Samsung HW-Q60T Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated May 13, 2021 at 09:05 am
Samsung HW-Q60T Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.9
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.5
Music
6.7
Movies
Channels
5.1

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.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • No Atmos support.
7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows

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.

Pros
  • Bluetooth compatible.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • No support for Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, or Apple AirPlay.
7.5 Music

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.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
6.7 Movies

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.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • No Atmos support.
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.5 Music
  • 6.7 Movies
  1. Updated May 13, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Feb 22, 2021: Updated Dolby Digital+ and DTS support via HDMI In to 'NO'.
  3. Updated Feb 09, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Sep 23, 2020: The Dynamics tests have been reconducted due to a value input bug.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

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.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

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.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

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

Design
Style - Satellites

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.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 38.7" (98.2 cm)
Height 2.3" (5.8 cm)
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, but it's unlikely to block your screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 7.9" (20.1 cm)
Height 13.9" (35.2 cm)
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
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
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
Mounting
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
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
7.7
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.81
Std. Err.
2.78 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
42.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

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.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-6
Suggested Treble Setting
6
Slope
-0.19
Std. Err.
2.34 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
42.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
18.5 kHz

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.

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, and objects seem to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location than from a general area.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
93.0 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.60 dB

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.

7.4
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.44
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
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-1.06
Std. Err.
4.06 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
87.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.94
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.70

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.

4.0
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-2.35
Std. Err.
6.23 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
87.9 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.40
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.28
7.1 Rears
No

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.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Not Supported
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A
6.7
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
No
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

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.

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

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.

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 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.

6.4
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
No

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.

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.

9.0
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
-17 ms
Optical
-31 ms
Full HDMI In
54 ms

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.

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
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

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.

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 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.

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-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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Compared To Other Soundbars

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.

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-Q70T

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.

Samsung HW-T650

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.

Samsung HW-Q60R

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.

Samsung HW-Q800T

The 3.1.2 Samsung HW-Q800T is a better soundbar than the 5.1 Samsung HW-Q60T. The HW-Q800T has a more extended low-bass, and it also gets louder. Unlike the HW-Q60T, it supports Dolby Atmos content and has built-in Alexa voice assistant.

Samsung HW-T550

The Samsung HW-Q60T is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-T550. The HW-Q60T is a 5.1 setup that's better built and supports 4k passthrough. Also, it comes with a discrete center channel and offers a better surrounds performance.

Samsung HW-Q600A

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.

Sonos Arc

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.

Samsung HW-A650

The Samsung HW-Q60T and the Samsung HW-A650 are very similarly performing soundbars, but the HW-A650 is a bit better overall. It has a slightly more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some listeners may prefer.

Samsung HW-Q800A

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.

JBL Bar 5.1 Surround

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.

Samsung HW-Q65T

The Samsung HW-Q65T is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q60T. Both bars have slightly punchy sound profile and can get loud without too much compression. However, the HW-Q65T comes with two discrete satellite speakers, which create a better surrounds performance.

Vizio V Series V51-H6

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.

Samsung HW-Q80R

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. 

Samsung HW-S60T

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.

LG SK10Y

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. 

Vizio SB46514-F6

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.  

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