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Samsung reveals pricing for its latest Q-series and A-series soundbars

Samsung has revealed how much you’ll have to shell out to get your hands on a few of its 2021 Q-series and A-series soundbars. We got our first look at the former during CES. They include Apple AirPlay 2 support and a room calibration feature called SpaceFit Sound. There are calibration microphones built in to both the soundbars and subwoofers.

The two new Q-series models available for pre-order each have eight speakers and support for Dolby Atmos, HDMI eARC and DTS:X. You’ll also find features such as Q-Symphony (which combines audio from compatible TV speakers with the soundbar) and Game Mode Pro, which is all about delivering more immersive sound from consoles.

The HW-Q800A offers 3.1.2-channel audio and 330W of power. It has built-in Amazon Alexa support and an Active Voice Amplifier (AVA) feature that puts more emphasis on dialogue. That model will run you $900.

Likewise, the HW-Q700A also has a 3.1.2-channel configuration. Although it works with Alexa, you'll need to use a separate device to control it with your voice. Nor does this model have the AVA function. It costs $700.

Samsung HW-A450 soundbar and subwoofer

Along with those devices, Samsung announced the price of the more budget-friendly HW-A450. It's a 2.1-channel soundbar with a subwoofer and a version of the Adaptive Sound tech called Adaptive Sound Lite. That model costs $199.99. If you order one of these three soundbars now, it should arrive by April 8th, according to Samsung.

Meanwhile, there's no word as yet on pricing or availability for the beefy HW-Q950A. It supplants the 9.1.4-channel HW950T at the high end, offering 11.1.4 surround sound with the help of upward-firing and side-firing speakers. When it does arrive, you’d be hard pressed to find a soundbar with more channels.

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The best soundbars for Samsung TVs are mostly the best soundbars for any other TV, but there are some specific features and specs that make a soundbar better suited to use with a Samsung set. Unsurprisingly, many of those are from Samsung itself, but certainly not all, so we're here to help you find one that makes the most of your TV. 

The best soundbars for Samsung TVs still do the same core job as any other soundbar, of course: adding much more depth and clarity to the sound. Thin TVs don't have space for really meaty speakers, but soundbars manage to give that extra oomph without taking over the room in the way that surround sound speaker systems do.

But the main extra features we're looking for on top of great sound quality are: Dolby Atmos support (which isn't built into Samsung's sets); or support for Samsung's Q Symphony feature, which makes your TV speakers and your soundbar work together to provide an even bigger sound. We explain exactly what we mean in both of those cases here.

Beyond those, we're also just looking at soundbars across all budget and size ranges that are perfect audio matches for the visual spectacle your TV offers. You'll find lots of entries from our overall list of the best soundbars here, but in a different order, because we're prioritising specifically for the design and features of Samsung's sets.

Samsung makes some of the world's best TVs, so we've got elite-level soundbars to match those models, but the company also makes a lot of the best TVs under £1000, best TVs under $1000 and best TVs under £500, so we've got affordable soundbars too.

There are soundbars here that can be paired with TVs as small as 32 inches, while others are built for big screens of 55 inches and up. We'll break down why we've chosen each model. 

What is the best soundbar for Samsung TVs?

The ultimate home cinema experience for Samsung TV owners right now is the HW-Q950A, which recreates an 11.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos surround experience, using a big soundbar, two wireless rear speakers, and a subwoofer. It creates a dome of powerful and detailed audio around you, and is a mind-blowing bit of kit. And if you have a Samsung TV with Q-Symphony support, it sounds even bigger and better. It's expensive, of course, and requires a TV of 55 inches or larger.

The Sony HT-G700 is the best buy if you want an affordable model that still includes Dolby Atmos support. This is great for TVs of 43 inches and up, and includes a soundbar and subwoofer in the box. It's powerful, detailed, and creates a real wall of sound in front of you, with lots of height and width for sound to be positioned in.

To split the difference, the Samsung HW-Q800A is best. It's a Dolby Atmos soundbar and subwoofer combo, like the Sony, but is good for TVs of 50 inches and up, and includes many more speakers, so provides an even more convincing and dynamic sound. Its mid-range price and excellent audio makes it a superb balance, and it supports Q-Symphony support.

The best soundbars for Samsung TVs, ranked

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1. Samsung HW-Q950A

The best soundbar for Samsung TVs for sheer cinematic quality

Specifications

Dimensions: 1232x69.5x138mm (soundbar); 210x403x403mm (subwoofer), 125x 203x141mm (rear unit)

Connections: 1x HDMI out, 2x HDMI in, optical, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

eARC support: Yes

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: Both

Speaker configuration: 11.1.4-channel, 22 drivers

Quoted power output (total): 616W

Reasons to buy

+Astounding Dolby Atmos 3D audio+Powerful and feature-rich+Samsung Q Symphony support

Reasons to avoid

-Premium price-Better for movies than music

This is it. The ultimate home cinema system for Samsung, if you want one that's compact and easy to setup. The Samsung HW-Q950A is a four-box system – that's the main soundbar that sits under the TV, plus a subwoofer, and then two small speakers that sit behind you to the left and right. 

