Samsung HW-Q900A Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 15, 2021 at 09:26 am
Samsung HW-Q900A Picture
8.2
Mixed Usage
8.5
Dialogue/TV Shows
8.2
Music
8.0
Movies
Channels
7.1.2

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a 7.1.2 setup released in 2021. It's the upgraded version of the Samsung HW-Q900T, and unlike its predecessor, it supports Apple AirPlay 2 and comes with an Auto EQ room correction feature. It offers some sound enhancement features that work with compatible Samsung TVs to create a more immersive sound, like Q-Symphony and SpaceFit Sound+, though we don't currently test for these. It offers a pretty neutral sound profile, so it's suitable for listening to different types of audio content. It also gets pretty loud, and it comes with lots of sound customization features.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q900A soundbar is impressive for mixed usage. With its Standard preset, this soundbar has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for listening to most types of audio content. Though it lacks some low-bass, there are many sound customization features available to help you get a more balanced sound. That said, its surround performance isn't as impressive as a setup with discrete satellites, and its Atmos performance isn't very immersive-sounding.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay 2 support.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass with 'Standard' preset.
8.5 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q900A soundbar is excellent for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its discrete center channel, voices are accurately localized to a pinpoint location within the sound image. Also, its balanced mid-range can reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately. There's even an Active Voice Amplifier feature and a Voice Enhancement feature that can make voices sound more clear and crisp. You can stream podcasts and audiobooks to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay 2, but unfortunately, it doesn't support Chromecast built-in.

Pros
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay 2 support.
  • Dialogue enhancement features.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Chromecast built-in.
8.2 Music

The Samsung HW-Q900A soundbar is impressive for music. With its Standard preset, this soundbar offers a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for most genres, though you may not feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. Fortunately, there are lots of sound customization features available to help you get a more balanced sound, including bass and treble adjustments as well as graphic EQ and presets. Also, this soundbar gets loud, and there isn't much compression when you play it at max volume.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass with 'Standard' preset.
8.0 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q900A is great for movies. It can reproduce dialogue clearly, and its extended low-bass helps you feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes. It also gets quite loud, and its sound customization features can help you adjust its sound to your liking. It uses side-firing speakers on the bar to simulate a surround performance, though unfortunately, this doesn't sound as clear or real as a discrete setup. Also, its Dolby Atmos performance isn't the most impressive.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Dialogue enhancement features.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass with 'Standard' preset.
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.5 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 8.2 Music
  • 8.0 Movies
  1. Updated Jul 15, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung HWQ900A is a 7.1.2 setup from the company's 2021 lineup that replaces the Samsung HW-Q900T. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, and it has built-in support for Alexa voice assistant. Like the Samsung HW-Q950A, it supports Q-Symphony, which lets you pair the bar with a compatible Samsung TV for a more immersive sound, though we don't currently test for this feature. Its main competitors include the Sonos Arc, the LG SN11RG, and the Samsung HW-Q90R.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q900A soundbar has a similar design to the Samsung HW-Q950A. The bar is fairly wide and heavy. It's mostly plastic, with fabric tightly draped across the top. The sides of the bar are also slightly angled with vent-like openings for the side surround speakers.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The sub is mostly made of wood. On the side, the speaker's opening is covered by fabric.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Samsung HW-Q900A doesn't come with satellite speakers, but it's compatible with the Wireless Rear Speaker Kit, sold separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 48.4" (123.0 cm)
Height 2.8" (7.0 cm)
Depth 5.4" (13.8 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q900A is fairly wide, so it likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. However, it also isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 8.2" (20.9 cm)
Height 15.8" (40.2 cm)
Depth 15.9" (40.3 cm)

The sub is the same size as the sub for the Samsung HW-Q900T. It's about the size of a desktop PC, and thanks to its wireless design, you can position it anywhere in your setup as long as it's plugged into a power outlet.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Universal (holes on underside)

The back of the bar has a small opening for the inputs. There's also an input for the power cable. You can use the universal holes on the underside to wall-mount the bar using the included mounting kit.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

On the back of the sub, there's a plastic port and a pairing button. The input for the power cable is located near the bottom.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a good build quality. It's identical to the Samsung HW-Q950A, though it doesn't come with satellite speakers. The bar itself is mostly plastic, which feels solid and durable, and the sub is mostly wood. However, the fabric covering seems like it could collect dust and get dirty easily, which may be disappointing for some users. For a better-built soundbar, check out the LG SP11RA.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • User Manual
  • Mounting template
  • 2x mounting brackets
  • 2x mounting screws
  • 2x mounting collars
  • Rubber feet pad
  • Remote with batteries (2xAA)
  • 2x power cord
  • HDMI cable

Sound
8.1
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
0.51
Std. Err.
2.75 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
33.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.3 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a great stereo frequency response. With its Standard preset, it has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. However, the low-bass is a bit underemphasized, so you may not feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. Fortunately, there's a graphic EQ and bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound.

