Samsung 2022 Soundbars Coming Soon Bringing Expanded Wireless Connectivity
Samsung recently gave invited media a hands-on opportunity with select 2022 TV series and soundbars, showing easy wireless (no HDMI) connectivity with Dolby Atmos that integrates greater TV and soundbar experiences.
Not yet revealed, however, was Samsung soundbar pricing, but these are expected to come shortly, as a number of the models are planned for release in April, with the remainder to follow in late June, the company said.
The highlight of the soundbar offerings again comes in premium multichannel Q-series, which features models with Dolby Atmos, 360 surround sound attributes, and the ability to sync with Samsung’s Q-Symphony system in recent premium QLED TV models to combine the built-in TV sound system with the soundbar speakers, for an even more immersive experience.
This year’s Q Symphony implementation utilizes all of the TV’s speakers including the top channel speakers to present up to 22 channels of audio, in the case of Samsung’s flagship QN900B 8K TV. All will feature wireless connectivity with certain 2022 Samsung TV models, QN80B and better.
This year’s flagship soundbar is the HW-Q990B, which also features multiple wireless speakers to reproduce 11.1.4-channel surround sound (without Q-Symphony) and including Dolby Atmos overhead and spatial expanding attributes. It includes two HDMI ports, including one supporting eARC/ARC, Bixby voice control, Tap Sound, Chromecast, AirPlay 2 and the SmartThings App. The Q990B also has an upgraded subwoofer featuring an “acoustical lens” intended to evenly disperse sound while outputting low-frequency performance.
We weren’t given a demonstration of this at the Samsung unboxing event, but we hope to test it shortly.
Also in the 2022 Q series is the Samsung HW-Q930B soundbar, that offers 9.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos performance and 1 HDMI eARC port.
The step-down HW-Q800B offers 5.1.2-channel surround, including side-firing speakers and 1 HDMI eARC port.
Further, Samsung said the new TV-to-soundbar wireless connection (using Wi-Fi) will deliver a Dolby Atmos experience from both the TV and soundbar speakers without the need of connecting cables.
Other models in the Q-Series include the HW-Q700B (3.1.2-channels), HW-Q600B and HW-Q60B.
Stepping down in price and features are the S-series soundbar models. These include the HW-S800B (black) and HW-S810B (white) ultra-slim soundbar models, as well as the HW-S60B and HW-S50B models.
The HW-S800B offers a very thin design (1.5 inches deep x 1.6 inches tall) to fit with the company’s no-gap wall mounts available with many 2022 models, including The Frame series TVs. The HW-S800 will come outfitted with nine speaker drivers, including up-firing speakers for overhead effects, a built-in passive radiator and a separate wireless 6.5-inch cubic subwoofer. The HW-S800B also supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X.
Moving down the range will be the 3-model B Series, including the HW-B650, HW-B550 and HW-B450. This removes the Dolby Atmos support.
The HW-B650 is a 3.1-channel model with 430-Watts of power, wireless subwoofer, Dolby Audio / DTS Virtual:X support, Bass Boost, built-in center speaker and Adaptive Sound Lite AI sound enhancements.
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By Greg Tarr
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