Top 5 Best Samsung Soundbars

With the never-ending progress of technological advancement, we reached a point of having lighter, thinner, and flatter TV screens. But no matter how far we advance, some things are just bound by laws of nature. Take audio for example. If you want to engulf a room in immersive audio, you’ll need some pretty powerful speakers. Consequently, you can’t fit that much power in a thin TV screen. For that, we have soundbars.

That said, you shouldn’t just jump on any soundbar you find, as they vary vastly in terms of quality. Instead, you need to get a soundbar from a reputable brand, such as Samsung.

And thus, we brought you the 5 best Samsung soundbars that outperform all the competition in the market with great sound production and durable manufacturing.

Without further ado, here are the best Samsung soundbars you can get today!

Top Samsung Soundbars – Our Picks

#1 – Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q80R Soundbar

This is by far the best Samsung 5.1 soundbar that we’ve had the chance to test. The HW-Q80R is essentially the twin of the Samsung HW-Q90R. The only things it lacks in comparison are the rear speakers.

The performance you get from this thing is outstanding. You’ve got a subwoofer that delivers some rich bass to give hip-hop and EDM fans the true musical experience they’re looking for. It will also enhance the movie-watching experience for anyone trying to immerse themselves in an explosive action movie.

The Q80R has an older brother, the Q90R which delivers better performance than the 5.1 setup, but the side-firing speakers of the 5.1 are still pretty good. For a more immersive experience, it also supports Atmos content. With numerous points of input, you can connect a lot of devices to the soundbar, from Blu-ray players to consoles.

Similarly to other Samsung soundbars, it’s got a small screen interface and no room correction to enhance the quality of sound according to the room it’s in. The good thing is that if you don’t have that much space or have no need for rear satellites, this setup is outstanding and it will allow you to save some money compared to other Samsung products.

The only drawback of this Samsung soundbar is its price. The HW-Q80R is pricier than the rest of the recommendations on our list, but if you’re an audiophile who wants to get the most of his (or her) audio setup, then this is the best Samsung soundbar you can get.

Pros
  • Premium build quality
  • Easy to install and set up
  • Crispy, clear sound with great and deep bass
  • Game pro mode to up your gaming game (pun intended)
Cons
  • Pricey compared with other Models

#2 – Samsung HW-MS650 Soundbar

This Samsung soundbar delivers an awesome, full-range audio performance and it’s one of the best soundbars that we’ve tried out from Samsung.

One of its great features is that it can be operated via voice control. It was designed to deliver a rich and a room-immersing output by combining 9 whole speakers in one soundbar unit.

Equipped with tweeters and acoustic drivers, it can cover a wide range of frequencies to give you that awesome musical performance and crips voices.

This soundbar also comes with an HDMI-input 4k pass-through compatibility. UHD Blu-ray players and other 4k video sources are all compatible with the soundbar. The original quality of the sound is preserved through the 96kHz/24 bit high-resolution audio for HD output.

The soundbar can predict and automatically tune the speaker’s output according to the sound distortion before it happens to deliver detailed and deep bass. With WI-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB, and USB input options, this soundbar has it all which allows you to connect a variety of devices.

From 39 Hz to 20 Hz, the frequency response of the HW-MS650 is pretty wide. It can be integrated into a variety of rooms and it can deliver even lower bass to reach 27 Hz in home theaters if you add the Sound+ subwoofer.

Pros
  • Aesthetically appealing
  • Great sound quality
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • A bit expensive
  • The software could use some tweaking and updates

#3 – Samsung HW-N400 Soundbar

An entry-level soundbar, the HW-N400 is the latest addition to Samsung’s ‘all-in-one’ range, meaning that there is no separate subwoofer. The N400 uses a small cabinet for the relatively smaller screen sizes instead.

The set of features that the HW-N400 comes with is relatively basic since it’s an entry-level soundbar. It’s got a simple 2-channel layout that comes with 2-forward-firing speakers. These speakers are made of wide-dispersion tweeters and mid-range drivers.

