Samsung remains top soundbar company for sixth consecutive year

midian182

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Samsung notes that its TVs have ranked number one globally for 14 consecutive years, and its soundbars have held the top spot in the global industry ever since international research firm Futuresource Consulting started officially recording in 2014.

According to Futuresource, Samsung is also the number one company in terms of soundbar sales revenue, has a 21.8 percent global market share, and accounted for 16.5 percent of the industry sales volume last year.

All of Samsung’s audio products, including soundbars, come from its Audio Lab in Valencia, California, just outside of Los Angeles. It was behind the well-received ‘Q series’ premium soundbars that arrived last year.

Samsung believes its position at the top will be strengthened by the benefits of pairing its Q series soundbars with the company’s TVs. Using the TV speakers in conjunction with a soundbar brings optimal sound, while the Q-Symphony feature will produce richer surround sound and provide Samsung’s most immersive audio experience to-date, writes the company. The technology received the CES 2020 Best of Innovation award and is used in all of Samsung’s Q series soundbars.

“It is rewarding to see that our competitiveness in the audio market over the last several years has culminated in this result. We will ensure Samsung remains an industry leader in both the global TV and soundbar market for years to come,” said Seong Cho, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Product Marketing of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

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wiyosaya

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Soundbars will appeal to some, however, I am not so sure they are the best value for the money.

As for their TVs being number one for fourteen years, I assume that is by sales.

I saw several Samsung QLEDs flanking a couple of LG OLEDs at Best Buy a few weeks back. Burn in problems and pricing aside, IMO, the picture fidelity on the OLEDs made the QLEDs look much less than optimal.
 

hahahanoobs

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Soundbars will appeal to some, however, I am not so sure they are the best value for the money.

As for their TVs being number one for fourteen years, I assume that is by sales.

I saw several Samsung QLEDs flanking a couple of LG OLEDs at Best Buy a few weeks back. Burn in problems and pricing aside, IMO, the picture fidelity on the OLEDs made the QLEDs look much less than optimal.
Paid less than $150 for 28" Vizio sound bar and wireless sub. I wish I could take advantage of ARC on my TV, but my soundbar doesn't have HDMI.

Soundbars are well worth it. And it saves you from needing a stereo reciever AND speakers. Mine is wall mounted above my TV so it takes up even less space than other options.
 
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johnofo

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I've had a couple of soundbases over the last 5 years but splashed out on a Sonos Beam and 2x One SLs for surround sound and I love them. Great to adjust the surround level and EQ from the phone app and sound quality is excellent, amazing for the size of the beam. I couldn't go back to just a sound bar/base now. But they are pricey
 

sac39507

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Isn't it strange that a company not specialized in audio is doing well with speakers? I'd expect this from a company like Bose, Klipsch, or Infinity but then again, price tag is king. The majority of people could care less or have the ability to understand sound quality anyways.
 

RobJoy

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Yet, LG and Sony are innovating currently and Samsung is sleeping on its laurels of past glory.

Nano OLED is the future, not quantum dot.