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Samsung HW-Q900A, Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 / DTS: X sound bar and Q-Symphony

After the Samsung HW-Q600A, Samsung HW-Q700A, Samsung HW-Q800A and Samsung HW-Q950A, continuation of our presentation of the 2021 vintage sound bars from the Korean manufacturer with the Samsung HW-Q900A, the most upscale reference of the range.

In short, the Samsung HW-Q900A exactly matches the specifications of the Samsung HW-Q950A, with one major difference: the absence of wireless surround speakers. However, it is possible to purchase the SWA-9500S Surround Kit to easily upgrade from an HW-Q900A 7.1.2 soundbar to an HW-Q950A 11.1.4.

Samsung HW-Q900A, main specifications

For the rest, we therefore find the Q-Symphony system signed Samsung, which allows in the presence of a 2020/2021 QLED TV of the brand to leave its speakers active when the sound bar is also active (these the latter were until now deactivated) to enjoy a richer sound environment, magnified by the speakers of the TV.

Total of 16 speakers

The total power delivered by the Samsung HW-Q900A, accompanied by its external wireless housing, displays 406 W (18 W x 6) + (10 W x 3) + (18 W x 6) + 160 W (housing ) for a total of 16 speakers. Each end of the soundbar has two speakers to further expand the sound space.

Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, Adaptive Sound and SpaceFit Sound +

As announced in the title of this article, the Samsung HW-Q900A sound bar is Dolby Atmos and DTS: X compatible. Namely, handling of MP3, AAC, Wav, Ogg, Flac, AIFF and Alac files is provided.

A "game" mode called Gaming Pro is there to make the most of your favorite games with overpowering bass. For its part, the Adaptive Sound function, via a real-time analysis of the signal frequency, instantly optimizes the sound processing to best match the scene displayed on the screen.

The SpaceFit Sound + feature is also in order. In the presence of a Samsung 2020/2021 TV, it sends a succession of sound messages and analyzes their frequency response, their echo and the return speed to indicate to the sound bar the optimum acoustic treatment to be applied according to the the room.

In the same way, the compatibility Bluetooth 4.2 makes it possible to benefit, via streaming, of the contents of a suitable peripheral and to transform the Samsung HW-Q900A into Hi-Fi system. Or to connect wirelessly to a suitable television set. Note that it is also possible to connect TV and sound bar wirelessly through the Wi-Fi function. AirPlay 2 and Chromecast (built-in) compatibility are required.

The connection

In the menu of connectors, there are two inputs / one HDMI CEC 2.0a output to use HDR10 + and HDCP 2.2 certified for perfect compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-Ray discs plus an optical. The HDMI output manages the eARC function. For owners of PS5 and Xbox Series X equipped with HDMI 2.1 outputs, it is therefore necessary to connect the console directly to the television and use the eARC function to enjoy the sound on the sound bar. Finally, fitted with a wall mount, the sound bar turns off and turns on automatically when the TV is turned on / off.

SmartThings and Alexa compatibility

To know again, Samsung has reduced the height of the HW-Q900A to 69.5 mm, no more, in order to facilitate its integration under the brand's TVs of course, but also under most TVs on the market. Finally, the Samsung HW-Q900A, compatible with the SmartThings home application, can be easily integrated into its own connected home installation. Likewise, the integration of the voice assistant Alexa allows voice control.

Immediate availability in black finish with Kvadrat fabric. Indicative price: 999 euros.

Reminder of the key features of the Samsung HW-Q900A:

• Type: soundbar

• System: 7.1.2

• Amplification: Class D

• Total power : 406 W

• Speaker (s): 22

• Subwoofer: external wireless

• Technology (s): Q-Symphony

• Wi- compatibility Fi

• HDR10 + compatibility

• CEC compatibility

• Bluetooth 4.2 compatibility

• eARC compatibility

• MP3 compatibility

• AAC compatibility

• Compatibility Ogg

• Flac Compatibility

• Alac Compatibility

• AIFF Compatibility

• Wav Compatibility

• 4K Pass-Trought Function

• Pro Game Mode Function

• Amazon Alexa Function

• Bixby Function

• SmartThings Function

• Adaptive Sound Function

• Q-Symphony Function

• SpaceFit Sound +

• Function Input (s): 2 HDMI CEC 2.0b, 1 optical

• Output (s): 1 HDMI CEC 2.0b (with management of the eARC function)

• Other (s): surround speakers without- fil

• Application: SmartThings

• Dolby Atmos decoder

• DTS decoder: X

• Alexa built-in voice assistant (s)

• HDCP 2.2 certification

• Dimensions (W x H x D , mm): 1232 x 69.5 x 138 mm for the sound bar, 210 x 403 x 403 mm for the housing

• Weight: 7.1 kg (bar) + 9.8 kg (housing)