Note: This soundbar comes with a room correction feature called Auto EQ that automatically calibrates audio reproduction using a microphone built into the subwoofer. In our testing, we turn on any room correction feature during our stereo frequency response tests to better represent the typical user experience. However, after multiple attempts using both the remote and the app, we couldn't get the Auto EQ feature to work. Each time, we received an error message saying that the tuning had failed.

8.5
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
3
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
0.08
Std. Err.
2.13 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
30.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.3 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q900A has an excellent stereo frequency response with preliminary calibration. With its subwoofer level set to '+3', this soundbar offers a very neutral and balanced sound profile. It's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and it can accurately reproduce the thump and punch in the bass range.

Note: We usually calibrate soundbars using bass and treble adjustments if they're available. However, during our testing, we noticed that adjusting the bass and treble for this bar doesn't change the frequency response. We've experienced the same issue with some other Samsung soundbars released in 2021. We're looking into this issue, and we'll update this review once we have more information.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.07 dB

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a good stereo soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived to be about the size of the bar itself. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. On the upside, it has good focus, so it's easy to follow sound objects like footsteps and pinpoint them to an accurate location.

8.6
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
98.3 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.19 dB

The Samsung HW-Q900A has an excellent stereo dynamics performance. It gets loud, which is helpful if you like to crank up the volume to fill a large room or a crowded party. Also, there isn't a lot of compression when you push the bar to its max volume.

8.2
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.25
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.36

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a great THD performance. At normal listening volumes, it falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction. While there's a slight jump in THD at max volume, it shouldn't be very noticeable for most listeners with real-life content.

8.8
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.36
Std. Err.
2.29 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
95.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.18
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.88

The Samsung HW-Q900A has an amazing center channel performance. This 7.1.2 setup comes with a discrete center that helps more accurately localize dialogue to a pinpoint location in the sound image. Its frequency response is also neutral, especially in the mid-range where voices are reproduced, so dialogue is clear and detailed.

6.0
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Phantom (Side Firing, Bar)
Slope
0.18
Std. Err.
4.00 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.48
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.89
7.1 Rears
No

The Samsung HW-Q900A has an acceptable surround performance. It uses side-firing speakers built into the bar to bounce sound off the walls. Unfortunately, objects in the soundstage don't sound as clear and accurate as they would in a setup with discrete surround speakers. That said, its frequency response is quite balanced, so dialogue reproduces accurately, and you can feel the thump and rumble in action-packed scenes.

5.8
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
0.71
Std. Err.
5.06 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
87.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.73
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.12

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a middling Atmos performance. It uses up-firing speakers on the bar to bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to simulate height. However, this doesn't sound as real as a discrete localization provided by down-firing speakers found with home theater setups.

9.5
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Yes
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Graphic + Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
Yes
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a fantastic selection of sound enhancement features. It comes with an Auto EQ room correction feature that uses a microphone built into the subwoofer to calibrate audio reproduction, but we couldn't get this feature to work during our testing. If you want to customize its sound, there's a graphic EQ available as well as some presets: 'Standard', 'Surround', 'Game', and 'Adaptive Sound'. You can even make voices sound more clear and crisp using the Active Voice Amplifier or the Voice Enhancement feature on the app.

The Samsung HW-Q900A comes with some sound enhancement features that we don't currently test. Its Q-Symphony feature allows you to pair the bar with the speakers on compatible Samsung TVs to create a more immersive sound. You can also use compatible Samsung TVs to activate the SpaceFit Sound+ feature, which calibrates audio reproduction based on the room you're listening in. You can also mirror audio from your phone to the soundbar using the Tap Sound feature.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
2
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
No
Ethernet
No

The Samsung HW-Q900A comes with several physical inputs. It has two Full HDMI In ports that let you use it as a hub between different devices. However, it lacks an AUX port, and you can't plug in USB drives for audio playback.

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-Q900A has fantastic audio format support via ARC. It supports more common surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and object-based and lossless formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

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-Q900A also supports all of the audio formats that we test for via Full HDMI In. It supports Dolby Digital, which is the most common surround sound format often found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms. It also supports object-based formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

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

The Samsung HW-Q900A supports both Dolby Digital and DTS via Optical, commonly found on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs.

8.3
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
49 ms
Optical
19 ms
Full HDMI In
-66 ms

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a great latency performance. It has fairly low latency via its ARC and Optical In ports, so you shouldn't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. As a result, it's suitable for watching videos over these connections. It doesn't perform as well via its Full HDMI In port, though. That said, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may differ.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q900A has incredible wireless playback support. You can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Unlike the Samsung HW-Q900T, it also supports Apple AirPlay 2, which is handy for Apple users.

