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Samsung HW-Q950A Review

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With the premium 11.1.4 surround and Atmos configuration, the Samsung HW-Q950A A is one of the most immersive 3D soundbars for movies, TV shows, and music. Users will love its suite of smart features and loud output.

$1,262.50

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-Q950A A is a 2021-model premium channel soundbar streams wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay.

Featuring the ultra-modern 11.1.4 configuration with rear channels and discrete satellite speakers, this soundbar unleashes the full power of Dolby Atmos and surround sound, providing a very immersive soundstage for movies and games.

You can find similar high-end speakers on our list of the best-ranked speakers. It comes with a dedicated subwoofer and satellites, bringing a new level of heavy-duty bass to any home theater or living room.

With an auto EQ room correction feature, this system customizes the audio profile to the room’s unique acoustics. Wired connectivity options that include an Optical port, HDMI ARC+out connector, and two full HDMI inputs. It has a 98.8 dB maximum SPL, getting loud enough to entertain at parties.

With built-in Alexa and a mobile app, this soundbar is remarkably easy to control. Explore below to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q950A and see how it measures up against the most-popular soundbars on the market today.

Best For

  • Best Overall

  • Gaming

  • Large Rooms

  • Music

  • Projector

Consensus

our Verdict

Experts love the Dolby Atmos and surround performance of the Samsung HW-Q950A, and they endorse it for movies, music, and TV shows.

Reviewers from What Hifi were delighted by the immersive 3D Atmos and surround performance, saying that it has a remarkably wide and directional soundstage that’s great for movies and gaming.

Editors from Tech Hive Were pleased by the incredibly deep bass of this speaker, approving it for all music genres, including EDM and hip-hop. It gets remarkably loud too, rivaling some high-end party speakers.

The speaker has an auto EQ room correction feature that puts sound profile management on autopilot. Listening to dialogue on this system is a joy, thanks to low audio latency and an outstanding center channel.

With a graphic equalizer and presets, this system allows changing the audio settings easily. It also has smart features like built-in Alexa and a mobile app e;s adjusting settings remotely. Thanks to a rich selection of wired and wireless connectivity options, the soundbar is easy to customize as well.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Impressive sound quality
    • This soundbar is excellent for most music genres, action movies, and TV shows with its superbly balanced sound profile. Dialogue and instruments are clear.

  • Immersive surround performance
    • Its stereo soundstage is wide with precise sound placement, while the surround soundstage is even better. Atmos performance is good, too, despite lacking some low bass.

  • Incredible voice clarity
    • Voice clarity is remarkable, thanks to the well-balanced mids and the discrete center channel. Voices are also placed precisely on the soundstage.

  • Good bass response
    • The bass response is largely even, with the low bass being slightly underemphasized out of the box. But with the bass adjustment feature, you can raise it just enough to add satisfying rumbles.

  • Excellent connectivity and smart integration
    • Connectivity is great thanks to the 2 x Full HDMI In, 1 x HDMI eARC, and 1 x Optical audio inputs, and the satellites and subwoofer connect wirelessly to the soundbar. Although the tested latency over eARC (80 ms), Optical (60 ms), and Full HDMI In (59 ms) ranks moderately compared to our other tested products, there is no audio lag. You can control some of the soundbar’s settings with the Samsung SmartThings app (Android and iOS), and there is built-in Alexa for vocal commands.

Reason to Avoid

  • The app has limited control
    • Although the app lets you change the volume, input, sound modes, and graphic EQ, you’ll need the remote to control the sound system’s different levels, audio sync, and Virtual Surround.

Samsung HW-Q950A Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.4"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
Equalizer SettingsAdvanced
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.7"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels11.1.4
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight44.3 lbs
WidthWidth48.5"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, SmartThings

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)35.125
High End Roll Off (Hz)13,279.64
Max Volume Test (db)98.8
Latency (ms)80
THD @ 80dB0.18

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Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q950A A is a 2021-model premium channel soundbar streams wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay. Featuring the ultra-modern 11.1.4 configuration with rear channels…

The Samsung HW-Q950A A is a 2021-model premium channel soundbar streams wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay.

