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Samsung HW Q80R Review

True Score

79
79
4

Experts

86
1,902

Consumers

Product Awards

GR Certified

Customer Favorite

Expert Rankings

With a remarkably immersive Dolby Atmos 5.1 surround soundstage, the Samsung HW-Q80R ranks among the best soundbars for movies, music, and TV shows. It has smart features and boasts incredible audio enhancement, making it a great all-around option.

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-Q80R is the company’s premium 2019-model soundbar that boasts a 5.1.2 channel configuration built with home-theater-level movie enthusiasts in mind.

This system supports Dolby Atmos and has a great surround soundstage, ranking highly among the best-rated speakers today. It comes with a dedicated subwoofer and produces extraordinarily deep bass that will please movie and music devotees.

Users can stream audio via both Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with this soundbar, and it has two full HDMI inputs in addition to a shared HDMI ARC+Out and optical ports.

Music lovers can customize graphic equalizer and presets via the Samsung SmartThings app, and you can connect it to third-party voice assistants for effortless voice control.

The only flaw with this soundbar is that the audio latency is a bit high, and sensitive ears can notice a slight lag between the audio and video feeds.

Continue reading to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q80R, and be sure to check out our list of the highest-rated soundbars in the industry today.

Best For

  • Large Rooms

Consensus

our Verdict

Top experts love the surround sound performance and the Dolby Atmos performance of the Samsung HW-Q80R, endorsing it for movies, music, and TV shows.

Editors from Forbes were delighted by its flawless audio profile that produces movie-ready extended low bass. Reviewers from Forbes love its surround sound performance, praising its side-firing and up-firing configuration that give a realistic 3D soundstage.

This system has a a graphic equalizer and presets, so users can adjust the audio profile as needed. The sound system can get really loud, rivaling some large party speakers.

It has an excellent set of wired connectivity options and it also connects via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Through the mobile app, this system supports hassle-free remote control, and it supports third-party voice assistants too.

However, if you need a model with a built-in Chromecast, see our Harman Kardon Enchant 1300 review and check out our Apple HomePod mini review if you prefer a smart speaker.

Reason to Buy

  • Incredibly balanced sound
    • This soundbar is excellent for mixed usage (movies, music, and TV shows) thanks to its superbly neutral sound profile.

  • Excellent voice clarity
    • Accurate mids and a dedicated center channel ensure superior dialogue clarity and detail.

  • Satisfying bass response
    • The bass is satisfying for action movies, music, and video games because it has a well-extended range. And if it feels excessive, you can reduce it with the bass adjustment feature.

  • Great connectivity options and smart features
    • The soundbar has great connectivity options, including 2 x Full HDMI In and 1 x HDMI eARC. You won’t face audio lag because latency over Optical (67 ms) is good. But latency over eARC (85 ms) and Full HDMI In (89 ms) is among the highest tested and can result in audio lag. Your smartphone can control the bar with Samsung’s SmartThings app (Android and iOS). But if you need a model with a built-in Chromecast, see our Harman Kardon Enchant 1300 review

  • Satisfactory Atmos
    • The Atmos performance is satisfactory but feels slightly diffused, and the stereo soundstage is wide and immersive with precise sound placement.

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor surround performance
    • The surround performance is weak despite this being a 5.1.2 setup. The soundbar uses side-firing speakers to create a wider soundstage, but the sounds ricocheting off walls can lead to an inaccurate audio experience.

  • Limited app control and no voice assistants
    • Since you can’t switch sound profiles with the app, it is not an effective replacement for your remote. You also won’t get hands-free control because there are no voice assistants built into the soundbar. Check out our Apple HomePod mini review if you prefer a smart speaker.

Samsung HW Q80R Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.6"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement Featurena
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
Equalizer SettingsAdvanced
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight3.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferYes
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround, DTS:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight18.7 lbs
WidthWidth48.2"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bixby

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)35.125
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,416.32
Max Volume Test (db)100.4
Latency (ms)85
THD @ 80dB0.16

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Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q80R is the company’s premium 2019-model soundbar that boasts a 5.1.2 channel configuration built with home-theater-level movie enthusiasts in mind. This system supports Dolby…

The Samsung HW-Q80R is the company’s premium 2019-model soundbar that boasts a 5.1.2 channel configuration built with home-theater-level movie enthusiasts in mind.

This system supports Dolby Atmos and has a great surround soundstage, ranking highly among the best-rated speakers today. It comes with a dedicated subwoofer and produces extraordinarily deep bass that will please movie and music devotees.

Users can stream audio via both Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with this soundbar, and it has two full HDMI inputs in addition to a shared HDMI ARC+Out and optical ports.

Music lovers can customize graphic equalizer and presets via the Samsung SmartThings app, and you can connect it to third-party voice assistants for effortless voice control.

The only flaw with this soundbar is that the audio latency is a bit high, and sensitive ears can notice a slight lag between the audio and video feeds.

Continue reading to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q80R, and be sure to check out our list of the highest-rated soundbars in the industry today.

With a 5.1.2 set up the Samsung HW-Q80R provides a much wider Dolby and surround Soundstage and delivers a more immersive experience than the 3.1.2…

With a 5.1.2 set up the Samsung HW-Q80R provides a much wider Dolby and surround Soundstage and delivers a more immersive experience than the 3.1.2 channel Samsung HW-Q70T. It has a 100.4 dB maximum SPL, getting much louder than the 95.3 dB maximum SPL of the Samsung HW-Q70T. However, if you prefer the more affordable 3.1.2 soundbar, you may want to check out our Samsung HW-Q70T review today.

While both the Samsung HW-Q600A and the Samsung HW-Q80R are versatile soundbars, the Samsung HW-Q80R has an edge with movie content, thanks to a 5.1.2…

While both the Samsung HW-Q600A and the Samsung HW-Q80R are versatile soundbars, the Samsung HW-Q80R has an edge with movie content, thanks to a 5.1.2 configuration, delivering a more immersive 3D surround soundstage than the 3.1.2 HQ-Q600A. It also supports Wi-Fi, unlike the Samsung HW-Q600 A, which only streams through Bluetooth. However, if you need to learn more about the more affordable soundbar, see our Samsung HW-Q600A review today.

Thanks to the included satellite speakers, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 provides a much wider surround Atmos soundstage than the Samsung HW-Q80R, which lacks satellites….

Thanks to the included satellite speakers, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 provides a much wider surround Atmos soundstage than the Samsung HW-Q80R, which lacks satellites. The Bose Smart Soundbar 900. On the other hand, the Samsung speaker has full HDMI inputs and supports DTS content, unlike the Bose system.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Depth

5.6"

4.5"

4.1"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

na

na

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

Yes

Equalizer Settings

Advanced

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Height

3.3"

2.4"

2.3"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1.2

3.1.2

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

79

*.75

We place a 75% weighted value on Expert Test Scores

C

Customer Score

86

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

79

Any product with a True Score above 80 is a Absolutely Fresh

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    81
    Great for mixed usage. The Samsung HW-Q80R soundbar has a very good, neutral and accurate… read more

    By:

    Jean-Simon Bonneterre
  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Samsung HW-Q80R is the most flat-out powerful, dynamic and precise two-piece soundbar solution I’ve… read more

    By:

    Unknown
  • Expert Reviews UK
    43.18

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Samsung’s soundbar division does it again: the HW-Q80R delivers a magnificently muscular performance read more

    By:

    Unknown
  • Forbes
    31.76

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” read more

    By:

    John Archer

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