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Samsung HW-Q910B Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 22, 2022 at 11:50 am
Samsung HW-Q910B Picture
8.2
Mixed Usage
8.4
Dialogue/TV Shows
8.1
Music
8.1
Movies
Channels
9.1.2

The Samsung HW-Q910B is a 9.1.2 setup released in 2022. It's a Dolby Atmos soundbar that offers a more affordable alternative to Samsung's more premium options, the Samsung HW-Q930B and the Samsung HW-Q990B. The bar and the subwoofer match those that come with the Q930B, although the Q910B's satellites are different in design and performance. These satellites don't have up-firing channels to add to those built into the bar, and they have to be wired to a receiver module to work, much like those that come with last year's Samsung HW-Q850A, which makes them a bit trickier to place in your setup. That said, the bar still gives you access to many of the same premium sound enhancement features to customize its sound and Q-Symphony if you want to pair it with a compatible Samsung TV.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q910B is great for mixed usage. This 9.1.2 bar is a more affordable alternative to Samsung's top models, and it offers a versatile performance that can please many different listeners. Out-of-the-box, its balanced sound ensures that dialogue in TV shows is clear and detailed, and you can enjoy all the instruments and vocals in your favorite music. It supports many different advanced audio formats, from Dolby Digital to Dolby Atmos, and its satellites help extend sound effects to the room around you. While it isn't quite as impressive as the pricier picks, it still does a good job at a more wallet-friendly price, and its wide selection of customization tools adds to the experience.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay support.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • No Chromecast built-in.
8.4 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q910B is impressive for dialogue-heavy TV shows and podcasts. Since it's a 9.1.2 setup, you have a discrete center channel built into the bar to improve vocal clarity. Dialogue is clearly and accurately reproduced from the jump, and you don't have any issues following along with the words on your screen. With a dialogue enhancement feature, you can also make voices stand out in the mix. Podcast lovers will appreciate the array of wireless playback options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay, which make it easy to play your favorite shows from the bar.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement tool.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay support.
Cons
  • No Chromecast built-in.
8.1 Music

The Samsung HW-Q910B is great for music. Its default sound is fairly balanced, and voices and lead instruments remain clear and present in the mix. There's even a little extra boom in the bass range, so fans of a bass-heavy sound can enjoy the added punch. It's a suitable choice for listening to a wide array of genres, especially considering how many customization tools are on hand. With bass and treble adjustments, as well as its 7-band graphic EQ, you can switch up its sound based on your preferences. It's loud enough to fill larger and more open rooms with sound, too, but there's some compression when you push it to max volume.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Extended low-bass.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
8.1 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q910B is great for movies. Whether you like to watch from streaming platforms or Blu-rays, this bar supports all the different audio formats you're likely to encounter, from Dolby Digital to DTS to Dolby Atmos. Its subwoofer brings the rumble in action-packed scenes, and its satellites help to extend sound to the space all around your living room. Overall, it offers a pretty immersive listening experience, but it's not quite as good as Samsung's top models. With only two up-firing Atmos drivers, there are some "holes" in the space around you, and you notice fewer overall details.

Pros
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 8.1 Music
  • 8.1 Movies
  1. Updated Sep 22, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 13, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q910B is almost identical to the Samsung HW-Q930B, although it has a different set of satellites. The bar itself is mostly made of plastic, and there's a metal grille covering the front, the sides, and the top of the bar. The controls are located on top.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The Samsung HW-Q910B's sub is mostly made of wood, although there's a plastic plate on the back where the port is located. On the other side, a round cut of fabric covers the speaker.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Samsung HW-Q910B's satellites match the model that comes with the Samsung HW-Q850A. They're mostly made of plastic and have metal grilles covering the front and the sides. You have to wire them to the receiver module, pictured in the center, to get them to work.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 43.7" (111.1 cm)
Height 2.3" (5.9 cm)
Depth 4.7" (12.0 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q910B is rather wide, so it doesn't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. However, since it isn't very tall, you don't have to worry about it blocking out your TV screen.

