Sony HT-S40R vs Samsung Q600B

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HT-S40R vs Q600B comparison chart

Sony HT-S40R
Samsung Q600B
Multichannel surround

Sony HT-S40R vs Samsung Q600B review

Sony HT-S40R
Samsung Q600B

Comparing Sony HT-S40R and Samsung Q600B, all pros and cons of devices become clear. Advantages have shown that Q600B has advantages over HT-S40R mainly in terms of audio performance. According to the results of our comparison, HT-S40R received 5.2 points out of 10 possible, and Q600B was rated 6 points.

Advantages Sony HT-S40R over Samsung Q600B

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers

Advantages Samsung Q600B over Sony HT-S40R

  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Audio features

The HT-S40R is rated 7 of 10 against 8 for the Q600B according to the audio features rating.


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 HT-S40R and the Q600B.

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 HT-S40R has 5.1 channels, while the Q600B has 3.1.2 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Sony HT-S40R has 600 (overall) W, and 360 (overall) W has the competitor.

HT-S40R Q600B
Built-in channels5.13.1.2
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W600 (overall)360 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless


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. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Sony HT-S40R has the ability to handle wired connections from an external subwoofer, while Samsung Q600B only has wireless connections.

HT-S40R Q600B
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswiredwireless

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 HT-S40R received rating 8 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Q600B, in the same category, earned 10 out of 10 points.


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 Q600B.

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 Q600B.

HT-S40R Q600B
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual monoDolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Music
DTS (other)DTS 5.1ch

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.


None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service cannot be used on both soundbars.

HT-S40R Q600B
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming serviceshas nothas not


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: Sony HT-S40R was rated 7 out of 10, and Samsung Q600B was rated 8 out of 10.


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. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

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 HT-S40R has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Q600B got 1/1 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. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

HT-S40R Q600B
Ethernet (RJ45)00
HDMI input/output0/11/1
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output10


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. In our case, the ability to control the soundbar using the app is not implemented in any of the competitors. None of these soundbars have 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. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

HT-S40R Q600B
Voice control
App control
Remote control


HT-S40R Q600B
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in90.1x5.3x7.6/35.5x2.1x3103.1x5.5x10.4/40.6x2.2x4.1
Weight, kg/pounds1.8/4.13.8/8.4
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