Because of this configuration, there’s an absence of a dedicated center dialogue channel on the N400. But the performance overall isn’t really affected since Samsung only supports two-channel Dolby Digital and DTS.

Two sound modes are included with the N400: you’ve got the surround and the standard. Standard is basically a bypass mode that uses the front two speakers. This is ideal for certain TV shows and music. As for the surround mode, it’s made to give a more immersive feeling for video games, movies, and TV dramas. All in all, this is an excellent soundbar within the 300-dollar range, so you should definitely consider it if you don’t want to break the bank.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Easy to install and set up
  • Decent sound quality for the price

Cons
  • Limited connectivity options

#4 – Samsung HW-R450 Soundbar

This is without a doubt one of the best soundbars that you can get if you’re on a budget. Once you connect it to your TV, the sound will feel more tangible than it ever has been. You’ll get clean and crisp movie dialogue and impactful bullets and explosions thanks to the wireless subwoofer that comes with it. There is no easier setup than this one’s, as it can be connected with either a Bluetooth or an optical connection to the TV. It’s perfect for both wall-mounting or sitting on a table. Basically, it fits all your needs and that’s what’s so great about it.

You have to keep a couple of things about the HW-R450 in mind. The biggest of them all is the fact that it has no HDMI connection, which is the standard wired connection for most audio equipment and TVs. While it’s not exactly a dealbreaker, connecting the soundbar to a TV can be a little tricky. But most people manage to do it eventually with the Bluetooth or the optical connection.

We should also mention that other soundbars of similar prices come with additional features. The R450 also has a big brother called the N450. It’s more powerful and consequently pricier.  We don’t think it would be a better investment as the R450 is a better choice that’s wallet-friendly

Pros
  • Cheap price
  • Easy setup and installation
  • Decent sound quality for the price
Cons
  • No HDMI connection

#5 – Samsung 2.1 Soundbar HW-M360

The Samsung HW-M360 is a decent piece of hardware. It’s a 2.1 system setup with a great frequency response. Although it lacks a bit in the sub-pass area of things, the accuracy and clarity of voice and dialogue frequencies are superb, all due to the dedicated center channel. It can get loud enough whenever it’s needed for the most part with little compression at peak volumes.

On the downside, the soundbar doesn’t support Atmos and doesn’t come with dedicated height channels. Beyond all of that though, it remains a well-constructed bar with a very satisfying audio production.

All in all, it’s a good soundbar for TV shows and dialogue. That’s thanks to the accurate reproduction and decent stereo frequency response. It’s also suitable for podcasts and audiobooks. It can get pretty loud and it comes with a feature for enhancing dialogue. Streaming wirelessly via Bluetooth is also quite simple. Simply put, if you’re looking for the best Samsung soundbar for watching movies, this is a solid option to consider.

Pros
  • Clear dialogue thanks when using the SMART sound field
  • Multiple connectivity options
  • Fairly affordable
Cons
  • The bass isn’t that impressive

Choosing the Best Samsung Soundbar – Buying Guide

Samsung Soundbar Guide

When looking into the best Samsung soundbars, or soundbars from any brand for that matter, there a few things that you must keep in mind before purchasing, which we’ll detail below.

Soundbar Placement

The area in which you’re going to set up your soundbar will heavily affect the type of soundbar that you need to purchase. Whichever soundbar you choose to get will influence your decision of where to put it.

Soundbars can usually be installed in a variety of ways. You can hang them on walls via soundbar mounts, you can put them under on in front of your TV. If your TV is on a table, you can place the soundbars beside it if you have enough space, especially under the screen. If you’ve mounted the TV to the wall, you can mount the soundbars with it. Some soundbars can even come with a toolkit to help you do so.

As for sound bases, they are designed to be installed beneath the TV, on top of a shelf or a table.

Size:

If From an aesthetic standpoint, your soundbar shouldn’t be any wider than the TV itself. It’ll be perfect if they’re exactly the same size.  But from a technical standpoint, the size doesn’t really matter. A soundbar of any size can be paired with a TV of any size. So it remains a matter of taste. Just be sure that the TV and soundbar have compatible connectivity options, especially for older TVs.

