Samsung HW-Q60R SOUNDBAR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.3
Mixed Usage
8.2
Dialog / TV Shows
7.2
Music
6.7
Movies
Channels
:
5.1

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a fairly good sounding soundbar that performs well regardless of the content you play. This bar has a decent sound profile, but it does lack a bit of bass. On the upside, it can get pretty loud and performs well at max volume. Unfortunately, its soundstage isn’t really good, especially when compared to other soundbars in this lineup like the Q90R, and it doesn’t support Atmos. Nevertheless, the Q60R is a very well-built soundbar that has an audio reproduction that should satisfy most.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Sound 6.9
Connectivity 7.6
Pros
  • Decent stereo sound profile.
  • Very well-built design.
  • Decent overall performance at high volume.
Cons
  • No height channels and Atmos support.
  • Lacks sub-bass.

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Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q60R soundbar is from the latest 2019 flagship line from Samsung. It is a 5.1 setup that doesn’t have the dedicated up-firing speakers and Atmos Support of the 5.1.2 HW-Q80R, and if you want an even more immersive setup, there’s also the top-of-the-line Q90R with rear satellites. The main competitors of the Samsung Q60R soundbar are the HW-Q70R, the HW-N650, and the Sonos Beam.

8.0

Design

Style - Bar

The bar resembles the Samsung HW-N450 very closely but it's wider. It has a metal grill on the front and top, and the rest is made of good quality plastic and gives off a premium feel. There are four buttons to control the bar on the right side.

Style - Subwoofer

The sub is made from wood for the most part. There is a fabric that covers the speaker on the right side and the port is found on the back and made of plastic.

Style - Satellites

The Samsung HW-Q60R has no satellites.

Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width : 43.3" (110.0 cm)
Bar Height : 2.2" (5.5 cm)
Bar Depth : 4.0" (10.1 cm)

This is a fairly wide soundbar, and unless the legs of a 55" TV stand are on the edges of the TV, it is unlikely that the bar will fit in between. Its height, on the other hand, is unlikely to block any part of your screen unless your TV sits flush on the table like in the case of the Sony A9F.

Dimensions - Subwoofer
Sub Width : 7.9" (20.1 cm)
Sub Height : 13.9" (35.2 cm)
Sub Depth : 11.9" (30.3 cm)

The sub looks like an average size desktop, maybe slightly wider. You can place it anywhere in your room as long as you can provide it with power, thanks to its wireless connectivity.

Dimensions - Satellites
Sat Width : N/A
Sat Height : N/A
Sat Depth : N/A

There are no satellites in this setup.

Back - Bar
Bar Mounting Type
:
Universal (holes on underside)

The bar has two openings for the input ports and the power cable. If you wish to wall mount it, you must use the universal holes that are hidden on the underside.

Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
:
Ported

The back of the sub is plain. The port is on the top and the power cable connects at the bottom so you can easily hide it.

Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
:
N/A

There are no satellites in this setup.

8.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the Q60R is great. It's a robust construction with metal on the top and the front, and good quality plastic on the sides and back. It feels premium despite the fabric that covers the speaker of the subwoofer that can get dirty or rip easily.

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

  • Manuals
  • Remote & Batteries
  • Optical Cable
  • Holder Support (x2)
  • Holder Foot (x2)
  • Bar power cable
  • Subwoofer power cable
  • Power brick for bar
  • Wall Mount Guide
  • Bracket Wall Mount (x2)
  • Screws
  • Holder-Screw

6.9

Sound

7.1 Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
:
-0.60
ST Std. Err.
:
2.61 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
49.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
:
13.7 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q60R has a decent sounding stereo frequency response. Unfortunately, the low-frequency extension of this soundbar is decently high, which means it might struggle a bit to reproduce the very deep thump and rumble of bass in movies and bass-heavy music genres, but will still perform well enough for most people. On the upside, the overall sound signature of this soundbar is great and sounds neutral, accurate and clean.

