The best soundbar options for Samsung TVs will truly transform your home audio: no matter how good Samsung's engineering is (spoiler: it's very good indeed) there are only so many speakers you can fit into a thin LED, QLED or OLED TV.
While some of the best Samsung TVs do already have impressive speakers inside, they can't deliver the low-end thump of a dedicated soundbar – especially if that soundbar also has a separate subwoofer. A soundbar will make your movies more meaty and your music more massive.
In this guide you'll discover spectacular sound, of course, but we're also looking for features such as Dolby Atmos surround sound (something Samsung doesn't offer in its TVs) or support for Samsung's Symphony Q (which is the system that includes the TV's speakers in the surround set-up). We explain exactly what we mean when we talk about those audio technologies here.
There's definitely some overlap between the soundbars in this guide and our best soundbars guide, but you'll notice that when the same devices appear in both guides they're in different places: here we're interested in their suitability for your Samsung and only your Samsung.
Because Samsung makes some of the world's best TVs, as well as many of the best TVs under £1000, best TVs under $1000 and best TVs under £500, we've picked soundbars for each of those market sectors. Whether you're looking for a budget banger or a more audiophile option, you'll find it here.
What are the best soundbars for Samsung TVs?
The ultimate home cinema experience for Samsung TV owners right now comes from the HW-Q950A, which recreates an 11.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos surround experience, using a big soundbar, two wireless rear speakers, and a subwoofer. It supports Dolby Atmos and Q Symphony for the ultimate audio experience.
A more affordable yet still huge soundstage producer for Samsung TVs comes in the form of the Samsung HW-Q800A. This Dolby Atmos soundbar and subwoofer combo, is good for TVs of 50 inches and up, and includes many speakers, so provides an even more convincing and dynamic sound.
The best soundbar for smaller Samsung TVs comes courtesy of the Denon Home Sound Bar 550. If you've got a smaller panel but don't want smaller sound, then Denon's well-priced and smaller 'bar does a grand job.
The best soundbars for Samsung TVs, ranked
This is it. The ultimate home cinema system for Samsung, if you want one that's compact and easy to setup. The Samsung HW-Q950A is a four-box system – that's the main soundbar that sits under the TV, plus a subwoofer, and then two small speakers that sit behind you to the left and right.
Between them, these deliver 11.1.4-channels of sound – that's 11 that 'surround' you to provide directional sound, one for the subwoofer, and four height channels, adding sound above you. Angled speaker drivers in the soundbar and rear unit bounce the sound around the room, creating that 'dome' of sound that a great Dolby Atmos experience is known for, and the result is just fantastic.
Our full Samsung HW-Q950A review calls the setup "phenomenally powerful, detailed, dynamic and aggressive. Effects are well positioned vertically or horizontally. Impact sounds hit harder (without sounding unnatural) than they do with any rival soundbar."
It doesn't just sound good, though – it's also full of useful features. It has two HDMI inputs, as well as one output that connects to the TV. Its full support for Dolby Atmos and the rival DTS:X mean that anything you plug into it will deliver those next-gen audio formats to it directly – bypassing the fact that Samsung TVs don't support Atmos.
You can stream music to it over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, all the boxes talk to each other wirelessly with no setup required other than plugging them in, and it supports Samsung's Q Symphony feature, meaning that if you plug it into a compatible set from 2020 or newer (you'll need to check your TV's specs), the soundbar combines its own 22 speakers with the drivers around the edge of your TV, adding even more presence.
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If you want something compact that still has a big sound and wide dynamic range, the Samsung HW-Q800A is what you need. This is a 3.1.2-channel soundbar, meaning that it aims to add lots of width, Dolby Atmos height, and big impact from its wireless subwoofer. It also won the 2021 T3 Awards for Best Soundbar!
With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, this soundbar has actual upward-firing tweeters, so you get a real wall of sound from it, with impressive positional audio – there's a strong sense of things coming from a particular point, and a kinetic feel to moving sounds. And it's capable of audio that's big and punchy, but is plenty refined too.
It works with Samsung Q Symphony, so if you have a compatible TV, its audio can get even bigger and more impressive. And Samsung sells separate wireless rear speakers, so you can turn it into a genuine surround system later, if you want.
It has an HDMI input, as well as an HDMI connection to your TV, so if you have an Atmos-enabled external box – such as a Blu-ray player or Apple TV box – you can plug that straight into the soundbar and you'll get real Dolby Atmos sound even though your TV doesn't support it.
It also has an optical connection you can use instead of HDMI for older TVs, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth music streaming, plus it has Alexa built-in, so it acts as a smart speaker. It's just an excellent all-rounder, and does this without being ridiculously massive – it's the right size for TVs of 49 inches and up. Read our full Samsung Q800A review for more.
The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is the ideal soundbar for Samsung TVs if you need something small (it's suitable for TVs from 32- to 55-inches) and still produces a big and cinematic sound. This uses six speaker drivers, three passive radiators and some clever processing to create sound that appears to reach right out to the sides, as well as to the ceiling. It supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to achieve this, and though it doesn't feature genuine upfiring Atmos height channels, the effect is still remarkable.
