So owners of cutting-edge consoles or PCs will have to route their gaming devices through their TV, and use the eARC feature to pass game soundtracks to the soundbar. There is some good news for music fans, though. What are you getting for $500 less? Price-wise, the Samsung Q950A costs just over $1500 while the Vizio Elevate goes for roughly $900 to $1,000 so the Samsung soundbar is priced on the higher end. A truly mighty sonic sensation. All of these make for a very hefty setup. It also includes an 8-inch wireless subwoofer which delivers a low-bass output but it is not as punchy on the upper bass. The soundbar is also lighter in weight, weighing just 12 pounds. Required fields are marked *. It includes many of the bells and whistles in the Samsung HW-Q950A such as HDMI and optical digital inputs, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, Voice Assistant support, Bluetooth support, and a remote.

Supported audio file formats include AAC, WAV, MP3, FLAC, AIFF, OGG and ALAC. He's seen so many hot new technologies come and go, like tears in the rain. The rear speakers that it ships with also feature their built-in upward-firing drivers for an immersive and cinematic audio experience. Its slim and trim design packs in more speaker drivers.

But then surely if youre looking at a soundbar, even one which, like, the Q990B, consists of four separate components, youre doing so because you want the ease, compatibility and compactness that soundbars offer, making the separates comparison pretty much moot. So, this soundbar might deliver on the sonic envelopment front but not necessarily on dialogue clarity. It only took me 15 years to find the best iPhone car charger, and now I want the desktop version as well, By Carrie Marshall When it comes to shopping for a good audio system to complement your home audio/video system, you could never go wrong with a good soundbar such as the Vizio Elevate or the Samsung Q950A to bring out the theater-like surround sound into your home environment. The scale of its sound is enough to satisfy even a large room, but at the same time it doesnt overwhelm the channels being delivered by the surprisingly small rear speakers. However, due to its gigantic size, the Samsung HW-Q950A will require some considerable effort to set up. But there are certainly more musical soundbars out there. It is $500 cheaper than the Q950A so pricing will certainly be a consideration when comparing these two. T3 is supported by its audience.

This can receive Dolby Atmos tracks from compatible Samsung TVs without a physical HDMI eARC connection. The high asking price puts the Q990B in the stratosphere occupied by both one or two other multi-component soundbars, such as LGs SP11RA, as well as premium single-bar or bar-plus-subwoofer solutions from acclaimed hi-fi brands - such as the Devialet Dione.

The results can at times sound uncannily like a true Dolby Atmos mix, despite being crafted on the fly by a processor without any human intervention. It gives you lots of sound adjustments as well as a dedicated signal-sensing input that you can interface with an Amazon Echo Dot to transform your soundbar into a smart speaker. There was a problem. While the Q990Bs channel count might have got stuck, though, the quality Samsung gets from those channels has not.

Still, the Elevate is a great surround speaker which is more than enough for your living room. One last strength of the Q990B that helps it stand out from even the vast majority of high-end rivals is how aggressively it delivers hard impact sounds such as gunfire and punches. Presumably, again, because of the improved calibration in conjunction with the efforts Samsung has gone through to make the other elements tie in with the main soundbar more effectively. Uniquely immersive surround sound for a soundbar, Supports passthrough of Dolby Vision and HDR10+, All the best features, news, tips and great deals to help you live a better life through technology. But which of these should go for? It has dual HDMI ports, optical digital connections, Bluetooth connectivity, voice assistants, Q-Symphony function, and Dolby Atmos sound. Details feel even more accurately positioned too, and sounds that move around a mix, whether its back to front, side to side or both, make their journey around your living room even more convincingly than they did on 2021s Q950A.

This is, therefore a soundbar that you could easily place under an unmounted TV. Google Pixel 6a review: super yet superfluous? Theres a genuine attempt to separate out the different elements of a mix and thoughtfully place them in different channels, rather than just sending the same sound to each channel. The design features a total of 18 speakers and includes Adaptive Height Speakers for immersive surround sound. It doesnt feature any optical cables so you can only interface it with a Dolby Atmos source via am HDMI eARC/ARC. This is decent news on one level, as it means there are two HDMI inputs alongside the HDMI output. The main thing is that the remotes relatively low button count in conjunction with the newly positioned LED, the Tap smartphone connectivity and the consistency with which all the separate components wirelessly connect to each other, makes the Q990B relatively easy to use for a such a high-end system.

T3 is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Weve already covered the functional parts of the rear and subwoofer redesigns, but the rears and main soundbar also enjoy a new finish. The soundbar has an amplification of 245v watts, the surround speakers belt out 210 watts, and the subwoofer 160 watts. It is a value-packed soundbar with a good surround sound and many of the features and connections that youd find in the Q950A. It also has a subwoofer measuring 15.9 x 8.3 x 15.9 and surrounds that measure 8 x 4.9 x 5.6. The Q990B continues Samsungs domination of the premium home cinema soundbar market, delivering a combination of power, detail, dynamics and full surround sound cohesion with movie soundtracks that no rival weve seen to date can match.

