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Samsung HW-S60T Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 26, 2020 at 08:18 am
Samsung HW-S60T Picture
This soundbar was replaced by the Samsung HW-S60A

The Samsung HW-S60T is a well-built 4.0 channel setup from 2020. It uses Samsung's Acoustic Beam technology, which is up-firing speakers found on the bar, as well as its Side Horn speakers that can fire sound towards your walls to create a more immersive sound experience. However, this speaker setup is pretty lackluster and it doesn't really produce a very accurate or immersive sound on its own, which is a shame. Although its default setup lacks a dedicated subwoofer, it still has a boomy and punchy sound. The rest of its range is fairly neutral, which helps to reproduce clear and accurate voices. It even has a graphic EQ plus three presets including Adaptive Sound, which automatically adjusts its sound profile according to the audio you're listening to. This soundbar has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, so you can stream your favorite music to it, and there's Alexa Voice Assistant built-in, which is a nice feature if you like to use verbal commands to control your music.

Our Verdict

N/A Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-S60T is alright for mixed use. While this soundbar lacks thump and rumble, it delivers punchy bass and a neutral mid and treble, which is suitable for podcasts or audiobooks. If you're looking for more bass, Samsung sells a compatible wireless subwoofer separately, but even on its own, it's also decently suited for a variety of music, and its soundstage is wide and focused enough to help give you a more immersive movie experience. It can get loud enough for big or crowded rooms. However, there are some compression artifacts at max volume.

Pros
  • Gets loud enough for most audio content.
  • Great build quality.
  • Decently neutral sound profile.
  • Graphic EQ plus three presets.
Cons
  • Lacks sub-bass.
  • Poor surround performance.
  • Doesn't support Atmos content.
N/A Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-S60T is good for dialogue and TV shows. It has a well-balanced and neutral sound between its mid to treble-range. It can get loud enough for most vocal content like podcasts, and there's even a dialogue enhancement feature via its EQ presets that can help to further improve your audio experience. You can also stream your favorite audiobooks using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which is pretty handy.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature available through EQ presets.
  • Decently neutral sound profile.
  • Graphic EQ plus three presets.
Cons
  • No auto-volume/night mode.
N/A Music

The Samsung HW-S60T is decent for music. It has a punchy bass that some may find a bit boomy. While it can make mixes sound a bit cluttered, the rest of the mid and treble range is still fairly neutral, making it suitable for a wide variety of genres like rock or classical music. If you prefer a different sound, it also has a graphic EQ plus three presets so you can find the best sound for your needs. Its soundstage sounds slightly wider than the bar itself and it's focused, which helps objects to sound like they're coming from an accurate, pinpoint location. It can also get loud, but there are some compression artifacts present at max volume.

Pros
  • Gets loud enough for most audio content.
  • Decently neutral sound profile.
  • Graphic EQ plus three presets.
Cons
  • Lacks sub-bass.
N/A Movies

The Samsung HW-S60T is only passable for movies. It has a fairly punchy bass but it lacks thump and rumble, which may lessen your immersion into your favorite action flicks. However, it has a good soundstage that sounds slightly wider than the bar itself and it's pretty focused, which can help objects to sound like they're coming from specific places rather than general areas. This bar can get loud enough for a large or crowded room as well, but there are some compression artifacts at max volume.

Pros
  • Gets loud enough for most audio content.
  • Decently neutral sound profile.
  • Graphic EQ plus three presets.
Cons
  • Lacks sub-bass.
  • Poor surround performance.
  • Doesn't support Atmos content.
  • N/A Mixed Usage
  • N/A Dialogue/TV Shows
  • N/A Music
  • N/A Movies
  1. Updated May 20, 2021: Updated height and depth measurements.
  2. Updated Mar 19, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Sep 22, 2020: The Dynamics tests have been reconducted due to a value input bug.
  4. Updated Jun 26, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Jun 22, 2020: Early access published.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung HW-S60T is a 4.0 soundbar from 2020. Unlike a lot of other Samsung soundbars, it uses both its Acoustic Beam technology as well as what Samsung calls Side Horn speakers to help create a more immersive sound experience. However, despite these combined speakers, its surround performance as well as its simulated center channel performance falls a bit short of its competitors. As it also lacks a dedicated subwoofer in its default setup, its sound is more comparable to 3.0 channel setups like the Sonos Beam, which struggle to produce a thumpy bass. If you're still looking for a standalone soundbar, check out our recommendations for the best small soundbar. Otherwise, have a look at the best Samsung soundbars, or the best soundbars under $300.

Samsung HW-S60A

The Samsung HW-S60A is the next generation of the Samsung HW-S60T, and it offers better performance. The 5.0 HW-S60A comes with a discrete center channel, and it also offers a better surrounds performance. Unlike the HW-S60T, it also has an auto-volume mode and supports Apple AirPlay 2.

