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Neither Samsung HW-Q800A nor Sonos Beam Gen 1 were recommended by experts this month

On 7 Feb 2024 (14 days ago) we went through 97 Sound Bar expert endorsements , however neither Samsung HW-Q800A nor Sonos Beam Gen 1 were included in any of those recommendations. Since neither Sound Bar received a single endorsement, as far as expert recommendations go, it's technically a tie. We do, however, recommend taking a look at Sonos Beam Gen 2 or other critically acclaimed Sound Bars of this month.

For reference, Sonos Beam Gen 2 received 8 endorsements this month, from TechRadar (22 Jan 2024), SoundGuys (30 Aug 2023) WIRED (15 Dec 2023) and 5 others.

Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
SoundGuys
WIRED
World Wide Stereo
TechHive
What Hi-Fi
PCMag
Digital Trends
Rtings.com
1
- $495
Sonos Beam Gen 2
The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a compact and stylish soundbar that delivers excellent audio quality for both music and movies, with versatile connectivity options and compatibility with Dolby Atmos, making it a recommended choice for Sonos fans and those seeking high-quality audio enjoyment.
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7
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8
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6
N/A N/A $498
Samsung HW-Q800A
The Samsung HW-Q800A soundbar is a highly recommended product by experts, delivering excellent sound quality with deep bass, clear midrange, and clean highs suitable for movies, TV shows, and music, and offers a range of connectivity options including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and HDMI.
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N/A N/A $499
Sonos Beam Gen 1
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About our ranking methodology

Customers like Sonos Beam Gen 1 noticeably more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Samsung HW-Q800A
Sonos Beam Gen 1
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Sonos Beam Gen 1, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Samsung HW-Q800A.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling sound bar receives a consumer score of 7.9 (great). Both Samsung HW-Q800A and Sonos Beam Gen 1 receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

Samsung HW-Q800A
In comparison:
Samsung HW-Q800A ranks #11 out of 141. Very high levels of customer satisfaction.
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8.8
Great
Sonos Beam Gen 1
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 1 ranks #1 out of 141. Very high levels of customer satisfaction.
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9.4
Amazing
Median best-selling Sound Bar
In comparison:
ZVOX AccuVoice AV157 ranks #71 out of 141.
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7.9
Great





Sonos Beam Gen 1 is more popular than Samsung HW-Q800A

It's fairly safe to say that Sonos Beam Gen 1 is a more popular sound bar than Samsung HW-Q800A, based on its 4,000+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Samsung HW-Q800A and Sonos Beam Gen 1 often consider Sonos Beam Gen 2, a cheaper option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Samsung HW-Q800A and Sonos Beam Gen 1
Sonos Beam Gen 2 $495
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #85 out of 141.
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7.7
Good
8 expert recommendations Cheaper
Sony HT-S2000 $498
We don't yet have enough review information for Sony HT-S2000
N/A
2 expert recommendations
Bose Smart Soundbar 600 $499
In comparison:
Bose Smart Soundbar 600 ranks #69 out of 141.
Go to rankings
7.9
Great
2 expert recommendations
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, in Feb 2024 neither Samsung HW-Q800A nor Sonos Beam Gen 1 were recommended by key experts who publish Sound Bars recommendations.
Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
SoundGuys
WIRED
World Wide Stereo
TechHive
What Hi-Fi
PCMag
Digital Trends
Rtings.com
1
- $495
Sonos Beam Gen 2
The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a compact and stylish soundbar that delivers excellent audio quality for both music and movies, with versatile connectivity options and compatibility with Dolby Atmos, making it a recommended choice for Sonos fans and those seeking high-quality audio enjoyment.
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2
- $974
Samsung HW-Q990C
The Samsung HW-Q990C soundbar is highly praised for its exceptional sound quality, immersive experience, and extensive connectivity options, making it a top choice for enhancing TV audio and creating a cinematic home theater experience.
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- $822
Sonos Arc
The Sonos Arc is a high-end soundbar with impressive sound quality, expansive soundstage, and modern design, ideal for those seeking an immersive surround sound experience for movies and music.
5
6
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2
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4
5
2
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4
- $285
Vizio M-Series 5.1
The Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar is a versatile and affordable audio system that offers excellent sound quality, making it suitable for a variety of audio content, including music and movies, and is compatible with most TVs on the market.
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [17]

89
Total expert reviews: 17
  • with a score: 10
  • without a score: 7
Highest score by T3
100
Average score based on 17 reviews
89
Lowest score by TechHive
80

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [27]

88
Total expert reviews: 27
  • with a score: 18
  • without a score: 9
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 27 reviews
88
Lowest score by Rtings.com
79

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
From Seller:
  • DOLBY ATMOS / DTS:X - Theater-quality sound that fires from the front, side and above for true audio immersion.
  • TRUE 3.1.2CH SOUND - The complete audio entertainment experience with 3 channels, 1 subwoofer and 2 up-firing channels.
  • Read more
From Seller:
  • Beam - The smart, compact soundbar for TV, music, and more.
  • High definition sound - Experience rich, detailed sound for your TV that fills the entire room.
  • TV, music and more - Play music, TV, movies, podcasts, radio, audiobooks and video games.
  • Read more
Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
No video reviews linked yet for Samsung HW-Q800A.
Sonos Beam Review
Review by Engadget
Very popular! 387K views!
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Sonos Beam Lowdown: All you need to know in under 5 minutes
Popular! 60K views!
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SONOS Beam Soundbar Review
Review by RTINGS com
Very popular! 200K views!
Play video review
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0887276524641
UPC Numbers: 887276524641
Model Numbers: HW-Q800A/ZA
EAN Numbers: 0780537830157, 0878269004264, 0878269004271, 8717755773913, 8717755773920, 8717755773937, 8717755773944
UPC Numbers: 780537830157, 878269004264, 878269004271
Model Numbers: BEAM1EU1, BEAM1EU1BLK, BEAM1UK1, BEAM1UK1BLK, BEAM1US1, BEAM1US1BLK
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6.2 lbs
 
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PVC
Speaker Design Number of drivers in the speaker
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Two-Way
Number of tweeters How many tweeters does the speaker have?
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1 tweeters
Number of Subwoofers How many subwoofers does the speaker have?
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4 woofers
Separate subwoofer included Does the soundbar comes with a separate subwoofer?
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No
Bluetooth Capability Does the speaker support wireless connection?
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Hi-resolution audio Does the speaker support hi-resolution audio playback?
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Rechargeable battery Does the speaker have a built in rechargeable battery?
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FM Radio capability Does the speaker have an FM radio?
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Wi-fi enabled Is the speaker capable of connecting to wi-fi?
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No
App/Smartphone controlled Is the speaker can be controlled by an app or a smartphone?
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ENERGY STAR certified Is the speaker energy star certified?
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No
Chromecast built-in Does the speaker have a built-in Chromecast playback?
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No
Airplay capability Does the speaker support Airplay technology?
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IR Remote Learning Can the speaker be controlled with an external (universal) remote?
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Optical audio adapter
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Samsung HW-Q800A is a very popular and one of the more expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling sound bars and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Samsung Q800T or Sony HT-S2000 .

Samsung HW-Q800A is $197.91 more expensive than an average sound bar ($300.04).

Sonos Beam Gen 1 is a very popular option on the higher end of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling sound bars and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as JBL Bar 5.1 or Yamaha True X Bar 50A .

Sonos Beam Gen 1 was released in 2018. There are a couple newer sound bars on the market. Show newer Sound Bars

Sonos Beam Gen 1 is $228.46 more expensive than the average sound bar ($300.04).

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