You have a Samsung TV? Great! You’ve already taken a good first step towards building a fulfilling home entertainment system.
But no matter how well your Samsung TV was built, the audio would leave a lot to be desired because there is only so much you can expect from the flattened in-built speaker. So, you need to complete your entertainment system by investing in a nice, powerful soundbar.
Now, the market is flooded with more-than-countable soundbars by different brands. But the truth is, not every option out there is good enough for your Samsung TV. So, you need to shop with caution.
Best Soundbars for Samsung TVs: Our Top Picks
We understand that choosing one option out of hundreds of them can be a head-scratching experience. So, we’ve made the whole task easier for you by scouring the market and checking out various options. Our aim? To figure out the best soundbars for Samsung TVs. Read on to know our best picks.
1. Samsung HW-MS650
Samsung may be the market leader when it comes to TVs but the tech giant is not resting on its laurels as it hopes to dominate the audio market too. They launched the HW-MS650 in partnership with key hi-fi players like Dolby and it’s hard to deny that this soundbar is one of the best Samsung has ever produced.
The HW-MS650 is a gorgeous soundbar that’s fashioned like a rectangular box with a grille of speakers and brushed finished top that blends perfectly. At a height of 78mm, the soundbar is quite high that it could obstruct the bottom part of your view if you placed it below your Samsung TV. However, you can choose to hang it to a wall as MS650 comes with VESA mounting points and a power loop-through feature such that you can connect it to a single socket alongside your TV.
The MS650 also features connections like a 4K-capable HDMI loop-through system, optical and auxiliary audio input and an output for an extra subwoofer. It also comes with support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless streaming. The speaker rocks a 3.0 configuration as well as a 3.5mm audio port. However, an optional HDMI would have been fantastic as it would mean we can route multiple audio sources to the soundbar using your TV’s audio output.
The MS650 offers the options of using the wired mode or using the wireless options which comprise Bluetooth and Samsung’s multi-room app. It might interest you to know that the app is compatible with popular services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Pandora. You can also pair the soundbar to your bluetooth headphones or wireless speakers if you so please.
The bass levels of this soundbar are an incredible novel feature as you can’t get a similar output on other speakers. According to Samsung’s spec sheet, you can expect the frequencies to go as deep as 40Hz. Adding to this, each unit of MS650 pairs with Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder which converts the channel inputs to its 3.0 configuration. This soundbar can play files in AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OG, ALAC and many others.
As soon as you setup the MS650 and turn it on, it will dawn on you that the sound quality is exactly as Samsung marketed and even more. It cancels distortions while offering an impressive scale of sound that’s boosted by a bass of extension. Coming to movie playback, expect to enjoy a powerful film soundtrack that doesn’t diminish the vocals or make the bass moments sound too heavy.
Whether the MS650 hangs to the wall or sits on a table, it produces a really good sound that’s distinct from the bass without creating any imbalance between midrange and low frequencies.
- Incredibly powerful sound
- Unrivalled bass-handling
- Supports many sources
- No need for external subwoofer
- Slightly limited stereo effect
- A bit taller for some TVs
- No Dolby Atmos support
2. Sony HT-X9000F
Sony has always been a top-rated manufacturer of audio systems and they’ve affirmed their position in the market via the HT-X9000F. The primary purpose of soundbars is to get more sound out of TVs which usually have poor speakers, and the HT-X9000F plays this role well. While there are several things worth noting about this soundbar, it’s interesting to know that it supports Dolby Atmos surround sound.
The HT-X9000F draws the inspiration for its appearance from the premium BRAVIA X900F, giving it a look that’s professional with a classy feel. With a width of about 36.6 inches and a height that’s just over 2.3 inches, this soundbar will rest comfortably under any TV while its low centre of gravity gives it a firmness that’s crucial so the soundbar won’t be knocked over. The device is quite bulky since its dimensions are 15 x 7.5 x 15 inches but this shouldn’t be a problem as you can mount it to the wall if you don’t want it beneath your TV.
Coming to the inputs, the ports are minimal just like many other soundbars and this includes: a single HDMI output socket (which also comes with a short HDMI cable, 4K:60p-rated), an optical audio input, a 3.5mm stereo analogue jack and a USB port. Noteworthy also is that most soundbars are 2.0 channel units but the HT-X9000F is a complete 2.1 channel stereo soundbar, meaning it includes its own separate subwoofer.
Flowing against the trend, the HT-X9000F does ship with a remote even though you can also use the controller app on your Android device or iPhone. The soundbar offers five key pre-set listening modes to produce sounds optimised for your media experiences. The first mode is the cinema mode which creates an immersive, three-dimensional sound to manage the varying output of a movie effectively. Then, there’s the music mode that’s designed to provide clarity of sound as well minute details so you can appreciate your music.
The game mode is not built for distinct clarity like other modes; on the contrary, it’s designed to keep you immersed in the game by giving a sense of distance and motion. The news mode gives clarity to the voice over the sound effects while the sports mode also offers an immersive experience by boosting the ambient crowd noise without drowning the voices. In all, the HT-9000F has many modes which will suit the experience of all listeners.
