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Samsung HW-Q60B Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 01, 2022 at 10:10 am
Samsung HW-Q60B Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
8.0
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.5
Music
7.3
Movies
Channels
3.1

The Samsung HW-Q60B is a simple 3.1 setup released as part of Samsung's 2022 soundbar lineup. It comes with a dedicated subwoofer, and you can add on separate rear speakers if you want to enhance its surround sound. It also supports Samsung's Q-Symphony technology, which lets you pair the bar with a compatible Samsung TV to use the bar's speakers in tandem with the TV's speakers. It's advertised to have two up-firing channels, which seem to be related to Samsung's Acoustic Beam technology, but they don't play sound like more traditional up-firing height drivers. Overall, it doesn't offer as many features as Samsung's more premium models, like the Samsung HW-Q990B - for example, there's no room correction feature or voice assistant support, and you can't control it using the SmartThings app.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q60B is good for mixed usage. It's a simple 3.1 bar that has a pretty neutral sound out-of-the-box, so voices and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix. Like most Samsung models, it offers lots of customization tools, too, including a graphic EQ as well as lots of presets. While there's support for surround sound and Dolby Atmos, unfortunately, it has to downmix this content into stereo to play it. There's a lack of low-bass, too, that's noticeable with action-packed movies and bass-heavy music.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass.
  • Downmixes surround and Atmos content into stereo.
8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q60B is great for dialogue-focused content like TV shows and podcasts. It's a 3.1 setup with a discrete center channel that helps reproduce voices more clearly and accurately, and its balanced mids ensure that dialogue is detailed and present in the mix. You can also use its 'Adaptive Sound' dialogue enhancement feature if you want, or its Night Mode to balance the volume level for dialogue clarity when you watch TV at night.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Night mode available.
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay, or Chromecast support.
7.5 Music

The Samsung HW-Q60B is good for music. Its default sound is pretty neutral, especially in the mids where more voices and lead instruments are reproduced. There's a little extra boom in the high-bass that adds a nice rumble. You have lots of customization tools on hand, including bass and treble adjustments as well as a 7-band graphic EQ. However, its low-frequency extension isn't the most impressive, so you don't feel the deep thump in bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Graphic EQ.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass.
7.3 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q60B is decent for movies. It supports Dolby Atmos as well as surround sound content like Dolby Digital, which you find on lots of streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs. However, it has to downmix this content into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive as setups with discrete surround speakers or up-firing height drivers. The lack of low-bass means that you don't feel the deep thump in action-packed scenes or intense scores, either.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass.
  • Downmixes surround and Atmos content into stereo.
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.5 Music
  • 7.3 Movies
  1. Updated Jun 01, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated May 27, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q60B is made of similar materials compared to the Samsung HW-Q60T. It's made of good-quality plastic and a solid metal grille. However, unlike the Q60T, the sides are angled.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The Samsung HW-Q60B's sub is made of wood, with fabric covering the front. The pairing button and the port are on the back.

Design
Style - Satellites

You can add on either the Samsung SWA-9200S or the SWA-9100S rear speaker kits if you want.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 40.6" (103.1 cm)
Height 2.6" (6.5 cm)
Depth 4.1" (10.5 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q60B is a bit longer than the Samsung HW-Q60T due to the angled edges. It doesn't fit between the legs of a 55-inch TV, but it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 7.3" (18.5 cm)
Height 13.6" (34.5 cm)
Depth 11.6" (29.4 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q60B's sub is about the size of an average desktop computer. Since it connects to the bar wirelessly, you can place it anywhere in your room. You just need to plug it into a power outlet to get it to work.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Universal (holes on underside)

There are some openings on the back of the bar for the inputs and the power cable. If you want to mount it to your wall, there are universal holes on the underside, and a mounting kit is included.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The port is on the back of the sub, as well as the pairing button.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q60B has good build quality. It's similar to the Samsung HW-Q60T, with a bar that's mostly made of plastic and a metal grille to protect the drivers inside. The sub's made of wood, which feels solid. However, the fabric in the front seems thin, and it collects dust easily.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • Manuals
  • Power adapter for the soundbar
  • 2x power cables
  • Remote with 2x AA batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • Mounting template with plates and screws

Sound
7.7
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.50
Std. Err.
2.56 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
43.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a good stereo frequency response. It has a fairly neutral sound out-of-the-box, with balanced mids that reproduce clear and accurate voices and lead instruments. There's a little extra boom in the high-bass which adds some rumble to the sound. It can't reproduce the deep thump in the low-bass that's common with bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. There are lots of customization tools on hand, like a graphic EQ and presets, but you can't make it reproduce lower frequencies.

