Samsung HW-Q80R vs Samsung HW-Q90R review

Votes 9 9
Rating 4.6 4.6
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 6.8, while the Samsung HW-Q90R has a rating 7.2. 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 10 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. 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 cannot 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. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The same score of 7/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q80R
6.8
Samsung HW-Q90R
7.2
8
8
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
Samsung HW-Q90R

Model

HW-Q80R
HW-Q90R

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

1393
1393

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)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

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
2/1

HDMI ARC

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

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 7.2
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 7.2Samsung HW-Q90R

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