The HT-9000F provides strong bass reproductions that will you a depth and soundscapes that’s mesmerising. The soundbar easily compares with Sony’s Flagship, the HT-Z9F, due to its excellent sound quality even though their virtual surround sound capabilities are not the same. But don’t be disappointed if the volume levels are not as high as you’d want since there are only two small oval speakers doing all the work. Nevertheless, the sound is quite loud enough to fill a large living room.
- Decent sound
- Easy setup
- On-screen menu
- Excellent value for money
- Compatibility issues
- Doesn’t support all types of USB devices
- Can’t create multi-room wireless connection
3. Bose Solo 5
Bose is a reputable sound equipment manufacturer with an array of products that are known to be of high-quality. The Bose Solo 5 is a new offering in the market with a cheap price tag. The compromise is not in its refined design or easy setup or even its remote control but its sound. The sound quality is quite decent but it doesn’t meet the high standards that Bose is known for.
Unboxing the Bose Solo 5, the first impression you will get is that of a high-quality soundbar due to its slick design. Although the cabinet is made of plastic, it still feels pretty solid while the curved edges and matte finish harmonises together to give a stunning aesthetic. The Solo 5 is the type of soundbar you want to keep beneath your TV so it doesn’t block your TV remote’s sensor. Bose did say the soundbar can only handle TVs up to 37 inches and not more than, even though it should work well with some lighter 42-inch TVs.
Flip over the Solo 5 and you will see that the connections are limited which comprises two digital audio inputs (optical and coaxial) and a stereo analogue input. There’s no Bluetooth or the mini jack input but the Solo 5 is compatible with Dolby Digital audio which implies that it can handle audio from your TV’s internal over-the-air turner. And to add, the remote that ships with the soundbar has a body shape that will feels good in the hands. The buttons are minimal and they are for power, volume (up and down) and mute.
There’s nothing knotty about the setup as the routine is straightforward. To get started, place the Solo 5 on your TV stand and they place your TV on top for it and confirm that your home theatre gear connects to your TV via HDMI. Once you’ve done that, connect your TV’s audio output to the soundbar and then connect the power cord. When you’ve got your Solo 5 fired up, the last step is to turn off your TV’s speakers so you can get a pure sound from your soundbar. Some TVs don’t require the last step but it helps to confirm this from your TV manual.
The Solo 5 might be smaller than most pedestal-type soundbar but it gives a decent sound quality. The bass is also decent but it gets muffled during movie playback while the midrange and treble give are clear enough to make out distinct sounds. It handled the sound ranges well which could range from loud explosions to hushed dialogues so as to give an immersive experience. Sadly, the Solo 5 has only two sound adjustment features which imply that you have to make do only with the out-of-the-box quality.
- Very affordable
- Easy to use
- Functional and stylish remote
- No controls on the soundbar
- Unimpressive sound output
- No sound adjustment features
- No front panel display
- Supports TVs below 40 pounds
4. Sonos PlayBar
While TVs are often considered great because of their picture quality, the sound aspect is barely given attention and this problem is what has carved out the market for soundbars. In a bid to establish itself as the king of multi-room audio, Sonos has unveiled another soundbar known as the Sonos Playbar. While it costs a lot due to Brexit, it might help you to know that the Playbar is worth every penny.
The Sonos Playbar is stunning piece of sound equipment to look at, no thanks to its sleek build quality. Sculpted in a lozenge shape, this soundbar oozes an aura of a premium device due to its aluminium detailing and the black speaker mesh. Away from the aesthetics and you will notice its sheer width which measures 90cm, making it a soundbar that can lie flat under TVs of 42 inches and larger. However, you can choose to mount it on your wall instead.
On the rear, the Playbar keeps in touch with the tradition of the brand with a limited number of connections which include two Ethernet ports, power and an optical audio input. This is disappointing as most sound equipment today have HDMI; so before you order for this soundbar, confirm that your TV has an optical output.
Setting up the Sonos Playbar is quite easy. First, you will need to connect the device to your router but if you don’t have one, you will need a Sonos Bridge to help serve as an entry point into your home network. Then install the Sonos app into your smartphone or tablet as the Playbar doesn’t ship with a remote; instead, it features an IR blaster to allow you transmit signals.
Once you’re through with the installation, you can now control your TV and the Sonos Playbar using your mobile device. You can also stream music from Spotify and Napster even though the interface doesn’t look brilliant. The process is simple due to the manufacturer’s intention to make the setup as beginner-friendly as possible.
However, you are probably looking to connect your Playbar to your TV and this process could be a little tricky. You will need to connect the optical output of your TV to the Playbar and then mute your TV’s speakers so all the sound is pumped to it alone. This allows Playbar to learn the volume up and down signals your controller app sends out during the setup process and this won’t take your time at all.
The sound quality of the Playbar is incredible but you’re unlikely to notice this if you’re tuned into the news. Stick some music on and you will be mesmerised by the depth and distinct sound which is what any 3.0 system should offer. Watch your favourite films and you will also get a clear dialogue that’s marked by detail and delight in the soundscapes.
