The Samsung HW-Q60T is a 5.1 soundbar from the 2020 lineup. It comes with a dedicated subwoofer, but it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, and its default sound profile is a bit dark. There are many sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ and presets like Adaptive Sound and Game Pro. It also supports Q-Symphony, which syncs up the bar's speakers with compatible Samsung TVs, and Acoustic Beam, which the manufacturer says helps create a more immersive sound.
The Samsung HW-Q60T is decent for mixed usage. Though it comes with a dedicated subwoofer, this bar struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed movies or bass-heavy music. Its surrounds performance is poor, and it doesn't support Atmos content. That said, it comes with lots of sound enhancement features to help customize it, including a graphic EQ and presets.
The Samsung HW-Q60T is very good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its dedicated center channel, it can reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately. There's even a dialogue enhancement feature available to help make voices more clear and crisp. You can also stream podcasts and audiobooks from your mobile device to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth, but unfortunately, it doesn't support Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, or Apple AirPlay.
The Samsung HW-Q60T is good for music. Out-of-the-box, it reproduces a punchy bass, though its overall sound profile can also sound a bit dark and veiled. However, it comes with lots of sound customization features to help you get a more neutral sound, including a graphic EQ and bass and treble adjustments. That said, it still struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy music.
The Samsung HW-Q60T is fair for movies. While this soundbar comes with lots of sound enhancement features, it still struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed scenes. Its surround performance isn't very immersive, and it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. On the upside, the bar can get loud.
The Samsung HW-Q60T is a 5.1 channel soundbar from Samsung's 2020 lineup that's also available as the Samsung HW-Q6CT at Wal-Mart. 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 doesn't support Atmos content. It comes with several sound enhancement features that we don't test, including Q-Symphony and Acoustic Beam, advertised to help create a more immersive sound. Its main competitors are the Samsung HW-Q60R, the Samsung HW-Q80R, and the LG SL10YG.
The Samsung HW-Q60T ZA 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 grille that surrounds the front and top of the bar.
The sub is mostly made from wood. There's fabric covering the speaker, which can collect dust or rip over time.
This setup doesn't come with satellites. If you want a 5.1 setup with satellites, check out the Vizio V Series V51-H6. You can also purchase them separately since this bar is compatible with the Wireless Surround Kit.
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, but it's unlikely to block your screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.
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.
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.
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.
The Samsung HW-Q60T soundbar has a similarly great build quality to the Samsung 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.
The Samsung HW-Q60T has a good stereo frequency response. It struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, but there's still a little extra punch and warmth in the mix. The rest of the range is pretty neutral, though higher frequencies can sound dark and veiled. If you prefer a different sound, there's a graphic EQ and presets available, which is handy.
With calibration, the Samsung HW-Q60T has a very good stereo frequency response. With its bass set to '-6' and its treble set to '6', it has a very neutral sound profile that's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. However, it still struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, disappointing for fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM.
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, and objects seem to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location than from a general area.
The Samsung HW-Q60T has very good stereo dynamics and can get loud enough for large rooms or house parties. However, at max volume, there are slight pumping and compression artifacts.
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.
The Samsung HW-Q60T has a good center channel performance. Its configuration has a dedicated center speaker, which helps produce clearer and more accurate vocals. Its frequency response is bass-heavy, but this shouldn't be too noticeable since there typically isn't a lot of bass reproduced on the center channel.
The Samsung HW-Q60T's surrounds performance is poor. It uses Samsung's 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 discrete localization from soundbars like the Samsung HW-Q65T. Instead, it sounds dark and overly bass-heavy.
The Samsung HW-Q60T has a fair selection of sound enhancement features. Unlike the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround, it lacks a room correction feature. However, this soundbar is one of the first in their lineup to have EQ presets like 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 to decode 5.1 content without downmixing it to 3.1. The manufacturer says that it supports Q-Symphony, which syncs up the bar with the speakers from compatible Samsung QLED TVs, but we don't currently test for this.
The Samsung HW-Q60T has a Full HDMI In port that can support high-quality signals and a USB input, which is a nice touch. Unlike the Samsung HW-Q60R, it lacks an audio jack, so you can't share your phone's audio using an aux cable.
This soundbar's HDMI ARC port supports the most common formats found on soundbars like Dolby Digital and DTS. While you can listen to 5.1 surround content like Blu-ray discs or streaming media, you need to activate the soundbar's surround sound mode; otherwise, it downmixes this content to 3.1.