It's ideal for Samsung TVs, because its HDMI passthrough port means you can plug one of the best Blu-ray players or a streaming stick straight into it, and the soundbar will apply full Atmos effects, even without support built into your TV. For connectivity, you've also got optical, a 3.5mm jack, ethernet, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You can stream over Apple AirPlay 2 or Denon's own multi-room system.
In our full Denon Home Sound Bar 550 review, we raved about the general sound quality here for the price – but it's worth noting that it struggles at high volumes, with the excellent sound breaking into something less pleasant. Not everyone will actually encounter this – we're talking a level about the average listening volume – so it's not a dealbreaker.
This soundbar is an excellent cinematic upgrade for more compact Samsung TVs – its size makes it suitable for TVs from just 43 inches and up. But the audio feels much bigger than that, thanks to Sony's audio processing trickery. Technically it offers 3.1 channels, and that produces really strong width, and can even do a remarkable job of occasionally tricking you into feeling like something is almost coming from behind with Dolby Atmos or 5.1 content.
And while it doesn't have true height channels to make audio seem like sound is coming from above you, there's still lots of verticality to audio – things can audibly rocket upwards or crash downwards. If what you want is plenty of extra dimension to your audio for a low price, this works like a dream, as our full Sony HT-G700 review explains.
Extra meat is added by the subwoofer, which is wireless and requires no setup time at all – it just goes as soon as it's all plugged in. It can connect to your TV over HDMI or optical, and it has an HDMI input, with 4K HDR passthrough, so again it can get around the Dolby Atmos limitation of Samsung TVs for a connected device.
However, the HDMI passthrough doesn't support HDR10+, so anything connected will fall back to regular HDR10. This is a very minor concern overall, but it's something the AV nerds among you should be aware of.
This is the 2020 version of the the HW-Q950A at the top of our list (note that this one ends in a 'T'), meaning that's a full-fat Atmos-friendly surround system, with rear speakers and all. It's not had its price cut massively, making it a truly tempting alternative for those who want the cinematic effect, but balked at such a high price. The HW-Q950T is still an audio feast, cramming in a 9.1.4 audio setup for a truly three-dimensional experience.
You get a huge seven-channel soundbar section, itself over 1.2m in length (so really only suitable for 55-inch TVs and beyond) and covered in acoustically-transparent Kvadrat fabric, which is wall-mountable if your wall is sturdy enough to safely dangle its 7kg weight. You also get a subwoofer, a pair of rear speakers, and an upfiring speaker. These rear speakers are the biggest difference in the new Q950A – they have an extra surround channel, which really helps to improve the positioning of sounds.
The whole kaboodle works together to produce an immersive and very impressive surround sound effect, with strong overheads (two of which come from that main soundbar, which also has edge firing speakers for a large amount of width) and a very dynamic sound overall.
There's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, HDMI inputs for Atmos-enabled playback devices, eARC connectivity to and from the TV, and a classic digital optical input, too. Oh, and it's Q Symphony compatible, as if its own sound weren't expansive enough.
Perhaps this will be a bit much for some living rooms, and it can be a little finicky about your position in the room, but if you have the money and the space the HW-Q950T is a very solid audio upgrade. Find out more in our full Samsung HW-Q950T review.
The Yamaha SR-C20A sits near the bottom of Yamaha's rather expansive soundbar lineup, but that doesn't mean it's not capable of great things. Given its rather affordable price, it's a hugely impressive performer, even if it is more limited on specs, out of necessity.
There's only 100W of power available to the three drivers (two front-facing, one upward-pointing), for example. There's no spare HDMI ports whatsoever, with TV connectivity handled either by its single HDMI eARC socket or one of two digital optical inputs.
But if there's one thing Yamaha knows, it's getting superb sound out of very little. This is small but it has definite width (and even a little height). It's compact, but you get maximum detail at each end of the frequency range. It looks understated, but packs a punch when it needs to.
In our full Yamaha SR-C20A review, we say 'it looks like a scale model of a soundbar', and indeed this is ideal with small Samsung TVs, including down to 32 inches. It does what a soundbar is supposed to do: add more oomph to soundtracks while making dialogue and detail clearer, and nothing does it better for this price.
The Sonos Beam 2 looks identical to its predecessor, and the core of the soundbar hasn't changed: it's the same setup as before with a single tweeter, four mid/bass drivers and three passive radiators for low-end thump, all driven by five class D amplifiers of unspecified power. But the addition of eARC and Dolby Atmos support makes a great soundbar better.
We rate the Beam 2 very highly, but we rate it lower than the very similar Denon Home Sound Bar 550 for Samsung TVs because of its lack of connectivity – particularly not having HDMI passthrough. Like the Denon, the Dolby Atmos effect isn't going to be confused with true overhead sound, but these are minor issues with an otherwise impressive soundbar.