Stereo Raw Frequency Response
7.0 Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
:
2.14 dB

The stereo soundstage of the HW-Q60R is decent. When listening to the soundstage feels to be as wide as the bar, or slightly bigger, but the bar doesn’t do anything to make it sound wider. It is also decently focused, but objects don’t seem to come from an accurate pinpoint location like some other bars, such as the HW-Q90R.

7.9 Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
:
96.4 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
:
2.14 dB

The Samsung HW-Q60R has good dynamics performance and can get pretty loud, which is great for large rooms or crowded environments. When pushed to its max level, there aren’t too many compression artifacts and the overall performance is decent. Most people won’t have an issue with this with real-life content.

7.8 Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.30
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
:
3.10

The Samsung Q60R soundbar has good THD performance. At a normal volume level, around 80dB, the THD is within very good limits and will reproduce pure and clean sound. However, when pushing the bar to its maximum capacities, there’s a big jump in THD in the high-bass range. THD is still very hard to hear and this might not be noticeable with real-life content, especially considering that using the bar at max volume tends to be rare for most people.

9.0 Center
C Localization
:
Discrete
C Slope
:
-0.03
C Std. Err.
:
2.32 dB
C SPL @ Max Volume
:
92.2 dB SPL
C Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.38
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
:
6.92

This is a 5.1 setup that has excellent performance in the center channel. Due to its configuration, the Samsung Q60R soundbar has a dedicated center speaker, which results in a clearer and more accurate audio reproduction of the dialog in movies. The frequency response is great across the whole range and you’ll still be able to get a good loudness level.

5.1 Surrounds
Sr Localization
:
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Rears
:
No
Sr Slope
:
-1.16
Sr Std. Err.
:
3.10 dB
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
:
93.8 dB SPL
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.30
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
:
3.10

The surrounds performance of the Q60R is sub-par. This is a 5.1 system with what Samsung calls the Acoustic Beam, which is somewhat up-firing speakers that help to give a better surround experience. This is different than dedicated up firing speakers, but is still a phantom localization, which won’t result in the most accurate and clear representation of surround objects in the soundstage. This won’t feel as real as a discrete surround experience offered by tower speakers. Also, the sound isn’t the best and it lacks a lot of detail, making the overall sound dark.

0 Height (Atmos)
H Localization
:
N/A
H Slope
:
N/A
H Std. Err.
:
N/A
H SPL @ Max Volume
:
N/A
H Weighted THD @ 80
:
N/A
H Weighted THD @ Max Volume
:
N/A

The Samsung HW-Q60R setup doesn’t have height channels and doesn’t support Atmos. For a similar soundbar that does, take a look at the HW-Q70R or the HW-Q80R.

7.6 Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
:
No
Dialog Enhancement
:
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
:
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
:
Yes
Bass Adjustment
:
Yes
Treble Adjustment
:
Yes
EQ
:
Graphic
Surround Level Adjustment
:
N/A
Rear Level Adjustment
:
N/A
Height Level Adjustment
:
N/A
Virtual Surround
:
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60R soundbar has good sound enhancement features. Like all Samsung soundbars, it lacks Room Correction, so it might sound differently depending on your room. On the upside, you’ll be able to control the amount of bass produced by the sub and slightly customize the sound to your liking thanks to an EQ. Also, the surround mode needs to be enabled for the bar to decode 5.1 content without downmixing to 3.1.

7.6

Connectivity

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

The Samsung HW-Q60R can pass the highest quality signal through its Full HDMI In port, but it has only one such port. On the upside, you can use the Analog Audio In to connect older devices through their audio jack and enjoy a nice sound experience, or playback music you have stored on your USB.

7.1 Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
:
No
ARC Dolby Atmos
:
No
ARC DTS:X
:
No
ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
ARC Dolby Digital Plus
:
No
ARC DTS
:
Yes
ARC Dolby TrueHD
:
No
ARC DTS-HD MA
:
No
ARC 5.1 PCM
:
No

Over the HDMI ARC port, this soundbar supports the most common formats found on soundbars, Dolby Digital and DTS. You can enjoy a 5.1 surround experience from any content encoded in those formats, such as Blu-ray discs or streaming media. Unfortunately, due to ARC's limitations, you can't play lossless formats.

