Samsung’s HQ-Q950A is an updated version of the HW-Q950T speaker setup, complete with new features and connectivity. You can now use your soundbar with Dolby Atmos content and AirPlay 2.
The speaker also has an Auto EQ function now, designed to build an EQ sound perfectly to the room in which the speakers and soundbar are placed. It does a surprisingly effective job with no human input.
This is one of the latest in a long line of “soundbar plus” designs, with manufacturers using satellites and up-firing speakers to create an immersive 3D soundstage.All told, this is really an 11.1.4 system.
Adjustable & Versatile Speakers
One area where the HQ-Q950T is virtually faultless is the calibration, sound enhancement, and adjustability.In addition to the previously mentioned Auto EQ function, there are also numerous presets for the graphic EQ such as “surround,” “game,” and “standard.”
If you are watching something with dialog, the speakers also have an “Active Voice Amplifier” which helps the voices to cut through, even in scenes with huge rumbling bass and a lot of sounds surrounding you in 3D.
If used in conjunction with a Samsung TV, users can unlock even more features including Q-Symphony and SpaceFit Sound. A complete Samsung setup allows you to create an even more immersive audio reproduction and better fit the audio to your space.
Though audio features are definitely best-suited to use with visuals, the speakers also perform pretty well with audio-only content–allowing you to listen to albums in Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround, and other immersive formats.
The fact that this system has a subwoofer and satellite speakers means that–if configured correctly–it provides a fuller and more reliable 3D setup thanmany competing soundbar systems The clever combo of upward-firing speakers, a wide soundbar, and rear satellites offers a wider field to play with.
You don’t have to have a Samsung TV, and any brand works (though some LG users have reported issues).
The eARC port offers support for all kinds of HD and immersive audio formats including DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, and Digital Plus, as well as simple 5.1 PCM audio.
Is The Samsung Q950A System Worth It?
The price is on the higher end of the market, but actually when you consider the fact that you get a full immersive system with satellite speakers, it does represent fairly good value.
The system is slightly more suited to someone who wants to enjoy AV content such as films or games, but it does a solid job on immersive music too. Plus, it’s easily controlled by an app. In conclusion, the Q950A system is definitely one of the most impressive models for home theater enthusiasts and may well be worth the investment.