Active vs Passive:

Passive: This implies that the soundbar does not have an integrated power amp, meaning that an amplifier or a receiver is needed. But they do, on the upside, have better speakers, which amount to better sound. So this means that a passive sçundbar will cost more and will require more components to connect. And for the extra bass, you’ll require a traditional subwoofer.

Active: This implies that the soundbar is equipped with an amplifier to power up everything. Additionally, it’ll have channel processors for separating center, right and left speakers in the soundbar. So no need for an additional receiver to buy and plug-in.

If you’re just looking to upgrade your TV’s audio, we recommend going with an active soundbar. If you want the soundbar to disappear as part of a TV’s custom installation or if you’re looking to have a fully equipped Dolby Atmos system, then maybe you can go for the passive soundbar.

Channels:

To understand the concept of channels, think of them as individual speakers or sound sources. Today, most movies and shows are produced with 5 distinct digitally-embedded audio channels (in other cases even more for surround sound): Center, right, left, right rear, left rear. The fact that all channels are contained in one unit in the soundbar is what sets it apart from a typical home theater setup. So here’s how it goes

  • 2-channel soundbar: 2 speakers: right and left.
  • 3-channel soundbar: 3 speakers: left, right, and center.
  • 5-channel soundbar: All the previously mentioned speakers: Center, left, right, left rear, right rear (the home theater standard for the past 20 years)
  • 7-channel soundbar: 7 speakers. Basically, the 5 channels that you get from the previous setup but with an additional bonus: you get 7 total channels by splitting the rear and surround channel information in 4 channels. (best and newest standard).
  • Dolby Atmos soundbar: This here is la creme de la creme. What sets it apart is the upward-firing speakers in the soundbar reflecting sound above the listener for an enhanced and deeper experience. So channels named 5.1.2 or 7.1.2 for example, the first number is for the number of traditional channels, the second is for a subwoofer and the third is the Dolby Atmos upward-firing speaker. It will work ideally with an 11-feet high flat ceiling of reflective, hard material.

So the question to ask now is “how many channels should you have in your soundbar?”. Well that’s easy; the more, the better.

Connections:

The soundbars you’ll find today come with a lot of connectivity options. Here are the main ones to keep an eye on:

HDMI ARC:

Such an easy way of doing things. Connect the soundbar to the TV’s audio return channel (ARC) through an HDMI cable and voila. HDMI is particularly good for multi-channel soundbars.

Wireless Connectivity:

If you’re looking to directly stream audio from the soundbar or via a tablet or phone, here’s how you could do it:

  • Bluetooth: Many models come equipped with a Bluetooth connectivity option. It’s an easy way to stream music from a multitude of personal devices like phones and tablets.
  • Wi-Fi: Several soundbars are wireless and use Wi-Fi to connect to your home’s network to stream audio from anything to anywhere.
  • Optical Port: The optical patch cord is a solid reliable way of connecting your TV and soundbar. It’s easy and simple to set up. The downside is that it doesn’t have the bandwidth to carry a 5.1 signal.
  • USB Inputs: Usually, USB inputs are dedicated to firmware updates. But today that’s usually done with software updates. You don’t necessarily need this connectivity option unless you’re looking to plug a USB drive full of songs for example

Picking the Best Samsung Soundbar – FAQ

WHAT ARE THE BEST SETTINGS FOR A SAMSUNG SOUND BAR?

So you got your hands on a Samsung Sound and want to know the best settings after tinkering around for a while and can’t seem to get that sweet spot? The good thing about a Samsung Soundbar is that they all have similar UI and settings – although this of course depends on the specific model. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on the best settings which you can find here.

Verdict

Samsung is a brand beyond recognition and it reached this state by producing incredible top of the line products, from TVs to soundbars. So, don’t be hesitant to go out there and get yourself a Samsung soundbar, because it’s hard to be disappointed with your choice. And we hope that our list today helped you in making your choices even better.

So, what are you waiting for, fellow audiophile? Go get your new best Samsung soundbar and share your experience with us in the comments!

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