Samsung HW-Q90R Soundbar Review & Comments

San5324

Active Member
I think you’d need a 4K display to stream Atmos from Prime or Netflix as they only have Dolby Digital+ on their 4K content. You’d be better testing it with a blu ray with an Atmos soundtrack and it will also be lossless using Blu ray which is a lot better than the lossy Atmos you’ll get through streaming. Also I’m sure you can’t get Atmos sound at all through YouTube.
4k screen has nothing to do with streaming lossy Atmos from Netflix / Disney.
 

thetruthhurts

Novice Member
4k screen has nothing to do with streaming lossy Atmos from Netflix / Disney.
Well it kinda does as like I said I don’t think you can stream Atmos from amazon unless it’s detecting a 4K display to output to. Not sure on Netflix tbh but you would need to be on their highest tier subscription and Disney, are they even streaming Atmos at the mo on their reduced bandwidth? And he did try to get Atmos going using Prime and YouTube.
 

Dalibor Koplik

Novice Member
I think you’d need a 4K display to stream Atmos from Prime or Netflix as they only have Dolby Digital+ on their 4K content. You’d be better testing it with a blu ray with an Atmos soundtrack and it will also be lossless using Blu ray which is a lot better than the lossy Atmos you’ll get through streaming. Also I’m sure you can’t get Atmos sound at all through YouTube.
I think it depends on the BR player he owns - it should have two HDMI outputs - one for audio, one for video.
You are right that Youtube does not play surround sound.
 

RobGale

Active Member
My settings
Bass 2
Trebble 3
Centre, front, size 4
Back & up 5
I’ve always wondered about these type of settings. Wouldn’t you get the same result have backs and up at 1 and the rest as zero but turning the overall volume up? I have always assume the individual volumes are in addition to the overall volume (more than happy to be corrected 🙂)
 

San5324

Active Member
I’ve always wondered about these type of settings. Wouldn’t you get the same result have backs and up at 1 and the rest as zero but turning the overall volume up? I have always assume the individual volumes are in addition to the overall volume (more than happy to be corrected 🙂)
Don't have to use them. I find after testing that these are best for me.
 

fade6

Novice Member
FYI - Disney+ through the Roku did register as "Dolby Atmos" on the bar, so I think somethings up with Amazon Prime (totally forgot about the COVID reduction in streaming quality - so maybe they haven't increased it back up yet? I'll need to research that - thanks for the reminder about that). So for the record, this confirms that the following setup will deliver Atmos (even if lossy due to streaming) Roku Ultra --> Soundbar --> Video only output to old HMDI TV.

Anyone have thoughts on calibration? Discs or files out there for 7.1.4? Something that Samsung offers?

And any thoughts on if the sub can be muted?

Thanks again all!
 

RobGale

Active Member
FYI - Disney+ through the Roku did register as "Dolby Atmos" on the bar, so I think somethings up with Amazon Prime (totally forgot about the COVID reduction in streaming quality - so maybe they haven't increased it back up yet? I'll need to research that - thanks for the reminder about that). So for the record, this confirms that the following setup will deliver Atmos (even if lossy due to streaming) Roku Ultra --> Soundbar --> Video only output to old HMDI TV.

Anyone have thoughts on calibration? Discs or files out there for 7.1.4? Something that Samsung offers?

And any thoughts on if the sub can be muted?

Thanks again all!
Sub can be muted from the remote. Click the sub rocker
 

RobGale

Active Member
Don't have to use them. I find after testing that these are best for me.
Wasn’t intending to criticise, just wondered if I’m correct
 

Chriss69

Novice Member
 

BeefS2

Active Member
Looks pretty sweet, I did notice the there’s no mention of Harmen Kardon at all. I wonder what happened to that connection. Also, it looks like the q900t is the same bar, just without rears
 

tim alen

Standard Member
Hi,

I love experimenting with new units. I recently bought the Bose Soundbar 700 with the bass and surround and put it against the Samsung Q90r with its Atmos and 7.1.4 set-up.

It helped me notice that even thou the Bose is more expensive, the Samsung is just as good and if you feed it Atmos its amazing.


Thank you.
 

reecelouie94

Active Member
Christ has anyone watched the cyberpunk trailer in atmos on the Dolby access app my word the bass when he gets out of car makes room shake best thing honestly
 

Dalibor Koplik

Novice Member
Anyone have thoughts on calibration? Discs or files out there for 7.1.4? Something that Samsung offers?
You can download some testing files from www.demolandia.net, but I am afraid there is not too much to calibrate on our soundbar as you can`t change the volume and parameters of every single speaker. It is a shame there are only 3 EQ presets in Smart Shings app and none of them for different types of movies.
 

BeefS2

Active Member
So, at least in the US, the price for hw-q90r dropped to $999.99 for now. Looks like Best Buy and Amazon are offering this price. Think the q950t is incoming very soon
 

lgans316

Distinguished Member
I am keeping an eye on Q950TS. Wondering if the rears on the Samsung are as effective as the LG SN11 rears? Also the LG rears are a bit larger and heavier than the Samsung and that's proving to be effective while watching movies.
 

BeefS2

Active Member
I am keeping an eye on Q950TS. Wondering if the rears on the Samsung are as effective as the LG SN11 rears? Also the LG rears are a bit larger and heavier than the Samsung and that's proving to be effective while watching movies.
Yeah, the dimensions for the rears on the q950t are very similar if not exactly the same as the q90r’s. Would suspect that they are used in a similar fashion. One can hope they’re as good as the sn11rg rears
 

lgans316

Distinguished Member
Yeah, the dimensions for the rears on the q950t are very similar if not exactly the same as the q90r’s. Would suspect that they are used in a similar fashion. One can hope they’re as good as the sn11rg rears
I see. The rears on the LG are as effective as my separates if I am being honest. I have now almost found a permanent solution to adding my Active subwoofer into the mix which means I don't have to worry about the missing infrasonic deep bass and this solution should apply to any soundbar.

How is your Q90R fairing in comparison to your ex-LG SN11 ?
 

BeefS2

Active Member
I’m about to return the Q80r. Is this bar worth it with the rears?
I think so, the rears on the q90r come with upfiring speakers which don’t come with the separate rear speaker packages. Plus, at the moment the q90r is only $100-200 dollars more which is a steal
 

walters123

Distinguished Member
I think so, the rears on the q90r come with upfiring speakers which don’t come with the separate rear speaker packages. Plus, at the moment the q90r is only $100-200 dollars more which is a steal
thanks dude Yeah it’s definitely worth the extra then. What stands are best for rears
 

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