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Samsung HW-Q60C Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jul 25, 2023 at 08:56 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 25, 2023 at 08:56 am
Samsung HW-Q60C Picture

The Samsung HW-Q60C is a 3.1 soundbar released in 2023. It's a simpler mid-range offering that brings some of the manufacturer's signature sound enhancement tools, including a 7-band graphic EQ to switch up its sound. Satellites aren't sold with this setup, which is great if you're low on space. However, you may want to add them for an improved surround sound.

Our Verdict

N/A Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q60C is good for mixed usage. It's a simple bar with a good sound suitable for many different types of audio content, especially more dialogue-focused TV shows and podcasts. Voices and clear and easy to follow, and it reproduces instruments with detail in your favorite songs, too. While it supports many different audio formats, it has to downmix more immersive formats into stereo sound, which doesn't sound as clear or real as more premium setups.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass.
  • Downmixes height and surround sound.
N/A Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q60C is great for dialogue-centric TV shows and podcasts. This 3.1 setup has a discrete center channel designed to improve vocal reproduction in the mix. With a clear and detailed sound, it's easy to follow conversations on screen. The Adaptive Sound preset doubles as a dialogue enhancer, which is a nice touch.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • No room correction.
N/A Music

The Samsung HW-Q60C is good for music. Out-of-the-box, you get good sound, especially compared to other bars in its price range. Voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, and there are many different customization tools to get the sound you want. The sub is pretty one-note, though, and you don't get a lot of thump and rumble with more bass-heavy tracks like EDM and hip-hop.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass.
N/A Movies

The Samsung HW-Q60C is decent for movies. It supports many audio formats commonly found on streaming platforms and Blu-rays, like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. As a 3.1 setup, it has to downmix this content into stereo to play it back. The resulting sound isn't quite as immersive as with more premium setups. Dialogue remains clear in the mix, so it's easy to follow along.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass.
  • Downmixes height and surround sound.
  • N/A Mixed Usage
  • N/A Dialogue/TV Shows
  • N/A Music
  • N/A Movies
  1. Updated Jul 25, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 20, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jun 19, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Jun 08, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung HW-Q60C is available in Black. The label for the model we tested is here.

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

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung Q60C soundbar is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q60B. Their performances are similar, though the Q60C offers a few improvements, especially with its low-frequency extension. As a simple mid-range offering, it's mostly designed for listening to stereo content like music and TV shows. It doesn't bring as many features as some of the manufacturer's more premium bars, like room correction, and you'll have to purchase its satellites separately if you want an improved surround sound.

You can also check out our recommendations for the best soundbars under $300, the best Samsung soundbars, and the best soundbars with a subwoofer.

Samsung HW-Q60B

The Samsung HW-Q60C is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q60B. Both bars have similar designs and similar overall performances regarding their sound. However, the Q60C offers a few improvements, notably with low-frequency extension.

Samsung HW-B650

The Samsung HW-Q60C is a more versatile soundbar than the Samsung HW-B650. They're both 3.1 setups, but the Q60C supports more audio formats. For example, it supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD. It's not "true" support since it has to downmix these formats into stereo, but it's better than nothing.

LG S65Q

The Samsung HW-Q60C is a better 3.1 soundbar than the LG S65Q. The Samsung offers a more versatile overall performance, supporting Dolby Atmos content, which the LG lacks. It has a better stereo sound and a few more sound enhancement features to make the most of your listening experience.

Samsung HW-Q59CT

The Samsung HW-Q60C is a more versatile soundbar setup than the Samsung HW-Q59CT. They're both mid-range setups with pretty versatile performances, but the Q60C supports more audio formats. Notably, it can playback Dolby Atmos content, though it has to downmix it into stereo to do so.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung Q60C soundbar has a similar appearance to its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q60B. Metal grilles cover most of the bar, while the back and bottom are plastic. The angled end caps are made of plastic, too.

Design
Style - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Locked
Enclosure
Locked

The sub resembles the model that comes with the Samsung HW-Q60B. It's mostly made of vinyl-wrapped wood with a plastic back. The front is covered in fabric. You find the port and the pairing button on the back, too.

Design
Style - Satellites
Satellite Wireless
Locked

You can add on satellites sold separately by the manufacturer if you want.

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

The Samsung Q60C soundbar is a little too wide to fit between the legs of most 55" TV stands. Since it isn't very tall, though, it won't obscure your TV screen.

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

The sub's size is roughly equivalent to an average desktop computer. It connects to the bar wirelessly, so you have lots of flexibility when placing it in your living room.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Mounting
Mountable Bar
Locked
Bar Brackets Included
Locked
Mountable Satellites
Locked
Satellite Brackets Included
Locked

You can mount the bar to your wall with the included brackets. The wall screws aren't included, so you'll have to pick those up separately.

N/A
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung Q60C soundbar has great build quality. The bar itself feels solid and sturdy, with metal grilles to help protect the drivers inside. The plastic feels of good quality, too. The sub also seems pretty solid, though the fabric wrapping in front is quite thin. It doesn't seem to offer much protection to the driver inside. Plus, it could gather dust and hair over time.

Design
In The Box

  • Manuals
  • Power adapter for the soundbar (4.9 ft / 1.5m)
  • 2x power cables (4.9 ft / 1.5m)
  • Remote with 2x AA batteries
  • HDMI cable (4.9 ft / 1.5m)
  • 2x bracket wall mounts
  • Mounting template with bracket screws and screw holders

Sound
N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Channels
3.1
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

This bar has a great stereo frequency response. Given its price, it offers good sound, with a pretty clear and accurate reproduction of vocals and lead instruments in the mix. It's slightly boomy due to the touch of extra bass, though the bass attack seems slow, which softens the sound a bit. Still, it's suitable for listening to many different audio content types. There are even some customization tools on hand to switch up its sound.