Between them, these deliver 11.1.4-channels of sound – that's 11 that 'surround' you to provide directional sound, one for the subwoofer, and four height channels, adding sound above you. Angled speaker drivers in the soundbar and rear unit bounce the sound around the room, creating that 'dome' of sound that a great Dolby Atmos experience is known for, and the result is just fantastic.

Our full Samsung HW-Q950A review calls the setup "phenomenally powerful, detailed, dynamic and aggressive. Effects are well positioned vertically or horizontally. Impact sounds hit harder (without sounding unnatural) than they do with any rival soundbar."

It doesn't just sound good, though – it's also full of useful features. It has two HDMI inputs, as well as one output that connects to the TV. Its full support for Dolby Atmos and the rival DTS:X mean that anything you plug into it will deliver those next-gen audio formats to it directly – bypassing the fact that Samsung TVs don't support Atmos.

You can stream music to it over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, all the boxes talk to each other wirelessly with no setup required other than plugging them in, and it supports Samsung's Q Symphony feature, meaning that if you plug it into a compatible set from 2020 or newer (you'll need to check your TV's specs), the soundbar combines its own 22 speakers with the drivers around the edge of your TV, adding even more presence.

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2. Sony HT-G700

The best affordable soundbar with Dolby Atmos for Samsung TVs

Specifications

Dimensions: 980x64x108mm (main body); 192x387x406mm (subwoofer)

Connections: 1x HDMI out, 1x HDMI in, 1x optical line in, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

eARC support: Yes

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: Yes

Speaker configuration: 3.1-channel

Quoted power output (total): 300W

Reasons to buy

+Impressive Dolby Atmos effect+Compact size+HDMI passthrough

Reasons to avoid

-Dynamic range a little limited

This soundbar is an excellent cinematic upgrade for more compact Samsung TVs – its size makes it suitable for TVs from just 43 inches and up. But the audio feels much bigger than that, thanks to Sony's audio processing trickery. Technically it offers 3.1 channels, and that produces really strong width, and can even do a remarkable job of occasionally tricking you into feeling like something is almost coming from behind with Dolby Atmos or 5.1 content.

And while it doesn't have true height channels to make audio seem like sound is coming from above you, there's still lots of verticality to audio – things can audibly rocket upwards or crash downwards. If what you want is plenty of extra dimension to your audio for a low price, this works like a dream, as our full Sony HT-G700 review explains.

Extra meat is added by the subwoofer, which is wireless and requires no setup time at all – it just goes as soon as it's all plugged in. It can connect to your TV over HDMI or optical, and it has an HDMI input, with 4K HDR passthrough, so again it can get around the Dolby Atmos limitation of Samsung TVs for a connected device. 

However, the HDMI passthrough doesn't support HDR10+, so anything connected will fall back to regular HDR10. This is a very minor concern overall, but it's something the AV nerds among you should be aware of.

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3. Samsung HW-Q800A

The best soundbar for Samsung TVs balancing price and sound quality

Specifications

Dimensions: 980x60x115mm (main body); 210x403x403mm (subwoofer)

Connections: 1x HDMI out, 1x HDMI in, optical, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

eARC support: Yes

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: Both

Speaker configuration: 3.1.2-channel, 8 drivers

Quoted power output (total): 330W

Reasons to buy

+Big, impressive sound+Dolby Atmos and DTS:X+4K HDMI passthrough

Reasons to avoid

-Only one HDMI input-No rear speakers

If you want something that's similar compact to the Sony above, but with bigger and more impressive dynamic range, the Samsung HW-Q800A is what you need. This is a 3.1.2-channel soundbar, meaning that it aims to add lots of width, Dolby Atmos height, and big impact from its wireless subwoofer. 

With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, this soundbar has actual upward-firing tweeters, so you get a real wall of sound from it, with impressive positional audio – there's a strong sense of things coming from a particular point, and a kinetic feel to moving sounds. And it's capable of audio that's big and punchy, but is plenty refined too.

It works with Samsung Q Symphony, so if you have a compatible TV, its audio can get even bigger and more impressive. And Samsung sells separate wireless rear speakers, so you can turn it into a genuine surround system later, if you want.