7.7
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-3
Suggested Treble Setting
1
Slope
0.08
Std. Err.
2.32 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
44.9 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a good stereo frequency response with calibration. If you set its bass to '-3' and its treble to '1', it has a more neutral and balanced sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a lot of different types of audio content. Balanced mids ensure voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, and while the high-bass is present, it isn't as thumpy. You still won't get the deep rumble in the low-bass, so it's not ideal for bass-heavy music or action-packed movies.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.15 dB

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a decent stereo soundstage. The bar's soundstage isn't perceived to be any wider than the bar itself, and it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. There's good focus, though, so sound objects like voices and instruments seem to come from accurate, pinpoint locations in the soundstage.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
94.5 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.87 dB

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a good stereo dynamics performance. The bar gets loud enough to fill large rooms and open spaces, and there's not too much compression when you push it to max volume. As a result, audio reproduction is clean and pure even at high volumes.

6.8
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.69
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
4.29

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a fair stereo THD performance. At normal listening volumes, distortion falls within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure. There's a jump in THD across the range when you push the bar to max volume, though. That said, distortion is hard to hear with real-life content - audiophiles notice some unwanted frequencies at loud volume, but more casual listeners don't hear much of a difference.

8.2
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.70
Std. Err.
2.87 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
88.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.39
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.27

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a good center channel performance. It's a 3.1 setup, meaning that it comes with a discrete center channel. As a result, voices are more clear and accurate in the mix, and they're more accurately localized within the soundstage.

4.3
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-0.68
Std. Err.
2.91 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
91.4 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.35
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.46
7.1 Rears
No

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a poor surrounds performance, which is common for 3.1 setups. It doesn't come with discrete surround speakers, so it has to downmix 5.1 content into stereo to play it. The resulting sound isn't as immersive, and it just seems like audio is coming from speakers placed in front of you. You don't get the sense that action is taking place all around you with 5.1 movies and video games.

3.9
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
0.40
Std. Err.
2.75 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
79.1 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.16
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.55

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a poor Atmos performance. Though it's advertised to come with up-firing channels, these aren't designed for height content - they seem to be part of the Acoustic Beam technology, and they don't play sound with height content specifically. The bar has to downmix Atmos content into stereo to play it. The resulting sound isn't as immersive, as it simply plays the file through the bar's left and right stereo speakers. Sounds seem localized to the front of the bar, and while it can achieve some height, you don't get the sense that action is happening all around you. For example, it doesn't seem like sound effects come from the sides or from behind you. That said, this is a pretty typical performance for a 3.1 bar.

7.1
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
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a decent selection of sound enhancement features. You can customize its sound with its bass and treble adjustments as well as its 7-band graphic EQ. There are several preset modes, too, including 'Standard', 'Surround Sound', 'Game', 'Adaptive Sound', and 'DTS VIRTUAL:X'. 'Adaptive Sound' is a dialogue enhancement feature, and 'DTS VIRTUAL:X' is a virtual surround mode that creates a more 3D sound. Also, if you choose to add on rear speakers, you can adjust their levels.

You can also pair the bar with compatible Samsung TVs to use Q-Symphony. This feature is advertised to create a more immersive sound by using your TV speakers in tandem with the speakers in the bar itself. However, in practice, Q-Symphony results in a noticeable difference in volume between the speakers on the bar and the speakers in the TV, which is quite distracting. You don't need Q-Symphony to get an immersive sound - if anything, it degrades the overall audio quality.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
1
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

You can wire the Samsung HW-Q60B to your TV using HDMI or Optical connections. There's also a Full HDMI In port, meaning you can use the bar as a hub between different devices like your PC and your TV.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
Yes
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Yes
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60B has incredible audio format support via ARC. If you watch a lot of content on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs, you're likely to come across formats like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. The bar supports all of them.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
Yes
5.1 PCM
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60B has fantastic audio format support via Full HDMI In. It can playback common surround sound formats like Dolby Digital as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60B supports both Dolby Digital and DTS over Optical. Dolby Digital is the most common surround sound format - and while DTS isn't used as much, it's the fallback for higher-quality DTS-HD MA, which you find on a lot of Blu-rays.

