Samsung HW-Q70T Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 04, 2020 at 08:08 am
Samsung HW-Q70T Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
8.2
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.6
Music
7.3
Movies
Channels
3.1.2

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a versatile soundbar that does a good job reproducing most types of audio content. It has a neutral, well-balanced sound that makes it suitable for most uses, though it lacks a bit of bass. On the upside, this bar can get loud and it performs reasonably well at max volume. It supports Atmos content and uses two up-firing speakers on the bar to simulate height. However, it downmixes surround content to stereo, so it won't provide the most immersive movie-watching experience. Overall, this well-built soundbar should please a wide variety of listeners.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q70T is good for mixed usage. This soundbar performs well with most audio content. Its well-balanced sound profile lacks a bit of sub-bass, which may be noticeable with bass-heavy music and movies, but it does offer sound customization features. Its dedicated center channel makes it suitable for dialogue-heavy content like podcasts and TV shows. It also supports surround and Atmos content, but it won't provide the most immersive listening experience.

Pros
  • 7-band graphic EQ with presets.
  • Very well-built design.
  • Good stereo sound profile.
Cons
  • Poor surround performance.
  • Lacks sub-bass.
  • No night mode/auto volume feature.
8.2 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q70T is great for dialogue-heavy content. It has a well-balanced sound, especially in the mid-range, which is excellent for reproducing dialogue-heavy content like podcasts and TV shows. It also has a dialogue enhancement feature that can make voices sound more crisp and clear.

Pros
  • Good stereo sound profile.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • No night mode/auto volume feature.
7.6 Music

The Samsung HW-Q70T is good for music. This soundbar has a well-balanced sound that should be suitable for most music genres. On the downside, it lacks a bit of sub-bass, which may be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop. However, you can customize the sound of the bar using its four EQ presets and 7-band graphic EQ. You can also connect your devices to the bar using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to wirelessly stream your favorite songs.

Pros
  • 7-band graphic EQ with presets.
  • Good stereo sound profile.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Lacks sub-bass.
7.3 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q70T is decent for movies. While this soundbar has a decently well-balanced sound profile, it lacks a bit of sub-bass needed to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in your favorite movies. On the upside, this bar can get loud, and it doesn't have a lot of compression at max volume. It can play Atmos content, and two up-firing speakers on the bar help to simulate height. Though it supports surround content, it won't provide the most immersive experience.

Pros
  • Supports Atmos content.
Cons
  • Poor surround performance.
  • Lacks sub-bass.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.6 Music
  • 7.3 Movies
  1. Update 9/21/2020: 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-Q70T is a 3.1.2 setup from Samsung's 2020 lineup. It's the next version of the Samsung HW-Q70R from 2019, which also supports Dolby Atmos content. Unlike many other soundbars, it also has Amazon's Alexa voice assistant integrated into its design. Its main competitors are the Samsung HW-Q70R, the LG SN8YG, the Sony HT-G700, and the Sony HT-Z9F.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q70T has a metal grille covering the top and the front of the bar, though it has a slightly different look than the metal grille on the Samsung HW-Q70R. The back and sides of the soundbar are covered with hard plastic.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The sub for the Samsung HW-Q70T is mainly made of wood. There's a thin fabric covering the speaker on one side, which could easily rip or get dirty. The port is on the back.

Design
Style - Satellites

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width 38.6" (98.0 cm)
Bar Height 2.4" (6.0 cm)
Bar Depth 4.5" (11.5 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q70T soundbar is a little less wide than the Samsung HW-Q70R. It likely won't fit between the legs of most 55" TVs. However, it's also not very tall, so it shouldn't block your screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Sub Width 8.0" (20.4 cm)
Sub Height 13.9" (35.3 cm)
Sub Depth 11.9" (30.3 cm)

The subwoofer in the Samsung HW-Q70T setup is slightly smaller than the sub of the Samsung HW-Q70R. It's roughly the same size as a typical desktop PC. It's also wireless, so you can move the sub anywhere in the room.

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

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

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

The back of the bar has two openings for the inputs and the power cable. On the top side, at the back-middle of the bar, there are touch-style control buttons. If you want to mount the bar, you'll need to use the universal holes on the underside and the included brackets.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the sub is wood, expect for the plastic port. There's also a pairing button in the bottom corner.

Design
Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
N/A

This setup doesn't have any satellites.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q70T soundbar has a great build quality. The metal grille and hard plastic materials give the bar a solid, premium look and help to protect the speakers inside. However, the thin fabric on the sub may attract dirt and dust, and it feels like it could rip easily.

