Samsung hwq800t: HW-Q800T 3.1.2ch Soundbar w/ Dolby Atmos / DTS:X & Alexa Built-in (2020)

Samsung HW-Q800T soundbar review: beam me up, Sammy

Samsung has diversified its Dolby Atmos lineup significantly since its first entry, the $1,500 5.1.4-channel HW-K950, now offering a slew of Atmos options to fit a wider array of setups (and budgets). An iteration of 2019’s Q70R, the two-piece Q800T is pared down when compared to flagship Atmos setups with surround speakers, offering just a bar and subwoofer combo. While there are a few big competitors in its class (including Sonos’ brilliant Arc and LG’s loaded SN9YG), the bar’s top competition for value may come from within: Samsung’s much cheaper HW-Q70T stacks up extremely similarly, with just a few notable differences. Here’s how it all breaks down.

About the Samsung HW-Q800T soundbar

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Before we dig in, a quick look at the HW-Q800T’s basic specs:

  • Height x Width x Depth: 2.4 x 38.6 x 4.5 inches (bar), 15.9 x 8.1 x 15.9 inches (sub)
  • Weight: 7. 9 pounds (bar), 21.6 pounds (sub)
  • Speakers/drivers: 8 drivers, including dual upfiring drivers using Acoustic Beam technology
  • Amplification: 330 watts of claimed power
  • Wireless Connection: WiFi, Bluetooth, wireless connection to Samsung TVs
  • Wired connection: HDMI eARC/ARC input/output, spare HDMI input, optical input
  • Smart features: Amazon Alexa built in
  • Sound formats: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, DTS Digital Surround
  • Video support: 4K/HDR passthrough including Dolby Vision and HDR10+

The HW-Q800T supports both major “3D” surround formats in both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. A 3.1.2-channel system, the bar offers left, center, and right channels at the front, a side-firing wireless subwoofer, and dual upfiring channels to create the hemispheric effect for which Dolby Atmos and its contemporaries are prized.

But the Q800T does Atmos differently than competitors. Instead of a traditional driver for each of its dual height channels, it employ’s Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology, a series of up-firing sonic chambers designed to work similarly to the keyholes of a flute. As we’ll explore below, this offers both plusses and minuses when it comes to its performance.

Along with the bar, the HW-Q800T ships with a basic manual, power cables, a wand-style remote, an HDMI cable, and mounting brackets.

What we like

A surprisingly small footprint

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As touched on above, the Q800T is impressively compact for a Dolby Atmos bar, especially one without any surround speakers to spread the soundstage around (though you can add Samsung’s wireless rear surround kit for around $180). At just over 38-inches across and 2.4 inches high, its cut to fit on most TV consoles without obscuring your TV screen like Sonos’ beefy Arc.

Set in all black, the bar looks good (if basic) on the mantle. The only notable issue is that the fully perforated cover is a styrofoam magnet; I was never able to remove all the little white bits without resorting to tweezers.

Slick and simple control

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Samsung has stuck with its wand-style remote for its soundbars (and many of its TVs) for years now, and there’s good reason. The remote is attractive and well laid out, with tactile keys for both subwoofer and volume levels that feel like those electric window switches on your parents’ old station wagon—in a good way.

I was perplexed to see no power key on the soundbar’s topside controls but, importantly, there is a mute key to keep Alexa’s nose out of your business.

Samsung’s Adaptive Sound mode works pretty well to automatically optimize the bar for most content, and I only occasionally switched to the Standard mode for a bit more clarity. I found a good balance by simply raising the adjustable center channel by 1 point, which allowed for clear dialogue across genres. The bar auto switches to your input source when you dial something up, meaning you can usually just stick with your TV remote for basic control when connected via HDMI eARC/ARC (required to source Dolby Atmos).

