Samsung Electronics announced today that select 2019 Q Series soundbars are available for purchase in the U.S., along with the evolution of its lifestyle TV, The Frame.
The Q Series soundbars are featuring Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies on select models, slimmer design and up to four up-firing and two side-firing speakers. Samsung also announced today availability of its R Series soundbars, including the R650, R550 and R450.
The new soundbars are optimized to work ith Samsung QLED TVs. They offer plug-and-play connectivity via wired or wireless connections, and can be controlled and fine-tuned using the Samsung OneRemote.
New for 2019, Adaptive Sound technology analyzes the frequency and sound signals to automatically deliver optimized sound scene-by-scene. Even when reducing the volume, background sound is reduced and voices are kept clear.
With 4K pass-through built in, connecting 4K video sources like an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, HDR10+ sources or a game console with just one HDMI connected is simple.
SmartThings is integrated into the Q90, Q80 and Q70 soundbars, allowing users to tag the soundbar as a smart device within the SmartThings app to be controlled and managed to create a personalized smart routine.
This year, users will be able to use Amazon Alexa to control the soundbar and access content through voice commands.
Samsung’s Q Series soundbars automatically convert sound to Game Mode Pro once the Samsung TV detects a console. Physical upward speakers provide a more directive sound with the Q90, Q80 and Q70 models featuring up-firing speakers while the Q60 features Samsung Acoustic Beam Technology.
The R Series soundbars feature Smart Sound and automatically analyze content frequency to optimize audio and deliver clear dialogue, so whether users are watching a loud sports match or a soft-spoken drama, sounds will be optimized for TV viewing.
Game Mode boosts game sound effects and delivers a directional sound as if gamers are wearing a headset. Connect the R Series soundbar wirelessly with the Samsung TV via Bluetooth and sync with Samsung’s OneRemote for easy control of both. This series is paired with 6.5” wireless subwoofers for deep bass and easy expansion without the mess or wires. The R650 also features a center channel speaker for enhanced audio.
Samsung’s full 2019 Soundbar line pricing can be found below:
The Frame in 2019
Samsung also announced the evolution of its lifestyle TV, The Frame. The new TV is featuring QLED picture quality and over 1,000 works of art to choose from in the Samsung Art Store.
With interchangeable bezels and other dynamic customization options, The Frame offers more ways than ever to customize the look and feel of a room. Samsung will also be introducing a new 49-inch The Frame in 2019 to offer a lineup of Lifestyle TVs ranging from 43 to 65-inches in size.
When it’s not being used to watch TV or movies, The Frame’s Art Mode displays digital pieces of artwork, The Frame’s Luminance Sensor adjusts the screen settings based on the ambient light in the room.
This year, The Frame also features the picture quality of QLED with deeper contrasts, deeper and darker blacks and 100% color volume. Equipped with Bixby, Samsung’s AI-powered voice control platform, users can use voice commands to search for shows and streaming platforms, and control compatible smart lights, soundbars, cameras, door locks and more via Samsung’s SmartThings dashboard.
When mounted, The Frame hangs flush to the wall thanks to Samsung’s proprietary No Gap Wall Mount. The Frame offers four customizable magnetic bezel options– black, white, beige and brown – so that users can swap bezel colors to complement the color of the room. And the One Invisible Connection, a single slim and translucent cable that transmits both power and AV data to the TV, eliminates the clutter of cords beneath the TV and the need to place the TV near data or power outlets. The Frame comes with a No Gap Wall Mount, One Invisible Connection and One Connect Box as in-box accessories. Customizable bezels are sold separately.
The Frame 2019 is available in the U.S. in 43” ($1,299), 49” ($1,699), 55” ($1,999) and 65” ($2,799) sizes.