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

  • Manual
  • HDMI cable
  • Remote with batteries (2x AA)
  • Power cables (x2)
  • Adapter for the soundbar
  • Wall-mounting brackets
  • Screws for wall-mounting brackets
  • Template for wall-mounting brackets
  • Rubber Foot stickers (x4)

Sound
7.7
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
-0.32
ST Std. Err.
2.13 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
46.9 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q70T soundbar has a very good stereo frequency response. It has a well-balanced sound profile that makes it suitable for most music genres and dialogue-heavy content. However, its bass doesn't extend quite as deep as the Samsung HW-Q70R or the Samsung HW-Q800T, so it may not reproduce the deepest thumps and rumbles found in bass-heavy music and movies as well. You can also use the 7-band graphic EQ to customize your sound.

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

The Samsung HW-Q70T has a decent stereo soundstage performance. It sounds about as wide as the bar itself, but it doesn't do any tricks to make it sound wider than that. It has a good focus, so it's easy to pinpoint the location of objects in the stereo soundstage.

7.9
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
95.3 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
1.88 dB

Update 09/21/2020: We've discovered a value input bug that would cause the Dynamics box results to be slightly off. All soundbars reviewed since January 30th, 2020 have been updated.

The Samsung HW-Q70T can get loud and will be suitable for large rooms and crowded environments. At max volume, there's a little bit of compression in the bass and treble ranges, but you likely won't notice it with real-life content.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
0.38
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.97

The Samsung HW-Q70T's THD performance is good. At a normal listening volume, there isn't a lot of distortion, so audio should sound pure and clean. However, at max volume, there's a slight jump in THD, especially in the high-bass range. However, this distortion is still within decent limits and is very difficult to hear with real-life content.

8.8
Sound
Center
C Localization
Discrete
C Slope
0.19
C Std. Err.
3.21 dB
C SPL @ Max Volume
92.0 dB SPL
C Weighted THD @ 80
0.37
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.78

This 3.1.2 setup has an excellent center channel performance. The Samsung HW-Q70T has a dedicated center channel, which results in a clearer and more accurate reproduction of dialogue found in TV shows and movies.

4.1
Sound
Surrounds
Sr Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Rears
No
Sr Slope
-0.98
Sr Std. Err.
3.24 dB
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
90.4 dB SPL
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
0.42
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.62

The Samsung HW-Q70T has a poor surround performance. This soundbar doesn't come with rear speakers, so it has to downmix surround content to stereo, which doesn't sound as immersive. It also sounds a bit bass-heavy.

4.3
Sound
Height (Atmos)
H Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
H Slope
1.47
H Std. Err.
7.74 dB
H SPL @ Max Volume
86.5 dB SPL
H Weighted THD @ 80
0.70
H Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.21

The Samsung HW-Q70T's height performance is poor. It supports Atmos content, and it uses two up-firing speakers on the bar to bounce sound off the ceiling to give the illusion of height. However, it sounds a bit bright, and it doesn't sound as real as discrete localization created by down-firing speakers.

5.7
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
No
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
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q70T has sub-par sound enhancement features. There isn't a room correction feature, so the bar may sound different depending on the room you're in. If you don't like dramatic changes in the volume between commercials and the show you're watching, you may be disappointed by the lack of a night mode feature. Fortunately, you can customize the sound of the bar based on what you're listening to thanks to the 7-band graphic EQ and presets.

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
No
Ethernet
No

This soundbar has several of the most common inputs. Thanks to its HDMI ports, it can be used as a hub for different devices, such as your game console and your Blu-ray player. However, you won't be able to play audio directly from a USB or aux connection.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
Yes
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Yes
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q70T has fantastic support for audio content over its HDMI ARC port. It supports Dolby Digital and DTS, which is great for watching movies and Netflix content. It also supports eARC, so you'll be able to play lossless surround formats as well.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
Yes
5.1 PCM
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q70T has amazing audio format support. It can play audio from most sources, including Blu-ray discs and popular streaming platforms like Netflix.

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

The Samsung HW-Q70T supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content via optical. These formats are commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms such as Netflix.

8.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
No

The Samsung HW-Q70T has very good wireless playback connections. You can connect the soundbar wirelessly to your mobile devices, such as a phone or a tablet, using a Bluetooth or a Wi-Fi connection. This allows you to use the bar to play your favorite music from your smartphone even when the device isn't connected with a cable.

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

The Samsung HW-Q70T can passthrough the highest bandwidth signals, so if you want to connect the bar to your TV and your PC, the text on the screen will still appear clear and crisp.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects wirelessly to the soundbar. It also has an input for its power cord.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
N/A

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The interface is very simple. There's a small screen behind the metal grille. It displays the volume level and the input you're on. However, it's only a four-character display, so you may need to wait for some messages to scroll to fully display.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The controls are located on top of the bar. The touch-sensitive buttons include a power button, volume control, and a button that allows you to change the input.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The bar's remote is the same as the one that comes with the Samsung HW-Q70R. It allows you to control all the functions of the soundbar, but it can't be used as a universal remote.

