Samsung HW-Q950A Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 22, 2021 at 10:32 am
Samsung HW-Q950A Picture
8.3
Mixed Usage
8.6
Dialogue/TV Shows
8.3
Music
8.2
Movies
Channels
11.1.4

The Samsung HW-Q950A is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q950T. This premium soundbar comes with some new features, including an Auto EQ room correction feature and Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity. With the Auto EQ feature turned on, it offers a neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for lots of different types of audio content. It also supports Dolby Atmos content, and its dedicated surround speakers offer an immersive listening experience.

Update 06/28/2021: After additional testing, we've confirmed that the Samsung HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup. This soundbar comes with left, center, and right channels, two surround channels on the right, two surround channels on the left, and two satellite speakers. There are also side-firing drivers on each of the satellites. However, in order to activate these drivers, the soundbar needs to be set to either 'Adaptive Sound', 'Surround', or 'Game Pro' mode. Since we perform our tests in 'Standard' mode, these drivers aren't active during our testing process.

Our Verdict

8.3 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q950A is impressive for mixed usage. This soundbar comes with an Auto EQ feature that uses a microphone built into the subwoofer to automatically optimize audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room. With this feature turned on, it has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for most types of audio content. It also comes with lots of sound enhancement features, as well as discrete surround speakers. However, its Atmos performance isn't the most immersive.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
  • Great surrounds performance.
Cons
  • Okay Atmos performance.
8.6 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q950A is excellent for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its dedicated center channel and balanced mid-range, it can reproduce voices clearly and accurately. There's even an Active Voice Amplifier feature that makes voices more clear and crisp, as well as a Night Mode setting that balances out the volume level across different programs.

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

The Samsung HW-Q950A is great for music. With its Auto EQ room correction feature turned on, this soundbar offers a neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to different types of music. You can even use the bass and treble adjustments and the graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound. It gets pretty loud, too, and there isn't much compression when you play it at max volume.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
8.2 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q950A is great for movies. With its Auto EQ feature turned on, it can reproduce the thumpy low-bass in action-packed scenes as well as clear and accurate dialogue. Also, thanks to its dedicated surround speakers, it can accurately localize sound objects to help immerse you in your audio. It supports Dolby Atmos content, too, though it doesn't offer the most immersive listening experience.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
  • Great surrounds performance.
Cons
  • Okay Atmos performance.
  • 8.3 Mixed Usage
  • 8.6 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 8.3 Music
  • 8.2 Movies
  1. Updated Jul 08, 2021: Changed 5.1 PCM support via ARC to 'NO'.
  2. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Updated 5.1 PCM support via ARC to 'Yes'.
  3. Updated Jun 28, 2021: Confirmed that this bar is an 11.1.4 setup.
  4. Updated Jun 25, 2021: Updated 5.1 PCM support via ARC to No.
  5. Updated Jun 22, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated Jun 18, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q950A is the highest-end soundbar from this manufacturer. It's from 2021, and it's the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q950T. Unlike its predecessor, it's advertised as an 11.1.4 channel setup, though we couldn't confirm this with our testing. Also, it supports Q-Symphony, which uses your Samsung TV speakers to improve your listening experience. It comes with some new features, including SpaceFit Sound, which calibrates the soundbar when paired with compatible Samsung TVs. However, we don't test for these features. Its main competitors include the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, the Samsung HW-Q90R, and the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q950A has a similar design to the Samsung HW-Q950T. It's fairly wide and heavy, with slightly angled vent-like openings for its side surround speakers. The bar itself is mostly plastic, and the front and top are tightly draped with fabric. However, the fabric seems like it could collect dust easily.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The Samsung HW-Q950A's sub is mostly wood. There's an opening on the right side that's covered by fabric, though this seems like it could rip or get dirty easily.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Samsung HW-Q950A's satellites are mostly plastic. There's tight fabric covering the top and front sides, which seems like it could collect dust. Also, the power cable connection is in the back, and there's a groove you can use to tuck the cable away neatly.

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

The Samsung HW-Q950A is fairly wide and likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. That said, it also isn't very tall, so it shouldn't obscure your view of the 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 about the size of a large desktop PC. It connects to the bar wirelessly, so you just need to plug it into an outlet to get it to work.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 4.9" (12.4 cm)
Height 8.0" (20.2 cm)
Depth 5.5" (14.0 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q950A's satellite speakers are fairly long and tall. That said, they can be placed anywhere in your room as long as they're connected to a power outlet.