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-Q900A can passthrough the highest quality bandwidth signals. When connected between your PC and your TV, text on the screen appears clear and crisp.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q900A's sub connects wirelessly to the bar. You just need to plug it into a power outlet to use it.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a small display on the top of the bar that shows the volume level, the speaker settings, and the input. There are also three lights in the front of the bar that change depending on the setting you adjust. You can also press and hold the SOURCE button for five seconds to turn the Voice Feedback feature on and off, which lets you know when you've adjusted a sound mode.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The physical controls on the top of the bar let you adjust the volume and turn the microphone on and off. There's also a multi-function button that lets you change the input.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The Samsung HW-Q900A has a simple remote that lets you control some features, like the volume and the sound modes.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Yes (Built-in)
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No

The Samsung HW-Q900A has built-in support for Amazon Alexa voice assistant, and you can also mute the mic if you don't want it to hear you.

Additional Features
App
App Name Samsung SmartThings
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
Some
Casts Device Files
Yes

The Samsung SmartThings app acts as a remote and lets you control some of the bar's features. You can use it to change inputs, play music from your device, control the volume, select different sound modes, and adjust the EQ. That said, you'll have to use the remote to access some features, like the Virtual Surround feature, the Sync feature, and the Center, Side, Wide, and Top Level controls.

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

The Samsung HW-Q900A has an auto-off feature that shuts it off after 18 minutes without an audio signal. Also, thanks to HDMI CEC support, you can use your TV remote to control the bar's basic functions.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung HWQ900A comes in one color: Black; you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version of this soundbar, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung HW-Q900A soundbar is the upgraded version of the Samsung HW-Q900T. This 2021 soundbar comes with some new sound enhancement features, including a room correction mode, as well as some features that we don't test for, like SpaceFit Sound+, which uses speakers from your compatible Samsung TV to calibrate the bar's sound. However, it doesn't come with dedicated satellite speakers for surround content, though you can purchase them separately.

See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars for movies.

Sonos Arc

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Sonos Arc. The Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass and a Full HDMI In port. It offers more wireless playback options, and you can customize its sound using its graphic EQ and presets. However, the Sonos is better built, with a better soundstage performance. You can also upgrade it as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers for better performance.

Samsung HW-Q900T

The Samsung HW-Q900A is the newer version of the Samsung HW-Q900T, and it offers better overall performance. The HW-Q900A offers better surround and Atmos performances, and it supports Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity. It also comes with more sound enhancement features like room correction and auto-volume mode. There are also some sound enhancement features that we don't test for, like SpaceFit Sound+ and Tap Sound.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q800A. The HW-Q900A is a 7.1.2 setup that gets louder and comes with a room correction feature. Also, it offers a better surrounds performance since it doesn't have to downmix this content into stereo to play it like the 3.1.2 HW-Q800A.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a marginally better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q900A. The HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup with dedicated satellite speakers and offers better surround and Atmos performances. Also, it has rear level adjustments, unlike the HW-Q900A.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950T is a slightly better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q900A. The HW-Q950T has a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and it gets louder. It also offers a better surround performance. That said, the HW-Q900A comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and auto-volume mode. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity.

JBL Bar 9.1

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the JBL Bar 9.1. The Samsung gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it has built-in voice assistant support. It also comes with more sound enhancement features, including a dialogue enhancement mode, a graphic EQ, and bass and treble adjustments. That said, the JBL is better built, with better soundstage and surround performances. It also supports Chromecast built-in connectivity.

Samsung HW-Q700A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q700A. The HW-Q900A reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder with less compression at max volume. It also has a better surround performance, as well as a room correction feature. That said, the HW-Q700A is better built.

LG SP9YA

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a bit better soundbar for mixed usage than the LG SP9YA. The Samsung gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it has better center, surround, and Atmos performances. It also comes with built-in voice assistant support and a graphic EQ, unlike the LG. That said, the LG is better built with more wireless connectivity options.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar for most uses than the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers. The Samsung gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it supports more wireless playback options. It also comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization and a Full HDMI In port, unlike the Sonos. That said, the Sonos is better-built, with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung supports Dolby Atmos content, and it comes with a Full HDMI In port, unlike the Bose. It gets louder, and it comes with more sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ, presets, and an auto-volume mode. However, the Bose is better built and offers better soundstage and surround performances.

Samsung HW-Q850A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q850A. The HW-Q900A gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it has a better center channel performance. It also comes with a room correction feature. That said, the HW-Q850A is better built, with better surrounds and Atmos performances.