Sonos Beam

The Sonos Beam is a slightly better overall performing soundbar than the Samsung HW-S60T. The Sonos is slightly more compact, its sound profile is a bit better balanced, and it has a better center channel as well as surround performance. The Sonos also offers a wide range of sound enhancement features such as room correction and auto-volume mode. However, unlike the Samsung, it lacks an EQ. The Samsung, on the other side, supports Bluetooth connectivity.

Samsung HW-Q60T

The Samsung HW-Q60T and the Samsung HW-S60T have different channel setups but have very similar performances. The HW-Q60T is a 5.1 setup so it can produce a more thumpy bass, thanks to its wireless subwoofer. It can get a bit louder with fewer compression artifacts at max volume, its discrete center channel reproduces more clear and accurate dialogue, and it also has an auto-volume mode. It has a Full HDMI In as well too, but it only supports Dolby Digital. In contrast, the HW-S60T can use Wi-Fi to stream audio, it has a slightly more neutral treble range, and even though its surround performance is still poor, it's still slightly better than the HW-Q60T.

Denon Home Sound Bar 550

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-S60T or the Denon Home Sound Bar 550. The Samsung has a better soundstage performance, and it gets louder. Also, it has a graphic EQ for sound customization. However, the Denon supports Dolby Atmos content and has a Full HDMI In port.

Sonos Playbar

The Samsung HW-S60T and the Sonos Playbar are similarly performing soundbars. While both are very well-built, the Samsung has a slightly better-balanced sound profile, it has an HDMI ARC port, and you can even stream audio using your Wi-Fi. However, the Sonos can get louder, it has a better performing discrete center channel, and even though it has to downmix surround content into stereo, it still sounds more balanced than the Samsung. It also has a room correction and auto-volume feature; however, unlike the Samsung, it doesn't have an EQ.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-S60T. The Bose has a more balanced sound profile, and it can get louder with less compression present at max volume. Its discrete center channel also helps reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately, and it even supports eARC. That said, the Samsung has a better companion app that you can also use as a remote. The bar itself is less wide, so it may fit more easily between the legs of a 55 inch TV.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

This soundbar doesn't resemble other soundbars in Samsung's 2020 lineup such as the Samsung HW-T550. It has a round, pillow-like look, and it's wrapped in a black textile called Kvadrat that's advertised as durable. If you're a pet owner, beware that this fabric also tends to catch pet hair, which may lessen its sleek look. On both ends of the bar are metal grills which help to keep this bar sleek-looking, and the underside is made from solid plastic.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The Samsung HW-S60T doesn't include a subwoofer. However, you can purchase a separate subwoofer to upgrade your setup.

Design
Style - Satellites

This setup doesn't include satellites but you can purchase wireless rear speakers separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

Update 05/20/2021:We corrected a previous error with the height and depth measurements for this soundbar.

The Samsung HW-S60T is a fairly compact soundbar. It should fit between the legs of most 55" TVs and thanks to its low profile, it shouldn't be in the way of your TV screen unless it sits flush to the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A

The Samsung HW-S60T doesn't have a subwoofer.

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

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Locked

This bar has a rounded back with three openings. The middle opening is for its power cord and inputs. There are also two openings on either side of the bar. You can also put this soundbar up on the wall thanks to its holes hidden on its underside.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Locked

There's no subwoofer in this setup.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Locked

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

N/A
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-S60T has a great build quality. The Kvadrat fabric that covers the speakers feels durable while its plastic body is solid and robust. While the fabric may be prone to rips or collecting dust, the overall soundbar feels well-built and premium.

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

  • Manuals
  • Remote with batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable with adapter
  • Mounting screws with spacers
  • Mounting template and brackets

Sound
N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Channels
4.0
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

The Samsung HW-S60T has a decent stereo frequency response. Although it lacks the thump and rumble of a dedicated subwoofer, it produces a boomy bass that may even sound muddy or cluttered on some tracks. That being said, it has a fairly neutral sound profile though and its treble is well-balanced. This soundbar also has a graphic EQ plus three presets, so you can customize its sound profile to better fit your needs.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Locked
Suggested Bass Setting
Lock
Suggested Treble Setting
Lock
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz
N/A
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
Lock dB

The Samsung HW-S60T has good soundstage. Even though it's not a very big bar, it manages to produce a soundstage that's a bit larger than itself. Its Side Horn speakers can bounce sound against your room's walls to reach you, producing the impression of a slightly wider soundstage. Its soundstage also sounds focused, which helps objects to sound like they're coming from an accurate, pinpoint location, rather than a general area.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
Lock dB

Update 09/22/2020: 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.