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 even wall-mount the bar using the universal holes located on its underside.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

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

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Universal (holes on back)

The back of the satellites have pairing buttons and inputs for the power cables.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q950A has a good build quality. The bar itself and the satellites are made mostly of plastic, which feels quite solid. The subwoofer is mostly wood. However, the fabric coverings seem like they could rip or get dirty easily, which is a bit disappointing.

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

  • User Manual
  • Remote with batteries (2xAA)
  • Mounting template with bar brackets (x2) and screws (x2) and collars (x2)
  • 4x power cord
  • HDMI cable

Sound
8.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
0.30
Std. Err.
2.65 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
33.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.1 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q950A has a great stereo frequency response. This soundbar comes with a room correction feature called Auto EQ that uses a microphone built into the subwoofer to calibrate the audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room. With this feature on, it offers a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to most types of audio content. It has a bit of an underemphasis in the low bass, so you may not feel the deep thump in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. That said, there's a graphic EQ and presets and bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound.

8.4
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
2
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
0.01
Std. Err.
2.19 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
30.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.6 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q950A has an impressive stereo frequency response with preliminary calibration. With the subwoofer level set to '+2', this soundbar has a very neutral and balanced sound profile. It reproduces more low-bass, helping you feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movies and bass-heavy music genres.

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
2.24 dB

The Samsung HW-Q950A has a good stereo soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived to be a bit wider than the bar itself, but it doesn't do any tricks to make it seem wider than that. Also, it has good focus, so objects like voices seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location rather than a more general area.

8.7
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
98.8 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.08 dB

The Samsung HW-Q950A has an excellent stereo dynamics performance. It can get quite loud, so your audio can easily fill up a large room or a crowded party. Also, there isn't a lot of compression present when you push it to max volume.

8.4
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.18
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.27

The Samsung HW-Q950A has a great THD performance. At normal listening volumes, its audio reproduction is largely clean and pure. There's a slight jump in THD when you push the bar to its max volume, but it may not be noticeable for most people when listening to real-life content.

8.8
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.28
Std. Err.
2.19 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
96.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.17
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.86

The Samsung HW-Q950A has an excellent center channel performance. Thanks to its discrete center channel, it can reproduce voices in audio content more clearly and accurately. Also, its frequency response on the center channel is quite balanced, especially in the mid-range, where voices are reproduced. As a result, dialogue is reproduced accurately and with detail.

8.3
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.36
Std. Err.
2.92 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.52
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.31
7.1 Rears
Yes

Update 06/28/2021: According to our methodology, we test the soundbar in a 5.1 setup for our surrounds test. Since the bar was on 'Standard' mode during this test, the two side-firing speakers on the satellites weren't active.

The Samsung HW-Q950A has an impressive surrounds performance. It comes with two discrete surround speakers that help to more accurately localize objects like voices in the sound image. The frequency response on the surround channels is quite neutral and balanced, so the thumpy bass in action-packed scenes, as well as dialogue and instruments, are reproduced clearly.

Note: We expected the bar's surround drivers to play surround audio alongside the satellites. However, during our testing, we only heard audio playing from the satellites and the subwoofer. The Samsung HW-Q950T had the same performance when playing surround content.

6.6
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar & Satellites)
Slope
-0.28
Std. Err.
4.20 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
90.5 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.54
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.03

The Samsung HW-Q950A has an alright Atmos performance. It uses up-firing speakers on the bar and the satellites to bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to give the illusion of height. However, this doesn't sound as real as a discrete localization provided by down-firing speakers that you'll find in home theater setups.

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-Q950A has an incredible selection of sound enhancement features. Unlike the Samsung HW-Q950T, it comes with an Auto EQ room correction feature that uses a microphone that's built-in to the subwoofer to calibrate audio reproduction. You can also customize its sound using the graphic EQ and presets, including 'Standard', 'Surround', 'Game', and 'Adaptive Sound'. The Active Voice Amplifier feature can also make voices sound more clear and crisp.

This soundbar also comes with some sound enhancement features that we don't test. It supports Q-Symphony, which uses speakers from compatible Samsung TVs to create a more immersive sound. You can also use your compatible Samsung TV to activate the SpaceFit Sound feature, which calibrates your audio reproduction based on the room you're listening in. Also, its TapSound feature mirrors sound from your smartphone when you tap it against the bar.

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-Q950A comes with several physical inputs. Thanks to its two Full HDMI In ports, you can use it as a hub between your different devices. However, it lacks an AUX port, so you can't wire older devices to the bar for audio playback.

