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Samsung HW-S60B Review

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Even though it offers impressive wireless connectivity, the Samsung HW-S60B’s mid-range price point might be a bit too much given its features, as the soundbar misses out on a subwoofer and also has limited input options.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-S60B soundbar was announced in mid-2022 as a mid-range five-channel pick that happens to be the smallest in Samsung’s lineup. The soundbar doesn’t come with a subwoofer, but it’s got widespread connectivity, with support for wireless streaming through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2, rivaling the best speakers on the market.

Like many other top-ranking soundbars, the S60B can also render a wide range of audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS, and its built-in support for Amazon Alexa adds more convenience in the form of voice commands. The soundbar’s sound output can also be fine-tuned through the graphic Eq and presets present in the

Dialogues are also crisp and clear thanks to a center channel dedicated to vocals, and additionally, owners will get to enjoy Samsung’s unique suite of sound enhancement features, such as SpaceFit Sound room correction and compatibility with Q-symphony.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Samsung HW-S60B soundbar shines with its reliable connectivity, as it can easily be linked with different devices through Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, WiFi, and AppleAirPlay 2. In terms of sound quality, the soundbar produces clear vocals thanks to its dialogue-focussed center channel, and as for music, its got various sound enhancement tools for an immersive listening experience. Sound can also be customized through its Eq, which offers both graphic and Eq adjustments.

With tested latencies of 51ms and 61ms for ARC and Optical, content remains fully in sync, and its stereo soundstage is good since sound is perceived as being more expansive than the bar. Unfortunately, its inputs are limited to an Optical Audio In, and there’s also no subwoofer for a robust low-end bass range.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great sound quality
    • The HW-S60B offers clear vocals and instrumentals, with many different sound enhancement controls, as well as an equalizer for sound customization. Its sound output is perfect for users who simply want a better listening experience compared to what TV speakers can offer when watching movies or playing music. 

  • Good latency for in-sync audio-visuals
    • Audio and video content remain fully in sync on the S60B, thanks to a 50-61ms latency on ARC and Optical connections.

  • A wide array of connectivity options
    • The HW-S60B supports multiple connectivity options, such as WiFi, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2.

Reason to Avoid

  • No subwoofer
    • The lack of a subwoofer on the HW-S60B means its bass response is inferior compared to other mid-range alternatives in its category.

Samsung HW-S60B Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth4.1"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.4"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5
SubwooferSubwooferBuild-in
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Virtual:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight6 lbs
WidthWidth26.4"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityNo
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, SmartThings

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The Samsung HW-S60B soundbar was announced in mid-2022 as a mid-range five-channel pick that happens to be the smallest in Samsung’s lineup. The soundbar doesn’t…

The Samsung HW-S60B soundbar was announced in mid-2022 as a mid-range five-channel pick that happens to be the smallest in Samsung’s lineup. The soundbar doesn’t come with a subwoofer, but it’s got widespread connectivity, with support for wireless streaming through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2, rivaling the best speakers on the market.

Like many other top-ranking soundbars, the S60B can also render a wide range of audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS, and its built-in support for Amazon Alexa adds more convenience in the form of voice commands. The soundbar’s sound output can also be fine-tuned through the graphic Eq and presets present in the

Dialogues are also crisp and clear thanks to a center channel dedicated to vocals, and additionally, owners will get to enjoy Samsung’s unique suite of sound enhancement features, such as SpaceFit Sound room correction and compatibility with Q-symphony.

The Samsung HW-S60B soundbar is significantly shorter than the Samsung HW-B650 soundbar in terms of length, and it also misses out on a subwoofer, which…

The Samsung HW-S60B soundbar is significantly shorter than the Samsung HW-B650 soundbar in terms of length, and it also misses out on a subwoofer, which is included with the B650. Regarding inputs, the B650 also outshines the S60B, as it features a Full HDMI In port and a USB port for files, both of which are missing on the S60B.

The Samsung HW-S60B offers more sound enhancement features than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) does, as it has an Eq for precise sound adjustment that…

The Samsung HW-S60B offers more sound enhancement features than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) does, as it has an Eq for precise sound adjustment that the Sonos Beam does not, and it also allows for both surround level and rear level adjustment. The Samsung Soundbar is also capable of Bluetooth connectivity for wireless playback, while the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is not, but on the other hand, the Sonos Beam 2 has Google Assistant support built-in, while the Samsung soundbar does not. However, if you’re looking for something simple just to boost the sound from your TV, then our Yamaha SR C20A review or our Saiyin DS6301 review might be worth a look.

The sound quality and immersion delivered by the Samsung HW-S60B is slightly better than that of the LG SL5Y because the Samsung Soundbar is a five-channel pick, while the LG soundbar is a 2.1-channel alternative. On the other hand, the LG soundbar ships with a subwoofer, while the Samsung soundbar does not. A compact option with an internal subwoofer would be the Sony HT X8500, which we’ve covered in our Sony HT X8500 review. The Samsung soundbar also offers voice assistant support, while the LG soundbar does not. If you’re curious about what else the LG soundbar offers, please check out our LG SL5Y 2.1 review.

What’s new in This Year’s model vs. Previous Year’s Model

The Samsung HW-S60B is the next generation model of the Samsung HW-S60A, and as such, it comes with support for audio formats such as Dolby…

The Samsung HW-S60B is the next generation model of the Samsung HW-S60A, and as such, it comes with support for audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus, which the previous version does not support. The S60B also comes with a few sound enhancement features, such as room correction, and it has better immersion thanks to its support for virtual surround sound. However, if you’d prefer more retro picks with the speaker drivers on display, you might be interested in our Samsung HW C450 review or our Samsung HW C400 review.

The sound quality and immersion delivered by the Samsung HW-S60B is slightly better than that of the LG SL5Y because the Samsung Soundbar is a…

The sound quality and immersion delivered by the Samsung HW-S60B is slightly better than that of the LG SL5Y because the Samsung Soundbar is a five-channel pick, while the LG soundbar is a 2.1-channel alternative. On the other hand, the LG soundbar ships with a subwoofer, while the Samsung soundbar does not. A compact option with an internal subwoofer would be the Sony HT X8500, which we’ve covered in our Sony HT X8500 review. The Samsung soundbar also offers voice assistant support, while the LG soundbar does not. If you’re curious about what else the LG soundbar offers, please check out our LG SL5Y 2.1 review

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

4.1"

2.95"

3.9"

4.9"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.4"

2.32"

2.7"

2.7"

Number of Audio Channels

5

3.1

3

5

Subwoofer

Build-in

Included

na

Optional (sold separately)

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True Score

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  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    74
    The Samsung S60B soundbar is satisfactory for mixed usage. This standalone 5.0 soundbar is a… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    Samsung’s HW-S60B is a slim, compact soundbar with big sound. It’s an ideal companion for… Read More

    By:

    Amelia Schwanke
  • Consumer Reports
    40.86

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  • Stuff.tv
    37.33

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    Against the likes of the usual go-to options at this price point (like the oft-mentioned… Read More

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