This soundbar has good stereo dynamics. For its small and compact size, it can get loud, which is great for large or crowded rooms. However, at max volume, this soundbar produces some thumping and compression artifacts.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

The Samsung HW-S60T's total harmonic distortion performance is very good. At a normal listening level, the distortion falls within good limits, which results in a clear and pure sound. While there's a small jump in distortion when playing audio at max volume, particularly in the bass and mid-ranges, it may not be noticeable to everyone.

N/A
Sound
Center
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

The Samsung HW-S60T has a mediocre center channel performance. It uses its left and right speakers to simulate a center channel which doesn't produce a detailed and clear reproduction of dialogue compared to a discrete center channel. If you want a soundbar with a discrete center, check out the Samsung HW-S60A.

N/A
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock
7.1 Rears
Locked

This soundbar has poor surround performance. It uses its Side Horn speakers as well as its Acoustic Beam technology to give you the impression of a surround experience by bouncing sound off of your walls and ceiling. However, it doesn't result in very accurate or clear reproductions of surround objects in its soundstage. It also sounds bass-heavy, and it doesn't sound as real or immersive as what tower speakers can create.

N/A
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Locked
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

The Samsung HW-S60T doesn't have height channels. Unlike the Denon Home Sound Bar 550, it doesn't support Atmos.

N/A
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Locked
Dialogue Enhancement
Locked
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Locked
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Locked
Bass Adjustment
Locked
Treble Adjustment
Locked
EQ
Locked
Surround Level Adjustment
Locked
Rear Level Adjustment
Locked
Height Level Adjustment
Locked
Virtual Surround
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T has disappointing sound enhancement features. If you like to tweak your audio experience, it offers a graphic EQ plus three presets: Standard, Music, and Adaptive Sound, which allows the bar to adjust itself to your audio content. On the downside, it lacks a room correction as well as an auto-volume mode.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
Locked
HDMI ARC
Locked
HDMI Out
Locked
Full HDMI In
Locked
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
Locked
RCA In
Locked
USB for Files
Locked
Ethernet
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T has simple inputs including an HMDI ARC and Optical Audio In port. There's also a micro-USB port but it's only for updating the soundbar's software. There are also two buttons on its underside if you need to reset its Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or if you want to connect the bar to its separate subwoofer or rear speakers.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Locked
Dolby Atmos
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
DTS
Locked
DTS:X (eARC only)
Locked
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Locked
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Locked
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T has decent ARC support. It supports both Dolby Digital content as well as DTS. However, it can't support more object-based sound formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, which may not be ideal for movie nights.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Locked
DTS:X
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
DTS
Locked
Dolby TrueHD
Locked
DTS-HD MA
Locked
5.1 PCM
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T doesn't have a Full HDMI In port.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Locked
DTS
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T supports both DTS and Dolby Digital via its Optical In port. These formats are mostly found on Blu-ray discs or on some streaming platforms.

N/A
Connectivity
Latency
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Samsung HW-S60T Latency Video Sample
ARC
Lock ms
Optical
Lock ms
Full HDMI In
N/A
N/A
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Locked
Wi-Fi
Locked
Chromecast built-in
Locked
Apple AirPlay
Locked

This soundbar has great wireless playback connectivity. You can connect to it using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which is nice if you want to stream from your computer. You can also pair it with up to two devices at a time using Bluetooth, so you can easily switch between your computer and your smartphone. However, some may find the lack of AirPlay or Chromecast a little limiting.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Locked
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Locked
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Locked
HDR10 Passthrough
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T doesn't have a Full HDMI In port, so it can't do a passthrough of any video signal.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Locked

This soundbar doesn't have a subwoofer in this setup.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Locked

There are no satellites in this setup.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T has several small lights that blink depending on what setting you're changing. There are also voice prompts when you change the inputs.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are four buttons located on the top of the soundbar. You can change inputs, volume, and mute its mic. If you hold down the first button, which is also its multi-function button, you can trigger Alexa.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
Locked

The Samsunng HW-S60T has a very similar, slim remote as other Samsung remotes. With it, you can access the graphic EQ or presets, control playback, and adjust other settings and features like Bluetooth.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Locked
Google Assistant
Locked
Apple Siri
Locked
Additional Features
App
App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Acts As A Remote
Locked
Controls Soundbar's Settings
Locked
Casts Device Files
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T has a companion app called Samsung SmartThings. You can do everything that you can do with its remote such as control playback and change inputs, and it's even a bit easier to access the graphic EQ plus presets with the app.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Locked
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Locked

The Samsung HW-S60T goes into standby mode after being idle for a little while. You can also use your own TV remote to control the bar's basic functions.

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