It has an HDMI input, as well as an HDMI connection to your TV, so if you have an Atmos-enabled external box – such as a Blu-ray player or Apple TV box – you can plug that straight into the soundbar and you'll get real Dolby Atmos sound even though your TV doesn't support it.

It also has an optical connection you can use instead of HDMI for older TVs, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth music streaming, plus it has Alexa built-in, so it acts as a smart speaker. It's just an excellent all-rounder, and does this without being ridiculously massive – it's the right size for TVs of 49 inches and up. Read our full Samsung Q800A review for more.

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4. Samsung HW-Q950T

The best surround soundbar for Samsung TVs on a lower budget

Specifications

Dimensions: 1232x69.5x138mm (bar); 210x403x403mm (sub); 120x210x141mm (rear speakers)

Connections: 2x HDMI, 2x HDMI out, 1x optical line in, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

eARC support: Yes

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: Yes

Speaker configuration: 20 speakers, 9.1.4-channel

Quoted power output (total): 564W

Reasons to buy

+Full-on surround sound+Great vertical effect+Punchy soundscape

Reasons to avoid

-Inconsistent low-end-Room position matters

This is the 2020 version of the the HW-Q950A at the top of our list (note that this one ends in a 'T'), meaning that's a full-fat Atmos-friendly surround system, with rear speakers and all. It's not had its price cut massively, making it a truly tempting alternative for those who want the cinematic effect, but balked at such a high price. The HW-Q950T is still an audio feast, cramming in a 9.1.4 audio setup for a truly three-dimensional experience.

You get a huge seven-channel soundbar section, itself over 1.2m in length (so really only suitable for 55-inch TVs and beyond) and covered in acoustically-transparent Kvadrat fabric, which is wall-mountable if your wall is sturdy enough to safely dangle its 7kg weight. You also get a subwoofer, and a pair of rear speakers, each with one surround channels, and an upfiring speaker. These rear speakers are the biggest difference from the new Q950A – in the newer model, they have an extra surround channel, which really helps to improve the positioning of sounds.

The whole kaboodle works together to produce an immersive and very impressive surround sound effect, with strong overheads (two of which come from that main soundbar, which also has edge firing speakers for a large amount of width) and a very dynamic sound overall.

There's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, HDMI inputs for Atmos-enabled playback devices, eARC connectivity to and from the TV and a classic digital optical input, too. Oh, and it's Q Symphony compatible, as if its own sound weren't expansive enough.

Perhaps this will be a bit much for some living rooms, and it can be a little finicky about your position in the room, but if you have the money and the space the HW-Q950T is a very solid audio upgrade. Find out more in our full Samsung HW-Q950T review. 

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5. Yamaha SR-C20A

The best budget soundbar for Samsung TVs

Specifications

Dimensions: 600x64x94mm

Connections: 1x HDMI out, 2x optical line in, 3.5mm, Bluetooth 5.0

eARC support: No – just ARC

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: No

Speaker configuration: 2.1-channel

Quoted power output (total): 100W

Reasons to buy

+Big sound from any source+Very compact+Fine controls via Yamaha's app

Reasons to avoid

-Poor remote

The Yamaha SR-C20A sits near the bottom of Yamaha's rather expansive soundbar lineup, but that doesn't mean it's not capable of great things. Given its rather affordable price, it's a hugely impressive performer, even if it is more limited on specs, out of necessity.

There's only 100W of power available to the three drivers (two front-facing, one upward-pointing), for example. There's no spare HDMI ports whatsoever, with TV connectivity handled either by its single HDMI eARC socket or one of two digital optical inputs.

But if there's one thing Yamaha knows, it's getting superb sound out of very little. This is small but it has definite width (and even a little height). It's compact, but you get maximum detail at each end of the frequency range. It looks understated, but packs a punch when it needs to.

In our full Yamaha SR-C20A review, we say 'it looks like a scale model of a soundbar', and indeed this is ideal with small Samsung TVs, including down to 32 inches. It does what a soundbar is supposed to do: add more oomph to soundtracks while making dialogue and detail clearer, and nothing does it better for this price.

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6. Sonos Beam

The best-sounding compact one-box soundbar for Samsung TVs

Specifications

Dimensions: 68.5x651x100mm

Connections: 1x HDMI, 1x optical line in, 1x Ethernet, Wi-Fi

eARC support: No – ARC only

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: No

Speaker configuration: 5 speakers, 3-channel

Quoted power output (total): Not given

Reasons to buy

+Compact, attractive design+Great sound for movies or music+Support for wireless multi-room

Reasons to avoid

-No Dolby Atmos-No HDMI passthrough

If you’re looking for a versatile, easy-to-setup soundbar that includes Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, the Sonos Beam is a great choice – it’s also not prohibitively expensive, sitting in the lower mid-range of the soundbar price scale. 