Update 02/22/2021: Thanks to user feedback, we found that Dolby Digital+ and DTS 5.1 files don't produce any audio via HDMI In. We changed the Dolby Digital+ and DTS results from 'Yes' to 'No'.
The Full HMDI In port supports Dolby Digital, used in lots of content like streaming platforms or Blu-ray discs. The Full HDMI In port also allows you to use your soundbar as a hub for your devices like a PC and TV setup. However, this soundbar still lacks object-based surround support for Dolby Atmos content.
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.
The Samsung HW-Q60T has an incredible latency performance. It has low latency over its ARC, Optical, and Full HDMI In ports, so there shouldn't be a noticeable delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. As a result, it's suitable for watching videos and movies over these connections. That said, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.
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.
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.
The sub connects wirelessly to the bar. Its only connection is its power cable.
The interface is a small screen to the right of the bar, behind the front grille. 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.
There are four controls on the bar that perform basic commands. You can turn on/off the bar, adjust the volume, and change inputs.
This remote has a similar look to Samsung's TV remotes. You can control all the soundbar's functions with it, but you can't use it as a universal remote. The manufacturer says it supports Samsung OneRemote, which lets you control the bar using the remote from a compatible Samsung TV, but we don't test for this.
The Samsung HW-Q60T comes in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see the label for the model we tested here. There's also a variant of this soundbar called the Samsung HW-Q6CT sold at Walmart. These variants appear to be the same product with a different name, and we expect them to perform similarly to our unit.
Note: We previously reported that there was a variant of this soundbar called the Samsung HW-Q67CT available at Costco. However, thanks to user feedback, we've identified that the HW-Q67CT is a different setup, so its performance isn't expected to be the same as the HW-Q60T.
If someone comes across a different variant of this soundbar, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The Samsung HW-Q60T is Samsung's 5.1 channel soundbar from their 2020 lineup. Unlike other Samsung soundbars, it doesn'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.
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 like a more neutral sound out-of-the-box, you may 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 can be disappointing for movie fans. It also has fewer connectivity options compared to the Q70T, and there's no app.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-T650 or the Samsung HW-Q60T. The HW-Q60T is a 5.1 setup, so it doesn't downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which sounds clearer and more real than the HW-T650. It's also better-built and comes with a graphic EQ, which gives you more control over its sound. However, the HW-T650 is a 3.1 setup with a better soundstage performance and offers more audio format support. It also gets louder with less compression at max volume.
Although the Samsung HW-Q60T is the newer model of the Samsung HW-Q60R, the older model still slightly outperforms the 2020 model. The HW-Q60R is better for dialogue thanks to its center channel performance, and its surround channel is slightly less bass-heavy. However, unlike other Samsung soundbars, including the HW-Q60R, the HW-Q60T lacks a companion app.
The Samsung HW-Q600A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The HW-Q600A is a 3.1.2 setup from 2021 that supports Dolby Atmos content and supports more audio formats, including Dolby Digital Plus. That said, the 5.1 HW-Q60T is a 2020 model with lower latency, which some listeners may prefer.
The standalone Sonos Arc is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The Sonos has better soundstage and surround performances. It also supports Dolby Atmos content and offers a room correction feature. You can even upgrade it as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers for better performance. However, the Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer, as well as a graphic EQ for sound customization and a Full HDMI In port.
The Samsung HW-Q800A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The HW-Q800A offers better soundstage, center, and surround performances, and it also supports Dolby Atmos content. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also supports more wireless playback options and has built-in Alexa voice assistant, unlike the HW-Q60T.
The Samsung HW-Q60T and the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround are both 5.1 setups, but you may prefer one over the other. The Samsung offers a graphic EQ plus presets and supports more audio formats via its Optical In port. However, the JBL has a more balanced default sound profile. It also has room correction, and it supports more wireless playback options.
The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is a better overall soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The Vizio comes with two dedicated satellite speakers that help provide a more immersive surround sound. It also has a better-balanced default sound profile. However, the Samsung is better-built, and it comes with a graphic EQ and a Full HDMI In port, which the Vizio lacks.
The Samsung HW-Q80R is a better overall performing soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The 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.
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 a bit 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. 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.
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.
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, and its surround and height channels support Atmos content. 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.