So, you’re looking for a new soundbar to accompany your new QLED TV. That is a wise move considering no matter how great your TV is, the sound quality is never up to snuff without some kind of audio assistance. Samsung not only makes quality TVs but also creates fantastic soundbars that would pair beautifully with that new TV.
Within the last couple of years, Samsung has really raised the bar on their soundbar audio quality and features. Many Samsun soundbars feature Dolby Digital and Digital Virtual: X audio codecs to simulate immersive 3D sound like you’re sitting in a movie theater, but without you needing to strategically place speakers all over your living room and run speaker wires. In most cases, all you need is a Samsung soundbar and a wireless subwoofer and boom, you got yourself an awesome home entertainment setup.
How To Choose The Best Soundbar For Your Samsung TV
There are a handful of things you should consider before picking a soundbar for your Samsung TV. These considerations include:
Price varies widely depending on the feature set, setup (how many channels and speakers), and the model year. A great way to score a good deal on a soundbar for your Samsung TV is to go with the previous year’s model which still sports much of the same technology as newer models. You can usually score these soundbars for hundreds of dollars cheaper, but we completely understand wanting the latest and greatest.
Is immersive surround sound simulation important to you? Or having adaptive sound that automatically optimizes the soundbar for the content you are watching or listening to? Then you’ll want to find a soundbar option with those features, but you’ll more than likely see a jump in price.
Many soundbars for Samsung TVs come with a wireless subwoofer which will greatly increase the bass production, but if you have neighbors living below you, that might not be feasible for you. Also, if you have a large entertainment area, you might want extra speakers for an immersive surround sound experience.
Below you’ll find our recommendations for the best soundbars for Samsung TVs. There are options for all different types of setups and price ranges, so you’ll surely find a soundbar that fits your needs.
1. Samsung HW-Q950A
For the most immersive surround sound experience that Samsung soundbars offer, the HW-Q950 is the go-to option. Smartly positioned speakers within the soundbar and in the additional two surround speakers fire sound all around the room for a movie theater-like experience. There’s even an auto-EQ feature that will adjust the audio balance based on the characteristics of your room. It’s like having an audio engineer built right into your soundbar.
2. Samsung HW-Q60T with Acoustic Beam
If the Q950A is out of your price range — and that would be understandable at around $1,500 — the Q60T is a great choice soundbar for your Samsung TV. It’s essentially the beefed-up version of the S60A and includes a subwoofer to bolster the low-end register of your entertainment system. It has both adaptive sound like the Q950 as well as acoustic beam technology that fires sounds all around the room to create an immersive surround sound effect. And since this is a 2020 model, you can score this awesome soundbar-subwoofer combo for just under $350.
3. Samsung HW-S40T 2.0 Channel
GREAT FOR DIALOGUE
Sporting a built-in center speaker and adaptive sound, this soundbar for Samsung TVs ensures that the dialogue in whatever you are watching doesn’t get drowned out by the rest of the sound. But this soundbar isn’t only good for heavy dialogue content like the news. It also sports Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Virtual: X audio codecs to create a digital surround sound experience in your living room.
4. HW-Q600AS 3.1.2ch Sound Bar
So, you want the newest soundbar technology in your home. That means the Q60T won’t cut it, but the Q950 is a bit too expensive, the Q600AS falls right in that sweet spot of not too expensive but providing the latest audio codecs and surround sound features to immediately beef up your home entertainment center. With acoustic beam technology, sound feels like it’s coming from every angle when you are watching your favorite action movies, while the adaptive sound automatically balances out the soundscape to sound great no matter what you are watching or listening to.
5. Samsung Terrace Sound Bar
BEST FOR OUTDOORS
Just because you are outdoors shouldn’t mean that you have to suffer through sub-optimal sound quality for entertainment. Ditch the Bluetooth speaker and get The Terrace Sound Bar, which is optimized for outdoor use. With a built-in subwoofer and the ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures, it’s a smart solution to your outdoor audio entertainment needs.
6. Samsung 5.0CH S60A S Series
This soundbar for Samsung TVs provides big home entertainment sound without having to place extra speakers throughout your living room. With side horn speakers and technology Samsung calls “acoustic beam,” this fires sound in different directions as well as above you to create surround sound simulation. You can stream music straight to the soundbar thanks to Airplay 2 compatibility and control additional smart home devices with Alexa.
7. Samsung HW-S40T 2.0 Channel
This soundbar for Samsung TVs is a quick, affordable and easy way to upgrade the sound quality of your home entertainment system. There are two woofers and tweeters built into the HW-S40T to provide thumping bass and clear highs without the need for a subwoofer or extra speakers. It also has a unique feature that allows two mobile devices to simultaneously connect to the device via Bluetooth. No more “will you disconnect so I can connect my phone?” This is a great audio solution for the budget-conscious and for smaller entertainment rooms or apartments.
8. Samsung A550
Making its debut in 2021, this soundbar for Samsung TVs provides you an opportunity to get some of the latest soundbar tech for under $200. It has Dolby Digital 5.1 and Digital Virtual: X audio codecs for outstanding surround sound performance, and adaptive sound lite, which will adjust the sound based on what you are watching, but not for music. And with the included subwoofer, you can get the room rattling during your favorite action movies or bass banging tunes (Kendrick Lamar’s DNA might rattle your roof off your house).