7.4 Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
HDMI Dolby Atmos
:
No
HDMI DTS:X
:
No
HDMI Dolby Digital
:
Yes
HDMI Dolby Digital Plus
:
No
HDMI DTS
:
Yes
HDMI Dolby TrueHD
:
No
HDMI DTS-HD MA
:
No
HDMI 5.1 PCM
:
No

The Full HDMI in port allows you to place the bar between an external device like a PC or a Blu-Ray player and the TV. Unfortunately, the supported formats are limited to Dolby Digital and DTS. Although these formats are the most common ones with lots of content found on Streaming platforms or Blu-ray discs, most other premium bars can also decode object-based surround like Dolby Atmos over their Full HDMI in port and offer a more immersive sound experience.

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

Dolby Digital and DTS content are usually found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms like Netflix. This bar can offer surround sound using either of these formats through its Optical port.

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

The Samsung HW-Q60R supports only Bluetooth for wireless playback. Although this is the most common way to connect wirelessly, the lack of Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in and Apple AirPlay might be limiting to some users.

Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
:
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
:
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
:
No
HDR10 Passthrough
:
Yes

When this bar is used as a hub between your PC or game console and your TV, it can pass through chroma 4:4:4. but only up to a refresh rate of 30Hz. If you send such a signal, the text will look crisp.

Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
:
Yes

The sub connects wirelessly to the bar and all you have is the power cable.

Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
:
N/A

There are no satellites in this setup.

Additional Features

Interface
Display
:
Yes

The interface consists of a small screen behind the front grill in the front. It is simple and easy to use and can display the volume level and the input source. Due to is small size sometimes it has to scroll to display the entire message.

Bar Controls

The buttons on the side allow you to perform basic actions like controlling the volume, powering on or off the bar and selecting the input.

Remote
Universal Remote
:
No

The style of the remote is very similar to the style of the remotes that are found in the latest high-end Samsung TVs. You can control all of the functions of the soundbar, but unfortunately, it doesn't have the options to work as a universal remote.

App
App Name : Samsung Audio Remote
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Acts as the Remote
:
Limited Support
Controls Soundbar's Settings
:
Some
Casts Device Files
:
Audio Files Only

The app that pairs with the HW-Q60R soundbar is the same that pairs with most of the latest Samsung home appliances and TVs. It doesn’t completely replace the remote as it doesn’t have a settings button and also lacks a Bluetooth pairing button.

Other Features
Power Saving
:
Auto-off
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
:
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60R, just like the rest soundbars of the Q Series, can turn itself off after 5 minutes of inactivity. The HDMI ARC supports HDMI CEC and thus you can use your TV's remote to perform basic tasks on your bar.

Compared to other Soundbars

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a decent mixed-usage soundbar the has a unique Acoustic Beam design by Samsung which helps with surround performance. It's well-designed and has a decent stereo audio quality as well, but doesn't support Atmos like other higher-hand models in the lineup. See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars 5.1.

Samsung HW-Q70R
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q70R is an overall better sounding soundbar setup than the Samsung HW-Q60R. The Q70R has a better stereo performance and it also supports Atmos, which the Q60R can’t do. However, the Q60R can play surround content while the Q70R can't. On the other hand, the Q70R has more audio formats supported and can also be used via Wi-Fi.

Samsung HW-R650
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R is very similar to the Samsung HW-R650, but the Q60R has a small edge due to the fact it has the Samsung Acoustic Beam up-firing speakers that make it a 5.1 setup. They are practically the same bar with the same performance other than the fact that the up-firing speakers help the surround content performance.

Sonos Playbar
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a better soundbar setup than the Sonos Playbar, although we tested the Playbar by itself, without a sub and satellites. It supports the sound quality is a bit better on the Q60R and has a dedicated subwoofer for the bass. On the other hand, the stereo soundstage of the Playbar is noticeably larger thanks to the speakers' disposition on the bar. However, the Q60R doesn't downmix surround content thanks to Samsung's Acoustic Beam up-firing speakers on the bar.