9.2
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)
No

Update 07/08/2021: After retesting this soundbar several times, we've determined that it doesn't support 5.1 PCM content via ARC. When set to 'Standard' mode, audio only comes from the bar and not the satellites, so it not 5.1 PCM in this sound mode. When set to the 'Game', 'Surround', and 'Adaptive Sound' modes, 5.1 PCM content plays from the satellites as well as all of the channels. Since it doesn't just play audio from its dedicated channels, we can confirm that the bar upmixes 5.1 PCM content to a different format. We deviated from our normal testing process by connecting the soundbar to three different TV brands to confirm these results.

The Samsung HW-Q950A supports most of the audio formats we test for over its ARC port. You can watch Dolby Digital content, which is the most commonly found surround sound format, as well as more advanced object-based 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-Q950A also has incredible audio format support via Full HDMI In. It supports Dolby Digital, commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms, and more advanced object-based surround formats.

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

The Samsung HW-Q950A supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content via Optical, commonly found on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs.

7.7
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
80 ms
Optical
60 ms
Full HDMI In
59 ms

The Samsung HW-Q950A has a good latency performance. It has low latency via Optical and Full HDMI In, so you shouldn't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see when watching over these connections. That said, it may not be as suitable for watching videos over its ARC connection. Keep in mind that some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

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

The Samsung HW-Q950A has incredible wireless playback support. You can stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Also, unlike the Samsung HW-Q950T, it supports Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity. If you want a soundbar that also supports Chromecast built-in, check out the LG SP11RA.

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-Q950A can passthrough the highest quality bandwidth signals. When connected between your PC and your TV, text on your screen is clear and crisp.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects wirelessly to the bar, so you only need to plug it into an outlet to use it.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Yes

The satellites connect to the bar wirelessly, so they only need to be plugged into a power outlet to get them to work.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

On top of the bar, a small display indicates the volume level and the settings and inputs. On the front, three small lights flash different patterns based on the settings you change. There's even a solid red light that appears when the microphone is off.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are a few physical controls on the top of the bar. You can adjust the volume and turn the mic on and off. Also, you can change the input using the multi-function button.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The Samsung HW-Q950A's remote is quite simple and lets you adjust many of the bar's features. However, it isn't a universal remote, so you can't use it to control other devices like your TV.

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

Like the Samsung HW-Q950T, this soundbar has built-in support for Amazon Alexa. You can also mute the microphone if you don't want the assistant 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 soundbar's settings. You can use it to change the input, control the volume, select different sound modes, and access the EQ. Also, it lets you play music from your device on the bar. However, unlike the remote, you can't use it to control the bar's center, side level, wide level, or top levels. Also, it doesn't let you enable Virtual Surround or adjust the sync for videos, so you'll have to use the remote to access those features.

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

The Samsung HW-Q950A turns off automatically after 18 minutes without an audio signal. Also, it supports HDMI CEC, so you can use your TV remote to control some of its basic functions.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung HW-Q950A soundbar is available in '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-Q950A is a premium soundbar released in 2021 that's the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q950T. Unlike its predecessor, it comes with a room correction feature and supports Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity. It also comes with some new features that we don't test for, like SpaceFit Sound, which adjusts audio reproduction using your compatible Samsung TV, and Tap Sound, which mirrors audio when you tap your phone against the bar. While it's advertised to come with two extra channels, we didn't hear any sound coming from them during our tests.

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

Sonos Arc

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the standalone Sonos Arc. The Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer and satellites, so it reproduces a more extended low-bass and has better surrounds performance. It also gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it comes with a graphic EQ and a Full HDMI In port. However, the Sonos is better built and has a better soundstage performance. Also, you can upgrade it as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers for better performance.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q950T. The HW-Q950A comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and auto-volume mode. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2, and it even comes with some sound features that we don't test for, like SpaceFit Sound and TapSound. However, the HW-Q950T gets louder with less compression at max volume.

LG SP11RA

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the LG SP11RA. The Samsung gets louder, and offers better surround and Atmos performances. It also comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization. While the Samsung has built-in voice assistant support, you have to connect a third-party device to use voice assistants with the LG. That said, the LG is better-built with more wireless playback options.

JBL Bar 9.1

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the JBL Bar 9.1. The Samsung gets louder, and it offers a better surrounds performance. It comes with more sound enhancement features, including bass and treble adjustments, a dialogue enhancement feature, and a graphic EQ. It also has built-in support for Amazon Alexa voice assistant. That said, the JBL is better built and has a better soundstage performance.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers. The Samsung has a more balanced, neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. It also comes with a graphic EQ, EQ presets, a Full HDMI In port, and support for more wireless playback options. However, the Sonos is better built and has a better soundstage performance.

