Samsung HW-Q990B
Samsung HW-Q990B
Samsung HW-Q990B

Samsung HW-Q990B: Flagship soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support

Samsung HW-Q990B is the company’s flagship soundbar, which comes with a wireless subwoofer and rear speakers. The soundbar is equipped with 16 channels to fully realize the capabilities of soundtracks in Dolby Atmos and DTS: X formats. Samsung Q990B has intelligent control with support for multiple voice assistants. Wireless content playback is possible via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, including Apple Airplay 2 and Samsung’s Tap View system for connecting with the company’s compatible phones. To activate it, you just need to bring your smartphone to the soundbar.

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The soundbar can be combined with the built-in speakers of Samsung TVs using Q Symphony technology for an even more accurate soundstage. A processor is provided to convert stereo audio or Pro-Logic tracks to enable all Q990B channels. These specs look impressive and should justify the Q990B’s high price tag. Surprisingly, the external design of the Samsung HW-Q990B is clearly different from what we saw in previous models of the company’s flagship soundbars. First, the fabric mesh previously used on the main soundbar and rear speakers has been replaced with a fine metal grille. Personally, I like it because the fabric was a real magnet for collecting dust.

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Samsung HW-Q990B is the new flagship soundbar in the Samsung catalogue. The model has support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and makes a pleasant impression. The soundbar has 16 sound channels, which is perhaps a record for equipment in this class. The output power of the system’s amplifiers is also quite significant. The soundbar features new rear speakers and a subwoofer and a new, much-improved music mode. There’s also video transmission in Dolby Vision and HDR10+ standards, as well as an eARC audio return channel for receiving Dolby Atmos soundtracks via HDMI from compatible TVs. The soundbar has a completely new wireless signal transmission system in Dolby Atmos format.

Specifications Samsung  HW-Q990B

Configuration: soundbar + wireless rear speakers + wireless subwoofer
Main audio formats: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Number of channels: 11.1.4
HDMI: 2 inputs, 1 output (with eARC)
Optical input: yes
Bluetooth: yes
Wi-Fi: yes
Automatic sound calibration system: yes
Dimensions (W x H x D): 1232 x 69.5 x 138 mm (soundbar), 220 x 413 x 410 mm (subwoofer), 129.5 x 201.3 x 140.4 mm (rear speaker)
Weight: 7.7 kg (soundbar) 3.4 kg (rear speaker) 11.7 kg (subwoofer)