Samsung HW-Q60T Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jun 01, 2020 at 08:33 am
Samsung HW-Q60T Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
7.4
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.0
Music
6.3
Movies
Channels
5.1

The Samsung HW-Q60T is a decent 5.1 channel soundbar that has a great, sturdy build. While its bass-heavy sound profile lacks thump and rumble, you can easily tweak it using its graphic EQ. Its EQ presets are a new addition to Samsung's soundbar lineup too and while we don't have a test for it, the Game Pro mode is marketed to better enhance your gameplay. This soundbar also uses Samsung's Acoustic Beam to create a surround experience by using phantom up-firing speakers located on the bar itself. However, it doesn't result in a very accurate or clear reproduction of surround objects in the soundstage. Unlike many other Samsung soundbars, there's also no companion app on this year's model and it doesn't support Atmos content either.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q60T is alright for mixed use. Its dark sound profile lacks thump and rumble, which doesn't make action films sound very exciting. Luckily, you can always tweak the sound using the bar's graphic EQ or presets. It's decent for dialogue as it has a balanced sound for vocals and dialogue. If you're having a house party, this soundbar can also get loud, but there's a bit of distortion in the bass.

Pros
  • Bar and subwoofer have great build quality.
  • Graphic EQ plus presets.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • No Atmos support.
  • No app.
7.4 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q60T is decent for dialogue and TV shows. Its sound profile is a bit bass-heavy but it still produces a decently balanced mid-range for reproducing voices, which can be good for podcasts or audiobooks. It can get loud, which is great for a large room. Its dialogue enhancement and auto-night mode features can additionally help to make dialogue clearer.

7.0 Music

The Samsung HW-Q60T is decent for music. While its sound profile lacks thump and rumble, its bass is still overemphasized, resulting in a dark and boomy mix. It may not be suited for all genres but it's easy to tweak to your liking by using its graphic EQ and presets. This soundbar can get loud, which is also good for house parties or large rooms. However, there's a bit of distortion in the bass range if you're listening to your favorite jams at max volume.

6.3 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q60T is mediocre for movies. It can get loud enough for a large room but although it lacks thump and rumble, it still has a bass-heavy sound profile that may drown out dialogue in your movies. Its soundstage isn't very wide, but it sounds focused. It still may not be enough though as its phantom up-firing speakers struggle to reproduce objects that sound like they're coming from more precise locations.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.0 Music
  • 6.3 Movies

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q60T soundbar is a 5.1 channel soundbar from Samsung's 2020 lineup. It's the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q60R and just like its predecessor, its setup doesn't use dedicated up-firing speakers and it doesn't support Atmos content. Its main competitors are the Samsung HW-Q60R, the Samsung HW-Q80R, and the LG SL10Y.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q60T looks almost identical to the previous generation, the Samsung HW-Q60R, as it's made from good quality black plastic and there's a metal grill that surrounds the front and top of the bar.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The sub is mostly made from wood. There's fabric covering the speaker, which can collect dust or be ripped.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Samsung HW-Q60T has no satellites.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width 38.7" (98.2 cm)
Bar Height 2.3" (5.8 cm)
Bar Depth 4.2" (10.7 cm)

While this bar is shorter in length than its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q60R, it likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" inch TV. It's also just a little bit taller than the Samsung HW-Q60R too but it's unlikely to block your screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

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

This subwoofer looks like an average sized desktop but just slightly wider. However, you can place it wherever you like in your room as it connects to the bar wirelessly.

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

There are no satellites in this setup.

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

The Samsung HW-Q60T has two openings for the input ports and power cable. You can also wall-mount it using the universal holes hidden on its underside.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The port is located on the back of the subwoofer. The power cable connects towards the bottom of the subwoofer so you can easily hide it.

Design
Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
N/A

There are no satellites in this setup.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q60T has a similarly great build quality to the HW-Q60R. The bar itself is made with good quality plastic and metal that feels robust and solid. The sub feels well-built too, although its fabric cover can become dusty or rip easily.