7.7
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
79 ms
Optical
50 ms
Full HDMI In
-57 ms

The Samsung HW-Q60B has a good latency performance. It has fairly low latency, so you don't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. Some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

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

You can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar via Bluetooth, and you can actually connect up to two devices at once. If you have certain Samsung mobile devices, you can use Samsung's Tap Sound feature, which mirrors sound from the device to the bar when you tap them against each other. If you don't have this feature, Bluetooth is still available.

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

The Samsung HW-Q60B can passthrough some high-quality bandwidth signals, so when you connect it between your TV and your PC, text on the screen is clear and crisp. There's no Dolby Vision Passthrough support, though, and it can't passthrough 4k @ 120Hz.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects to the bar wirelessly, so you just need to plug it into a power outlet to use it.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

There's a small display located beneath the metal grille. It displays the settings as you change them, including the input and the volume level. The metal grille makes the text appear a bit blurry, but you can still read what it says.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are four controls on top of the bar, which let you power it on/off, adjust the volume, and change the input. You can also use the included remote to control the bar from the comfort of your couch.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote has the same design as the remote for other 2022 Samsung soundbars. It lets you control all of the bar's functions, so you can play/pause your audio, change the input, select the sound mode, and more.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No
Additional Features
App
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
Acts As A Remote
No
Controls Soundbar's Settings
No
Casts Device Files
No
Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Auto-off
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60B automatically shuts off after 18 minutes of inactivity. It also supports HDMI CEC support, meaning you can control its basic features with your TV's remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung HW-Q60B is available in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

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

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung HW-Q60B is a simple 3.1 bar ideal for listening to music and vocal-centric content like TV shows. Like most Samsung bars, it comes with lots of customization tools to help you adjust its sound to your liking. However, it lacks more premium features like room correction, and it has to downmix 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos content into stereo to play it.

Make sure to also check out our recommendations for the best Samsung soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars for dialogue.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q600A and the Samsung HW-Q60B are very similarly-performing soundbars, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Samsung HW-Q600A has a better Atmos performance thanks to its two up-firing drivers, which do a better job representing height sound effects. However, it doesn't have eARC support like the HW-Q60B, which is disappointing if you're looking to access more formats via your TV.

Samsung HW-Q700A

The Samsung HW-Q700A and the Samsung HW-Q60B are very similarly-performing soundbars, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The HW-Q700A is a better choice for Atmos thanks to its two up-firing drivers, which more clearly represent sound effects in height content. It has more wireless playback options, too, and a better soundstage. It doesn't reproduce as much bass out-of-the-box compared to the HW-Q60B, but you can correct this issue a bit with its subwoofer level adjustment feature.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is better than the Samsung HW-Q60B. They're both 3.1 setups, but the HW-Q800A comes with two up-firing drivers built into the bar for a better Atmos performance. It has a better soundstage, too, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. You also have more wireless playback options on hand.

Samsung HW-Q60T

The Samsung HW-Q60B is better than the Samsung HW-Q60T. Although the HW-Q60T is a 5.1 setup, its surround performance isn't very impressive. It also doesn't support Dolby Atmos content like the HW-Q60B does. Also, the HW-Q60B comes with eARC support, so you have more capabilities with compatible TVs.

Samsung HW-B450

The Samsung HW-Q60B is better than the Samsung HW-B450. The HW-Q60B is a 3.1 setup with Dolby Atmos support, unlike the B450. It's better built, too, and it comes with more sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ. Dialogue is more clear thanks to its discrete center channel, and there are HDMI connections available, unlike the B450.

LG S65Q

The Samsung HW-Q60B is better than the LG S65Q. They're both 3.1 setups, but the Samsung supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the LG. It also comes with a few more customization tools, including a graphic EQ.

LG S75Q

The Samsung HW-Q60B is better than the LG S75Q for most uses. The Samsung is a 3.1 setup, and it has a more neutral sound out-of-the-box, especially in the treble range. As a result, higher-pitched sounds like cymbals are more detailed in the mix. It has a graphic EQ for customization, too. However, the LG's better for Dolby Atmos content since it offers up-firing height drivers, while the Samsung's advertised up-firing drivers aren't for height content.

Klipsch Cinema 800

The Klipsch Cinema 800 is better than the Samsung HW-Q60B. They're both 3.1 setups with Dolby Atmos support, but the Klipsch offers a better soundstage. It's also able to reproduce a more extended low-bass, so you feel more thump and rumble in your audio. There are more wireless playback options on hand, too. That said, the Klipsch doesn't have a very premium build, especially compared to the Samsung.

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