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

The Samsung HW-Q910B's sub matches the dimensions of the model that comes with the Samsung HW-Q930B. It's about the same size as a desktop computer.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 3.5" (9.0 cm)
Height 5.8" (14.8 cm)
Depth 3.5" (9.0 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q910B's satellites have the same dimensions as the model that comes with the Samsung HW-Q850A. They aren't very big, but since you need to wire them to the receiver module, you don't have as much flexibility when placing them in your room.

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

The back of the bar is nondescript. You find an input for the power cable, as well as an opening for the other inputs. You can wall-mount it as well, although the holes are located underneath the bar.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the sub has a plastic port. There's an input for the power cable, as well as a pairing button.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Universal (holes on back)

The back of the satellites is quite plain. You have universal holes if you want to mount them to your wall, as well as inputs for the power cables that connect them to the receiver module.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q910B has a great build quality. The bar and the satellites have a similar build, with solid and durable plastic as well as metal grilles to protect the drivers inside. Meanwhile, the sub has a wood build with a plastic plate on the back. The fabric covering its side is a bit loose, so you should take care when handling it to avoid rips. It's well-built overall, though we did run into some connection issues with the satellites. Audio didn't play properly from the satellites, and we had to adjust the back wires to get them to work. In the end, it fixed the issue, but it's not ideal to have to mess around with cables while listening to your audio.

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

  • User manual
  • Wall-mount template with bar brackets and screws
  • 4x rubber feet
  • Remote with batteries (2x AA)
  • 2x speaker wire for satellites
  • 3x power cord
  • HDMI cable

Sound
8.3
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.52
Std. Err.
3.52 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
27.5 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q910B has a great stereo frequency response. Its sound profile is fairly balanced, especially in the mids. As that's where most voices and lead instruments reproduce, they are clear and present in the mix. You notice some extra boom in the bass, too. It's ideal if you like a bass-heavy sound, but it's overwhelming with certain tracks, especially those that are more vocal-centric. With a wide array of customization tools on hand, you can switch up its sound to your liking, too. Overall, on 'Standard' mode, the bar's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content.

You can also use the bar in its 'Adaptive Sound' mode. However, with stereo content, it didn't perform as well as 'Standard'. The resulting sound was rather boxy, and voices were veiled, making them difficult to understand at times.

8.3
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
0
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
-0.52
Std. Err.
3.52 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
27.5 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

If you prefer a more neutral sound, we recommend using the Samsung HW-Q910B with its default settings.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
4.80 dB

The Samsung HW-Q910B has a good stereo soundstage. It has very good focus, so you don't have trouble locating sound effects to pinpoint locations in the space around you. For example, if you listen to a TV show, voices seem to come from the place where the character is standing on screen. Overall, the soundstage seems like it's about as wide as the bar, though it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
96.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.38 dB

The Samsung HW-Q910B has decent stereo dynamics. It gets pretty loud, so you have no trouble filling large and more open spaces with sound. That said, you notice some compression when you push the bar to max volume, and these artifacts in the audio affect its overall purity.

7.6
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.53
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.33

The Samsung HW-Q910B has a good stereo THD performance. At a normal listening volume, distortion falls within good limits, so your audio is reproduced with clarity and purity. As with most bars, there's a jump in distortion when pushed to max volume. However, distortion is hard to hear with real-life content, especially at such low levels, so it isn't an issue.

8.2
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.34
Std. Err.
3.03 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.41
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.34

The Samsung HW-Q910B has a great center channel performance. It's a 9.1.2 bar, and it has a discrete center channel to enhance vocal clarity in the mix. The channel's frequency response is quite balanced, too, meaning that voices reproduce with accuracy and detail. You have no trouble following the action on your screen.

