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Samsung HW-Q850T Review

True Score

78
77
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Experts

83
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Consumers

Product Awards

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The Samsung HW-Q850T brings deep extended bass and an excellent surround soundstage to bring a new level of realism to movie watching. The system is one of the most versatile and immersive soundbars for movies, music, and TV shows.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-Q850A is the high-end 5.1.2 soundbar that made its debut in 2020, promising smart features for home theaters. Although it supports Dolby Atmos, the listening experience with Dolby content is not very immersive.

You can find more immersive devices on our list of top-rated speakers today. However, it has discrete satellite speakers that produce a realistic surround soundstage, delivering engaging movie content.

Built-in Amazon Alexa and a companion mobile app allow effortless remote control, and it has a suit of wired connectivity options that include Optical, combined HDMI ARC+out, and full HDMI In.

It has a dedicated subwoofer, delivering deep extended low bass. Achieving a top SPL of 94.0 dB, the sound system gets loud enough to fill large home theaters. It has an incredibly low latency of ARC and optical ports.

Wireless connectivity options on this system include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Read on to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q850T and check out our list of the best-rated soundbars on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Critics were impressed by the surround sound performance of the Samsung HW-Q850T, endorsing it for movies, TV shows, and music. Reviewers from Digital Trends were impressed by its balanced sound profile, delivering accurate music regardless of genre.

Experts from Reviewed love the system’s dedicated subwoofer, observing that it delivers deep, thumping bass that is suitable for action movies and music.

This system comes with satellite surround speakers that produce room-encompassing audio that will please movie buffs. Although it has Dolby Atmos, the performance with Atmos content is not as immersive as other 5.1 soundbars.

This soundbar gets loud enough to fill larger rooms, and experts were delighted by its smart features, which include built-in Alexa and a mobile app for controlling settings. The audio latency is very good, so users won’t notice any latency during dialogue scenes.

However, if you need a higher-end 7.1.2 soundbar, see our Samsung HW-Q900A review today.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Impressive discreet profile produces immersive 3D Surround soundstage
  • Deep extended low bass is great for movies and music
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa and the mobile app enable excellent control
  • Accurate out-of-the-box sound profile and graphic EQ and presets
  • The system gets really loud

Reason to Avoid

  • Doesn’t support airplay or Chromecast
  • Poor Dolby Atmos performance
  • Lacks a room correction feature

Samsung HW-Q850T Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth4.5"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight7.9 lbs
WidthWidth38.6"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bluetooth, Remote Control, Wi-Fi

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)34.621
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,416.32
Max Volume Test (db)94
Latency (ms)-31
THD @ 80dB1.68

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Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q850A is the high-end 5.1.2 soundbar that made its debut in 2020, promising smart features for home theaters. Although it supports Dolby Atmos,…

The Samsung HW-Q850A is the high-end 5.1.2 soundbar that made its debut in 2020, promising smart features for home theaters. Although it supports Dolby Atmos, the listening experience with Dolby content is not very immersive.

You can find more immersive devices on our list of top-rated speakers today. However, it has discrete satellite speakers that produce a realistic surround soundstage, delivering engaging movie content.

Built-in Amazon Alexa and a companion mobile app allow effortless remote control, and it has a suit of wired connectivity options that include Optical, combined HDMI ARC+out, and full HDMI In.

It has a dedicated subwoofer, delivering deep extended low bass. Achieving a top SPL of 94.0 dB, the sound system gets loud enough to fill large home theaters. It has an incredibly low latency of ARC and optical ports.

Wireless connectivity options on this system include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Read on to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q850T and check out our list of the best-rated soundbars on the market today.

Featuring an advanced 9.1.2 setup, the Samsung HW-Q910B provides a more immersive Atmos and surround soundstage, making it better for movies and games than the…

Featuring an advanced 9.1.2 setup, the Samsung HW-Q910B provides a more immersive Atmos and surround soundstage, making it better for movies and games than the Samsung HW-Q850T, which has a 5.1.2 setup. It also has built-in Apple Airplay, unlike the 850T. However, the Samsung HW-Q850T is more affordable. If you want to learn more about the 9.1.2 soundbar, see our Samsung HW-Q910B review today.

The Samsung HW-Q850T is a predecessor to the Samsung HW-Q850A, so they are both 5.1.2 soundbars with similar wired connectivity options. However, the newer 850A…

The Samsung HW-Q850T is a predecessor to the Samsung HW-Q850A, so they are both 5.1.2 soundbars with similar wired connectivity options. However, the newer 850A boasts built-in Apple AirPlay, unlike its predecessor. Be sure to check out our Samsung HW-Q850A review if you are interested in the upgraded version.

Featuring surround speakers, the Samsung HW-Q850T provides a more immersive surround soundstage than the LG SP9YA, which has a standalone design. The Samsung system also…

Featuring surround speakers, the Samsung HW-Q850T provides a more immersive surround soundstage than the LG SP9YA, which has a standalone design. The Samsung system also has a graphic equalizer, unlike the LG model. That said, the LG speaker has a room correction feature and boasts built-in Chromecast, unlike the Samsung.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

4.5"

10.9"

4.5"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

na

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.3"

23"

2.4"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1.2

9.1.2

5.1.2

Subwoofer

Included

Included

Included

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

77

*.75

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Customer Score

83

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

78

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

Expert Scores

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    Category Trust Rating

    79
    The Samsung HW-Q850T soundbar is good for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, it has a very neutral… Read More

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