Featuring the ultra-modern 11.1.4 configuration with rear channels and discrete satellite speakers, this soundbar unleashes the full power of Dolby Atmos and surround sound, providing a very immersive soundstage for movies and games.

You can find similar high-end speakers on our list of the best-ranked speakers. It comes with a dedicated subwoofer and satellites, bringing a new level of heavy-duty bass to any home theater or living room.

With an auto EQ room correction feature, this system customizes the audio profile to the room’s unique acoustics. Wired connectivity options that include an Optical port, HDMI ARC+out connector, and two full HDMI inputs. It has a 98.8 dB maximum SPL, getting loud enough to entertain at parties.

With built-in Alexa and a mobile app, this soundbar is remarkably easy to control. Explore below to learn more about the Samsung HW-Q950A and see how it measures up against the most-popular soundbars on the market today.

Featuring two extra channels, the 11.1.4 Samsung HW-Q950A provides a more immersive surround soundstage than the 9.1.4 Samsung HW-Q930B. That said, the Samsung HW-Q930B produces…

Featuring two extra channels, the 11.1.4 Samsung HW-Q950A provides a more immersive surround soundstage than the 9.1.4 Samsung HW-Q930B. That said, the Samsung HW-Q930B produces deeper extended low-bass. You can learn more about the 9.1.4 speaker in our Samsung HW-Q930B review.

Hitting a 98.8 dB maximum SPL, the Samsung HW-Q950A EQ gets louder than the JBL Bar 9.1, which achieves a top output of 95.0 dB….

Hitting a 98.8 dB maximum SPL, the Samsung HW-Q950A EQ gets louder than the JBL Bar 9.1, which achieves a top output of 95.0 dB. It also has built-in Alexa and a graphic equalizer, unlike the JBL device.

Featuring a top SPL of 98.8 dB, the Samsung HW-950A gets louder than the LG SP11RA, which only achieves a top SPL of 92.5 dB….

Featuring a top SPL of 98.8 dB, the Samsung HW-950A gets louder than the LG SP11RA, which only achieves a top SPL of 92.5 dB. The Samsung speaker also boasts better surround and Atmos soundstage performance and has a graphic equalizer, unlike the LG device.

Equipped with a room correction feature and built-in Apple Airplay 2, the Samsung HW-Q950A is better than its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q950T, which lacks those…

Equipped with a room correction feature and built-in Apple Airplay 2, the Samsung HW-Q950A is better than its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q950T, which lacks those functions. Be sure to check out our Samsung HW-Q950T review to learn more about the old model.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

5.4"

4.7"

5.4"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

No

Equalizer Settings

Advanced

Advanced

Advanced

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.7"

2.4"

2.7"

Number of Audio Channels

11.1.4

9.1.4

11.1.4

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Score Card

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Expert Score

90

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Customer Score

91

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True Score

89

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    84
    The Samsung HW-Q950A soundbar is impressive for mixed usage. It’s an 11.1.4 soundbar with a… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The Q950A’s combination of immense power and huge channel count conjures up the most immersive… Read More

    By:

    John Archer
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The Samsung HW-Q950A soundbar hits the ground running by delivering no less than 16 separate… Read More

    By:

    John Archer
  • Pocket Lint
    55.88

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The Samsung HW-Q950A produces a staggering level of immersion with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content,… Read More

    By:

    Steve Withers
  • Techhive
    38.97

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    It’s pricey, but the 11.1.4-channel HW-Q950A delivers thrilling immersive sound, along with Alexa and AirPlay… Read More

    By:

    Ben Patterson
  • What Hifi
    38.51

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The HW-Q950A is a forthright and punchy performer with crystal clear vocal delivery and plenty… Read More

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?

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