Find out more about the second-generation Sonos Beam in our in-depth Sonos Beam 2 review.
The Stage is an all-in-one soundbar, and one with a look all of its own: it's Bang & Olufsen's first dedicated soundbar, and one that it has clearly spent a long time perfecting. There's no subwoofer (it's loud enough without) and no all-around surround, with B&O preferring instead to produce the widest, tallest soundstage possible from a single eleven-speaker module.
That means you get four bass drivers in stereo, two mid-rangers, a central tweeter, and a squawker and tweeter on either edge, each working from their own 50W amp module, and while B&O says this is a 3.0 system that's a technicality more than anything. It sounds huge, with Dolby Atmos support (though not necessarily the full 3D effect of it) and plenty of EQ options and DSP extras.
You can wall-mount it, with the speakers facing forward, or lay it flat, with the grille facing up, and it sounds great either way, with a very active and musical sound to it, and plenty of poise when things are a little quieter.
There's only one HDMI input, and we'd like two at least for this money, but it still means it can take Dolby Atmos from an external source. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in, along with Wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.2, making this an excellent choice for general music playback. Check out our full review of the B&O Beosound Stage to find out more.
The Sony HT-X8500 is perhaps the best super-cheap Dolby Atmos soundbar you can buy right now, and it could make a great addition to your Samsung TV.
Because this soundbar doesn’t include upfiring drivers, it doesn’t deliver ‘true’ Dolby Atmos, which bounces sound off of your ceiling and down to your ears. However, Sony’s Vertical Sound Engine means that the HT-X8500 works with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content to create an illusion of immersive sound – and it does this really convincingly.
Despite its relatively low price, this Sony soundbar feels like a premium product, with a solid build and sleek look; and it has plenty of connectivity options with an HDMI input, an HDMI-ARC output, analogue audio in/output, Ethernet, optical audio input, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi support.
How to choose the best soundbar for your Samsung TV
There are a few things that are worth considering when it comes to picking a soundbar to go with your Samsung TV.
First and foremost, you should think about how much money you’d ideally like to spend on your new soundbar. These days, soundbars can be bought for under £100, but the really high-end models can cost well over £1,000 – we’ve included a range of prices in this guide, but if you’ve got your eye on a pricier soundbar than your budget allows for, don’t forget that cheap soundbar deals pop up all the time, particularly between November and January.
Something else to consider is the design of your new soundbar. Samsung TVs are known for their sleek builds, so it’s worth looking for a soundbar that complements your TV. Samsung's own bars are made for this, of course, and more soundbars are designed to disappear anyway. Most can be wall-mounted, if that's where your TV will go.
If you choose to place your soundbar in front of your TV, make sure it isn’t so tall that it obscures the infrared light from your remote control, or even that it edges into the picture – some TVs stand higher from the surface than others!
Consider the size of your set and the size of the soundbar – you don't want a bar that's sticking out beyond the edges of your TV (or your TV table). And think about whether you're happy with a soundbar alone (the most compact option), or whether you want one with a subwoofer for extra impact (but that takes up more space).
Be sure to look into the type of wired connections your soundbar offers, too. HDMI is the easiest way to hook your soundbar up to your Samsung TV, and can handle Hi-Res Audio formats; for this, your TV needs to support HDMI-ARC, which means the audio can travel in both directions along the cable. Pretty much all modern TVs have had this for several years – though they usually only have one HDMI port that supports it.
On some older TVs it's a pain to lose an HDMI port, because it might be one of your only 4K-capable ports. However, many soundbars will have HDMI passthrough inputs themselves, meaning you can plug something into your soundbar, connect the soundbar to your TV, and the video will still make it to your TV, so you don't lose any connectivity.
This is also where Dolby Atmos support comes in. Samsung TVs don't include support for this next-generation, 3D audio format. If you're watching something Atmos-capable on your TV's built-in streaming apps, the TV will send the audio out over HDMI to a soundbar, but this isn't the case for anything else connected over HDMI, such as a Blu-ray player. However, if your soundbar has one or more HDMI inputs and is Atmos-capable, then you can plug things into the soundbar instead of the TV, and you'll get the full benefit of the Atmos audio still.
Another benefit of HDMI-ARC connections is that you can use your regular Samsung TV remote to control the soundbar, instead of adding yet another control to your collection, because all control is passed over the HDMI cable.
If you can't or don't want to use HDMI-ARC, you can connect it to your Samsung TV using an optical digital cable or coaxial cable – again, check the back of your TV to see which is supported. Optical is the most common.
Another connectivity feature to consider is whether your new soundbar supports Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for wireless music streaming from your phone or tablet, and whether you’re interested in having that anyway.
Finally, there's Q Symphony support. When you connect certain Samsung TVs (from the top-end of the 2020 range onwards) to compatible Samsung soundbars, the two devices will work together to create on big seamless speaker system, using the TV's higher and central speakers to add useful positional sound, and allowing the soundbar to add the extra meat it's designed for.