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Samsung HW-Q950T 9.1.4-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Rear Speakers and Subwoofer

MSRP 1800 USDExt score 81%

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Product Overview

HW-Q950T is the flagship in Samsung's soundbar lineup, occupying the top spot in the company's premium Q-series. The HW-Q950T sports 20 drivers in a 9.1.4-channel setup and supports the most complete set of digital audio processing features in any Samsung soundbar.
Chief among these are Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. When paired with Samsung's 2020 QLED TVs, Q-symphony activates and plays surround sound from both the TV and the soundbar, further improving the listening experience.
Another model that debuted with the HW-Q950T is the 7.1.2-channel HW-Q900T, which drops the rear speakers but is otherwise the same (the rear speakers can be purchased separately at a later date).
Samsung also markets in its 2020 Q-series the 3.1.2-channel HW-Q800T and HW-Q70T as well as the 5.1-channel HW-Q60T.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Q-Symphony feature works in tandem with compatible Samsung TVs
  • Supports HDR10 and Dolby Atmos
Cons
  • Poor height performance

What external reviewers found***

Ext 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Impressive dynamic range
  • Great for music
  • Excellent Atmos/DTS:X performance
Cons
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Not as immersive as a home theater setup
  • Not the most powerful soundbar
  • No Dolby Atmos
  • Subwoofer isn’t as good as Sonos
  • No room correction
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Specifications

RearSubwoofer

Connectivity

Ports[Input] 1x HDMI | [Output] 2x HDMI + 1x Optical
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth, WiFi

Construction

ColorsBlack
Drivers20x (Subwoofer, Center, Up-firing, Side-firing, Wide-range tweeter, Wireless rear speakers)
Form FactorSoundbar with wireless rear speakers and wireless subwoofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth141 mm / 5.6 inch403 mm / 15.9 inch
Size | Height210 mm / 8.3 inch403 mm / 15.9 inch
Size | Width120 mm / 4.7 inch210 mm / 8.3 inch
Weight2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs9.8 kg / 21.6 lbs

Function

AudioDolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
Channels9.1.4 channels
Voice AssistanceAlexa Built-in

Performance

Power Consumption47W (main) + 28W (sub)
Power Output546 W

Production

Debut2020-07-08

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The Samsung Q950T soundbar has nine independent speaker elements, with one subwoofer, and four upward-firing channels (for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X) It's a surround sound system that offloads some of its job to the walls of the room it occupies. Hooking up the soundbar to a Samsung TV via HDMI eARC allows you to take full control of a lot of very convenient features.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good sound quality
  • Integrations with Samsung SmartThings platform
Cons
  • No room correction
  • No Dolby Atmos

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Samsung HW-Q950T is great for mixed use. Whether you're watching movies or listening to music, this bar has a balanced and neutral sound. There's a dialogue enhancement feature, which is great if you like to listen to audiobooks or TV shows. It even supports Atmos, giving you a more immersive movie experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets
  • Gets loud enough to be used with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Supports Atmos and Atmos
  • Dialogue enhancement feature
  • Good soundstage that’s as wide as the bar and focused
Cons
  • Not as immersive as a home theater setup
  • No compression artifacts present at max volume

t3[3]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Samsung HW-Q905T has a huge amount going for it. The scale of its sound is impressive, as are its surround-sound credentials. Set-up is straightforward, though can be time-consuming if you're looking to tailor 14 individual channels of information so they're all exactly to your preference. It's compatible with the 'Q Symphony' feature in all but the smallest of the company's 2020 range of QLED TVs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive surround-sound performance
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Subwoofer isn’t as good as Sonos

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 93%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Dynamic range is huge for a soundbar. Subwoofer delivers the sort of hugely deep rumbles you’d normally only expect to get with a high-end system of separates. New rear side channels ensure there are no gaps in the sound, even down the sides of very large rooms. Improved front/rear balance ensures the familiar Dolby Atmos dome of sound never sounds uneven.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Dolby Atmos / DTS:X sound
  • Impressive dynamic range
Cons
  • Subwoofer isn’t as powerful as its predecessor

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Samsung HW-Q950T soundbar has Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio, as well as delivering excellent fidelity with music and a surround soundscape for games. Detail levels are high and it creates an excellent soundscape to listen to. Loud sounds are definably potent, while quiet moments are handled with subtlety and control. At £1599 at the time of review, the Q950T is for the few, but often expensive products.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent Atmos/DTS:X performance
  • Excellent sound quality
Cons
  • Front-heavy sound

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung Q950T soundbar review: Home theater for the modern living room. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-q950t-soundbar-review-1184827/. 2020-12-12. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Samsung HW-Q950T Soundbar Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/reviews/samsung/hw-q950t. 2020-09-21. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Samsung HW-Q950T review: impressive Dolby Atmos surround sound from a four-box soundbar system. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/samsung-hw-q950t-review-dolby-atmos-soundbar. 2021-05-27. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
4. ^ Samsung HW-Q950T soundbar review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-hw-q950t-soundbar. 2020-11-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Samsung HW-Q950T Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-hw-q950t. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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