Samsung HW-Q900A

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.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. It also gets louder with less compression and comes with a Full HDMI In port. However, the Bose is better built and offers a better soundstage performance.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q800A. The HW-Q950A comes with dedicated satellite speakers that help create a better surrounds performance. It also gets louder, and it has a better Atmos performance. It even comes with a room correction feature, too. That said, the HW-Q800A is better built.

Samsung HW-Q90R

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q90R. The HW-Q950A comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and auto-volume mode. It supports Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity, and it has built-in voice assistant support. It also comes with some sound enhancement features that we don't test for, like SpaceFit Sound and TapSound. However, the HW-Q90R is better built and gets a bit louder than the HW-Q950A.

LG SN11RG

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the LG SN11RG. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that gets louder, and offers a better surrounds performance. It also comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization, and it has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, some listeners may prefer the 7.1.4 LG's more bass-heavy default sound. The LG is also better-built.

Klipsch Cinema 600

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a much better soundbar than the Klipsch Cinema 600. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that's better-built and offers better center and surround performances. Unlike the Klipsch, it supports Dolby Atmos content, built-in voice assistant support, and has a Full HDMI In port. It supports more wireless playback options, and it also offers more sound enhancement features, including room correction, a graphic EQ and presets, and bass and treble adjustments.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It gets louder, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Bose, it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough as well as a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. That said, the 5.0.2 Bose is better built with a better soundstage. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

Sony HT-ST5000

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-ST5000. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellite speakers and offers better surrounds and Atmos performances. It also gets louder, and it comes with more sound enhancement features like room correction and a graphic EQ. Unlike the Sony, it also has built-in Alexa voice assistant support. That said, the 7.1.2 Sony is better-built.

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with a dedicated subwoofer and satellites, and it offers more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. It has better soundstage and surround performances, too, and it comes with built-in Alexa voice assistant. Unlike the Sennheiser, it also offers bass and treble adjustments for sound customization.

Samsung HW-Q850A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q850A. The HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup that gets louder and offers a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. It also comes with a room correction feature. However, the 5.1.2 HW-Q850A is better-built.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-Z9F. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with dedicated satellite speakers and offers better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performance. It reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder than the Sony. Also, it comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and a graphic EQ, as well as built-in Alexa voice assistant support. That said, the 3.1 Sony is better-built.

Vizio M Series M512a-H6

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Vizio M Series M512a-H6. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that gets louder with less compression at max volume. It has better surround and Atmos performances, and it supports more wireless playback options. It also comes with more sound enhancement features like room correction and a graphic EQ. Its voice assistant support is built into the bar, whereas you need a third-party voice assistant-enabled device to use them with the Vizio. That said, the Vizio offers a better stereo soundstage.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch or the Samsung HW-Q950A. The Samsung is a more versatile 11.1.4 setup that offers more sound enhancement features, including room correction and a graphic EQ. Its default sound profile reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it also has built-in support for Alexa voice assistant. That said, the 9.2.4 Nakamichi has a unique design with two subwoofers. It's better-built, and it gets louder, albeit with more compression at max volume.

LG SP9YA

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the LG SP9YA. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with dedicated satellite speakers and offers better surround and Atmos performances. It gets louder, too, and it even comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the 5.1.2 LG is better-built, and it supports more wireless playback options.

Vizio Elevate

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Vizio Elevate. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant and offers more sound enhancement features, including room correction and a graphic EQ. It gets louder, too, and it has a better surrounds performance. Its default sound profile is also more neutral than the Vizio, which some users may prefer. That said, the 5.1.4 Vizio is better-built and offers a better soundstage performance.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup with a dedicated subwoofer and two satellite speakers. It has better surround and Atmos performances, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also gets louder, and comes with room correction, and Optical In port, and built-in voice assistant support. That said, the standalone Bang & Olufsen is better-built, and it supports more wireless playback options.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Bose Smart Soundbar 700. The 11.1.4 Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer and discrete satellite speakers, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has a better surround performance. It also comes with more sound enhancement features including a graphic EQ and presets, as well as a Full HDMI In port. However, the 3.0 Bose is better-built and offers a better soundstage performance.

Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300. The Samsung comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Harman/Kardon, it supports Atmos content and has built-in voice assistant capabilities. It also has a better surrounds performance and a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the Harman/Kardon is better-built with a better stereo soundstage.

Yamaha YAS-408

The Samsung HW-Q950A is much better than the Yamaha YAS-408. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellites. It has better soundstage, center, and surround performances, and it gets louder. Unlike the Yamaha, it supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with built-in voice assistant capabilities. It also has more sound enhancement features, like room correction and a graphic EQ.

Sony HT-X9000F

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Sony HT-X9000F. The Samsung has better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances. It gets louder, and it has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. It also has more sound enhancement features and wireless playback options. Unlike the Sony, it also comes with built-in voice assistant support.

