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Samsung HW-Q59CT Review

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With a great sound profile and graphic EQ, the Samsung HW-Q59CT is a solid option for music and TV shows. However, movie lovers will be concerned that it downmixes surround sound to stereo and doesn’t support Dolby Atmos.

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

With a 5.1 channel configuration, the Samsung HW-Q59CT sets itself apart from entry-level and mid-range products. This system, released in 2021, promises DTS Virtual:X content to enliven living rooms and home theaters.

It uses Samsung’s proprietary Acoustic Beam technology to localize objects, giving users an immersive movie-watching experience. Unlike many of the most-popular speakers, it works with Samsung Q-Symphony, pairing with select Samsung TVs.

This system boasts a number of ports, including a shared HDMI ARC+out, full HDMI In, and USB. However, it only streams wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it has a high audio latency, which can be noticed by sensitive users.

Despite having a dedicated subwoofer, the low bass a bit is disappointing. it also has poor surround soundstage and doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, so it’s not ideal for people who relish movies with directional audio.

Browse on to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q59CT and see how it compares to the top-trending soundbars on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Experts were delighted by the neutral sound profile and graphic equalizer of the Samsung HW-Q59CT, approving it for TV shows, music, and casual movie playback. Experts from RTINGS love its natural sound profile, saying that it is suitable for most movie and music genres.

Reviewers from Consumer Reports love this device’s fairly loud output. However, this system can’t accurately reproduce that deep low rumbling bass that is common in action movies.

It has a dialogue enhancement feature and experts love its dedicated center channel, which produces good audio for TV shows. However, this system doesn’t support Dolby Atmos and also downmixes surround sound to stereo, so it is not the best choice for movie enthusiasts.

It has a huge selection of wired connectivity options, but wireless streaming options are limited to Bluetooth only. It also has a high audio latency which may be noticeable on some TVs During dialog since.

There is no voice assistant or mobile app, so customization options are limited. Consider the Samsung HW-Q60B review if you prefer a louder speaker.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Incredible selection of wired connectivity options
  • Natural, neutral-sounding sound profile
  • Q-Symphony technologists syncs with select Samsung televisions
  • Speaker gets really loud
  • Dialogue enhancement feature and dedicated center channel are good for TV shows

Reason to Avoid

  • Only streams wirelessly via Bluetooth and lacks Wi-Fi and AirPlay
  • oesn’t support voice assistants and lacks a mobile app
  • Poor extended low bass
  • Doesn’t support Dolby Atmos
  • Poor surround performance

Samsung HW-Q59CT Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth4.1"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby, DTS, DTS Virtual:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight7.5 lbs
WidthWidth38.6"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)61.688
High End Roll Off (Hz)1,317.507
Max Volume Test (db)93.7
Latency (ms)78
THD @ 80dB0.81

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Market Context

With a 5.1 channel configuration, the Samsung HW-Q59CT sets itself apart from entry-level and mid-range products. This system, released in 2021, promises DTS Virtual:X content…

With a 5.1 channel configuration, the Samsung HW-Q59CT sets itself apart from entry-level and mid-range products. This system, released in 2021, promises DTS Virtual:X content to enliven living rooms and home theaters.

It uses Samsung’s proprietary Acoustic Beam technology to localize objects, giving users an immersive movie-watching experience. Unlike many of the most-popular speakers, it works with Samsung Q-Symphony, pairing with select Samsung TVs.

This system boasts a number of ports, including a shared HDMI ARC+out, full HDMI In, and USB. However, it only streams wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it has a high audio latency, which can be noticed by sensitive users.

Despite having a dedicated subwoofer, the low bass a bit is disappointing. it also has poor surround soundstage and doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, so it’s not ideal for people who relish movies with directional audio.

Browse on to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q59CT and see how it compares to the top-trending soundbars on the market today.

Featuring a 5.1 setup, the Samsung HW-Q59CT delivers a more immersive movie-watching experience than the Samsung HW-N450, which has a 2.1 setup. However, both systems…

Featuring a 5.1 setup, the Samsung HW-Q59CT delivers a more immersive movie-watching experience than the Samsung HW-N450, which has a 2.1 setup. However, both systems have graphic EQ and presets and both have similar HDMI ARC and USB ports. In case you want to learn more about the 2.1 device, be sure to check out our Samsung HW-A450 review.

With support for Dolby Atmos content, the Sonos Arc features a more immersive soundstage than the Samsung HW-Q59CT, which lacks height channels and has a…

With support for Dolby Atmos content, the Sonos Arc features a more immersive soundstage than the Samsung HW-Q59CT, which lacks height channels and has a middling surround soundstage The Sonos device also has a built-in voice assistant, unlike the HW-Q59CT. However, the Samsung system has a graphic equalizer and presets, unlike the Sonos device.

The Vizio M-Series M51ax-J6 supports Dolby Atmos and has a better-sounding center channel, providing more immersive content than the Samsung HW-Q59CT, which doesn’t support Atmos….

The Vizio M-Series M51ax-J6 supports Dolby Atmos and has a better-sounding center channel, providing more immersive content than the Samsung HW-Q59CT, which doesn’t support Atmos. The Vizio device also produces deeper extended low bass. On the other hand, the Samsung device has a graphic EQ, unlike the Vizio system.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Depth

4.1"

2.9"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

No

Height

2.3"

2.1"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1

2.1

Subwoofer

Included

Included

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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True Score

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