Samsung HW-Q900T vs Polk Audio SIGNA S2

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Rating 5 5

HW-Q900T vs SIGNA S2 comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q900T
8.2
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
10
4
Multichannel surround
9
4

Samsung HW-Q900T vs Polk Audio SIGNA S2 review

Samsung HW-Q900T
vs
Polk Audio SIGNA S2

Comparison of Samsung HW-Q900T and Polk Audio SIGNA S2 will reveal the best features offered by the devices. HW-Q900T is a better soundbar than the SIGNA S2. Its sound profile is well-balanced and stereo performance is better. According to the results of our comparison, HW-Q900T received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and SIGNA S2 was rated 5 points.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q900T over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • 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
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Advantages Polk Audio SIGNA S2 over Samsung HW-Q900T

  • We do not know advantages

Audio features

The HW-Q900T is rated 8 of 10 against 6 for the SIGNA S2 according to the audio features rating.

HW-Q900T
8
SIGNA S2
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-Q900T and the SIGNA S2.

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-Q900T has 7.1.2 channels, while the SIGNA S2 has 2.1 channels.

HW-Q900T SIGNA S2
Built-in channels7.1.22.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W406 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless

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. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

HW-Q900T SIGNA S2
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

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-Q900T received rating 9 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the SIGNA S2, in the same category, earned 4 out of 10 points.

HW-Q900T
9
SIGNA S2
4

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-Q900T.

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-Q900T.

HW-Q900T SIGNA S2
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)has nothas not

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-Q900T received 6 points, and the SIGNA S2 - 4 on a 10-point scale.

HW-Q900T
6
SIGNA S2
4

The popular Spotify service is available on the HW-Q900T.

HW-Q900T SIGNA S2
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas nothas not

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-Q900T was rated 8 out of 10, and Polk Audio SIGNA S2 was rated 6 out of 10.

HW-Q900T
8
SIGNA S2
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-Q900T.

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-Q900T has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the SIGNA S2 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-Q900T SIGNA S2
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 output00

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 HW-Q900T has its own remote control application. Only Samsung HW-Q900T 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-Q900T has the ability to use a multiroom system.

HW-Q900T SIGNA S2
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HW-Q900T SIGNA S2
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in123 x 7 x 13.8/48.4 x 2.7 x 5.189.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
Weight, kg/pounds7.1/15.4N/A
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