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Samsung HW-Q90R Soundbar Review & Comments

dickyarundel

Active Member
I have just set up the q90r.Already a previous owner of the n950 so know may way round everything.However,when I switch the bar on,it knocks out the signal between my skyq and mini box,rendering the mini box unusable whilst the bar is on.
Any clues how to resolve this would be much appreciated.
Cheers.
 

Nitroxa

Active Member
I had this issue a couple of times with my Q90R, unplugging the Sky Q mini's for a couple of minutes and they reconnected fine. If that does not work for you take a look at your wireless router settings, here's how mine is set up :-


Status of your broadband and wireless network

Broadband Connected

Wireless Enabled

Wireless Network Name (SSID) SKYECAE3 (2.4 GHz), SKYECAE3 (Sky Q boxes only) (5 GHz)

Wireless Network Visible Yes

Current Wireless Channel 11 (2.4 GHz), 36 (5 GHz)

Wireless Encryption WPA2-PSK

:lesson::smashin:
 

dickyarundel

Active Member
I had this issue a couple of times with my Q90R, unplugging the Sky Q mini's for a couple of minutes and they reconnected fine. If that does not work for you take a look at your wireless router settings, here's how mine is set up :-


Status of your broadband and wireless network

Broadband Connected

Wireless Enabled

Wireless Network Name (SSID) SKYECAE3 (2.4 GHz), SKYECAE3 (Sky Q boxes only) (5 GHz)

Wireless Network Visible Yes

Current Wireless Channel 11 (2.4 GHz), 36 (5 GHz)

Wireless Encryption WPA2-PSK

:lesson::smashin:
Fantastic.I were hoping it is to do with that.I am a bit of a technophobe.I will show this to the wife and let her deal with it as she is far better in this area than me.
Thanks again.
 

drebins2003

Standard Member
It's best if you can place the bar on something flat and solid (robust) i.e. cabinet etc, not the feet of a TV stand (if that's what you mean).
Yeah bud it’s on the tv stand as the guy in Currys said it was designed to fit on there but it sounds like crap then typical lol
 
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Elavarasan

Standard Member
I had this issue a couple of times with my Q90R, unplugging the Sky Q mini's for a couple of minutes and they reconnected fine. If that does not work for you take a look at your wireless router settings, here's how mine is set up :-


Status of your broadband and wireless network

Broadband Connected

Wireless Enabled

Wireless Network Name (SSID) SKYECAE3 (2.4 GHz), SKYECAE3 (Sky Q boxes only) (5 GHz)

Wireless Network Visible Yes

Current Wireless Channel 11 (2.4 GHz), 36 (5 GHz)

Wireless Encryption WPA2-PSK

:lesson::smashin:

I have had similar issues, try this:

1. On the router portal page, change the WIFI channels for both 2.4hz and 5hz. Channel 6 and 40 should work with Q90r.
2. Change the Wifi singal modes, if available.

Let us know how it goes.
 

KJ3232

Novice Member
Can anyone confirm if the issue of the rear speakers and sub losing connection has been resolved with the latest firmware update? Thinking of buying but I don't want to be resetting the system every time I want to watch TV.
 

dickyarundel

Active Member
Can anyone confirm if the issue of the rear speakers and sub losing connection has been resolved with the latest firmware update? Thinking of buying but I don't want to be resetting the system every time I want to watch TV.
I set mine up yesterday.No issues here.No need to fanny around with a usb stick anymore either.
 

kb33

Active Member
I’d still like to know if anyone can confirm Dolby Vision pass through , my Apple TV doesn’t.
 

Nitroxa

Active Member
Can anyone confirm if the issue of the rear speakers and sub losing connection has been resolved with the latest firmware update? Thinking of buying but I don't want to be resetting the system every time I want to watch TV.
The latest firmware resolved my connection issues 100% since updating.

Just make sure you update the Soundbar, Subwoofer & Rears and you'll be good to go..:smashin:
 

Rizvan

Well-known Member
I have just set up the q90r.Already a previous owner of the n950 so know may way round everything.However,when I switch the bar on,it knocks out the signal between my skyq and mini box,rendering the mini box unusable whilst the bar is on.
Any clues how to resolve this would be much appreciated.
Cheers.
I would be interested to know if there is a big difference between then two models..... ?
 

mooperman

Distinguished Member
Dolby Vision pass through definitely no problem with apple TV... Even labels it.
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dickyarundel

Active Member
I would be interested to know if there is a big difference between then two models..... ?
The sub is the difference as many reviews suggest.The bass is tighter,more responsive and more controlled.I noticed it pretty much straight away as it is quite noticeable.With that in mind,it gives a better overall balance imo.
 

Rizvan

Well-known Member
The sub is the difference as many reviews suggest.The bass is tighter,more responsive and more controlled.I noticed it pretty much straight away as it is quite noticeable.With that in mind,it gives a better overall balance imo.
Great to hear, I will most likely wait for the next generation and replace my N950, it's still a pretty decent setup. :)
Hopefully Samsung make a truly wireless Atoms surround system......
I am thinking wireless front L and R speakers and an additional sub. :D
 

dickyarundel

Active Member
Great to hear, I will most likely wait for the next generation and replace my N950, it's still a pretty decent setup. :)
Hopefully Samsung make a truly wireless Atoms surround system......
I am thinking wireless front L and R speakers and an additional sub. :D
The n950 is still stunning.I regretted getting rid of it to be replaced by a 5.1.2 avr speaker package straight away.I took the 1st opportunity I had to then replace that, with the q90r!I think you are doing the right thing though ,as the the n950 is amazing too and the difference is not that tremendous.
 

kb33

Active Member
Dolby Vision pass through definitely no problem with apple TV... Even labels it.
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thanks for that !
so now I’m wondering why my SB isn’t passing DV , I’ve ordered another Belkin HDMI cable , it’s the only thing I’ve left out ...
 

mooperman

Distinguished Member
thanks for that !
so now I’m wondering why my SB isn’t passing DV , I’ve ordered another Belkin HDMI cable , it’s the only thing I’ve left out ...
Yeah could be a cable issue.

