Now that TV sets have become more complex and the soundbar has become a necessary device if you want to fully experience all sound details. Samsung isn’t staying aside and, of course, is engaged in this area as well.
First of all, let’s understand what the soundbar is. Soundbar is an external speaker system with its own sound processor and special placement of speakers (and their number), the total power of speakers is 5-6 times more than the power of speakers in the TV set. Soundbars process sound on their own, the sound passes through the TV set in transit. But some models of soundbars, such as the Q series, work in conjunction with the TV set. The TV speakers also work to create high-quality surround sound.
Samsung Soundbars 2021 brief review
Samsung offers several types of soundbars in 2021. These are the A, S, Q series soundbars, The Terrace, Subwoofers, and speaker sets. Depending on the series, the soundbars have different features, different equipment, and different functionality. So in this article, I will tell you the difference between the different Samsung soundbar series.
Samsung soundbar series
- A series is a simplified soundbar serie that supports Dolby Audio, Dolby 5.1 / DTS Virtual:X formats. The system consists of a center console that’s placed near the TV and a subwoofer. You can connect the soundbar to your TV using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or HDMI connections. Keep in mind, that your TV must support the appropriate type of connection, sound transmission via HDMI is supported in any model of modern TV. The main purpose of a soundbar is to increase sound power.
- S series are soundbars without a subwoofer. Such soundbar consists of one central console (all in one), depending on the model, it can also support Alexa Soundbars, that can be connected to the TV using connections such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or HDMI. Some models support connecting a wireless subwoofer. Dolby Audio, Dolby 5.1 / DTS Virtual:X formats are supported. The main purpose is to increase the sound quality.
- Q series is a series of soundbars that can work not only as a speaker system, but they also support Samsung Q-Symphony surround sound system. Depending on the model, such soundbar can support up to 15 sound channels. That means that these soundbars work with Dolby Atmos / DTS:X sound format. Such soundbars also support the volumetric sound for rooms. Also, keep in mind, that Dolby Atmo/ DTS:X is only supported when the soundbar is connected to a TV or other device via HDMI.
- The Terrace is a damp-proof soundbar designed for outdoor use with The Terrace TV.
- Subwoofers and speaker kits are optional devices, a subwoofer or rear speakers that can be added to the soundbar in order to enhance the sound quality.
Samsung soundbar model number mean explained
Let’s take as an example the model number of the HW-Q950A soundbar.
- HW – type of soundbar, it means:
- H – the type of equipment produced by Samsung high-end soundbars.
- W – wireless connection.
- Q – soundbar series.
- 9 – soundbar class.
- 50 – soundbar model.
- A – the year the soundbar model was developed
- B – 2022
- A – 2021
- T – 2020
- R – 2019
- N – 2018
- M – 2017
- K – 2016
- J – 2015
- H – 2014
Compatibility of Samsung soundbars with Samsung TV models of different years
Also, you may be interested in the compatibility of Samsung soundbars with TVs. Yes, soundbars are compatible in their basic parameters with every TV, as they process sound on their own. However, some features may not be supported, for example, not all soundbars will support Q-Symphony.
That means you can use any soundbar with any TV, but some of the features may be not supported.
Compatibility of Samsung soundbars with other TVs
Samsung soundbars are compatible with other TV models and can support basic sound standards. The soundbar plays the sound from any TV set. Since the sound doesn’t depend on the TV but on the original source.
However, keep in mind that there’s no sense to buy a Q-series soundbar to use with a TV made by another company, as such soundbars wouldn’t support Samsung Q-Symphony.
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