Today, Samsung announced a couple of new soundbars as part of its Q-series family, which debuted earlier this year. The new additions are the HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T models, which share a lot of the specs.
Both soundbars support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound for a more immersive experience, and they also support Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) which should further improve surround sound quality. Additionally, paired with the 2020 QLED TV models from Samsung, the soundbars can work with the built-in speakers on the TV so surround sound is coming from both.
The higher-end model, the HW-Q950T, offers 9.1.4-channel audio, which Samsung says is the maximum currently available in a single soundbar. Compared to the company's previous 7.1.4-channel systems, it adds left and right wide channel speakers.
If you want to use the soundbars for music, they're both compatible with Samsung's SmartThings App and Alexa, so you can use them to play music from services like Spotify or Amazon Music. It's also possible to send music from a smartphone to the soundbar with a feature called Tap Music.
Design-wise, the soundbars have been shrunk significantly compared to last year's models, specifically in terms of height, from 83mm to 69.5mm. They're wrapped in Kvadrat fabric, which promises elegance without interfering with the sound quality.
Samsung didn't specify when the new soundbars will be available, and they don't currently appear to be listed on its website.