8.5
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.78
Std. Err.
3.28 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
99.1 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.41
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.40
7.1 Rears
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q910B has an excellent surrounds performance. The bar comes with two discrete surrounds, and they work to create a more clear and real representation of sound effects in the space around you compared to bars without speakers. For example, cars seem like they race right past you during an intense chase scene, and buildings crumble around you after an on-screen explosion. These sound effects are reproduced with accuracy, thanks to the balanced frequency response on these channels, though there are some "holes" or spaces without sound that take away from the immersion at times.

6.4
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
0.27
Std. Err.
3.85 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
91.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.39
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.26

The Samsung HW-Q910B supports Dolby Atmos content, which you can find on lots of different streaming platforms and Blu-rays. Compared to 5.1 surround sound, Atmos content uses additional channels to give the impression of height in your audio for a more immersive sound. The bar's two up-firing channels are designed to simulate that height, and it does a decent job overall. Sound effects are fairly clear, although they're easier to hear on 'Adaptive Sound' mode instead of 'Standard' mode.

The bar provides a pretty immersive sound, so the action seems like it's happening in the space around you. The satellites stretch the action to the area behind you, and the sub provides good rumble during action-packed scenes. Unfortunately, compared to Samsung's more premium models like the Samsung HW-Q930B, there are "holes" or empty spaces in the space around you. It takes away from the overall immersive feeling, and you miss certain details and effects as a result.

9.9
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
Yes
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q910B is an incredibly customizable soundbar with a wide array of sound enhancement tools available. If you prefer a different sound, you have standard bass and treble adjustments on hand, as well as a 7-band EQ that lets you switch up its performance across the range. You also find EQ presets like 'Standard', 'Surround Sound', 'Game', and 'Adaptive Sound'. You can access these features and others with the remote or the companion app.

As with other premium bars on the market, like the Samsung HW-Q990B, there's also a room correction feature on hand, which automatically adjusts the bar's performance based on the acoustics of your living room. It's called SpaceFit Sound, and you can also access it in the Samsung SmartThings app.

If you have a compatible Samsung TV, you can sync up the bar for more control over its sound. This feature is called Q-Symphony, and it uses the bar's speakers in tandem with your TV's speakers. It increases the volume a bit, but otherwise, there isn't a huge difference in the immersive quality of the overall sound. You can still get a solid performance from this bar without it.

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
No
Ethernet
No

The Samsung HW-Q910B connects to your TV over either an Optical or an HDMI connection. Only an HDMI cable is included in the box, so if you have an older TV that requires Optical, you'll need to buy this cable separately.

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-Q910B has fantastic audio format support over ARC. It can playback lots of different formats, including those you're most likely to come across on streaming platforms, like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos.

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

Via HDMI In, the Samsung HW-Q910B supports lots of different audio formats. You can enjoy 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

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

The Samsung HW-Q910B supports both DTS and Dolby Digital content via Optical. While Dolby Digital is most common, you're likely to run across DTS content on certain Blu-ray discs.

7.4
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
91 ms
Optical
97 ms
Full HDMI In
42 ms

The Samsung HW-Q910B has relatively low latency, so the audio you hear is in sync with the video you see on your screen. We didn't notice any issues in our testing process, even with lip-synching content. Also, you can connect the bar with a compatible Samsung TV over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and there isn't a noticeable delay. Since many factors play a role in latency, including the TV and the app you use, your real-world experience may vary. However, you can always use the bar's AV Sync feature to adjust the delay manually, which is handy.

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

The Samsung HW-Q910B is a versatile bar that lets you wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar over several different connections. Its Tap Sound feature adds to the experience, and if you have a compatible phone, you can tap it right against the bar to "mirror" audio to the speakers. If you don't have a compatible phone, you can still send audio via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Apple AirPlay.