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

  • Manuals
  • Remote and two AA batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • Bar power cable
  • Subwoofer power cable
  • Power brick for bar
  • Wall-mounting template
  • Wall-mounting plates and screws

Sound
6.9
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
-0.95
ST Std. Err.
2.73 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
49.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.1 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q60T has a decent stereo frequency response. Although it struggles to produce low thump and rumble, it still has a punchy bass. The treble is slightly dark, but it should still perform well enough for most listeners as the rest of the response is fairly balanced. If you want a soundbar with a more neutral out-of-the-box sound, check out the Samsung HW-Q70T.

Sound
Stereo Raw Frequency Response
7.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.39 dB

The Samsung HW-Q60T's stereo soundstage is decent. It sounds about as wide as the size of the bar but the bar itself doesn't do anything to make it appear wider. It sounds focused, though, and objects seem to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location rather than from a general area.

7.7
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
96.4 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
2.52 dB

The Samsung HW-Q60T has good stereo dynamics and can get pretty loud, making it suitable for large rooms or house parties. However, at max volume, there's slight pumping and compression artifacts but it may not be noticeable to all listeners.

7.4
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
0.44
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.74

The Samsung HW-Q60T has a decent THD performance. At a normal listening volume, the THD falls within good limits and reproduces clean and pure sound. However, at max volume, there's distortion present, especially in the bass range.

7.7
Sound
Center
C Localization
Discrete
C Slope
-1.07
C Std. Err.
4.05 dB
C SPL @ Max Volume
87.6 dB SPL
C Weighted THD @ 80
0.94
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.70

This 5.1 setup has a good performing center channel. Its configuration has a dedicated center speaker, which helps produce clearer and more accurate vocal reproduction. It's very bass-heavy but should get loud enough for you to enjoy your favorite content.

3.3
Sound
Surrounds
Sr Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Rears
No
Sr Slope
-2.33
Sr Std. Err.
6.23 dB
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
87.9 dB SPL
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
0.40
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.28

The Samsung HW-Q60T surrounds performance is poor. Samsung uses what it calls Acoustic Beam technology to create a surround experience, firing sound upwards from its bar to give you the impression of a more immersive surround sound experience. Unfortunately, this phantom localization doesn't result in the most accurate or clear reproduction of surround objects in the soundstage. It also doesn't feel as real or immersive as the surround experience offered by tower speakers. Instead, it sounds dark and overly bass-heavy.

0
Sound
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-Q60T setup doesn’t have height channels and doesn’t support Atmos.

7.3
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
N/A
Height Level Adjustment
N/A
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q60T has decent sound enhancement features. Unlike other Samsung soundbars, it lacks a room correction feature. However, this soundbar is one of the first in their lineup to have presets such as Game Pro and Adaptive Sound in addition to their 7-band graphic EQ. It also has a surround sound mode but it needs to be enabled if you want to decode 5.1 content without downmixing it to 3.1.

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
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

The Samsung HW-Q60T has a Full HDMI In port that can support high-quality signals as well as a USB input, which is a nice touch. Unlike the Samsung HW-Q60R, it lacks an audio jack, so you won't be able to share your phone's audio using an aux cable.

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

This soundbar's HDMI ARC port supports most common formats found on soundbars such as Dolby Digital and DTS. While you can listen to 5.1 surround content such as Blu-ray discs or streaming media, you need to activate the soundbar's surround sound mode; otherwise, it will downmix it to 3.1.

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

The Full HMDI In port supports very common formats used in lots of content such as streaming platforms or Blu-ray discs. The Full HDMI In port also allows you to use your soundbar as a hub for your devices such as a PC and TV setup. However, this soundbar still lacks object-based surround support for Dolby Atmos content.

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

This bar supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content via its Audio Optical In. These formats are usually found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

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

This soundbar only supports Bluetooth wireless playback. Some may find the lack of connection via Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, or Apple AirPlay limiting. If you're looking for a Samsung soundbar that can support Wi-Fi playback, check out the Samsung HW-S60T.

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

When connected between your PC and the TV the Samsung HW-Q60T can passthrough the highest bandwidth signals, which means text looks crisp and clear on your TV.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects wirelessly to the bar. Its only connection is its power cable.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
N/A

There are no satellites in this setup.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The interface is a small screen to the right of the bar, behind the front grill. It's simple to read and use. It can show you the input you're on, your volume level, and the settings you're changing. However, because it's a small screen, it may have to scroll to display the entire message.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are four controls on the bar that perform basic commands. You can turn on/off the bar, adjust the volume, and change inputs.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

This remote has a similar look to Samsung's TV remotes. You can control all the functions of the soundbar with it but you can't use it as a universal remote.