Its sleek, compact design (in white or black) lends itself to smaller spaces, while its support for HDMI-ARC makes it super simple to get started with (as long as your Samsung TV supports this connection type). There's no passthrough of HDMI, though, so you'll lose that port for connecting to other devices.

As a member of the Sonos ecosystem, the Beam can form part of a wireless multi-room setup (either through the Sonos app, or Apple AirPlay 2), so it’s a good option if you already have other Sonos speakers and want to fill your entire home with sound – or to start building a multi-room setup.

The Sonos Beam doesn’t support Dolby Atmos or other 3D audio options, and it's not trying to emulate surround sound – it's a fantastic sounding soundbar that massively improves what almost an TV is capable of, for a great price. And it's so small that you could use it with 32-inch TVs and up – and there's no subwoofer, so it really is the most compact option with this kind of audio quality.

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7. B&O Beosound Stage

The classiest soundbar upgrade for Samsung TVs

Specifications

Dimensions: 1100x170x77mm

Connections: 1x HDMI out, 1x HDMI in, 1x 3.5mm line in, 2x Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2

eARC support: Yes

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: Dolby Atmos only

Speaker configuration: 3-channel, 11 drivers

Quoted power output (total): 550W

Reasons to buy

+Beautiful sound+Impeccable design+Supports Dolby Atmos

Reasons to avoid

-Not as immersive as some-Expensive-Only one HDMI input

The Stage, like the Sonos Beam above, is an all-in-one soundbar, and one with a look all of its own: it's Bang & Olufsen's first dedicated soundbar, and one that it has clearly spent a long time perfecting. There's no subwoofer (it's loud enough without) and no all-around surround, with B&O preferring instead to produce the widest, tallest soundstage possible from a single eleven-speaker module.

That means you get four bass drivers in stereo, two mid-rangers, a central tweeter, and a squawker and tweeter on either edge, each working from their own 50W amp module, and while B&O says this is a 3.0 system that's a technicality more than anything. It sounds huge, with Dolby Atmos support (though not necessarily the full 3D effect of it) and plenty of EQ options and DSP extras.

You can wall-mount it, with the speakers facing forward, or lay it flat, with the grille facing up, and it sounds great either way, with a very active and musical sound to it, and plenty of poise when things are a little quieter. 

There's only one HDMI input, and we'd like two at least for this money, but it still means it can take Dolby Atmos from an external source. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in, along with Wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.2, making this an excellent choice for general music playback. Check out our full review of the B&O Beosound Stage to find out more.

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8. Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar

Remarkable virtual surround sound for the price

Specifications

Dimensions: 890x64x96mm

Connections: 1x HDMI out, 1x HDMI in, 1x optical line in, USB, Bluetooth 5.0

eARC support: Yes

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support: Yes

Speaker configuration: 3 speakers, 2.1 channels

Quoted power output (total): 320W

Reasons to buy

+Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support+Great price+Subwoofer built-in

Reasons to avoid

-No upfiring drivers

The Sony HT-X8500 is perhaps the best super-cheap Dolby Atmos soundbar you can buy right now, and it could make a great addition to your Samsung TV.

Now, because this soundbar doesn’t include upfiring drivers, it doesn’t deliver ‘true’ Dolby Atmos, which bounces sound off of your ceiling and down to your ears. However, Sony’s Vertical Sound Engine means that the HT-X8500 works with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content to create an illusion of immersive sound – and it does this really convincingly.

Despite its relatively low price, this Sony soundbar feels like a premium product, with a solid build and sleek look; and it has plenty of connectivity options with an HDMI input, an HDMI-ARC output, analogue audio in/output, Ethernet, optical audio input, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi support.

How to choose the best soundbar for your Samsung TV

There are a few things that are worth considering when it comes to picking a soundbar to go with your Samsung TV. 

First and foremost, you should think about how much money you’d ideally like to spend on your new soundbar. These days, soundbars can be bought for under £100, but the really high-end models can cost well over £1,000 – we’ve included a range of prices in this guide, but if you’ve got your eye on a pricier soundbar than your budget allows for, don’t forget that cheap soundbar deals pop up all the time, particularly between November and January.

Something else to consider is the design of your new soundbar. Samsung TVs are known for their sleek builds, so it’s worth looking for a soundbar that compliments your TV. Samsung's own bars are made for this, of course, and more soundbars are designed to disappear anyway. Most can be wall-mounted, if that's where your TV will go.

If you choose to place your soundbar in front of your TV, make sure it isn’t so tall that it obscures the infrared light from your remote control, or even that it edges into the picture – some TVs stand higher from the surface than others!