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-Q910B can passthrough some of the highest bandwidth signals, including Dolby Vision Passthrough. You can connect it between different devices, like a TV and a PC, and text on your screen remains clear and crisp. However, it can't passthrough 4k @ 120Hz.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

Since the sub connects to the bar over a wireless connection, it only needs to be plugged into a power outlet.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Partial, satellites wired together

The Samsung HW-Q910B's satellites connect the bar wirelessly. However, as with the Samsung HW-Q850A, you have to wire them to the receiver module. Then, you plug the receiver module into a power outlet to get them to work.

Unfortunately, we experienced some connectivity issues during our testing process. Audio didn't play properly from the satellites, and we had to adjust the back wires to get them to work. In the end, it fixed the issueโ€”but it's not ideal to have to mess around with cables while listening to your audio. Let us know in the discussions below if you experience a similar issue.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q910B has a small four-character display on the right side of the bar. It shows settings as you change them, like the volume number and the current input. Also, it scrolls to show longer words, so you get the full message.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

On top of the Samsung HW-Q910B, you find some basic controls. These buttons let you change the input, adjust the volume, and mute and unmute the microphone. To use all the bar's features, you'll need the remote and/or the companion app.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The Samsung HW-Q910B's remote offers the same design as with the Samsung HW-Q930B. It's fairly simple, but you get access to most common features, so you can turn the bar on and off and adjust the volume without leaving your couch.

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

The Samsung HW-Q910B has built-in support for Amazon Alexa, so you can control the bar using only your voice. If you don't want to use this tool, or if you aren't a fan of the bar listening to you, you can always mute the microphone.

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

The Samsung HW-Q910B is compatible with Samsung's SmartThings app. From your couch, you can use your phone or mobile device to control all the bar's settings and access all the same features that are available from the remote. It's especially handy if you misplace your remote since the app serves as a backup.

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

The Samsung HW-Q910B automatically turns off after a certain period of inactivity. Since it supports HDMI CEC, you can also use your TV remote to control some of its features and turn it off that way.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung HW-Q910B is available in 'Black', and 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 the review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung HW-Q910B is a more affordable alternative to the Samsung HW-Q930B. While it has a similar design, its satellites are very different, as they lack up-firing height channels and have to be wired to a receiver module to work. This design led to issues during our testing process, as audio only played from the speakers with the back cables in certain positions. Overall, the Q910B has the same array of customization tools as the more premium model, but its Atmos performance isn't as impressive.

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

Samsung HW-Q930B

The Samsung HW-Q930B is better than the Samsung HW-Q910B. Although they're both Dolby Atmos soundbars with many of the same sound enhancement features, the main difference between the two bars is the satellites that are included. The Q910B's satellites lack up-firing Atmos drivers, and the resulting performance with Atmos content isn't as impressive. They have to be wired to a receiver module to work, which can be limiting depending on your room setup.

Samsung HW-Q800B

The Samsung HW-Q910B is better than the Samsung HW-Q800B. They're both Dolby Atmos soundbars released in 2022, but the 9.1.2 Q910B offers better sound quality than the 3.1.2 Q800B. The Q910B doesn't have to downmix surround sound into stereo, resulting in a more immersive sound, and it comes with satellites right out of the box. However, the Q800B's slim design is ideal if you have a smaller living space.

Samsung HW-Q990B

The Samsung HW-Q990B is better than the Samsung HW-Q910B. The Q990B is Samsung's most premium offering from 2022 and has a better performance. Its satellites don't need to be wired to a receiver module to work, and they come with up-firing speakers, so the bar's Atmos performance is better. Also, it comes with the Auto EQ subwoofer correction feature, which the Q910B lacks.

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A and the Samsung HW-Q910B are both premium Dolby Atmos soundbars, and depending on your listening habits and your setup, you may prefer one over the other. The Q900A is a 2021 release with a 7.1.2 setup. It gets louder, so it's ideal for larger living areas, though it doesn't come with satellites like the 9.1.2 Q910B. Thanks to its satellites, the 2022 Q910B is better for surround sound and Dolby Atmos content.

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