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Samsung HW-Q70R soundbar review: This easy-to-install soundbar delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X


If you wish to carry wealthy, detailed, and immersive sound into your lounge with a minimal of elements and fuss, Samsung’s HW-Q70R soundbar needs to be close to the highest of your buying record. At $700, the HW-Q70R is as dear as some higher-end soundbars we’ve reviewed, however provided that Samsung’s top-of-the-line soundbar sells for twice as a lot, $700 seems to be the brand new mid-range.

Worth tags apart, the HW-Q70R soundbar and its wi-fi subwoofer make for a simple strategy to get dazzling Dolby Atmos and DTS:X {surround} sound, whereas a convincing pseudo-surround mode provides stunning depth to different content material. If you’d like true {surround} sound, nevertheless, you’ll have to drop a further $100 for Samsung’s SWA-8500S wi-fi rear speaker package (out there on Amazon). Samsung didn’t ship the package for assessment.

Configuration

Boasting Harman Kardon-designed audio (Samsung acquired Harman Worldwide in 2017), the HW-Q70R is a 3.1.2 soundbar, which suggests it has devoted left, proper, and middle drivers (with the middle channel being significantly essential for delivering clear dialog); up-firing left and proper drivers for immersive, object-based Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with audio peak cues achieved by bouncing hold forth your ceiling; and a wi-fi subwoofer for deep bass response and low-frequency results in film soundtracks.

Measuring 43.Three x 2.Three x 3.9 inches, the primary soundbar unit can sit instantly in entrance of your TV, or you possibly can mount it on the wall with the included bracket, whereas the 15.9 x 15.9 x 8.1-inch subwoofer can sit close by on the ground.

Inputs and outputs

On the underside of the soundbar, you’ll discover a pair of cavities the place the varied ports and buttons sit. A button on the left-hand aspect lets the soundbar hook up with your Wi-Fi community (with a bit assist from the Samsung SmartThings cell app), together with a microSD service port and a 19V DC energy port. The cavity on the right-hand aspect hosts one HDMI enter, one HDMI-ARC (so your TV can ship audio from its onboard tuner and video-streaming apps again to the soundbar), and a TosLink (optical) digital audio enter.

Setup and set up

Organising the HW-Q70R was a reasonably easy course of. As soon as I’d positioned the soundbar in entrance of my TV, I related the ability adapter after which plugged the included HDMI cable into the soundbar’s HDMI output (which helps 4K 60Hz video and HDR passthrough) and related the opposite finish to one in all my TV’s HDMI inputs. I then related my Apple TV 4K (which is able to Dolby Atmos audio output) to the soundbar’s HDMI enter.

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The Samsung HW-Q70R contains a single HDMI enter, an HDMI-ARC output, and a Toslink enter.

For the reason that HW-Q70R solely has a single HDMI enter, you’ll have to manually swap out the cable if you wish to change to a different video supply (comparable to a sport console or a Blu-ray participant).That is important if you would like Dolby Atmos output by way of the lossless Dolby TrueHD format (a Toslink connection can’t present sufficient bandwidth)..

In the event you don’t wish to be switching cables on a regular basis, you can even join all of your video sources to your TV, after which ship audio again to the soundbar utilizing HDMI-ARC. The disadvantage to counting on ARC for audio is that you simply’ll should accept lossy Dolby Atmos by way of Dolby Digital Plus. If the speaker supported Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC, which gives extra bandwidth), this wouldn’t be a difficulty.

Final however not least, you’ll have to hook up the wi-fi subwoofer, which may be the best step within the course of. For the reason that soundbar and the subwoofer are paired out of the field, the soundbar ought to routinely join with the subwoofer as soon as they’re each powered on, and that’s precisely what occurred for me. A gentle blue mild on the again of the subwoofer signifies you have got a great wi-fi connection. A blinking blue or strong crimson mild means the subwoofer can’t join routinely to the soundbar, by which case you’ll have to manually pair the items by urgent the “ID Set” button on the again of the subwoofer, after which press and maintain the “up” button on the distant.

SmartThings and Alexa integration

After getting the soundbar related to your TV and the subwoofer, you can even join it to your Wi-Fi community utilizing the Samsung SmartThings app. Simply set up the app in your iOS or Android machine, signal into or create a SmartThings account, press the Community button on the soundbar, after which uncover it utilizing the app.

As soon as the SmartThings app has the soundbar on its radar, you possibly can join it to your Wi-Fi community, add it to a “room” in your sensible residence, after which management it like every of your different SmartThings units. You can too management your Wi-Fi-connected soundbar with Amazon Alexa voice instructions, or stream music to it by way of Spotify and different appropriate music-streaming providers. Final however not least, the SmartThings app allows you to fiddle with the soundbar’s EQ settings.

Distant and Samsung TV integration

The AA battery-powered distant that comes with the HW-Q70R is just about equivalent to those who come bundled with different Samsung soundbars. Some TechHive contributors have praised this distant; however as a newcomer to Samsung’s ecosystem, I discovered it a bit complicated, significantly when digging into the HW-Q70R’s varied settings.

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Newton Allan is an expert of Apple and has started as a journalist for us (Trevino). He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about the latest happenings in the Apple INC.

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