Samsung HW-Q950A Soundbar Review: Immersive Sound, Premium Price

Samsung HW-Q950A Soundbar Review
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Samsung’s HW-Q950A soundbar comes with a series of new features. The stand-out additions are an Auto EQ feature and support for Dolby Atmos 11.1.4.

When Auto EQ is turned on, this luxury soundbar produces a balanced sound profile suitable for any audio content. And when combined with Dolby Atmos-compatible content, the sound goes from exceptional to truly immersive.

Samsung HW-Q950A Soundbar Review

Samsung HW-Q950A Soundbar

$1,500+ From Walmart

A highly rated top-of-the-line soundbar that has a premium price perfect for audiophiles, movie fanatics, or anyone who wants the best of the best.

Continue reading for an in-depth review on sound performance:

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Design And Features

When buying the Samsung HW-Q950A soundbar, you don’t just get a soundbar, you get three additional speakers to be positioned around the room.

The large additional subwoofer has two built-in speakers and an 8” driver, while the shelf speakers have one tweeter and two midrange drivers each. Although they are compact, they are still surprisingly powerful.

As for the soundbar itself, it may appear to be a little too tall, but there’s a clever reason for this:

It incorporates speakers in various locations across it with the goal of creating an immersive surround sound experience no matter where you’re seated.

There are two more drivers that fire outward toward your walls to create ambiance effects and reflection off surfaces to mimic 5.1 virtual surround sound technology in traditional surround audio setups.

The HW-Q950A provides an optional “Wall of Sound” feature that can be utilized in tandem with compatible Samsung TVs to create an even more improved audio performance.

It works especially well with high-end Samsung TVs, and it comes in handy because the HW-Q950A is both powerful and impressive without any special pairing.

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Sound Quality

Samsung didn’t stop at just putting a driver here and there for the wireless rear speakers. The HW-Q950A has more wireless rear speakers than is standard for Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Actually, these extra speakers produce a much wider soundstage than usual, providing a greater sensory experience. Plus, these speakers don’t sacrifice quality.

The HW-950A show clear improvements to channel separation over previous Samsung soundbars. It gives three-dimensional audio, making the overall sound feel more rounded.

The smaller size of the rear speakers compared to the front soundbars is also no longer a problem, and when audio moves between channels, even the smallest gaps in ambient or descriptive sounds are balanced out.

Additionally, the sounds that pass from front to back and rear-left to rear-right are handled with far more conviction than any other soundbar.

Plus, you can hear specific rear-left and rear-right sound details that would have been delivered with less precision by just the front-side drivers in previous models.

Overall, the sound quality and immersion is second-to-none.

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Dimensions

The Samsung HW-Q950A measures 5.4 x 48.5 x 2.7 inches, meaning it will likely not fit flat between your 55″ TV stand’s legs if the two pieces of furniture are very close together.

However, thanks to its short stature (32-inches), it shouldn’t block your view of the TV screen if the TV itself sits just a few inches off of your TV stand table.

iOS Ready Soundbar

The Samsung HW-Q950A Soundbar is iOS-ready, which means that it can be used with a wide range of iOS devices. The soundbar has an embedded Apple AirPlay receiver, which allows you to stream music directly from your iPhone, or iPad.

Also, it is equipped with an HDMI input, so you can enjoy video streaming from your iPhone, or iPad by connecting the soundbar to your HDTV.

Pros

  • Immersive surround-sound
  • Fantastic sound-quality
  • Dolby Atmos 11.1.4 compatible
  • iOS compatible

Cons

  • The price might make this soundbar unattainable for many
  • The height of the soundbar might not fit under all TVs

Find out more about the Samsung HW-Q950A Soundbar on Walmart.com.

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