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Samsung Releases 2020 Soundbars

Samsung has just announced the release of its 2020 Soundbar lineup, the most expansive selection of Soundbar is the company is ever offered.

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New audio products, including the 2020 CES Best of Innovation award-winning Q800T, feature immersive sound technology perfect for any home entertainment set-up

SEOUL, Korea – May 21, 2020 – Samsung Electronics Co. today announced an innovative new series of soundbars – all designed to deliver immersive, captivating sound quality that will enhance the home theater experience. The new Q, T and S Soundbar Series will be released nationwide throughout the Spring, beginning this month.

The Flagship Q, Lifestyle S, and T Series soundbars seamlessly integrate with Samsung’s wide-ranging TV lineup, with premium design to suit the needs of any consumer’s home environment.

“We’re thrilled to unveil our widest range of soundbars ever – a set of immersive home audio options that will appeal to first-time consumers and audiophiles alike,” said Jim Kiczek, Vice President of Audio Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “As people look to recreate the theater experience at home, we now offer a soundbar for virtually every need, with performance and innovative features that are truly game changers.”

The Q Series, our flagship soundbar lineup for 2020, leads our trio of soundbar audio offerings and includes the Q800T, which won a 2020 CES Best of Innovation Award. The Q series includes Samsung’s signature Q-Symphony technology – which combines the soundbar’s dynamic Object Tracking Sound with the TV’s top speakers to produce a fully immersive listening experience in any living room.

The Q series also includes Samsung’s proprietary Acoustic Beam Technology, which takes TV audio and mixes it to surround the listener with a panoramic soundscape – creating sound that aligns with the action on screen. Through this technology, Samsung’s engineers have been able to incorporate some of the most advanced acoustic designs into wide-range tweeters that can reach 800hz. These technologies come together to make the listener feel like they’re right in the middle of the action.

The Q800T and Q70T feature upward-firing speakers that support both Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X technology – resulting in three-dimensional audio that flows all around the listener. The Q800T and Q70T also include HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), which enables users to listen to uncompressed high-quality audio with eARC compatible TVs. And both soundbars can expand from their built-in speaker channel configuration to a 5.1.2-channel system with the addition of a wireless speaker kit.

The T Series – the successor to the groundbreaking R Series soundbars – introduces several new models in the entry-to-mid range lineup: the T650, T550, and the T450. The T650 includes 3.1 channel surround sound, anchored by a dedicated center channel speaker that helps project audio content crisply and clearly. Plus, both the T650 and T550 are HDMI-enabled and feature DTS Virtual:X, which emulates a spatial surround sound system without the need for additional speakers.

Finally, the S Series soundbar lineup marks the debut of Samsung’s new soundbar lifestyle design philosophy. Designed to bring your walls to life, the S series is coated with premium textiles from Kvadrat – a global design textile company. The S60T – another CES Innovation Awards Honoree – comes with a wide-range tweeter attached to the horn-shaped speaker. The result is a rich sound that fills every corner of your room. The S60T also features Alexa voice control, so users can easily listen to their favorite music services, like Amazon Music, Spotify, Tunein, and iHeart Radio.

All Samsung soundbars are tuned at the Samsung Audio Lab in Valencia, California.
For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.


2020 Soundbar lineup

 Flagship Q Series
 Q800T: Atmos Main bar with 8” wireless subwoofer (3.1.2-channel) *
 Q70T: Atmos Main bar with 6.5” wireless subwoofer (3.1.2-channel) *
 Q60T: Main bar with 6.5” wireless subwoofer (5.1-channel)
 Lifestyle S Series
 S60: Single bar (2-channel) **
 T Series
 T650: Main bar with wireless subwoofer (3.1-channel) *
 T550: Main bar with wireless subwoofer (2.1-channel) *
 T450: Main bar with wireless subwoofer (2.1-channel) *

* Optional wireless kit (SWA-9000S / SWA-8500S) available
** Optional wireless subwoofer available
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So looks like there will be no release of the Q950T this year.
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Interesting, Q70T and Q60T going from an 8" subwoofer (Q70R/Q60R) to a 6.5" subwoofer. Seems to be downgraded, similar to the TV models.
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Interesting, Q70T and Q60T going from an 8" subwoofer (Q70R/Q60R) to a 6.5" subwoofer. Seems to be downgraded, similar to the TV models.
Well, as someone in an apartment looking for a new soundbar, I don't mind too much.