LG SN9YG

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the LG SN9YG. The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup with better soundstage, center, surrounds, and Atmos performances. It also gets louder, albeit with a bit more compression at max volume. That said, the 5.1.2 LG is better-built.

LG SN10YG

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the LG SN10YG. The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup that gets louder and offers a better surround performance. It also comes with a graphic EQ so you can customize its sound. However, the 5.1.2 LG is better-built.

Sony HT-ST5000

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Sony HT-ST5000. The Samsung gets louder, and it has better center and surround performances. It has built-in voice assistant support and more sound enhancement features, like room correction and a graphic EQ. That said, the Sony is better-built.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q600A. The HW-Q900A gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also has better soundstage and surround performances, as well as more wireless support options. It also comes with built-in voice assistant support and a room correction feature. That said, the HW-Q600A is better built.

Samsung HW-Q90R

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-Q90R or the Samsung HW-Q900A. The HW-Q90R has better surround and Atmos performances. It also gets louder, and it's better built. That said, the HW-Q900A offers more sound enhancement features, including room correction and auto-volume mode. It also has built-in voice assistant support and more wireless connectivity options.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 700. The Samsung reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content, comes with a Full HDMI In port, and offers a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. That said, the Bose is better built with a better soundstage.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Sony HT-Z9F. The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also comes with more sound enhancement features, like room correction and a graphic EQ. Unlike the Sony, it has built-in voice assistant support. That said, the 3.1 Sony is better-built.

LG SN11RG

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a bit better for mixed usage than the LG SN11RG. The Samsung gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it has a better center channel performance. It also comes with a graphic EQ. That said, the LG is better built with a better surrounds performance.

Klipsch Cinema 600

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Klipsch Cinema 600. The Samsung is better-built, and it supports Dolby Atmos content. It has better center and surround performances, as well as more sound enhancement features like room correction. It also has built-in voice assistant support, and it supports more wireless playback options.

Samsung HW-Q80R

The Samsung HW-Q900A is marginally better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-Q80R. The HW-Q900A offers a better surround performance, and it comes with more sound enhancement features like auto-volume and room correction. It also has built-in voice assistant support, and it supports Apple AirPlay 2. However, the HW-Q80R is better-built.

Samsung HW-Q800T

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Samsung HW-Q800T. The HW-Q900A is a 7.1.2 setup with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It also gets louder, and unlike the HW-Q800T, it supports Apple AirPlay 2 and comes with a room correction feature. That said, the 3.1.2 HW-Q800T is better built.

LG SP11RA

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a bit better for mixed usage than the LG SP11RA. The Samsung gets louder, and it comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization. It also has built-in voice assistant support, while you need to purchase a third-party device to use voice assistants with the LG. That said, the LG is better-built and offers more wireless playback options.

Vizio Elevate

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Vizio Elevate or the Samsung HW-Q900A. The Vizio is a 5.1.4 setup with discrete satellites speakers that offers a better surrounds performance. Thanks to its unique design with sides that rotate upwards, it also has a better soundstage. That said, the 7.1.2 Samsung comes with more sound enhancement features, such as room correction and a graphic EQ. It also has built-in voice assistant support, unlike the Vizio.

Sonos Beam

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup that comes with a dedicated sub, which helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It gets louder and has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content, and it has a Full HDMI In port for high quality passthrough. There are even more sound enhancement features available, such as a graphic EQ and presets. That said, some users may prefer the Sonos' better-built, more compact design. Despite its smaller size, the Sonos also has a better stereo soundstage.

JBL Bar 5.1 Surround

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround. The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content and has built-in voice assistant capabilities. It gets louder than the JBL, and it has a better stereo soundstage. It even comes with more sound enhancement features, such as a graphic EQ. That said, the 5.1 JBL is better-built.

LG SN8YG

The 7.1.2 Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the 3.1.2 LG SN8YG. The Samsung has better soundstage and surround performances. It gets louder, and it even comes with a graphic EQ to help you customize its sound.

Sony HT-G700

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-G700. The Samsung offers better soundstage and surround performances, and it gets louder. It also reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it has more wireless connectivity options. It has built-in voice assistant support and more sound enhancement features, including a room correction feature and a graphic EQ.

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a bit better for mixed usage than the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar. The Samsung has a better soundstage, and it comes with more sound enhancement features like bass and treble adjustments. Unlike the Sennheiser, it also has built-in voice assistant support. That said, the Sennheiser has a better Atmos performance.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Samsung HW-Q70T. The HW-Q900A is a 7.1.2 setup with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder. Unlike the HW-Q70T, it has room correction, Apple AirPlay 2 support, and built-in voice assistant capabilities. That said, the HW-Q70T is better-built.

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