June 10, 2022 - 4 min read
Being transported by an exciting movie or enthralling game brings a certain kind of magic. That spell requires not just good content, but a good picture and high-quality speakers. Having a great TV is just one of the ingredients; you also need an amazing soundbar or surround sound system to complete the experience.
The latest TVs are sleek, gorgeous and with pictures so clear and realistic, it really makes you feel like you’re a part of the action. They’re built to look incredible from every angle. The purpose of a soundbar is to super-size your viewing experience by delivering cinema-quality sound at home. Adding a soundbar to your set-up means turning up the clarity, richness, detail and depth for truly immersive entertainment.
When it comes to TV audio, good soundbars use reflections and psychoacoustics, as well as strategically placed rear speakers. The reflections are created by precisely angled speakers within the soundbar to make it sound like the audio is coming from above, behind and beside you, even though it’s all coming mostly from the one bar.
According to Christos Boukogiannis, Sound Buyer for The Good Guys, matching your TV and soundbar is the best way to optimise your audio experience. “It means you can operate your home theatre from a single remote, create a sleek, curated entertainment hub and most importantly, take advantage of advanced audio technologies, such as Samsung’s Q-Symphony, that require a compatible TV and soundbar,” he says.
There are a couple of key things to look for when matching your TV to your soundbar.
Size: This comes down to aesthetics. Just like TVs, soundbars come in all shapes and sizes - some are big, some are small, some are straight, and some are curved. Aim to match the width and design of your TV for a designer look in your home theatre.
Technology: Samsung’s latest soundbar line-up includes enhancements to Q-Symphony, bringing total sound calibration to the room. Q-Symphony allows the soundbar to work alongside the speakers from the TV for an up to 22 channel Dolby Atmos experience when paired with a compatible Samsung TV. This maximises the 3D sound effect.
Connection: Most TVs these days use HDMI ARC or eARC, which means you connect the soundbar to the TV using an HDMI cable and the bar can then be controlled with the TV remote. However, if you have an older TV, you’ll need to check what inputs are compatible with that model.
The great thing is that no matter the size of your room or budget, Samsung has a perfect TV and soundbar pairing to suit everyone. Here are three of our favourites.
Why we love them together: Truly a match made in heaven, this combo is for people who want the best viewing experience when they’re watching sports or a favourite streaming service, but then want that TV to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. The Frame doubles as a beautiful piece of artwork, and The Ultra Slim (as its name would suggest) is unobtrusive by day and an absolute surround sound powerhouse when you need it.
Why we love them together: When you want the best of the best, you can’t go past this spectacular, best-in-class 8K Neo QLED TV. It’s one of those screens you have to see to believe. The soundbar package utilises not just the included 11.1.4ch soundbar, subwoofer and two rear speaker set, but also the 6.2.4ch speakers built into the TV for a Q-Symphony 11.1.4ch Dolby Atmos experience to rival the cinema. It’s really the only soundbar that deserves to be paired with such a masterpiece.
For the budget-conscious connoisseur: Samsung 55” Q60B QLED 4K Smart TV and Q-Series Home Theatre Soundbar Q600B
Why we love them together: Who says incredible picture quality and audio have to be expensive? For under $2,000 you can get a fantastic QLED 55” 4K HDR TV and 3D audio with a Dolby DTS audio and subwoofer. A couple of years ago, just the TV would’ve cost double that, so the time is right to upgrade and elevate your bedroom or kids’ playroom viewing experience.
The soundbar is designed to be placed just below and in front of the TV screen, whether you have it wall mounted or on an entertainment unit, because that’s how the tuning for psychoacoustics is set up. There are plenty of brackets to mount the bar on the wall, and TV stands are designed to leave clearance for a soundbar. But, if you need help, you can arrange for an installer from The Good Guys to come out and make sure everything is set up perfectly.