Additional Features
App
App Name N/A
iOS No
Android No
Acts as the Remote
No
Controls Soundbar's Settings
No
Casts Device Files
No

Unlike most soundbars in Samsung's lineup, this soundbar doesn't have a companion app.

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

The Samsung HW-Q60T has an auto-off feature, which is nice when you're trying to conserve energy. You can also use your TV's remote to control this bar's basic functions, as it has HDMI CEC support.

Compared to other soundbars

The Samsung HW-Q60T is Samsung's 5.1 channel soundbar from their 2020 lineup. Unlike other Samsung soundbars, they don't have a companion app. Its surround performance isn't as good as the Samsung HW-Q60R, and it lacks Dolby Atmos support like the Samsung HW-Q80R or the Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar. If you're looking for more soundbars, see our reviews for the best Samsung soundbars, the best 5.1 soundbars, and the best soundbars with a subwoofer.

Samsung HW-Q60R
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Although the Samsung HW-Q60T is the newer model of the Samsung HW-Q60R, the older model still slightly outperforms the 2020 model. The Samsung HW-Q60R is better for dialogue thanks to its center channel performance, and its surround channel is slightly less bass-heavy. In contrast, the Samsung HW-Q60T offers a graphic EQ plus presets like Pro Game mode, which is nice when you want to adjust your audio to better suit your gameplay. However, unlike other Samsung soundbars including the HW-Q60R, the HW-Q60T lacks a companion app.

Samsung HW-S60T
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The Samsung HW-Q60T and the Samsung HW-S60T have different channel setups but have very similar performances. The HW-Q60T is a 5.1 setup so it can produce a more thumpy bass, thanks to its wireless subwoofer. It can get louder with fewer compression artifacts at max volume, its discrete center channel reproduces more clear and accurate dialogue, and it also has an auto-volume mode. It has a Full HDMI In as well too, but it only supports Dolby Digital and DTS. In contrast, the HW-S60T can use Wi-Fi to stream audio, it has a slightly more neutral treble range, and even though its surround performance is still poor, it's still slightly better than the HW-Q60T.

Samsung HW-Q80R
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q80R is a better overall performing soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The Samsung HW-Q80R is larger in size, which might be a bit more difficult to fit in your setup, but it has a much better-balanced sound profile that still delivers a thumpy, rumbly bass. It's louder, has height channels so it can support Atmos content, and you can use Wi-Fi to stream your audio. However, the HW-Q60T has an auto-volume feature. It also has EQ presets such as Game Pro mode, which is great for gamers who don't want to tinker with their audio too much. 

Samsung HW-Q70T
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Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a better overall soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The Q60T's default sound profile is a little bass-heavy, so if you prefer a more neutral sound out-of-the-box, you'll prefer the Q70T. On the upside, both soundbars come with a graphic EQ that lets you tweak the sound to match your preferences. Unlike the Q70T, the Q60T doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, which will be disappointing for movie fans. It also has fewer connectivity options compared to the Q70T, and there's no app.

Vizio SB46514-F6
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BestBuy.com

The Vizio SB46514-F6 is a better overall performing 5.1 channel soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The Vizio is technically a 5.1.4 setup and it has a better-balanced sound profile that delivers a thumpy, rumbly bass. It has a remarkable center channel performance, its surround and height channels support Atmos content, and the bar can get loud too. However, the Samsung is similarly well-built and offers more sound enhancement features like a dialogue enhancement feature as well as a graphic EQ and presets.  

LG SK10Y
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Amazon.com

The LG SK10Y is a slightly better overall soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The LG is a 5.1.2 channel soundbar that has a better balanced sound profile with more thump and rumble than the Samsung. It also has height channels to support Atmos content, and it has two HDMI In ports. You can even use Wi-Fi and Chromecast built-in to stream your audio from your mobile devices. However, the Samsung can get louder and it has a graphic EQ plus presets such as Game Pro mode, designed with gamers in mind. 

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