A (nearly) comprehensive feature set

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The Q800T offers just about everything you’d expect in a new bar that nips at the $1,000 price point. That includes WiFi streaming alongside built-in Alexa support to control basic playback and a litany of smart features. For connection, the bar offers a spare HDMI input to source Dolby Atmos directly from a Blu-ray player or game console (something Sonos’ Arc doesn’t have), as well as HDMI eARC connection. The latter allows you to source full-resolution audio from your TV via HDMI, as well as adjust audio sync issues—provided you’ve got a newer TV that also supports eARC.

The Q800T also supports HDR passthrough, including both the newer HDR10+ format (which Samsung champions) as well as Dolby Vision, though Samsung doesn’t list it in the specs. It will decode Dolby Atmos in both compressed Dolby Digital Plus (for streaming from your TV) and uncompressed Dolby TrueHD, as well as DTS Surround Sound and DTS:X, though the latter is seemingly going extinct.

While I wasn’t able to test this feature, the Q800T also features Samsung’s Q Symphony, designed to incorporate select Samsung QLED TV speakers into the soundstage. The only notable omissions are WiFi add-ons like Chromecast and AirPlay 2 support and a 3.5mm analog input—handy for connecting legacy devices like turntables, but increasingly rare in 2020.

Detailed, powerful, and dimensional sound

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While the sound signature is notably light in the midrange, the Q800T sounds quite good, even when playing back standard fare like sitcoms. There’s plenty of detail, light and lyrical treble response, and impressive balance, to the point that I rarely found myself pumping the sound up or down between the loudest and quietest moments. Feed it something of higher quality and things get even more intriguing.

One of my favorite Blu-ray test discs, Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, offered a brilliant palette on which the Q800T’s skill set flourished. Dialogue rang through with pristine clarity, gunshots were punchy and full in all the right ways, and dynamic scenes like the epic helicopter crash toward the climax proved this little bar has plenty of oomph. While the hefty subwoofer hammers home the vibrant thump demanded in such scenes with accuracy and aplomb, it’s the intricate placement and wide expansion of the soundstage up front that really called my attention.

I’d wholly forgotten about Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology, which first rolled out in a gaming soundbar at CES a couple of years back. From the start I was caught off guard by how well the beaming tech builds the soundstage up front, seeming to project the effects both vertically and horizontally like a sonic light show. Even if most of the sound is confined to the front of the room, it pulls you into the action, allowing you to bask in precisely placed ambient details and yet never miss a line of dialogue.

Streaming music over Spotify Connect via WiFi provides a similar, if more toned-down, effect. The Q800T places even stereo tracks along the vertical plane with care, dropping an acoustic guitar to the upper left here, a Hammond organ whirling to the lower right there. As you’d expect from its compact speakers, the bar’s lighter sound means acoustic instruments sound less natural than what you’ll get from traditional speakers, as well as the Sonos Arc’s bulbous tube. Still, the Q800T sounds more organic and sumptuous than LG’s ultra-thin SN9YG, especially in the upper midrange.

What we don’t like

Overhead effects fall flat

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The flipside of the Acoustic Beam coin, in my experience at least, is that the overhead immersion you expect from a soundbar with upfiring drivers is significantly diluted. Playing my go-to Dolby Atmos demo discs, I found myself waiting in vain for effects to effectively rain down upon me. From shards of glass to a jungle thunderstorm, the overhead trick so integral to creating the hemispheric immersion of Atmos is stunted here. Turning the height channels up didn’t help much, instead making effects sound strained.

How much this matters may depend on how much Atmos content you watch—it’s still relatively limited on most streaming services. I should also note that Atmos content like Marvel’s Ant-Man on Disney+ still sounds compelling and dynamic even without the striking overhead effects.

Unlike its Sonos and LG rivals I keep referencing, the Q800T also foregoes side-firing drivers. This further diminishes the immersion level you’ll get from Dolby Atmos and other surround sound content; swirling effects are cut off starkly before they curl behind you, and those designed to blow past you from behind seem to just suddenly appear at the front of the room, breaking the illusion.

