Samsung HW-Q90R vs KEF HTF7003 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-Q90R
vs
KEF HTF7003

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-Q90R vs KEF HTF7003 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-Q90R was rated 7.2, while the KEF HTF7003 has a rating 5.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - active versus passive respectively to devices. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q90R has 7.1.4 and HTF7003 has 3.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 512 (overall) versus 100 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 10 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q90R for audio features and specs, but the KEF HTF7003 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-Q90R can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q90R. Bluetooth support integrated in the HW-Q90R. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-Q90R. We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q90R at 7 out of 10, while the HTF7003 was rated 4/10. The manufacturer of the HW-Q90R provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-Q90R equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q90R. The HW-Q90R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q90R over KEF HTF7003

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q90R
7.2
KEF HTF7003
5
4
inapplicable
8
inapplicable
7
inapplicable
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q90R
KEF HTF7003

Model

HW-Q90R
HTF7003

Brand

Samsung
KEF

Reviews

1393
15

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

512 (overall)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
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
78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
2.1/4.6
Samsung HW-Q90R
KEF HTF7003
Samsung HW-Q90R
KEF HTF7003

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 5
  • 7.2Samsung HW-Q90R
  • 5KEF HTF7003

The Samsung HW-Q90R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q90R price