Samsung HW-Q950T vs Yamaha ATS-1070

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Rating 5 5

HW-Q950T vs ATS-1070 comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q950T
8.4
Yamaha ATS-1070
6,6
10
5
Multichannel surround
9
6

Samsung HW-Q950T vs Yamaha ATS-1070 review

Samsung HW-Q950T
vs
Yamaha ATS-1070

Let's take a look at the comparison between Samsung HW-Q950T and Yamaha ATS-1070. It will become clear that among these two devices, the HW-Q950T is more suitable for the role of a home soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, HW-Q950T received 8.4 points out of 10 possible, and ATS-1070 was rated 6,6 points.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q950T over Yamaha ATS-1070

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Supports external media connection via USB
  • Voice control supports
  • Built-in microphone

Advantages Yamaha ATS-1070 over Samsung HW-Q950T

  • Has an integrated subwoofer

Audio features

The HW-Q950T is rated 9 of 10 against 6 for the ATS-1070 according to the audio features rating.

HW-Q950T
9
ATS-1070
6

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the HW-Q950T and the ATS-1070.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the HW-Q950T has 9.1.4 channels, while the ATS-1070 has 2.0 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Samsung HW-Q950T has 546 (overall) W, and 120 W has the competitor.

HW-Q950T ATS-1070
Built-in channels9.1.42.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W546 (overall)120
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswired

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. A built-in subwoofer is only present in the ATS-1070. The HW-Q950T comes with an external subwoofer.

HW-Q950T ATS-1070
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The HW-Q950T received rating 9 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the ATS-1070, in the same category, earned 6 out of 10 points.

HW-Q950T
9
ATS-1070
6

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Samsung HW-Q950T.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in HW-Q950T.

HW-Q950T ATS-1070
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS:X
DTS (other)has notDTS Digital Surround

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. For the ability to work with streaming services, the HW-Q950T received 6 points, and the ATS-1070 - 10 on a 10-point scale.

HW-Q950T
6
ATS-1070
10

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

HW-Q950T ATS-1070
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Samsung HW-Q950T was rated 8 out of 10, and Yamaha ATS-1070 was rated 6 out of 10.

HW-Q950T
8
ATS-1070
6

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the HW-Q950T.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The HW-Q950T has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the ATS-1070 got 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is basic for both soundbars.

HW-Q950T ATS-1070
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output2/11/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output01

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The ability to control the soundbar using the application is implemented in each of the competitors. Only Samsung HW-Q950T has a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. The HW-Q950T has the ability to use a multiroom system.

HW-Q950T ATS-1070
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HW-Q950T ATS-1070
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in122 x 5 x 12.7/48 x 2.7 x 5.488.9 x 5.1 x 12.7/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
Weight, kg/pounds6.8/15.73.1/7.5
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