Yamaha YAS-207
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R performs quite similarly to the Yamaha YAS-207 although it's a 5.1 setup. However, due to its configuration, it has a dedicated center channel that is great for clear voices and dialog, which the YAS-207 2.1 doesn't have. The Q60R is also noticeably better-built, has more features, but its stereo sound isn't as accurate and neutral as the YAS-207's.

Sonos Beam
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a better soundbar system than the Sonos Beam with the bar by itself. It's easy to upgrade with a wireless sub and satellites, but we tested the Beam as a stand-alone bar. The soundstage of the Beam is still noticeably better and wider, but the overall performance of the Q60R is ever so slightly better. It has a slightly better performance with surround content thanks to the built-in Acoustic Beam up-firing speakers. On the other hand, the Beam has a room correction feature, which is great.

Klipsch Bar 48
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a better soundbar than the Klipsch Bar 48. It has a better overall audio reproduction performance and has a slightly wider soundstage as well. This 5.1 setup also has an Samsung Acoustic Beam, which is somewhat like up-firing speakers to help give a better surround experience. The Q60R also has Full HDMI In ports, which the Klipsch is lacking. On the other hand, the Bar 48 has a unique design and style, and it also can get louder than the Q60R.

Bose Solo 5
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a better soundbar system than the Bose Solo 5. It has a wireless subwoofer, a dedicated center channel, and side-firing speakers, while the Solo 5 is a simple 2.0 system. The Q60R gets loud, has more features, and overall sounds better. It also has tons of connection options the Solo 5 doesn't have and supports more audio formats. Other than price, there's no real reason to get the Solo 5 over the better performing Q60R.

Samsung HW-R550
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R is slightly more versatile than the Samsung HW-R550 thanks to the Samsung Acoustic Beam up-firing speakers. It also has a dedicated center channel for better and clearer dialog. The Acoustic Beam helps with the surround performance of the Q60R.

Yamaha YAS-408
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Yamaha YAS-408 and the Samsung HW-Q60R are very similar for mixed usage, but the YAS-408 is better for stereo content while the Q60R will be better for dialog thanks to its dedicated center channel. The sub of the YAS-408 performs slightly better, but the Yamaha soundbar doesn't have as many sound enhancement features as the Q60R. On the other hand, you can play content wirelessly via Wi-Fi on the Yamaha, which you can't do on the Samsung.

Sony HT-S100F
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a better soundbar system than the Sony HT-S100F. It's advertised as a 5.1 setup with the Samsung Acoustic Beam up-firing speakers, which helps with the surround performance. The subwoofer of the Q60R offers more bass than the stand-alone HT-S100F and the overall audio reproduction of the Samsung soundbar is better. The Q60R also has better overall connectivity options and has more sound enhancement features to make it sound how you prefer.

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7.3 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. The Samsung Q60R soundbar will perform quite well with different types of content. Its sound profile is fairly neutral and accurate, although it does lack a bit of sub-bass, which will be noticeable on movies and bass-heavy music. The Q60R has a very good reproduction of vocals and voices, which is suitable for dialog-centered content like audiobooks and podcasts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Atmos and height channels for a more immersive listening experience. On the upside, the bar can get pretty loud regardless of the content you’re playing.

8.2 Dialog / TV Shows

Good for dialog and TV shows. The Samsung Q60R soundbar has a great stereo frequency response with an accurate reproduction of voices and dialog in movies. It will be a good option for listening to audiobooks and podcasts too. The bar can get very loud too and has a dialog enhancement feature. Also, it’s quite easy to stream content wirelessly to the bar via Bluetooth.

7.2 Music

Decent for music. The Q60R soundbar has a pretty good stereo frequency response, but its bass isn’t that extended, which can hurt its performance on bass-heavy genres. However, it will be suitable for most music. Unfortunately, the soundstage isn’t the widest but still is decently wide. On the other hand, the bar can get very loud and performs quite well at max volume too.

6.7 Movies

Passable for movies. The Samsung Q60R soundbar sounds decent but might lack a bit of sub-bass for movies. On the upside, it can get very loud and performs quite well without too much compression at max volume. While it does support surround sound content, this soundbar won’t offer the most immersive experience. It also doesn’t support Atmos and height channels.

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