Watch out Sonos, Samsung just dropped a half-dozen new soundbars

Samsung soundbars
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Samsung is full of announcements today – after dropping the news that it’s releasing a weather-resistant QLED TV called The Terrace, Samsung announced that its 2020 soundbar lineup is now available as well. 

This year’s lineup includes seven models from the flagship Q-, lifestyle S- and budget T-Series that range in price from just two hundred dollars all the way up to around two grand, plus Samsung will continue to sell the seven R-Series from last year bringing us to a grand total of 14 purchasable models. 

So what has Samsung improved on this year? Well, the flagship models of this year’s lineup will feature Samsung’s Q Symphony feature we saw at CES that syncs a Samsung QLED TV’s top speakers to the soundbar to create a wall of sound, as well as support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X spatial audio.

On the more affordable models, you won’t get a lot of these features but Samsung says two of its most affordable models – the T550 and T650 – will be HDMI-enabled and feature DTS Virtual:X to give the illusion of a wider soundstage.

Here's the complete 2020 Samsung lineup with the US pricing:

  • Samsung Q950T (NEW!)   $1,799.99
  • Samsung Q90R     $1,699.99
  • Samsung Q900T (NEW!)  $1,299.99
  • Samsung Q80R     $1,199.99
  • Samsung Q800T (NEW!)   $899.99
  • Samsung Q70T (NEW!)    $699.99
  • Samsung Q60T (NEW!)    $499.99
  • Samsung S60T (NEW!)     $329.99
  • Samsung S40T (NEW!)     $179.99
  • Samsung T650 (NEW!)     $399.99
  • Samsung T550 (NEW!)     $279.99
  • Samsung T450 (NEW!)     $199.99
  • Samsung T70 (NEW!)       $699.99
  • Samsung T50 (NEW!)       $499.99

These new Samsung sound bars vs the Sonos Arc? 

If you’ve been following any sort of soundbar coverage recently, you’ve no doubt heard of the Sonos Arc – a new 5.0.2 Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar from Sonos.

From the specs we’ve seen so far, most of Samsung’s new bars fall far flat of the Sonos Arc… with the exception of the Q70T and Q800T that come in at $699 (around £570, AU$1,070) and $899 (around £730, AU$1,370), respectively. 

Like the Arc, both those Samsung ’bars are Atmos-capable and feature eARC, but they have one massive advantage in that they also ship with a subwoofer – giving them a huge advantage when it comes to deep bass response. Sure, you can always tack on a Sonos Sub to your Sonos Arc, but doing so would cost well over $1,000.

We’ll reserve judgment on which setup sounds better until we can test each of the soundbars in our own home later this month but, until then, it’s worth keeping both solutions in mind when shopping around for a replacement to your TV’s speakers. 

Nick Pino

Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.