Consider the size of your set and the size of the soundbar – you don't want a bar that's sticking out beyond the edges of your TV (or your TV table). And think about whether you're happy with a soundbar alone (the most compact option), or whether you want one with a subwoofer for extra impact (but that takes up more space).

Be sure to look into the type of wired connections your soundbar offers, too. HDMI is the easiest way to hook your soundbar up to your Samsung TV, and can handle Hi-Res Audio formats; for this, your TV needs to support HDMI-ARC, which means the audio can travel in both directions along the cable. Pretty much all modern TVs have had this for several years – though they usually only have one HDMI port that supports it.

On some older TVs it's a pain to lose an HDMI port, because it might be one of your only 4K-capable ports. However, many soundbars will have HDMI passthrough inputs themselves, meaning you can plug something into your soundbar, connect the soundbar to your TV, and the video will still make it to your TV, so you don't lose any connectivity.

This is also where Dolby Atmos support comes in. Samsung TVs don't include support for this next-generation, 3D audio format. If you're watching something Atmos-capable on your TV's built-in streaming apps, the TV will send the audio out over HDMI to a soundbar, but this isn't the case for anything else connected over HDMI, such as a Blu-ray player. However, if your soundbar has one or more HDMI inputs and is Atmos-capable, then you can plug things into the soundbar instead of the TV, and you'll get the full benefit of the Atmos audio still.

Another benefit of HDMI-ARC connections is that you can use your regular Samsung TV remote to control the soundbar, instead of adding yet another control to your collection, because all control is passed over the HDMI cable.

If you can't or don't want to use HDMI-ARC, you can connect it to your Samsung TV using an optical digital cable or coaxial cable – again, check the back of your TV to see which is supported. Optical is the most common.

Another connectivity feature to consider is whether your new soundbar supports Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for wireless music streaming from your phone or tablet, and whether you’re interested in having that anyway.

Finally, there's Q Symphony support. When you connect certain Samsung TVs (Samsung Q80T and up from the 2020 range, Samsung Q60A and up from the 2021 range) to compatible Samsung soundbars, the two devices will work together to create on big seamless speaker system, using the TV's higher and central speakers to add useful positional sound, and allowing the soundbar to add the extra meat it's designed for.

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Samsung HW-Q800A review: Samsung TV users will get the most out of this 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar

With its tight, precise, and immersive sound, the $700 Samsung HW-Q800A makes for a compelling, compact, and feature-packed soundbar, although some of its best tricks are reserved for those with Samsung TVs and smartphones. Packing Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, along with built-in Alexa and AirPlay 2, this 3.1.2-channel soundbar (upgradable to 5.1.4 with an optional wireless surround speaker kit) delivers rich, controlled sound, while its low-profile housing will prevent it from blocking the bottom of your TV screen.

Unfortunately, some of the Q800A’s most interesting features, including its “Q Symphony” audio technology and room-correction functionality, only work with Samsung TVs, which means owners of other TV brands won’t get the most bang for their bucks. That said, the Q800A’s $700 list price is pretty reasonable given its feature set, even if you don’t count the Samsung TV-enabled functions.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best soundbars. Click that link to read reviews of competing products, along with a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

Specifications

The Samsung HW-Q800A is a 3.1.2-channel soundbar, which means it has discrete drivers for the left, right, and center channels (the “3” in the soundbar’s 3.1.2 designation), along with a subwoofer for low-frequency effects (the “.1”), and upfiring drivers for height effects (the final “2”).

The main soundbar unit has a total of seven drivers, including a pair of woofers and two tweeters that are split between the left and right channels, plus a wide-range tweeter for the center channel. Two more upfiring drivers (which use Samsung’s horn-style Acoustic Beam technology) bounce sound off the ceiling for the height cues of object-based Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks, an easier and cheaper alternative to installing actual height speakers in your ceiling. All seven of those drivers are powered by a quartet of Class D amplifiers, while a fifth Class D amp is dedicated to the 8-inch driver in the wireless subwoofer.

Because it lacks surround speakers, the HW-Q800A remixes Atmos, DTS:X, and 5.1-channel content for its 3.1.2-channel configuration. If you want true 5.1.4 surround sound (including two rear height channels, for a total of four), you can add Samsung’s $250 rear wireless speaker kit (SWA-9500S)Remove non-product link, although doing so will bring the soundbar’s overall price up to $950. That might sound like a lot of cash (and it is), but the reality is that a premium 5.1.4-channel soundbar with Wi-Fi connectivity (which is what you’d end up with once you add the wireless speaker kit) will cost you about a thousand bucks these days.

Besides the optional rear speaker kit, the HW-Q800A can sync up with the built-in speakers of “select” 2020 and 2021 Samsung TVs using a technology Samsung calls “Q-Symphony.” When paired together, the Q800A and a supported Samsung TV can deliver “perfectly synchronized” sound for a “harmonious, cinematic experience,” the manufacturer promises.