- Amazing sound quality
- Fantastic design and build quality
- Integrates well into Sonos system
- Easy streaming from Spotify and others
- Very expensive
- Requires only select TVs
- Doesn’t come with a remote
- Only one input
5. Yamaha YAS-107
The soundbar market is hugely competitive but Yamaha is one of the few companies to rely on for an audiophile grade soundbar. The Yamaha YAS-107 is a solid unit soundbar with a decent design and impressive features. Yamaha advertised the soundbar as a home theatre speaker and a home stereo system. This is uncommon and probably the reason the YAS-107 attracts a lot of attention.
The Yamaha YAS-107 tries its best not to attract attention to itself with its small size but the aesthetics are a little above modest. Rocking a sleek and shiny plastic body, the case is enclosed in black mesh, giving the soundbar a gorgeous design. It measures roughly 2 inches so it can sit in front of your TV without blocking the remote sensor of your TV. You can also place it on your TV stand or mount it to a wall.
Now, when a soundbar is small-sized, you want to check its connectivity and the YAS-107 includes one HDMI input (which has two ports for an input and output), optical digital audio, 3.5mm analogue and two Bluetooth 4.2 connections. A high-end cable and remote also come with the box free of charge. The remote offers additional functionalities apart from the usual volume control such as a button for changing bass level and another to choose from the many several available modes.
The YAS-107 comes with several audio processing systems to make the speaker sound better. This includes the audio filters to change the response curve for an improved sound output. So even if you upped the bass to produce more rumble, you can expect to get what you desire and the same applies if you wanted less bass in the mix during a music playback.
The audio processing also extends to playing music via Bluetooth. In addition, there are many mix-and-match modes to choose from like 3D Surround, Surround and Stereo, Clear Voice and Bass Extension which are designed to help you get the sound you want.
Most soundbars often have a forte which is usually between performing well with regards to the music or doing with as a home theatre speaker. While the YAS-107 plays it safe with regards to the design, its sound quality for music maintains the track record of excellence that its predecessors are known for. The sound output is detailed, clear, accurate and sharp and yet never shrill. It doesn’t modify or distort sounds when you’re watching a movie but manages to give a good account of itself during the hushed conversations and loud sounds (like gunshots and explosions) that characterise most movies.
And when you play your favourite playlist, you will be impressed by the distinct sounds the YAS-107 offers while the bass is clear enough to notice without being overwhelming. The impact and the notes are wonderfully delivered with a cohesive tonality to fully optimise your music experience. The performance is not too different when you play games or use it to watch news.
- Remote with much functionality
- Great sound quality
- Easy to use
- Several modes to choose from
- Unimpressive design
- A small amount of input lag from the remote
- Lacking a separate subwoofer
6. Sonos Beam
Joining Sonos’ line of speakers, Sonos Beam is a fantastic soundbar that looks great and offers amazing sound output. Apart from earning points on the company’s reputation of quality and longevity of devices, it is also packed with several nice features including voice control and vocal enhancement. Its major selling point is that it can fill the entry-level home theatre studio gap.
The first thing you would notice about the Sonos Beam is that it’s smaller than its cousin, the super-sized Sonos PlayBar. Measuring 650 x 100 x 68.5mm, this device is truly smaller and meets the needs of people who prefer a soundbar that’s compact. The controls are positioned on the top and are touch-sensitive, comprising the volume buttons, play/pause button, and a button to turn the speaker mic on and off.
You can suspend this soundbar on the wall or let it sit in front of your TV as its 100mm depth is perfect and won’t block a part of the screen. Unlike its sibling, this smart speaker has a fabric draped over the opening instead of the popular metal beams. When you turn to the rear of the device, you will find only three ports and a button which includes an Ethernet, HDMI slot (which the Sonos PlayBar lacks), power and a Wi-Fi button.
For starters, this soundbar doesn’t come with a remote because the manufacturer, Sonos, designed it to work with its app to carry out functions like control the volume and link up speakers. We think a better idea would have been for the app to be an addition instead of the only way to control the speakers. The app is not a bad idea, though, as it offers over 60 audio services that are compatible with the Sonos Beam.
Interestingly, you can also control the soundbar with your voice due to its Alexa voice control integration. While this is not an entirely new feature, the good part is that you can use it to control a part of your TV. The company is also planning to integrate Siri into the soundbar so you don’t get boxed into an ecosystem.
The Beam gives a clear and impact full sound during movie playback without being overwhelming and that’s utterly impressive. All through, the output sounded fantastic and offered a rich and deep audio; and it gets better when you pair it up with Sonos:1 as rear speakers. When you fire it up for your television shows, you will notice the effects of the Vocal Enhancement more as it managed the warped sounds effects into strikingly nice sounds.
Moving to music now, the Beam doesn’t give earth-shattering bass but it performs to an acceptable standard that you will really like. However, we did notice some murky sounds when we played some tracks but it lasted only for milliseconds.
- Great compact design
- HDMI ARC compatible
- Superb sound
- The app is not home theatre friendly
- No Dolby Atmos
- The setup gets tricky if you don’t have HDMI ARC