My wiring is as follows...

Apple TV > 5 port switch > soundbar > TV.
 

tscotsman

Active Member
where you getting it for that price? was about to buy it with the 43" tv that others have done, works out less than £1100, but everywhere seems to be struggling for stock.
 

Steve.EX

Novice Member
Couple of questions if I may?
I have just bought one of these, having owned and very much enjoyed the HW-K950 (they've really rained the sub in one this one, the K950 was just brutal with Atmos sources)
First, and probably fairly obvious but I couldn't find reference to it online. What is the Virtual setting, the last option when cycling through the settings option via the remote?
Secondly, I have a Q7F display connected via HDMI (ARC), and an Xbox 1X connected via HDMI input 1. I keep losing image if I move away from a game into settings and back again. A couple of times i've lost picture even when going into in game settings and the exiting. It seems very much like an HDMI handshake thing to me. The Q90r has been updated with the latest UK firmware along with the sub and rears, The Xbox has the Access App and related bitstream options enabled. I have tried switching off Anynet on both Samsung products, it still drops video on occasion. Video can occasionally be reestablished by chaining through the Q90r inputs and always by rebooting the Xbox.
 

mooperman

Distinguished Member
Does anyone know if there is a way to see what signal is playing out? If I put a Dolby Atmos signal through it then the display flashes Dolby Atmos but anything else I get nothing and I like to confirm that I'm getting true HD or DTS--HD as and when...
 

Nitroxa

Active Member
I've not been able to figure that one out either, DTS-X flags up as well and that's it..

@Steve.EX - Could be a HDMI cable issue, I replaced mine recently with these :-


My Xbox One X connects to a switch then the Q90R on HDMI 2 and ARC to my E8 Oled, just use the shortest cables you can get away with.
 

Steve.EX

Novice Member
It does seem odd. I would like to believe that it was a cable issue, but it never occurred with the K950. The only thing that has changed is the Soundbar, and I am now able to select DD+ as an output on the TV rather than DD, which was the limit of the K950 via ARC. I am fairly confident the cable between the Soundbar and Q7F OneConnect box is 1.4. I'll try a 2.0 for the sake of trying.
 

Steve.EX

Novice Member
*Update.

Yeah, had a look. It was an old 1.3 between the Samsungs. I'm amazed ARC worked as well as it did with the K950 (i thought ARC was 1.4 thing) Seems much happier with a 2.0

Just the Virtual question now.
 

Talkshowchris

Active Member
I'm a new Q90 owner who's got an issue not reported on here as yet.
My Soundbar has a little crackle sound every now and then when playing atmos content.
I've seen 4 movies and it's done it on all of them.
It's erratic, so I can watch 60 minutes with no issue and then it may crackle 5 times in a 20 minute sequence.

I had an N950 before and that had the same issue.
I'm using new Amazon Basics cables and have changed them around.

All the movies I've had issues with had no previous issues with my Old LG SL10YG soundbar.

Anyone have any ideas as I'm pulling my hair out?!?
 

storelyckan3

Novice Member
First, and probably fairly obvious but I couldn't find reference to it online. What is the Virtual setting, the last option when cycling through the settings option via the remote?
....
I think is a left over from the soundbar without rear speakers (Q860)?

Ok, I don"t like the poor bas from the subwoofer on HW-Q90/96 vs the older buggy HW-K950/60. But the Q90/96 works perfectly with my LG OLED C9: eARC and can Pass through Dolby Vision (now only wating on LG to enable the Audio-EDID for LPCM 8 channels over eARC and not only 2.0 )
 

Steve.EX

Novice Member
I wouldn’t describe as poor per se. I would simply say that watching a TV source vis ARC the sub could be set at 0 and even higher.
When an Atmos source was played I had to switch it to -12 and even then it was prodigious. With the Q90r I am never lower than 0db. I think the Q90r sub is far less one note, but also considerably less apoplectic.
 

Steve.EX

Novice Member
(And this is someone who once ran Tag McLaren Dual Pro, McLaren 250m’s feeding Kef Reference and 4 x Servo 15s and packed it all away as I was “satisfied” with what the K950 offered in a TV remote control does it all kind of way)
 

lgans316

Distinguished Member
Is there is any way to pair the soundbar with a wired subwoofer?

Thinking of this. HDMi out of player to HDMI IN of this adapter. HDMi out from adapter to soundbar. RCA out from adapter to wired subwoofer

 

Talkshowchris

Active Member
What HDMI leads are people using to connect their Q90 to their TV and then connect devices directly to the Q90?

Nobody has replied about my crackle problem so I've done some more testing.

-Installed 1008 firmware and still crackling.
-Tried my LG Ubk 90 and my XBOX one X and both crackle.
-Unplugged the sub and rears so just the bar is working and still crackling.
-Done a reset, still crackling

Really confused now.

I can post a video with the crackle happening if it helps anyone.
 

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