Sounds cool, but like many who end up choosing the Q800A, I don’t own a Samsung TV; instead, I have an LG C9 OLED TV. The upshot is that I wasn’t able to test the Q800A’s Q-Symphony capabilities, and indeed, this isn’t the only functionality on the soundbar that relies on either a Samsung TV or a phone. Those who don’t have a big-screen Sammy in their living room will need to consider whether they’re OK with spending top dollar on a soundbar like the Q800A with features they won’t be able to fully utilize.

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One of the best qualities of the Q800A is its size: small, relatively speaking. Measuring 38.6 x 2.4 x 4.5 inches (WxHxD), the Q800A is much narrower and shorter than previous Samsung models I’ve tested. Take 2019’s HW-Q90R, a 7.1.4 soundbar that was so tall that it blocked a chunk of my LG C9’s screen. The Q800A, on the other hand (and like Samsung’s newer soundbars, including the pricier ones), has a much shorter profile that barely grazes the bottom edge of my LG OLED TV. Another option, of course, would be to install the soundbar under your wall-hung TV, which you can do using the included wall mount guide and bracket/screw kit.

Inputs and outputs

The HW-Q800A’s various A/V and power interfaces sit within two rear cavities on the main soundbar unit. In the left cavity, you’ll find an optical digital (Toslink) input, a microUSB service port for updating the soundbar’s firmware (you can also install firmware updates via the internet), and a barrel-shaped port for the unit’s DC 19V power adapter (which has an in-line power brick, meaning there’s no wall wart on the actual two-prong plug). There’s no legacy RCA-style plug, however, nor is there a 3.5mm audio jack, which means you won’t be able to connect the soundbar to older TVs that lack HDMI or optical connectors.

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Speaking of HDMI connectors, you’ll find two of them In the Q800A’s left cavity, including an HDMI input and an HDMI output that doubles as an HDMI-ARC interface, complete with support for eARC, an “enhanced” version of ARC that supports lossless audio (you can read all about ARC and eARC in this other article).

The two HDMI connectors give you a couple of options for connecting video sources. One option would be to connect an HDMI component (such as a streaming video player, a Blu-ray player, or a game console) directly to the soundbar, and then connect the soundbar to the TV via the HDMI output. The Q800A supports 4K HDR passthrough, including HDR10+, but not Dolby Vision (no surprise, given that Samsung backs only the HDR10+ standard). While connecting a video source directly to the soundbar is easy, the single HDMI input means you’ll be limited to a single source—and indeed, we’d expect a soundbar in this price range to include at least two HDMI inputs.

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Another option would be to connect the Q800A’s HDMI-ARC interface to the matching port on your TV and then connect all your video sources to the TV’s HDMI inputs. The beauty of this setup is that you’ll only be limited by the number of HDMI inputs on your TV (generally three or more), and you’ll also be able send audio from your TV’s built-in tuner and streaming apps (such as, for example, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+) to the soundbar. And since the Q800A supports eARC, you could listen to lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on Blu-ray discs via the HDMI-ARC port, provided your TV also supports eARC.

Setup

Installing a soundbar in your living room is typically an easy process (that’s one of the biggest attractions of getting a soundbar in the first place), and the HW-Q800A doesn’t come with any unwelcome surprises in the setup department.

As I mentioned earlier, you can either place the soundbar in front of your TV or install it under your TV with the included mounting materials. Next, you place the wireless subwoofer (which, as always, has a power cord, meaning it’s not totally wireless) in a convenient spot in the room (hopefully not too close to your sofa, nor snuggled too near a wall or stuck deep in a corner). Once you power both the soundbar and the subwoofer on, the two units should automatically pair with each other; if they don’t (they did for me), an easy manual pairing process should do the trick.

After you connect the Q800A to your TV (an HDMI and optical cable are included in the box) and the subwoofer is paired up, it’s time to add the soundbar to your Wi-Fi network, which you can do using the Samsung SmartThings app. Thankfully, the process isn’t too tricky; the app quickly found the soundbar, and shortly after entering my Wi-Fi credentials, the Q800A was connected and online.

A final setup option is to connect the Q800A to your TV via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth rather than a wired connection, although you’ll need (you guessed it) a Samsung TV to do that.

