Looking for a soundbar that will compliment your Samsung TV? You might want to consider a soundbar from the same brand. Samsung has premium audio equipment at a range of prices. Whether you need a midrange unit to boost dialogue clarity, or a high end setup with additional satellite speakers included, this list has you covered.

Samsung Soundbar Features

Samsung offers a slate of features specific to their brand name soundbars. Here’s a rundown on the key elements that most of these Samsung soundbars will offer, regardless of their channel configuration.

Q-Symphony

Expand your soundstage by allowing your new soundbar to work in tandem with your TV’s existing speakers. Q-Symphony is a Samsung feature that allows you to capitalize on your TV’s built-in speakers, rather than replacing them with the soundbar. Q-Symphony only works with a compatible 2020 Samsung QLED TV, so be sure to check your TV’s specs before deciding this is a must-have feature.

Alexa Built-in

Samsung’s mid-tier and expensive soundbars double as a voice assistant. You’ll notice that Alexa comes built-in for a number of these models. This means that the soundbar not only works seamlessly with other Alexa enabled devices, but it can respond to voice commands. For an all-inclusive smart-home experience, consider a soundbar with Alexa included.

SmartThings App + Tap Sound

WiFi enabled Samsung audio systems connect via the SmartThings App on your phone. Using the app, control all of your Samsung WiFi connected devices such as your refrigerator, TV, air conditioner, or washer at once. Most of the Samsung soundbars also feature Tap Sound. With this feature, you can simply tap the soundbar with your phone to begin playing music.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

What’s better than traditional surround sound? Dolby Atmos and DTS:X add a new dimension to your sound stage - height. Object based audio technology ditches the traditional 2D plane conception of audio and treats each unique sound as an individual object. This makes for an overall more immersive sound experience. Check to see whether the soundbar you’re looking at has DTS:X or DTS Virtual:X.

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1. HW-Q950T 9.1.4-Channel with Atmos & DTS:X & Alexa

The HW-Q950T is an all around excellent setup that offers high-end audio reproduction and ease of use. The setup includes up-firing rear satellite speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Together they help create a 3D sound experience that most soundbar/subwoofer combos cannot match. Surround sound is optimized on a scene-by-scene basis to ensure fully customized playback.
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Like all other Samsung models, the HW-950T makes the most of a neutral sound profile. Audio enthusiasts can adjust settings with graphic EQ and various presets. This unit also comes equipped with Q-Symphony to bring your TV into the audio experience. All in all, while the HW-Q950T won’t rival a traditional home theater setup, it will certainly come close.
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Pros
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Up-firing rear speakers included
  • Q-Symphony
  • 9.1.4 channel sound

Cons
- Expensive for a soundbar


2. HW-Q900T 7.1.2-Channel with Atmos & DTS:X

One step down from the HW-Q950T is the HW-Q900T. This package drops the satellite speakers, but still offers a wireless subwoofer. You won’t get the feel of a multi-speaker system, but the 7.1 setup still sounds incredible. The Q900T really makes the most out of two speakers positioned at either end of the soundbar, creating a wide and focused soundstage.
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Thanks to the subwoofer, you’ll get punchy bass that shines during intense car chases and beat drops. This unit still offers many of the features available in the Q950T including QSymphony, Built-in Alexa, Tap Sound, Game Pro mode, Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and HDMI eARC. It connects via WiFi and Bluetooth. Essentially, the Q900T is a great choice for a Samsung soundbar with a 7.1 speaker configuration.
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Pros
  • 7.1 speaker configuration
  • Q-Symphony
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Amazon Alexa and SmartThings app

Cons
- Lacks the satellite speakers


3. HW-Q800T 3.1.2-Channel with Atmos & DTS:X

Looking for a Samsung soundbar to pair with your 2020 QLED Samsung TV for under $700? Look no further. The Q800T uses a 3.1.2 speaker configuration and comes with a large subwoofer to deliver punchy bass. It creates a captivating sound environment, drawing additional support from the speakers in your TV through Samsung’s Q-Symphony feature.
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With built-in Alexa voice control, you can access your voice assistant through the soundbar, without the aid of additional devices. This soundbar connects via Bluetooth, and offers a theater-like experience with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It also boasts other hallmark Samsung features like Tap Sound, Game Pro mode, and HDMI eARC. Overall, if you opt for the Q800T you’ll receive most of the key Samsung soundbar features at a lower price with less channels.
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Pros
  • Alexa voice control built-in
  • Q-Symphony
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Tap Sound and SmartThings app accessibility

Cons
- Pricey for a 3.1 channel configuration


4. HW-Q70T 3.1.2-Channel with Atmos & DTS:X

Don’t let the numbers fool you. The Q70T is nearly identical to the Q800T. There are two key differences between the models. The Q70T has a slightly smaller subwoofer than the Q800T. The Q800T’s subwoofer measures 8.1" x 15.9" x 15.9" while the Q70T’s specs show that its subwoofer measures 8.1" x 13.9" x 11.9". The Q70T’s subwoofer is also lighter, weighing 13.7 lbs instead of 21.6 lbs. If the size and weight of the subwoofer is a consideration for your setup, you may want to make a decision based on that.
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However, the other key difference could also help sway your choice. The Q70T does not have Alexa built-in. Instead, the unit “works with Alexa enabled devices.” This is a slight, but important distinction for someone with an Alexa enabled home. It’s the difference between adding a device that can be controlled by Alexa, and adding a device that actually has Alexa and can respond to voice commands.
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Pros
  • Q-Symphony
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • 3.1.2 speaker configuration
  • Lighter subwoofer
  • Tap Sound and SmartThings app accessibility

Cons
- No Alexa built-in


5. HW-Q60T 5.1-Channel Soundbar

Just under the Q800T and Q70T, comes the Q60T. This soundbar offers a 5.1ch setup with DTS Virtual:X 3D surround sound. This means there’s no Atmos support, but you’ll still get the “virtual” surround sound experience. The Q60T connects via Bluetooth and HDMI for non-Bluetooth enabled TVs. It is not a “smart” soundbar per se. You won’t be able to control it through the SmartThings app. The unit comes with a single subwoofer, and you can add rear speakers to your setup wirelessly with the purchase of a Wireless Sound Kit.
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Some users have mentioned that the Q60T is bass heavy, but you can make adjustments using its graphic EQ. The Q60T also comes with a number of EQ presets including Surround Sound, Game Pro, and Adaptive Sound. The Q60T is a pretty basic soundbar with a few added features. Whether or not it’s competitive in its price range will depend on how necessary these features are in your setup. Q-Symphony, for example, might make the slightly higher price tag for a 5.1ch setup worth it.
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Pros
  • Adjustable sound settings with graphic EQ
  • Q-Symphony
  • 5.1 channel setup
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cons
  • No Dolby Atmos support
  • DTS Virtual:X instead of DTS:X
  • No connection to SmartThings app


6. The Terrace HW-LST70T 3.0-Channel Outdoor Soundbar

Upgrade your outdoor sound system with the Terrace Outdoor TV Soundbar. Tune into a sports game and experience crystal clear dialogue. It has a IP55 rating, making it resistant to extreme heat, dust, and water.
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The bar offers deep bass with a 210W built-in woofer. Connect it to your TV via Bluetooth to avoid tangled wires. You can also bring your playlist outside by connecting your phone to the unit through the SmartThings app. All in all, this is a weather proofed soundbar that performs well in an outdoor environment and will likely be a welcome upgrade to your TV’s built-in speakers.
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Pros
  • IP55-rated for weather resistance
  • 210W built-in woofer
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cons
- No Q-Symphony



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