Samsung HW-Q90R Review and Specs

Samsung HW-Q90RSamsung's HW-Q90R soundbar is the flagship model of 2019 among similar devices with an additional subwoofer. The uniqueness of this soundbar is that the Samsung HW-Q90R specs contain Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. More info in this Samsung HW-Q90R review.

Samsung HW-Q90R review

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Features

The main feature of the Samsung HW-Q90R is support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (and their variants). However, what distinguishes it from other “bars” that you saw earlier is the ability to deliver these object audio formats using a genuine 7.1.4-channel setting, rather than resorting to acoustic radiation or psychoacoustics. The speakers are divided into 12 channels: front left and right, center, two sides, two rear parts, two front heights, a pair of rear heights and a subwoofer. All these speakers are equipped with a built-in amplifier with a power of 512 W, and the claimed frequency response of the system is from 34 Hz ​​to 17 kHz.

Design and build

Despite its size, the HW-Q90 manages to remain modest in appearance. You will need a lot of space to place it under the TV, but if this is a problem, there is also the possibility of wall mounting. There is a simple LED display that lights up when the soundbar receives a command, providing basic information. In the upper central part of the soundbar there are several controls for turning on and off, selecting inputs and adjusting the volume. A small and inconspicuous screen is hidden behind the speaker grill, so when watching movies it does not distract. On the other hand, the font size on the screen is well readable.

Samsung HW-Q90R

Connectivity

As for the connections, there are two HDMI inputs and an output, each of which supports 4K / 60p, 4: 4: 4, Rec.2020, wide dynamic range (HDR10, HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision), 3D and HDCP 2.2. This should ensure that Samsung can handle anything. Thanks to a recent firmware update, the HDMI output now includes eARC, which allows lossless sound to be transmitted from a compatible TV. This is a common complaint, but the two HDMI inputs seem stingy considering the price.

Setup

Like most other Samsung products, SmartThings is supported - it simplifies setup and allows you to control the soundbar along with other connected devices from the same hub.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Separate rear speakers, speakers up
  • Thanks to tuning from the Harman Kardon HW-Q90R even sounds good with music

Cons

  • The optimal placement of the rear speakers requires selection
  • Limited audio streaming capabilities

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Common features

Product

Samsung HW-Q90R

Model

HW-Q90R

Brand

Samsung

Reviews

762

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4

Amplification type

active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0

Headphone output

0

Subwoofer output

0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
Samsung HW-Q90R
Samsung HW-Q90R

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