Samsung’s premium soundbars will likely be getting a variety of enhancements this 12 months, together with wi-fi Dolby Atmos help, a souped-up model of the TV speaker-syncing Q Symphony function, and SpaceFit room calibration that not requires a Samsung TV.
Whereas Samsung’s 2022 soundbar lineup lacks a “top-this” mannequin just like the Q950A and its whopping 11.1.4 channels of audio, it does add a sequence of updates to its premium lineup, together with an improved subwoofer for the brand new Q990B flagship (which retains the 11.1.4 configuration of 2021’s Q950A), plus extra Q-series soundbars with side- and up-firing drivers in addition to rear wi-fi audio system.
Samsung’s newest soundbars are additionally including a trio of Dolby Atmos options, beginning with Dolby Atmos Music for its Atmos-enabled soundbars, whereas a brand new “Twin Atmos” function will enable for a Dolby Atmos audio to be performed from a Samsung TV and soundbar concurrently.
Then there’s wi-fi Dolby Atmos help, which is able to enable Samsung’s new Q700 and higher soundbars to obtain Atmos sound over Wi-Fi from supported Samsung TVs, no cables required. Wi-fi Atmos help may also be coming to Samsung’s new S60 and S61B soundbar fashions.
Samsung mentioned it’s also bettering its Q Symphony function, which permits for as much as 22 channels of audio by syncing the audio of a Q-series soundbar with the audio system of a Samsung TV.
The brand new model of Q Symphony will now make the most of all of the audio system in a Samsung TV and soundbar fairly than only a subset, and it’ll additionally allow itself mechanically fairly than needing to be manually triggered. The upgraded Q Symphony function, which additionally mechanically optimizes its sound based mostly on the particular gear you’re utilizing, will likely be accessible on 2022 Q600 and higher soundbars.
Additionally getting an improve is Samsung’s SpaceFit room calibration function. Whereas earlier Samsung soundbars might solely run SpaceFit calibration with assist from a Samsung TV, the newer model comes “embedded” in Samsung’s newest microphone-equipped Q-series fashions, that means it might probably work with any model of TV. SpaceFit may also replace its calibrations mechanically each day.
So far as particular person fashions go, Samsung’s up to date, 11.1.4-channel Q990B flagship is getting a brand new subwoofer with an “acoustical lens design” that’s designed to “evenly disperse sound” whereas delivering “deeper” low-frequency efficiency.
In the meantime, Samsung’s Q900 sequence, which had a 7.1.2-channel configuration final 12 months, is getting a bump to 9.1.2 channels for 2022 due to its new wi-fi rear audio system, whereas the earlier 3.1.2-channel Q800 sequence will now add side-firing audio system in the principle soundbar housing, bringing its configuration as much as 5.1.2 channels. Lastly, the three.1.2-channel Q700 line is getting an up-firing speaker improve.
Moreover its up to date Q soundbars, Samsung is asserting a pair of recent “way of life” fashions, together with an “ultra-slim” soundbar and an all-in-one speaker.
Simply 1.6-inches deep, the Extremely Slim Soundbar is designed to be used with Samsung’s slim way of life TVs, resembling The Body. Regardless of its slim type issue, the soundbar nonetheless packs upfiring drivers for Dolby Atmos, and it comes with a 6.5-inch cubic subwoofer with a passive radiator.
Constructed for smaller screens, Samsung’s new all-in-one soundbar could have a “modern,” “minimalistic” design with rounded edges and a steel end. Outfitted with digital Dolby Atmos and DTS Digital:X help, the soundbar comes with built-in passive radiators however can even work with an optionally available subwoofer.