If and when extra bass is needed, this Samsung HW-S60T Soundbar review is worth a read if your serious about the sound of your television entertainment.
We've been super lucky to have the chance to review this piece of audio equipment over the past couple of weeks. It's been up and down (in volume) and connected to the television in more ways than one. Positioned in front of the Samsung The Frame (2020), the soundbar has had to compliment the screen in more ways than one, too, in terms of design.
Keep scrolling to see how it fared during testing in our home then, check out our best soundbar guide for more top audio options for your television.
Samsung HW-S60T Soundbar specifications:
- Total power: 180W
- No. of speakers: Six
- Connectivity: HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Control: remote device, on-bar buttons and voice assistant
- Type: all-in-one
- App?: Samsung Smart Things
- Compatibility: Samsung teles with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a HDMI
Who would the Samsung HW-S60T Soundbar suit?
It's a known, and obvious, fact that televisions are getting slimmer so you may find that the audio is somewhat impaired. The soundbars have slimmed down, too, over recent years which is great if you live in a small house or you want something which is discrete.
This option is no exception. It's an all-in-one, meaning that all the speakers and a sub are within one unit. It can sit on a side unit or be mounted to a wall depending on how or what you would like your TV set up to be. And in terms of audio it will produce a sound sound experience with extra bass and depth, if this is what you feel you are missing from your current television watching experience.
How easy was the Samsung HW-S60T Soundbar to set up?
A doddle. You just need to plug in the power cable and the HDMI into the back of the soundbar, and then subsequently plug the HDMI into the back of the television or the One Connect Box (depending on which tele set you have).
The instructions are limited, I must say, but it is very straight forward to set up this soundbar from the offset.
What's the Samsung HW-S60T Soundbar like to use?
Really easy. To control the soundbar there is a remote control and on bar controls which are fairly straight forward to navigate round. You can also use your voice with Amazon Alexa for some handy hands-free control.
The remote control is slim but sits nicely in the hand. And to control the volume and woofer the buttons work by being moved up and down, rather than pressing down on them. You can change the bass levels, and some other settings, by selecting the 'cog' button and using the central button to adjust what you need. Pairing to a Bluetooth device is also possible with the press of a button on the remote so you can not only listen while you watch, but also amplify your fave tracks through the likes of Spotify.
The on bar controls can turn up or turn down the volume, or power on or power off the soundbar all together. It's also very cool in the fact that when you adjust the settings on the bar some pretty lights get displayed.
Alternatively, if you prefer to use voice commands, the HW-S60T is integrated with Amazon Alexa. With this you can play music, check weather and get questions answered completely hands free. We liked this very much because it meant that we could put the controller away somewhere safe but memorable, and not get confused with what controller controlled which piece of tele-related equipment.
Being an all-in-one soundbar it means that all six speakers, and a sub, are within one unit. This is great for saving space and is easy to move around the home, too, thanks to that wireless connection and 5.3kg weight. Being just 101.8cm in length it can fit in front of your television screen, although it does obstruct it a little, or it can just sit nicely on the top of a side unit or be wall mounted so it's totally out of the way.
The over all design is wrapped in a fabric refined by leaders in contemporary textiles; Kvadrat. It mimics a canvas-like material which is nice BUT I can see it gathering and trapping dust within the weave over a few weeks or so. If I'm honest, I'm not too sure how I would keep it clean either a dust tends to go a bit static on fabrics. However, if you're confident that your home doesn't gather dust that easily (some don't) then either the black or grey colour ways could look really smart.
We predominantly tested this soundbar alongside the Samsung The Frame (2020) 32in TV BUT it can also be used to stream music across your home Wi-Fi. To do this you can either get Alexa involved, or the SmartThings app which can link directly to your Spotify, Deezer or Tune In account.
Just to touch on the app, you can connect and control it with a number of other smart devices all from one place. These can also be different brands, other than Samsung, including Amazon, Ring or Philips Hue. I was unable to test this in my home because I do not have access to these other smart products BUT I would say that it is something worth thinking about if you like to have a connected eco-system.
Oh and if you find that you want even MORE bass for your TV and audio then it's also compatible with the SWA-W500 wireless subwoofer.
Should I buy the Samsung HW-S60T Soundbar?
Yes I'd say so. It gives you bigger sound for your television watching and music listening. But really the beauty of it is that it can be moved around to anywhere in the room – on the floor, on the side unit or on the wall – which will totally fill your space with volume and bass.
The price point of £399 is pretty reasonable, also, because it's got everything you need in one unit. And it will save you getting more speakers if you want to get away from the headphones.