Samsung HW-Q700A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q700A. The HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with dedicated satellite speakers and offers better surround and Atmos performance. It gets louder, too, and it comes with a room correction feature. That said, the 3.1.2 HW-Q700A is better-built.

Samsung HW-Q900T

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q900T. The HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellite speakers. It offers better surround and Atmos performances, and it supports Apple AirPlay 2. Also, it comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and auto-volume mode.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q600A. The HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellite speakers and offers better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder. Also, it comes with a room correction feature and supports Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity as well as built-in Alexa voice assistant. However, the 3.1.2 HW-Q600A is better-built.

Sonos Beam

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content. Thanks to its dedicated sub, it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also gets louder, and it has a better surrounds performance thanks in part to its dedicated satellites. It supports more wireless playback options, and its Full HDMI In port supports high quality passthrough. That said, the Sonos is better-built, more compact, and its soundstage is better.

Denon Home Sound Bar 550

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Denon Home Sound Bar 550. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and discrete satellites. It reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder. It also has better soundstage, center, and surround performances. There are even more sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ and room correction. However, the 4.0 Denon is better built, and it has a more compact design that some users may prefer.

LG SN10YG

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the LG SN10YG. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellite speakers. It gets louder, and it has better center, surround, and Atmos performances. It even comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization, unlike the LG. However, the LG is better built.

Samsung HW-Q800T

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q800T. The HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellite speakers and offers better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It gets louder than the HW-Q800T, and it comes with more sound enhancement features like room correction and auto-volume mode. Also, it supports Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity. That said, the 3.1.2 HW-Q800T is better-built.

Samsung HW-Q80R

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q80R. The HW-Q950A is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellite speakers and offers more sound enhancement features, including room correction and auto-volume mode. Also, it has a better surrounds performance, and it supports Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity and built-in Alexa voice assistant. That said, the 5.1.2 HW-Q80R is better-built.

Vizio M Series M51a-H6

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Vizio M Series M51a-H6. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that's better built and gets louder. It has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances, too. There are also more sound enhancement features, like room correction and a graphic EQ. It supports more wireless playback options than the Vizio, and it also comes with built-in voice assistant support.

LG SN9YG

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the LG SN9YG. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup with discrete satellites. It has better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances. It even comes with a graphic EQ, unlike the LG. That said, the 5.1.2 LG is better-built.

JBL Bar 5.1 Surround

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround. The Samsung gets louder with less compression at max volume. Unlike the JBL, it has discrete satellite speakers, supports Dolby Atmos, and has built-in voice assistant capabilities. It also has better soundstage and surround performances. There are even more sound enhancement features, such as a graphic EQ. That said, the JBL is better-built.

Sony HT-X8500

The Samsung HW-Q950A is significantly better than the Sony HT-X8500. The Samsung comes with a dedicated sub and satellites, and it's better-built. It has better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances. Also, there are more sound enhancement features, more wireless playback options, and built-in voice assistant support.

Sony HT-G700

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Sony HT-G700. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellite speakers. It reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder. It also has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It comes with some additional sound enhancement features, like room correction and a graphic EQ. Unlike the Sony, it also has built-in voice assistant support.

Samsung HW-Q60T

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The HW-Q950A comes with discrete satellites and offers better soundstage and surround performances. Unlike the HW-Q60T, it supports Atmos content, and has room correction and built-in voice assistant support. That said, the HW-Q60T is better-built.

Polk Audio MagniFi MAX SR

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Polk Audio MagniFi MAX SR. The Samsung is better built, and it gets louder with less compression at max volume. Unlike the Polk Audio, it supports Atmos content and has built-in voice assistant capabilities. It also has better soundstage and surround performances. There are even more sound enhancement features available, including room correction and a graphic EQ.

AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a significantly better soundbar than the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites that's better-built. Unlike the AmazonBasics, it has center, surround, and Atmos channels, as well as ARC and HDMI connection ports. It has a better soundstage, and it offers more sound enhancement features. There's even built-in voice assistant support. Some listeners may also prefer its more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Samsung HW-Q70T. The HW-Q950A comes with discrete satellites and offers better soundstage, Atmos, and surround performances. It gets louder, too. Unlike the HW-Q70T, it has built-in voice assistant support and room correction. That said, the HW-Q70T is better-built.

Vizio V Series V51x-J6

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Vizio V Series V51x-J6. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content and offers built-in voice assistant support, unlike the Vizio. It's better-built, with better soundstage and surround performances. It also comes with more sound enhancement features, like room correction and a graphic EQ, and it can get louder.

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