Display and interface could be friendlier

As soundbars (even of the Dolby Atmos variety) get increasingly compact I’ve become used to digital displays creeping out of the picture—Sonos soundbars offer nothing more than a color-coded LED strip. Still, while it’s a small gripe, the words crossing the Q800T’s compact display keep you waiting to identify them like a skywriter when adjusting settings. And when compared to Sonos, the backup display in the form of Samsung’s SmartThings app is relatively rudimentary.

Alexa integration is buggy

While Alexa responds dutifully when you bark out commands (if you’re into that) there seems to be no way to quiet her down when she barks back. That’s fine for content at the same volume level, but depending on the content it can be a problem. When I streamed The Office on Netflix, for example, it was about half as loud as Alexa, resulting in her shouting responses with biting force. A Samsung rep tells me this may be caused by a known bug for Alexa when connected to a hardwired digital source, which he expects to be corrected in a firmware update.

However, even when connected over WiFi, Alexa integration had issues. The main hangup again seemed to be balancing the volume of streaming audio with Alexa responses. Volume is naturally lowered when she responds to a query, but sometimes the bar seemed to get stuck and kept the music at the lower volume.

She’s not set up for Spotify commands, either, though you can control Spotify from both the SmartThings app and Spotify Connect directly. Samsung says Alexa Spotify control is coming, again via firmware, but gave no indication of when. Overall, the Q800T’s Alexa integration just doesn’t seem ready for primetime.

Should you buy it?

Yes, but with some caveats

While 2020 has been short on mid-tier and premium soundbars compared to “normal” times, the HW-Q800T’s sound performance is among the best we’ve heard all year. It offers all the major features we expect for a soundbar in its class and, on semi-permanent sale at least, its price is generally in line with the competition. It’s also pretty easy to use and doesn’t take up much space on the mantle (for a Dolby Atmos bar anyway).

That said, Samsung’s HW-Q70T soundbar offers nearly identical specs with two standout exceptions: there’s no built-in microphones for Alexa, and it offers a smaller subwoofer. Given the fact that it can still support Alexa commands with the addition of an Echo speaker at $50, it’s definitely a way to cut down the price significantly (especially given those Alexa bugs). Bass lovers will miss the heftier sub, but those with smaller living quarters may welcome the swap.

Those who want better Dolby Atmos immersion—particularly when it comes to overhead and surround effects—may want to opt for the Sonos Arc instead. The Arc is bigger, doesn’t include a subwoofer, and doesn’t come with a spare HDMI input, meaning you’ll need a newer TV with Dolby Digital Plus to source Atmos directly. However, it offers warmer, more natural performance, simpler ways to build out a surround system (like adding the Symfonisk wireless speakers), and is backed by high-powered software. At the time of publication, Vizio’s 46-inch 5.1.4 soundbar (with separate surrounds) also rings in at similar pricing and offers much better surround immersion.

In the end, whether the HW-Q800T is right for you may depend on your love for overhead effects, bass, and Alexa herself. That said, at its sale price, the Q800T is a stalwart new competitor that should fit quite nicely into most living rooms.

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Samsung HW-Q800T Powered 3.1.2-channel sound bar with wireless subwoofer, Dolby Atmos®, and DTS:X at Crutchfield

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Features

Active Soundbar Speaker: The HW-Q800T’s active soundbar speaker has been designed, tested, and tuned at Samsung’s state-of-the-art California Audio Lab, where audio engineers apply advanced acoustic technologies and cutting-edge computer modeling to deliver perfectly balanced, room-filling sound. With dedicated front, center, and height channels, you get sound that virtually moves and flows all around you for a captivating, three-dimensional audio experience.

  • Dedicated Center & Dolby Atmos Channels: The soundbar’s dedicated center channel section keeps dialog crystal clear, so you can hear every word during a movie soundtrack; while the dedicated upward firing channels provide immersive “overhead” effects for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
  • Acoustic Beam Technology: Experience panoramic sound with Samsung’s innovative Acoustic Beam technology. Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology mixes and delivers the sound via a set of precisely placed openings at the top of the soundbar, so sound appears to come from where the action is happening on screen. The sound will travel in sync with the motion on the screen, making you feel part of the action.