Controls, remote, and app control

On top of the Q800A are just four buttons: a “multifunction” button that wakes the soundbar from standby mode as well as switches inputs; two volume control buttons; and a mic-mute button for Alexa that you can press for privacy.

samsung hw q800a top controlsBen Patterson/IDG

The Q800A’s wand remains unchanged from previous years—indeed, it’s exactly the same remote that came with 2019’s Q90R, among other models. While other soundbar wands come cluttered with buttons, the Samsung remote keeps it simple, opting for a central four-way navigation pad, input and Bluetooth pairing buttons above, mute and settings buttons below, a sound mode button (we’ll dip into the various sound modes momentarily), and rockers for the main soundbar and subwoofer volume levels. It’s a simple layout that’s easy to figure out in the dark.

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Also unchanged is the Q800A’s three- to four-character display, which sits on the right end of the soundbar, peeking out from the black aluminum speaker grille. The indicator lights up to show you the volume level, detected sound format, the current input, and the various setting submenus. The display is quite bright, but it goes to sleep after a few seconds, so it’s not distracting while you’re watching a video. Below the display is a blue light that flashes when Alexa is awake and listening to you. When you press the mic-mute button, this light turns red.

The Samsung SmartThings app is intended more for smart home control rather than audio, but you can control some soundbar settings within the app. For example, you can switch between the four sound modes (Standard, Surround, Game, and Adaptive Sound, which we’ll cover in a bit), as well as tweak bass and treble levels and EQ sliders, adjust the subwoofer level, and enable the voice enhancer, bass booster, and night modes. The app also lets you add the soundbar to a room in your SmartThings home, grouped with smart lights and other smart devices.

Features and functionality

The HW-Q800A comes with most of the perks we like to see in a premium soundbar, starting with audio casting in the form of Apple’s AirPlay 2. That means you can cast audio to the Q800A from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, including tunes from any installed music app, such as those from Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube Music, or Apple Music. You can also group the soundbar with other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in a multi-room audio setup. Chromecast isn’t supported, but that’s not surprising; generally speaking, soundbars will support either AirPlay 2 or Chromecast, but not both. If you are an Android rather than an Apple user, you can always stream tunes to the soundbar via Bluetooth.

The Q800A also works as a Spotify Connect device, meaning you can tee up tunes from Spotify on practically any device and then choose the soundbar as the speaker output.

Besides AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect, the Q800A comes with Alexa on board. To get started, just sign in with your Amazon credentials using the SmartThings app. Once you’re signed in, you can chat with Alexa on the soundbar just as you would on any other Echo speaker, which means you can ask about the weather, get news headlines, add items to your shopping list, play music (supported services include Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal), or even control smart home devices. You can also ask Alexa to change the soundbar’s volume, mute the audio, or turn the unit off, but the voice command is so clunky (“Alexa, set volume to 5 on Samsung soundbar”) that you’re better off simply reaching for the remote.

Another quick word about Alexa on the Q800A: For now, her volume is tied to the main soundbar volume, which means if you previously had the sound dialed up for a show or a movie, Alexa may START SHOUTING AT YOU the next time you wake her, unless you remembered to turn the volume back down. Ideally, the Q800A would have a discrete volume setting for Alexa, and the good news is that Samsung is “working on a solution for later this year,” I’m told.

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A couple other Q800A features will (as with the “Q-Symphony” feature) only work in conjunction with Samsung TVs and smartphones. SpaceFit Sound, for example, automatically calibrates the Q800A’s audio based on the acoustics of the room; however, it requires a 2021 Samsung QLED TV (model Q70+ or better), and as I have an LG TV, I wasn’t able to test the feature.

It’s worth noting that room-calibration features for other high-end soundbars, such as those from LG, Bluesound, and Sonos, don’t care what kind of TV you have. You’ll encounter the same restriction with Samsung’s Tap Sound feature that lets you tap your Samsung phone (I have an iPhone) on the soundbar to mirror whatever music is playing on the handset.

Click here for more about the Samsung HW-Q900A’s sound modes and audio performance

  • With its tight, precise, and immersive sound, the Samsung HW-Q800A makes for a compelling, compact, and feature-packed soundbar, although some of its best tricks are reserved for those with Samsung TVs and phones.

    Pros

    • Tight, precise sound
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect support
    • Built-in Alexa
    • Low-profile design

    Cons

    • Q-Symphony and room-correction features only work with Samsung TVs
    • Only one HDMI input (besides HDMI-eARC)
    • Alexa gets shout-y if the main volume is too loud
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The 4 Best Samsung Soundbars of 2021 Reviews

The Samsung HW-A550 is the best budget Samsung soundbar that we've tested. This 2.1 setup has a good build quality overall, and it comes with a dedicated subwoofer. Its balanced, neutral sound profile is suitable for lots of audio content, and its balanced mid-range can reproduce voices and lead instruments clearly. There's also a graphic EQ available so you can customize its sound, as well as some EQ presets like 'Bass Boost', 'Adaptive Sound', and 'DTS Virtual X'.

Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, and it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. Though it comes with a dedicated subwoofer, it still struggles to reproduce some low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy genres. It also doesn't have built-in voice assistant support, which can be disappointing for some listeners.

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Samsung has launched new Q series, A series, and S series 2021 soundbar lineup in India, including the world's first 11.1.4 channel soundbar to bring an elevated immersive sound experience. The Q Series soundbars come with exclusive Q-Symphony technology that seamlessly syncs audio from Samsung QLED TV to deliver 3D sound. There's a new feature called SpaceFit Sound introduced on the soundbars that analyses your TV's physical environment and provides immersive sound tailored specifically to your space. All of the Samsung soundbars come with Enhanced Dolby Atmos support for better sound quality.

Samsung Q Series, A Series, S Series price in India, availability

Samsung has introduced four models in the Q series — Q950A, Q900A, Q800A, and Q600A — and these are priced at Rs. 1,47,990, Rs. 1,11,990, Rs. 61,990, and Rs. 43,990, respectively. Samsung A-series soundbar models — A670, A550 and A450 — will be available at Rs. 47,990, Rs. 33,990, and Rs. 27,990, respectively. The Samsung S series soundbar model S61A is priced at Rs. 47,990 in India.

All of these new models will be available viaSamsung's official online store, Samsung Shop, and select Samsung Smart Plazas starting today. Consumers buying the soundbars can avail up to 10 percent additional cashback of up to Rs. 6,000 on credit and debit cards of HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Federal Bank and Bank of Baroda. All soundbars will come with 12 months of warranty.

Samsung Q Series, A Series, S Series specifications, features

The premium model in Samsung Q-series soundbar lineup comes with the world's first 11.1.4 channel that enables buyers to enjoy the most realistic 3D audio. Integrated Q-Symphony technology plays surround sound from TV and soundbar simultaneously, creating an audio synergy. Samsung Q series supports Dolby Atmos/ DTS:X and has SpaceFit Sound technology that automatically analyses the surrounding environment and provides an optimised sound experience. It comes with a dedicated Game Mode, up-firing rear speakers, and has inbuilt Amazon Alexa. The Q-series soundbars can be controlled using a Samsung TV remote and supports AirPlay 2 as well.

Coming to Samsung A series, these soundbars come with enhanced wattage and is equipped with Dolby Audio/ DTS Virtual:X. Its new Bass Boost feature allows users to add ‘more boom' with a simple click, while the Adaptive Sound Lite technology automatically enhances voice clarity and optimises sound for TV series, sports, and news, depending on content. The Samsung A-series soundbars come with inbuilt wireless subwoofers and supports Samsung TV remote as well.

Lastly, Samsung S-series soundbar comes in a stylish design, wrapped in a premium fabric. The S61A soundbar includes side horn speakers with acoustic beam that replicates a room-filling cinema-style environment. For those who play music from their mobile devices, the Tap Sound feature makes it as simple as tapping to pair a device to the soundbar to play music. The soundbar supports Alexa and Airplay 2 as well.


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Samsung reveals pricing for 2021 Q-series and A-series soundbars

Samsung has released the pricing and details for some models from its 2021 soundbar range, including a budget-friendly option starting at just $200.

The HW-Q800A and HW-Q700A are both 3.2.1 units and include Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround technology along with HDMI eARC, Airplay 2, Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

They are packed with Samsung's smart optimization features, such as ‘SpaceFit Sound’ to analyze your acoustic environment via your TV's microphone, ‘Space EQ’ that fine-tunes bass response from an in-built subwoofer microphone, and ‘Q-Symphony’ technology, that works in conjunction with a Samsung TV's own speakers.

Both soundbars also carry ‘Tap Sound’ to mirror music from your phone via tapping, ‘Adaptive Sound’ that automatically tunes your audio according to the type of content you’re watching, and ‘Game Pro Mode’ to increase the directivity of the sound.

The HW-Q800A also offers an ’Active Voice Amplifier’ that, Samsung claims, will enhance vocal clarity; and it comes with Amazon Alexa built-in. While the HW-Q700A is Alexa enabled, you will need to use a separate Amazon Echo device to control it. The HW-Q800A and HW-Q700A cost $900 and $700 respectively.

Meanwhile, the HW-A450 is an entry-level 2.1-channel soundbar with two front-facing drivers, a subwoofer and Bluetooth connectivity. It features a version of Adaptive Sound technology called Adaptive Sound Lite and a standard (not 'Pro') Game Mode. It costs $200. All three models start shipping on April 8th.

Samsung has not yet released pricing for its flagship 11.1.4 Q950A soundbar, which boasts wireless surround speakers with both side-firing and upward-firing drivers to beef up its gargantuan channel count. 

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