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Samsung Q800B Review

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The Samsung HW-800B checks most people’s boxes as far as sound quality and customization is concerned. It has a lot of advanced features for its mid-tier price offering, making it great for audiophiles who want the best value for their money.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-Q800B is a premium speaker system that was announced in mid-2022. It ships as a soundbar and subwoofer, and since it supports Dolby Atmos content, it can deliver an immersive listening experience.

The soundbar’s soundstage is also wide enough for owners to pinpoint precisely where the directional sounds are coming from.

n terms of its bass output, the HW-Q800B rivals some of the best speakers in the market since it is capable of that low-end, thumpy bass output, and its wireless capabilities are also up to par since it can connect to devices via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay.

In addition to those three different wireless capabilities, the best soundbars also have built-in Chromecast support, allowing owners to stream their audio content directly from their phone, tablet, or TV to their speakers.

Regarding physical inputs, the Q800B has an Optical Audio In port and three HDMI ports.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Samsung HW-Q800B is a high-quality 2.1-channel soundbar that delivers exceptional sound quality across the board, with clear vocals when listening to dialogue-based content thanks to a center channel and a deep bass end for that deep rumble that makes watching movies or TV shows a lot more immersive.

There’s also a 7-band graphic equalizer for sound customization, and its wireless connectivity is superb, as audio can be streamed through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi playback, Apple AirPlay, and Spotify. Latency is fantastic, tested at -1ms for ARC and 8ms for Optical connections.

The soundbar supports Dolby Atmos content, its soundstage is also wide for an all-around listening experience, and its interface is easy to read through.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Clear, powerful, and immersive audio experience
  • The Samsung HW-Q800B is a high-quality 2.1-channel soundbar that delivers exceptional sound quality across the board, with clear vocals when listening to dialogue-based content thanks to a center channel and a deep bass end for that deep rumble that makes watching movies or TV shows a lot more immersive. There’s also a 7-band graphic equalizer for sound customization, and its wireless connectivity is superb, as audio can be streamed through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi playback, Apple AirPlay, and Spotify. Latency is fantastic, tested at -1ms for ARC and 8ms for Optical connections. The soundbar supports Dolby Atmos content, its soundstage is also wide for an all-around listening experience, and its interface is easy to read through.
  • Bass output for more immersive TV/movie watching
  • Simple installation and connection process
  • Stylish and compact soundbar design

Reason to Avoid

  • No Built-in support for Chromecast
  • Limited to a 2.1 channel, no rear speakers
  • Sync issues when streaming content, particularly on some streaming platforms
  • Included optical cable might not be of the best quality
  • Occasional disconnection from TV via Bluetooth after long use

Samsung Q800B Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth4.7"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.4"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight11.2 lbs
WidthWidth43.7"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bluetooth, SmartThings, Wi-Fi

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The Samsung HW-Q800B is a premium speaker system that was announced in mid-2022. It ships as a soundbar and subwoofer, and since it supports Dolby…

The Samsung HW-Q800B is a premium speaker system that was announced in mid-2022. It ships as a soundbar and subwoofer, and since it supports Dolby Atmos content, it can deliver an immersive listening experience.

The soundbar’s soundstage is also wide enough for owners to pinpoint precisely where the directional sounds are coming from.

n terms of its bass output, the HW-Q800B rivals some of the best speakers in the market since it is capable of that low-end, thumpy bass output, and its wireless capabilities are also up to par since it can connect to devices via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay.

In addition to those three different wireless capabilities, the best soundbars also have built-in Chromecast support, allowing owners to stream their audio content directly from their phone, tablet, or TV to their speakers.

Regarding physical inputs, the Q800B has an Optical Audio In port and three HDMI ports.

The Samsung HW-Q800B might look similar to the Samsung HW-Q800A, but the difference between the two is that the Q800A is a 3.1.2 channel setup,…

The Samsung HW-Q800B might look similar to the Samsung HW-Q800A, but the difference between the two is that the Q800A is a 3.1.2 channel setup, while the Q800B is a 5.1.2 channel setup. As a result, the Q800A delivers a much better surround sound experience. Feel free to see what else its got in store by going through our Samsung HW-Q800A review.

The Samsung HW-Q800B doesn’t include any satellite speakers, unlike the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, which ships with two. The Sonos Arc…

The Samsung HW-Q800B doesn’t include any satellite speakers, unlike the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, which ships with two. The Sonos Arc also gets louder than the Q800B at max volume, but despite this, it doesn’t have an Equalizer for sound adjustments. This is an advantage that the HW-Q800B has over it since it has an equalizer as well as presets.

The Samsung HW-Q800B’s 5.1.2 channel setup means that it is much more able to deliver an exciting virtual sound experience compared to the Samsung HW-Q700A,…

The Samsung HW-Q800B’s 5.1.2 channel setup means that it is much more able to deliver an exciting virtual sound experience compared to the Samsung HW-Q700A, which is a 3.1.2 channel setup. Also, the Q800B gets significantly louder than the Q700A at max volume. In case you’re interested, we’ve also covered the Q700A in our Samsung HW-Q700A soundbar review.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Depth

4.7"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Height

2.4"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1.2

Subwoofer

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    The HW-Q800B delivers yet another impressive immersive performance for a Samsung soundbar, delivering a big,… Read More

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