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

The SmartThings app connects easily to the Samsung HW-Q70T soundbar. It allows you to control many of the bar's functions, and you can also use it to adjust the 7-band graphic EQ. However, it can't completely replace the remote because it lacks the Center level and Front Top level adjustment buttons.

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

This soundbar has an auto-off function that turns the bar off if no audio signal is detected for 18 minutes. It also has HDMI CEC support, so you can control the basic functions of the bar using your TV remote.

Compared to other soundbars

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a 3.1.2 setup from Samsung's 2020 lineup. It has similar performance and a similar design to the 2019 Samsung HW-Q70R, but its default sound profile is slightly brighter. Unlike some of the other Samsung soundbars, it supports Dolby Atmos content. However, its surround performance isn't as immersive as soundbars with dedicated rear speakers, like the Samsung HW-Q90R. See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best soundbars for movies, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Samsung HW-Q70R

The Samsung HW-Q70R is the previous version of the Samsung HW-Q70T, but it performs slightly better in some regards. They're both very similar 3.1.2 setups that support Atmos. However, the Q70R's bass extends deeper than the Q70T, so it doesn't sound as bright. As a result, the Q70R will do a better job reproducing the deep rumble and thump in action-packed movie scenes and bass-heavy music. However, the Q70T has a slightly better surround performance, which is good for movie lovers.

Samsung HW-Q60T

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.

Samsung HW-Q800T

The Samsung HW-Q800T and the Samsung HW-Q70T are both 3.1.2 setups from the 2020 lineup with a very similar design and performance. The HW-Q800T's bass extends a bit lower than the HW-Q70T, so it may appeal more to fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. The HW-Q800T has a slightly larger wireless subwoofer. Both bars support Atmos and surround content, but neither does an impressive job creating an immersive experience.

Samsung HW-Q80R

The Samsung HW-Q80R is a better overall soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q70T. Both bars have a versatile performance and a well-balanced sound, but the Q80R is slightly more premium. This 5.1.2 setup provides a much more immersive Atmos and surround channel experience than the Q70T thanks to its two additional speakers, which is ideal for movie fans. The Q80R also gets louder, and its soundstage sounds slightly wider.

Sony HT-G700

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a slightly better soundbar than the Sony HT-G700. The Sony struggles to produce a thumpy low-bass, which may be disappointing to fans of bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop. While both soundbars can get loud, the Sony has much more compression at max volume, so it won't sound as clear. While the Sony comes with seven EQ presets to help you customize your sound, the Q70T has more customization options like a 7-band graphic EQ. However, unlike the Q70T, the Sony comes with a night mode feature that helps keep the volume at the same level between different programs.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Samsung HW-Q70T performs very similarly to the Sony HT-Z9F. Both are well-built, premium-looking setups that support Dolby Atmos content. They both have well-balanced sound profiles, but the Q70T's bass extends marginally deeper than the Sony, giving it a slight edge when it comes to reproducing the deep thumps and rumbles in bass-heavy movies and music. The Sony uses S Force and Vertical Surround technology to simulate an Atmos surround experience, while the Q70T uses two up-firing speakers on the bar to create a more immersive experience. The Q70T also has more sound customization options.

LG SN8YG

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a better overall soundbar than the LG SN8YG. It has a more well-balanced sound profile than the slightly boomy sound of the LG, which makes it more suitable for listening to a variety of music genres. Thanks to its 7-band EQ, the Samsung also has more sound customization features so you can tweak the sound to match your preferences. It also has less distortion than the LG when played at max volume. However, the LG comes with a room correction feature that can improve its sound quality based on the acoustic characteristics of your room.

Samsung HW-Q90R

The Samsung HW-Q90R is a better overall soundbar setup than the Samsung HW-Q70T. While they are both versatile, well-built soundbars that perform well with a variety of uses, the Q90R is simply one of the best soundbars that we've tested to date. With rear speakers, the Q90R's 7.1.4 setup provides a more immersive listening experience when watching movies. It can also get louder than the Q70T, and it has a bit less compression at max volume. However, some users may prefer the Q70T's smaller, sleeker, and simpler design.

Samsung HW-T450

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a better overall soundbar than the Samsung HW-T450. The 3.1.2 Q70T is a more premium-looking, better-built setup than the 2.1 entry-level T450. Both setups have a decently well-balanced default sound profile, but the Q70T has more customization options that let you tweak the sound to meet your unique needs. Unlike the Q70T, the T450 doesn't support Atmos content, which is disappointing for movie fans. If you want to connect multiple devices to your soundbar, you'll appreciate that the Q70T has more input options than the T450.

Vizio SB36312-G6

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a better overall soundbar than the Vizio SB36312-G6. Both are 3.1.2 setups that support Atmos content. However, the Q70T has a better-balanced, less boomy sound profile that makes it more versatile. The Vizio also can't get as loud the Q70T. The Q70T also has more sound customization options that allow you to adjust the sound based on your preferences.

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