Beware of Sonos, Samsung has just released half a dozen new soundbars

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Samsung is full of announcements today – after announcing the release of a weather-resistant QLED TV called The Terrace, Samsung has announced that its 2020 soundbar range is now also available.

This year's lineup includes seven flagship Q series, lifestyle S and budget T models, priced from just two hundred dollars to around two big, and Samsung will continue to sell the seven R series starting from the last year, bringing us to a grand total of 14 purchasable models.

So what has Samsung improved this year? Well, this year's flagship models will feature the Samsung Q Symphony feature that we saw at CES that syncs the top speakers of a Samsung QLED TV to the soundbar to create a sound wall, as well as support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X spatial audio.

On the more affordable models, you won't get many of these features, but Samsung says two of its more affordable models – the T550 and the T650 – will be HDMI compatible and will feature DTS Virtual: X to give the illusion of a wider soundstage.

Here is the full range of Samsung 2020 with American prices:

These new Samsung sound cards vs the Sonos Arc?

If you've been following soundbar coverage recently, you've no doubt heard of Sonos Arc – a new Dolby Atmos 5.0.2 compatible soundbar from Sonos.

According to the specs we've seen so far, most of Samsung's new bars fall far short of the Sonos Arc … with the exception of the Q70T and Q800T which sell for $ 699 (around £ 570, AU $ 1070 $) and $ 899 (approximately £ 730, AU $ 1,370), respectively.

Like the Arc, these two Samsung bars are Atmos compatible and have eARC, but they have a huge advantage in that they also come with a subwoofer – which gives them a huge advantage in terms of response deep bass. Sure, you can still tack a Sonos Sub on your Sonos Arc, but it would cost well over $ 1,000.

We reserve the judgment on which configuration sounds best until we can test each of the sound bars in our own home later this month, but until then it's worth keeping in mind both solutions when shopping for a replacement for your TV speakers.

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