Wireless Powered Sub: The included wireless powered sub receives its low-frequency audio signal wirelessly from the soundbar via 2.4GHz transmission. There are no cords to connect, except the AC power cord. The wireless powered sub features a side-firing 8″ woofer inside a bass-reflex cabinet with a rear-firing port. The woofer is powered by a built-in 160 watt amplifier.

Immersive Surround Sound: The Samsung HW-Q800T is capable of delivering up to 3.1.2-channel surround for Dolby Atmos & DTS:X. It also supports Dolby Digital (5.1ch), Dolby Digital Plus (7.1ch), Dolby TrueHD (7.1ch), and DTS (5.1ch).

  • Dolby Atmos: With Dolby Atmos sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill your home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth. Rather than being constrained to channels, sounds exist as individual entities that are precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space. A new sensation of height immerses you in the action, creating a full audio atmosphere and realistically depicting objects moving overhead. Dolby Atmos renders everything from dialogue to quiet scenes to whirlwind action with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. It all comes together in sound that excites your senses and inspires your emotions to deliver the full impact of entertainment.
  • DTS:X: DTS:X is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio technology from DTS. Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape – in front of, behind, beside and above the audience – more accurately than ever before. DTS:X offers the ability to automatically adapt the audio to the speaker layout that best fits your space.

Notes:

  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X is only supported via the soundbar’s HDMI input and HDMI eARC output. Your connected HDMI source device must also support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In addition, the movie or music video must have a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X soundtrack.
  • The HW-Q800T does not support Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization or DTS Virtual:X.

Sound Modes: The Samsung HW-Q800T soundbar speaker system offers four different sound modes that can be used with a variety of content.

  • Adaptive Sound: The Q800T soundbar analyzes the sound signal to automatically deliver optimized sound based on each scene. Adaptive Sound lets you hear voices clearly at the lowest volumes, so even the most quiet conversations are heard.
  • 3D Surround: The 3D Surround mode delivers a more realistic and immersive audio experience by adding depth and spaciousness to the movie soundtrack. From nearly any corner of the room, the 3D Surround mode blankets the listening area both sideways and up to screen level for a more immersive surround effect. 
  • Game Pro: Connect your gaming console (Xbox one, PS4, Nintendo Switch) and compatible Samsung QLED TV to the Sasmsung Q-Series soundbar to boost your gaming experience. Game Pro Mode delivers optimize sound, while offering clear directional sound to gain the advantage.
  • Stereo: Select Standard mode if you simply want to enjoy 2ch stereo playback.

Audio Settings: The Samsung HW-Q800T soundbar system provides various audio adjustments to customize your listening experience.

  • Q-Symphony: Q-Sympphony synchronizes select 2020 Samsung QLED TV speakers with the Q-Series soundbar speakers for fuller, more immersive, cinematic sound. This feature requires an HDMI or optical digital connection (not compatible with Bluetooth).
    Compatible 2020 Samsung QLED TVs include the Q800T, Q90T, Q800T, Q900T, and Q950T series.
  • AV Sync: AV Sync can be used to help sync video to audio when connected to a TV. Video may look slower than the audio if it is connected to a digital TV. If this occurs, you can adjust the audio delay time to match the video. You can adjust the AV Sync from 0 to 300ms.
  • Equalizer: You can independently adjust the system’s Bass & Treble (-6 to +6), or you can go a step further and adjust the system’s 7-band EQ (150, 300, 600, 1. 2k, 2.5k, 5.0k, 10.0k Hz) from -6 to +6.
  • Subwoofer Level: You can independently adjust the volume of the wireless powered subwoofer from -12 to +6, using the system’s remote control.
  • DRC (Dynamic Range Control): A Dolby Digital soundtrack’s dynamic range is compressed making it easier to hear at lower volume levels.
  • Turn-On Volume: To protect your hearing, the Volume Restriction function restricts the volume to 20 if you turn on the soundbar system when the volume is set higher than 20.