This comparison can be a little dicey as they are both nice Dolby Atmos soundbars that offer you an all-around package. This doesnt look quite as opulent and premium as the felt covers, but it attracts much less dust and makes the speakers feel strangely more techy. The Vizio Elevate is a great choice if you are shopping for a top-quality soundbar that includes both a subwoofer and separate surround speakers. Premium-end soundbar with a cinematic sound, A Dolby Atmos/ DTS: X compatible that fully immerses you into the audio experience. The HW-Q990B improves on its already class-leading predecessor in almost every way, for music as well as movies, leaving it sitting pretty as the most all-round immersive soundbar money can currently buy. Or rather, the return of an old finish. The Samsung Q950A is a Q-Symphony soundbar with excellent compatibility with your Samsung TV for the perfect audio synchronization that will immerse you into the scene. That comprises (deep breath) front centre, front left, front right, side left, side right, front side left, front side right, rear left, rear right, rear side left, rear side right, two front up-firing drivers, two rear up-firing drivers, plus, of course, the subwoofer.

It has both HDMI ARC/eARC and optical wired connections. You will get room-filling and cinematic sound out of these soundbars for the best in audio entertainment experience. The expansive channel count is provided, of course, to help the soundbar deliver as immersive an experience as possible when playing Dolby Atmos or DTS:X soundtracks for object-based surround sound audio output. The soundbar weighs 15.7 pounds, the subwoofer weighs 21.6 pounds and the surrounds weigh 4 pounds. For 2022, however, that pattern has been broken for the HW-Q990B. After all, it's not every day that you find a soundbar rocking an 11.1.4 configuration of real (not virtual) audio channels. Like the Samsung soundbar, it packs a monster 8-inch wireless subwoofer. For starters, while the main soundbar enjoys the same channel configuration, sculpting and size, the rears and subwoofer boast some significant improvements.

Like the Samsung HQ Q950A, the Vizio Elevate is also a Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible soundbar that delivers a powerful cinematic sound. The rears now sit on short pedestal stands that appear to neutralise potential colouration from whatever surface youve placed them on, and their top edges now angle down at the front rather than being flat, to help push the sound from the up-firing drivers forward, so that their sound meets the sound from the front up-firers better, and creates more of a genuine overhead effect. While Samsung might have felt a bit nervous about the Q990B given that it doesnt have the usual look, more channels! story to tell, in truth its focus on improving quality rather than adding another number to the spec sheet has paid off handsomely. T3's detailed review reveals all As weve come to expect from a flagship Samsung soundbar, the HW-Q990B boasts both a class-leading set of features and, of course, a premium price for that pleasure. And AU$2,099 in Australia. These typically land a little softly with soundbars, but they sound bone-breakingly aggressive on the Q990B. We always get the pictures right but falter in the sound department. You can see in the widget below how it prices up comparably. The Q-Symphony function is enabled by connecting the soundbar to the Samsung TV via HDMI.

The Vizio Elevate doesnt disappoint either. Samsung's premier soundbar delivers a 11.1.4 surround experience, making for total immersion. The main reason for this is the improved balance and cohesion of all the Q990Bs many channels. The Acoustic Lens system also appears to contribute to the Q990Bs improved balance. You dont get the same punch and audio clarity as in the Samsung soundbar but still good enough. Please refresh the page and try again. In the UK the Q990B costs 1,599. The Samsung Q950A also supports various wireless connections including Spotify Connect, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, and Spotify Connect. We live in the streaming age and we are constantly wanting to invest in the best picture and sound quality to maximize our entertainment experiences.

This feature automatically re-runs itself every day, and is joined by Auto EQ: a system that constantly monitors and fine tunes the way the subwoofer is integrating into the wider soundstage. Samsung has redesigned its soundbar remote for 2022, going for a lighter, flatter shape. all make the Q990B much less of an imposition on your living space than an equally powerful separates system would be.

The Q990Bs use of four components arguably stretches the definition of a soundbar to its extremes, but the number of channels carried within the main soundbar and the surprisingly diminutive rears (despite the latter speakers carrying three channels each!) While the Q990B continues the trend of Samsung flagship soundbars being peerless performers with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X movie mixes, it also continues the trend of Samsung flagship soundbars not being as effective with music. The Samsung HW Q950A is an improvement over its 2020 model, the Q950T. The Q990Bs main soundbar also wins hearts and minds by moving its little LED window from the top edge (where its unhelpfully been placed for the past couple of years) back to the front, where you can see what its telling you about the input youve selected and the sound format youre listening to without having to get off your sofa. He's a contributor to Forbes, TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, Wired and many more places if you've owned a TV in the last couple of decades, John's probably reviewed it somewhere. Samsung has established a successful pattern in recent years of always finding an extra sound channel or two to distinguish its new flagship soundbars from their predecessors. It is a huge soundbar which can both be a disadvantage and disadvantage depending on space considerations.

Thank you for signing up to T3. Actually, now weve listed all that lot, its hard to see where else Samsung might have found another channel even if it had wanted to. Its a Dolby Atmos 11.1.4 soundbar with up to 11 channels, a single subwoofer as well as 4 up-firing channels. It is a huge soundbar and goes the extra mile to cram in almost everything on a savvy buyers wish list. We also look at features such as the availability of Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition, which some might consider a frill, but a feature that adds some convenience to the soundbar. It gives you raw audio power but the sound is well-tuned. Samsungs Q Symphony feature, which allows the soundbar to join forces with the speakers in compatible Samsung TVs, continues with the Q990B, but this year it steps the potential combo channel count to 22, depending on the spec of the Samsung TV the soundbar is partnered with.