Maybe they made is smaller so that the soundbar Tetris would work better. I always love the crazy packaging for them: long and thin and big box at one end.
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So no new flagship soundbar from Samsung this year...?

Q950T

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TV: LG CX/GX; Samsung Q90T/Q800T...?
Blu-ray: Panasonic UB820
AVR/Pre-pro: Marantz 8805/7705 or 8012, or Yamaha 5200 or 3080
Speakers: GE Triton One.R, or ML ElectroMotion ESL X
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Yes to high end

Here's the complete 2020 Samsung lineup with the US pricing:

Samsung Q950T (NEW!) $1,799.99
Samsung Q90R $1,699.99
Samsung Q900T (NEW!) $1,299.99
Samsung Q80R $1,199.99
Samsung Q800T (NEW!) $899.99
Samsung Q70T (NEW!) $699.99
Samsung Q60T (NEW!) $499.99
Samsung S60T (NEW!) $329.99
Samsung S40T (NEW!) $179.99
Samsung T650 (NEW!) $399.99
Samsung T550 (NEW!) $279.99
Samsung T450 (NEW!) $199.99
Samsung T70 (NEW!) $699.99
Samsung T50 (NEW!) $499.99
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Yes to high end

Here's the complete 2020 Samsung lineup with the US pricing:

Samsung Q950T (NEW!) $1,799.99
Samsung Q90R $1,699.99
Samsung Q900T (NEW!) $1,299.99
Samsung Q80R $1,199.99
Samsung Q800T (NEW!) $899.99
Samsung Q70T (NEW!) $699.99
Samsung Q60T (NEW!) $499.99
Samsung S60T (NEW!) $329.99
Samsung S40T (NEW!) $179.99
Samsung T650 (NEW!) $399.99
Samsung T550 (NEW!) $279.99
Samsung T450 (NEW!) $199.99
Samsung T70 (NEW!) $699.99
Samsung T50 (NEW!) $499.99

Well, Samsung's press release yesterday says nothing about the 950T or 900T...

Shopping List:
TV: LG CX/GX; Samsung Q90T/Q800T...?
Blu-ray: Panasonic UB820
AVR/Pre-pro: Marantz 8805/7705 or 8012, or Yamaha 5200 or 3080
Speakers: GE Triton One.R, or ML ElectroMotion ESL X
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Unhappy No HDMI 2.1?

Let me get this straight, it still won't pass through Dolby Vision because Samsung doesn't support Dolby Vision?
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Well, Samsung's press release yesterday says nothing about the 950T or 900T...
Very strange that they didn't include those in the announcement yesterday, but it looks like info is starting to trickle out about the q900 and the q950: https://hdguru.com/samsung-reveals-2...-availability/

From what I can tell, with respect to the q950t, it looks like there are 2 extra speakers in the 950 (hence 9.1.4 vs. 7.1.4 in the Q90r), it will be more compact, it does the q symphony thing (which is good if you have the appropriate samsung tv to pair it with), and it's set up for eARC right out of the box (so no need to update the firmware like you need to do with the q90r). We'll see what they say as more info becomes available.
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I am interested in the q60t since I am discovering the limits of my LG soundbar, but I cannot overstate how absolutely confusing it is that Samsung names their soundbars with the same names as their Tvs for me. I know in most cases they have the HW prefix, but that doesn't help 75% of my google searches. My local Best Buy has a q60t in stock but I want to see how they perform in reviews since ideally this would be the last soundbar I buy until I move out of an apartment.
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Let me get this straight, it still won't pass through Dolby Vision because Samsung doesn't support Dolby Vision?
The 2019 Q-series soundbars can passthrough Dolby Vision (and even the 2018 HW-N950 does with a firmware update).
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I get that the Q800T and the Q70T are both 3.1.2 bars because they don't have side speakers, as opposed to the Q80R which had side-firing speakers and was a 5.1.2 bar. But does that mean that the newer ones drop the audio which would normally be directed to those side speakers if you don't buy the optional rears? I read that was an issue with the Q70R, where it just wouldn't play 2 channels of a 5.1 audio stream rather than mixing them together. Seems like that's a significant shortcoming.
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My 2020 q800t soundbar has shipped and I cannot wait to match it with my 75q800t 8k tv.
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