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

If you prefer a more neutral sound with stereo content, set the bass to -2 and the treble to 1. The resulting sound aligns more with our Harman-based target curve, which most people find pleasing to listen to. The bass is a touch less boomy, too.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
Lock dB

The bar's soundstage is okay with stereo content. It's not perceived to be any wider than the bar itself, as the bar doesn't have any tricks to make it seem larger than that. Still, focus is good, so sound effects like voices and instruments seem to come from accurate positions in the soundstage.

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

This bar gets loud enough to fill most living rooms with sound. Compression falls within good limits and isn't too noticeable with most tracks. Still, compared to more premium bars, it seems that there's a bit of compression in more cinematic tracks like Heart of Courage by Two Steps From Hell, especially in the bass range.

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

Distortion falls within good limits when you listen at an average volume. As with most bars, there's a jump in distortion when you push the bar to max volume. Still, it's not easy to hear with real-life content, especially if you're a more casual listener.

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

This 3.1 soundbar comes with a discrete center channel that's designed to improve vocal reproduction in the mix. This channel's frequency response follows our Harman-based target curve quite well, meaning that dialogue reproduces with accuracy and clarity. As a result, it's easy to follow along with conversations taking place on screen.

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

As it's a 3.1 setup, 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital are downmixed into stereo to play them back. The resulting sound isn't quite as immersive as with more premium setups with discrete surround speakers, though you can always purchase these separately if you want an improved sound. The frequency response on these channels is fairly even, albeit with a touch of extra boom in the bass, which muddies sound effects just a touch.

N/A
Sound
Height (Atmos)
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-Q60C downmixes height content like Dolby Atmos into stereo to play it back. Of course, you don't get the same clear and real feel as with setups with dedicated up-firing height drivers. Still, the frequency response is fairly even, so sound effects remain pretty clear in the mix.

Subjectively, we found that the bar's height performance improved over traditional TV speakers, but not much more. It does little to replicate the sense of sound from the space above you or surrounding you, which makes sense given that it lacks surround or height drivers. The soundstage isn't very wide, even compared to other bars of its size. Sound effects are concentrated in the space in front of you, so it just seems like audio is playing from a speaker rather than coming from all around you for a truly immersive feel.

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

With a decent selection of sound enhancement features, it's easy to customize the sound of the Samsung HW-Q60C. It lacks room correction, which is typical of bars in this price range, but you can make up for the acoustic differences in your space with bass and treble adjustments as well as a 7-band graphic EQ. There are a few preset modes, too, like Standard, Surround Sound, Game, Adaptive Sound, and DTS VIRTUAL:X. The Adaptive Sound feature doubles as a dialogue enhancement mode, too. If you choose to add on rear speakers, you also get access to a rear adjustment tool.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
Locked
HDMI Out
Locked
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Locked
Full HDMI In
Locked
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
Locked
RCA In
Locked
USB for Files
Locked
Ethernet
Locked
Subwoofer Output
Locked

You can connect the bar to your TV using Optical or HDMI connections. The Full HDMI In port allows you to set up video passthrough between your TV and another device like a gaming console.

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

Most common audio formats are supported by this soundbar via ARC. For example, you can take advantage of 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos. Since it's a 3.1 bar, it has to downmix them into stereo to play them back.

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

Similarly, you can playback many common audio formats via Full HDMI In as stereo content. You'll likely come across Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos content on both streaming platforms and Blu-rays.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: Optical
Dolby Digital
Locked
DTS
Locked
PCM Channels
Locked

The bar also supports Dolby Digital and DTS content via Optical. However, we experienced some issues with playing DTS-formatted audio on various sources. While it works well with some files, it doesn't work with others, resulting in no sound coming from the bar. This issue only arose over an Optical connection. Please let us know in the forums if you experience anything similar with your soundbar.

N/A
Connectivity
Latency
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Samsung HW-Q60C Latency Video Sample
ARC
Lock ms
Optical
Lock ms
Full HDMI In
Lock ms

The Samsung Q60C soundbar's latency is decent. It's fairly low, so the audio you hear is largely in sync with the video you see on the screen. Some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, though.

N/A
Connectivity
Video Passthrough To TV
1080p Max Refresh Rate
Locked
1080p @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
Locked
4k Max Refresh Rate
Locked
4k @ 120Hz @ 10-Bit
Locked
4k @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
Locked
8k Max Refresh Rate
Locked
HDR10 Passthrough
Locked
HDR10+ Passthrough
Locked
Dolby Vision Passthrough
Locked
HDMI Forum VRR Passthrough
Locked
FreeSync Passthrough
Locked
G-SYNC Passthrough
Locked
ALLM Passthrough
Locked

The Samsung Q60C soundbar can passthrough many common resolutions and refresh rates. You can enjoy HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision content from devices like an Apple TV 4k or a PC. Gamers can also take advantage of a tear-free gaming experience through variable refresh rate technologies like HDR Forum VRR. The bar doesn't support HDMI 2.1 technology, so it can't passthrough 4k @ 120Hz @ 10-bit.

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

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

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Locked

A simple display on the front of the bar shows various settings as you adjust them. It's only three characters but scrolls to show the entire message.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

A few buttons on top of the bar give you access to simple controls. For example, you can power the bar on/off, adjust the volume, and change the input.

Additional Features
Remote

The remote is a simple way to access the bar's features. Without a companion app, it's the only way to access features like the graphic EQ and the bass and treble adjustments.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Locked
Google Assistant
Locked
Apple Siri
Locked
Microphone Mute
Locked