Optional Wireless Surround Kit: The optional SWA-9100S Wireless Surround Kit (sold separately) lets you add rear speakers to the HW-Q800T soundbar system without all the wires. Together with the HW-Q800T, you can create a 5.1.2 channel system for a truely immersive Dolby Atmos/DTS:X surround sound experience. The SWA-9100S Wireless Surround Kit consists of a wireless receiver module and two rear speakers. The wireless receiver module receives a wireless audio signal from the HW-Q800T soundbar, so you don’t have to run speaker wire from the soundbar to the rear speakers. The wireless receiver module does have to connect to an AC wall outlet via its power cord and to the rear speakers via two speaker cables.

Mounting Options: The slim, compact Samsung HW-Q800T’s soundbar can be mounted on the wall with the included wall-mount brackets (wall screws not supplied) or simply placed on a table-top. The wireless powered subwoofer can be positioned anywhere in the room (up to 32.8′ away from soundbar) to achieve maximum audio performance.

Connections

HDMI 2.1: The Samsung HW-Q800T’s soundbar is outfitted with one HDMI 2.1 input and one HDMI 2.1 output (eARC compatible). The HDMI input allows you to connect your Ultra-HD Blu-ray player or cable/satellite box directly to the soundbar and then from its HDMI eARC output to your flat-panel TV. The HDMI input and output support 4K Pass-Through, HDR, 3D video, and eARC.

  • 4K + HDCP 2.2: The soundbar’s HDMI 2.1 input and output support 4K ultra-HD video; as well as 1080p, 1080i, 720p, and 480p video. The soundbar’s HDMI input and output also support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video: HDR delivers a much higher level of contrast between light and dark to produce an image that is more realistic and closer to what the content creator imagined. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. This system supports HDR10 and HDR10+; not compatible with HLG or Dolby Vision HDR formats.
  • 3D Ready: The HW-Q800T can pass through 3D video (up to 1080p) from 3D-ready Blu-ray players to 3D-ready TVs, via HDMI. You will also need compatible 3D-ready glasses and 3D-video content.

eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel): eARC stands for enhanced Audio Return Channel and supports high-resolution, multichannel sound signals, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, to be passed through your TV to the Samsung Q-Series soundbar speaker system. If you connect to a TV with eARC, you can enjoy Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, and DTS through the Samsung Q-Series soundbar.

Note: If you connect to a TV that only supports ARC (Audio Return Channel), the soundbar’s HDMI eARC jack will be limited to DTS, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus. In some cases you may be able to get Dolby Atmos, if the TV offers Dolby Atmos via Dolby Digital Plus through its HDMI ARC jack. DTS:X and DTS-HD is not supported via HDMI ARC (must be HDMI eARC).

Optical Digital Input: The Samsung HW-Q800T’s soundbar is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital input to connect your television, Blu-ray/DVD player, or satellite/cable box. The optical digital input supports Dolby Digital (5.1ch), DTS (5.1ch), and 2Ch PCM. The optical digital output of some flat-panel TVs only send a Dolby Digital audio signal when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from the TV’s built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch PCM from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Notes:

  • The optical digital input does not offer support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD.
  • The HW-Q800T is not equipped with an analog audio input.

Alexa Music Services: The Samsung HW-Q800T features a 2.4GHz/5GHz dual-band wireless (WiFi 802.11b/g/n) network connection and offers built-in Amazon Alexa with support for hands-free access and voice control of select online music services. Use your voice to access and control your favorite online music services – such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Tidal, Spotify Connect, and more. You can also upload your personal music collection from iTunes, Google Play Music, and more to your music library on Amazon and then stream your music through the Samsung soundbar system. Simply ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you.

  • WiFi setup will be done using the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) on your compatible mobile device.
  • You’ll also need to download the Amazon Alexa App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 4.4+) onto your compatible smartphone or tablet device.
  • The HW-Q800T is limited to music functionality only through Amazon Alexa. Other services provided by Amazon (such as news and weather) can only be accessed through your Amazon Alexa device’s speaker.

Note: The system is not equipped with an Ethernet jack for a hardwired network connection.

