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Samsung HW Q60R Review

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The Samsung HW-Q60R is a well-priced offering for users whose only priority is good audio output across various types of content, as it misses out on a heavy bass output and varied forms of wireless connectivity.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-Q60R is an entry-level sound system first made available in 2018. It has decent bass levels, but they may still not impress the kind of user that would appreciate a deep, thumpy response.

It also doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, and its narrow soundstage makes it difficult to establish where object sounds are coming from.

The best speakers have Dolby Atmos and a wide soundstage as standard features, and even though the Q60R doesn’t, it still gets quite loud and doesn’t distort at max volume.

While its physical input options are decent (they include three HDMI ports and one AUX port), it can only wirelessly connect to other devices via Bluetooth as it does not support Wi-Fi connectivity, nor is it compatible with Apple AirPlay or Chromecast.

Check out our list of the best soundbars if you need to get an alternative that isn’t limited to Bluetooth connectivity.

Consensus

our Verdict

The 5.1-channel Samsung HW-Q60R soundbar offers a well-balanced audio experience for any content, but its wireless subwoofer doesn’t deliver heavy bass, and its wireless connectivity is limited to Bluetooth.

Its surround sound also does not fully replicate cinematic immersion due to a sub-par soundstage and lack of Dolby Atmos support. However, it does get loud, and both vocals and instrumentals are accurately depicted, making it great for dialogue-focused content.

Its port selection is also good, with 1 USB port, 1 Optical Audio In, 1 HDMI ARC, and a Full HDMI In port.

Despite these concerns, the HW-Q60R has a super low tested latency of 56ms over ARC and 76ms over Optical connections for accurate audio-visuals, and this, plus its durable build makes it a great choice for many consumers.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Sound quality is great for many different types of content
  • Gets loud without distorting
  • Good port selection
  • Low latency for in-sync audio-visuals
  • Good build quality
  • Sound is adjustable through graphic Eq with presets

Reason to Avoid

  • Limited surround sound effect due to lack of Dolby Atmos support
  • Subwoofer doesn’t deliver heavy bass
  • No satellite speakers
  • Subwoofer compatibility issues with certain models
  • Some units experienced connection and volume problems

Samsung HW Q60R Specs

Battery LifeBattery Lifen/a
Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneNo
Charge TimeCharge Timen/a
DepthDepth3.9"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.3"
SizeSize43.3"(w) x 2.32"(h) x 3.72"(d)
Smart AppSmart AppSamsung SmartThings
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Digital
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantNo
WattageWattage360W
WeightWeight7.9 lbs
WidthWidth43.3"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless RangeWireless Range10 m
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)1,836.523
Max Volume Test (db)96.4
Latency (ms)56
THD @ 80dB0.3

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Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q60R is an entry-level sound system first made available in 2018. It has decent bass levels, but they may still not impress the…

The Samsung HW-Q60R is an entry-level sound system first made available in 2018. It has decent bass levels, but they may still not impress the kind of user that would appreciate a deep, thumpy response.

It also doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, and its narrow soundstage makes it difficult to establish where object sounds are coming from.

The best speakers have Dolby Atmos and a wide soundstage as standard features, and even though the Q60R doesn’t, it still gets quite loud and doesn’t distort at max volume.

While its physical input options are decent (they include three HDMI ports and one AUX port), it can only wirelessly connect to other devices via Bluetooth as it does not support Wi-Fi connectivity, nor is it compatible with Apple AirPlay or Chromecast.

Check out our list of the best soundbars if you need to get an alternative that isn’t limited to Bluetooth connectivity.

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The Samsung HW-Q60R is a 5.1-channel speaker system, while the Samsung HW-Q600A has a 3.1.2 channel setup. Also, the HW-Q600A can render Dolby Atmos content, unlike the HW-Q60R. They also ship with different cables, as the HW-Q60R includes a Digital Optical Cable, while the HW-Q600A has an HDMI cable in its packaging.

Even though the Samsung HW-Q60R is the predecessor to the HW-Q60T, the Q60R still delivers clearer and more emphasized vocals. Also, the Q60R ships with…

Even though the Samsung HW-Q60R is the predecessor to the HW-Q60T, the Q60R still delivers clearer and more emphasized vocals. Also, the Q60R ships with a Digital Optical Cable, while the Q60T has a HDMI cable. Lastly, the Q60R gets louder than the Q60T, and it also has a companion app, a feature that the Q60T lacks. If you’re interested in the latter, feel free to delve into our Samsung HWQ60T review to see what else it has to offer.

The Samsung HW-Q60R includes a subwoofer, which the Sonos Arc lacks. In contrast, the Sonos Arc supports Dolby Atmos content and boasts built-in support for…

The Samsung HW-Q60R includes a subwoofer, which the Sonos Arc lacks. In contrast, the Sonos Arc supports Dolby Atmos content and boasts built-in support for voice assistants, and these are both advantages that it has over the HW-Q60R. Still, the HW-Q60R has better input options, as it features an Optical Audio In port, three HDMI ports, and one AUX port, while the Sonos Arc only has one HDMI port.

Battery Life

n/a

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Built In Microphone

No

Charge Time

n/a

Depth

3.9"

4.1"

4.1"

4.56"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

na

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

Yes

Yes

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    74
    Decent for mixed usage. The Samsung HW-Q60R soundbar will perform quite well with different types… Read More

    By:

    Dimitris Katsaounis
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Samsung HW-Q60R delivers a strong sonic performance with TV, movies and gaming, but the… Read More

    By:

    Stephen Withers
  • Consumer Reports
    40.86

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

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    Unknown
  • Choice
    38.9

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
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    Unknown

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