Samsung HW-Q950T Dolby Atmos soundbar delivers 9.1.4 channels

Samsung HW-Q950T Atmos soundbar boasts 9.1.4 channels
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Samsung has rounded off its 2020 soundbar line-up with the launch of two premium Q-series Dolby Atmos models, including the flagship 9.1.4-channel HW-Q950T.

Samsung's Q-series soundbars are designed to match with Samsung's QLED TVs. Not only does the HW-Q950T feature the maximum number of channels currently available for home theatre systems in a single soundbar, but it can also use the 2020 QLED TV speakers to work in tandem with its own thanks to a technology called Q-symphony.

The Samsung HW-Q950T comes with two wireless speakers as the surround back channels, which have up-firing Atmos drivers. The main 'bar itself houses the surround, surround wide and front speakers plus the centre. The system also comes with an external subwoofer.

Samsung HW-Q950T Atmos soundbar boasts 9.1.4 channels

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For something a shade simpler, the Samsung HW-Q900T offers a slightly less involved 7.1.4-channel arrangement, and appears to be a similar system to the Q950T, only without the rear satellite speakers.

Both soundbars support DTS:X multi-dimensional audio technology, Dolby TrueHD and eARC, and are finished in the Kvadrat Danish textile for a premium feel and to allow for appropriate sound penetration.

Significantly, these 2020 Q-series devices are both shorter in height than their 2019 counterparts (69.5mm, down from 83mm) to allow them to better fit at the feet of QLED TVs.

Samsung HW-Q950T Atmos soundbar boasts 9.1.4 channels

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The Samsung HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T will work with both the SmartThings app and Alexa for connecting to music services including Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn, and controlling their playback with your voice.

The HW-Q950T is available to pre-order in Australia for AU$2,099, and the HW-Q900T for AU$1,599.

There are no price or availability details in other regions for the time being but going from the price of the 3.1.2 Samsung Q800T soundbar and the Australian pricing, we expect it them to be around, or north of, £800 / $900. We'll bring you more as soon as we know.


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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.