X
Supported
DTS-HD MA
Supported
PCM Channels
Up To 5.1

The bar supports many different formats over HDMI In, too. It can playback common surround sound formats like Dolby Digital as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos. However, it can only playback up to 5.1 PCM channels, which is disappointing compared to its support over eARC.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: Optical
Dolby Digital
Supported
DTS
Supported
PCM Channels
2.0

Dolby Digital is the most commonly found surround sound format, and the bar supports it over Optical. Plus, it can playback DTS content, which is commonly used as a fallback for higher-quality formats on Blu-rays.

5.8
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
150 ms
Optical
146 ms
Full HDMI In
64 ms

Latency is on the high end for this soundbar, especially over ARC and Optical connections. As a result, you're likely to notice some delay between the audio you hear and the visuals you see on screen. Fortunately, there's an audio sync correction tool on hand to help make up for this, which you can access by pressing the Gear button on the remote. Some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, too.

7.3
Connectivity
Video Passthrough To TV
1080p Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
1080p @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
4k Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
4k @ 120Hz @ 10-Bit
Not Supported
4k @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
8k Max Refresh Rate
30Hz
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10+ Passthrough
Yes
Dolby Vision Passthrough
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR Passthrough
Yes
FreeSync Passthrough
No
G-SYNC Passthrough
No
ALLM Passthrough
Yes

This soundbar can passthrough some common refresh rates and resolutions. We expected it to be able to passthrough 1080p at 120 Hz, especially as our Murideo device indicated that the bar was capable of this. However, that doesn't match our real-world experiences with the bar. With PCs, consoles, and various TVs, the bar can only passthrough 1080p content at 60Hz. Let us know in the forums if you have a similar experience.

6.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi Playback
No
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
No
Spotify Connect
No

You can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices via Bluetooth.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

A small display on the front of the bar shows its status, like the source, the volume, and the sound mode. As you tweak the bar's settings, the display shows the information.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

A few buttons on top of the bar let you adjust its most basic settings. You can power the bar on/off, adjust the volume, and change the input.

Additional Features
Remote

There's no app, so you control all the settings from the included remote.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No
Microphone Mute
No