Built-in Bluetooth: The Samsung HW-Q800T features built-in Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connection between the soundbar speaker system and your Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices for wireless music streaming, as well as a wireless connection between the soundbar speaker and Bluetooth A2DP enabled TVs. The HW-Q800T’s Bluetooth function has a wireless range of approximately 32.8′.

  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming: You can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop to the Samsung HW-Q800T and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. You can even connect two different Bluetooth source devices at the same time and seamlessly switch between both devices. SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs are supported. The HW-Q800T’s remote can be used to control Play/Pause and Skip functions (advanced music navigation is still handled from your Bluetooth source device. The HW-Q800T does not display song/artist information (song/artist info is still viewed on your Bluetooth source device).
  • Wireless TV Connection: You can simplify the installation of the HW-Q800T by eliminating the need for a wired connection between a Bluetooth-enabled TV and the soundbar. Simply plug the soundbar and the subwoofer into AC power and follow the simple pairing instructions to wirelessly connect the soundbar to a Bluetooth A2DP enabled TV. When a TV is connected using Bluetooth, audio is transmitted in stereo (not Dolby Digital or DTS). Only one TV can be paired and connected at a time.

Notes:

  • This system does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for phone calls.
  • Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Samsung HW-Q800T.

Power Requirements: The active soundbar speaker and the wireless powered subwoofer will both have to be plugged into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately). The active soundbar includes an AC power adapter with an attached 58″ DC cord and detachable 5′ AC power cord. The wireless powered sub includes a detachable 5′ AC power cord.

Controls

Built-In Alexa With Microphone: The Samsung HW-Q800T features built-in Alexa with an integrated microphone. Now you can control the soundbar system with just your voice. You can ask “Alexa” to turn on/off the system, change the input source, select an online music service, set the volume level, mute the volume, and stop playback. You can also use the HW-Q800T’s built-in Alexa like any other Alexa Echo device and ask non-soundbar related commands (like information about the weather, traffic, news, sports, etc) or have Alexa control your smart home devices.

  • You’ll need to download the Amazon Alexa App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 4.4+) onto your compatible smartphone or tablet device.
  • In the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 6.0+), you will need to change the Soundbar’s name to one that can be recognized by Amazon Alexa.

Note: The Amazon Alexa Voice control feature requires that the Samsung soundbar be connected to your home’s WiFi network router and internet service provider.

SmartThings App: Use the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) to turn your compatible smartphone or tablet into a remote control for the HW-Q800T system. You can also use the app to access internet radio and select online music services, as well as music libraries on your Apple iOS or Android device. In addition, the SmartThings app is used to connect the HW-Q800Tsystem to your WiFi network and enable Amazon Alexa compatibility with an Amazon Echo device (sold separately – see Accessories Tab). Firmware & software updates are alsp done through the SmartThings app.

Remote & Top-Panel Controls: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Samsung HW-Q800T system. There are also top-panel controls (including Power, Source, and Volume) on the soundbar speaker.

TV Remote Control: When the HW-Q800T system is connected to a Samsung Smart TV (released in 2017 or later), the soundbar can be controlled using the TV’s remote control. This function also allows you to use the TV menu to adjust the soundfield and various settings, as well as the volume and mute. You can also program Sony, LG, Vizio, Sharp, Panasonic, and Toshiba TV remotes to control Power/On Off, Volume Up/Down, and Mute functions of the HW-Q800T soundbar system.

Auto Power On/Off: The Samsung HW-Q800T soundbar system offers Auto Power On/Off functionality.

  • Power Link (Auto On): The wireless audio soundbar system is automatically turned on when you turn on your TV or any device connected to the wireless audio soundbar system with an optical cable.
  • Bluetooth Power On: If a previously paired Bluetooth device (including a Samsung SoundConnect compatible TV) tries to pair with the soundbar when the Bluetooth Power On function is activated and the soundbar is turned off, the soundbar turns on automatically.
  • Auto Off:  If a TV or any device connected to the HW-Q800T soundbar system is off and there is no audio signal, the soundbar system will turn off after 5 minutes.

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