Samsung HW-Q930C, Dolby Atmos 9.1.4/DTS:X and Q-Symphony 3.0 soundbar

A throwback to the 2023 Samsung soundbars. After our presentation of the Samsung HW-Q990B (see our Samsung HW-Q990C news, Dolby Atmos 11.1.4/DTS:X and Q‑Symphony 3.0 soundbar), spotlight on the compatible Samsung HW-Q930C reference, also Q-Symphony 3.0.

As a reminder, the Q‑Symphony 2.0 function consisted, in the presence of a Samsung Q-Series 2020/2021/2022 soundbar, of taking advantage of the television speakers in addition to those of the soundbar to magnify the sound reproduction, its amplitude and its spatialization. With the 3.0 version of this feature, not only all of the speakers on the TV are activated and no longer just those located at the bottom of the screen, as with the Q-Symphony 2.0 function, but the sound bar also takes advantage of the TV's significant processor resources to optimize calibration and sound reproduction.

Samsung HW-Q930C, main specs

In addition to the Q-Symphony 3.0 label, the Samsung HW-Q930C has a few other developments, for example the SpaceFit Sound process and the Gaming Pro 2.0 mode. The first, in the presence of a Samsung 2020/2021/2022/2023 TV, 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 apply according to the room (a microphone is present in the subwoofer for precise calibration of the latter). The second allows you to make the most of your favorite games with powerful bass.

Samsung HW-Q930C, total 17 speakers

The Samsung HW-Q930C, model 9.1.4, comes with a wireless surround speaker kit to recreate a true surround sound environment (see photo above).

Namely, the total power delivered by the soundbar accompanied by its subwoofer and its surrounds (front + side speakers + Up-Firing) displays 540 W for a total of 17 speakers. Each end of the soundbar has two speakers to further expand the sound space. The subwoofer is still a wireless specimen.

Samsung HW-Q930C, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, AVA and Adaptive Sound

As announced in the title of this news, the Samsung HW-Q930C soundbar is compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Wireless Dolby Atmos compatibility is of course required: a suitable soundtrack is therefore decoded and broadcast by the soundbar and the television without any wired connection. MP3, AAC, Wav, Ogg, Wav, Flac, AIFF and Alac files are also supported.

The AVA (Active Voice Amplifier) function is in place in 2023, intended to cover new noise in the TV environment automatically. For example that of a kettle or a vacuum cleaner which will be covered by an increase in volume managed directly by the TV. Don't panic, the TV lowers the sound, automatically always, when the noise stops.

For its part, the Adaptive Sound function, via a real-time analysis of the frequency of the signal, instantly optimizes the sound processing to best match the scene displayed on the screen. Bluetooth 4.2 compatibility allows you to enjoy content from a suitable device via streaming and transform the Samsung HW-Q930C into a Hi-Fi system. Or even connect a suitable television wirelessly. Precision, it is also possible to connect TV and sound bar wirelessly through the Wi-Fi function. Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast (integrated) compatibilities are required.

Samsung HW-Q930C, connectivity

In the menu of connectors, there is an HDMI CEC 2.0a input/output for Pass-Trought operation of HDR10+ and HDR Dolby Vision, HDCP 2.3 certified for perfect compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-Ray discs plus optical. The HDMI output manages the eARC function. For owners of PS5 and Xbox Series X equipped with HDMI 2.1 outputs, you must therefore connect the console directly to the television and use the eARC function to enjoy the sound on the sound bar. Finally, equipped with a wall tie, the sound bar turns off and turns on automatically when the TV is turned on/off.

Samsung HW-Q930C, SmartThings compatibilities

You should also know that Samsung has reduced the height of the HW-Q930C to 60.4 mm, no more, in order to facilitate its integration under the brand's TVs of course, but also under most televisions on the market. Finally, the Samsung HW-Q930C, compatible with the SmartThings home application, can be easily integrated into a connected home installation. Similarly, the Works with Alexa and Works with Hey Google labels are present for voice control of the soundbar (requires an Amazon Echo or Google Home type speaker).

Immediate availability. Indicative price: 999 euros.

Reminder of the key features of the Samsung HW-Q930C soundbar:

• Type: soundbar

• System: 9.1.4

• Amplification: Class D

• Total power: 540 W

• Speaker(s): 17

• Subwoofer: external wireless

• Technology(s): Q-Symphony 3.0

• Wi-Fi compatibility

• HDR Dolby Vision compatibility (Pass-Trought)

• HDR10+ compatibility (Pass-Trought)

• CEC compatibility

• Bluetooth 4.2 compatibility

• eARC compatibility

• WMA codec compatibility

• MP3 compatibility

• AAC compatibility

• Ogg compatibility

• Flac compatibility

• Alac compatibility

• AIFF compatibility

• Wav compatibility

• 4K Pass-Trought function

• Pro Game Mode function

• SmartThings function

• Adaptive Sound function

• SpaceFit Sound

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

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

• Other( s): wireless surround speakers

• Application: SmartThings

• Dolby Atmos decoder

• DTS:X decoder

• Works with Alexa

• Works with Hey Google

• HDCP 2.3 certification

• Hi-Res Audio certification

• Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 1,110.7 x 60.4 x 120 mm for the soundbar , 129.5 x 201.3 x 140.4 mm for the surrounds, 210 x 403 x 403 mm for the subwoofer

• Weight: 5.4 kg (bar) + 3.1 kg (surrounds) + 9 .8 kg (box)