Samsung HW-Q80R vs Samsung HW-Q90R review

Votes 11 11
Rating 4.6 4.6

Samsung HW-Q80R vs Samsung HW-Q90R comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q80R
8
Samsung HW-Q90R
8.2
10
10

Samsung HW-Q80R vs Samsung HW-Q90R review

Samsung HW-Q80R
vs
Samsung HW-Q90R

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-Q80R vs Samsung HW-Q90R and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-Q80R was rated 8, while the Samsung HW-Q90R has a rating 8.2. Soundbars have the same set of buttons - power, volume down, volume up, source.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 and HW-Q90R has 7.1.4. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (overall) versus 512 (overall) according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q80R for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-Q90R received 9 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the HW-Q80R, so in the HW-Q90R there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10.

Features

Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. Units from this comparison can process surround sound due to DTS:X support. The same score of 10/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
Samsung HW-Q90R

Model

HW-Q80R
HW-Q90R

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

1601
1601

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
2/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround
DTS Digital Surround

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
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
8.7/19.4

Other

Release year

2019
2019
Samsung HW-Q80R
Samsung HW-Q90R
Samsung HW-Q80R
Samsung HW-Q90R

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 8.2Samsung HW-Q90R

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