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Samsung Sound+ Premium Review

Good sound and design, but doesn't live up to other models in the price range
Samsung Sound+ Premium
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $500 List
Pros:  Good sound quality, user friendly, nice aesthetics
Cons:  Relatively expensive, quite heavy
Manufacturer:   Samsung
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Feb 20, 2019
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#4 of 6
  • Sound Quality - 40% 7
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8
  • Sound Customization - 15% 7
  • Style/Design - 15% 9

Our Verdict

The Samsung Sound+ Premium performs quite well in every capacity, providing good sound, an intuitive user experience, and aesthetics that can easily blend into any living room. However, there are other models the perform as well or better for the same price or less. For example, if you're willing to spend this much on a soundbar we would definitely recommend the deeper bass and superior clarity of the Sonos Beam instead of the Sound+ Premium. Additionally, if you're on a budget, the much less expensive Yamaha YAS-108 sounds just as good and is just as user firendly, yet is only half the price.

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Pros Good sound quality, user friendly, nice aestheticsExceptional sound, mimics true surround-sound quite well, multiple sound modes, Alexa/Google Assistant built-inGreat sound, Alexa built-in, Airplay compatibleInexpensive, good sound, easy to useInexpensive, easy to use
Cons Relatively expensive, quite heavyExpensive, very largeInitial setup of Sonos app can be finickyFlimsy remoteComparatively mediocre sound
Bottom Line Good all-around performance, but lags behind numerous other models in the same price rangeOffers top-notch sound and an immersive surround-sound simulationA mid-level price brings high-end sound and some nice extra featuresDelivers far more performance than you would expect considering its low priceA fairly good and inexpensive speaker, but there are better budget options out there
Rating Categories Samsung Sound+... Sonos Arc Sonos Beam Yamaha YAS-108 Bose Solo 5
Sound Quality (40%)
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10
8
7
5
Ease Of Use (30%)
8
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Sound Customization (15%)
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Style Design (15%)
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Specs Samsung Sound+... Sonos Arc Sonos Beam Yamaha YAS-108 Bose Solo 5
Dimensions 41.7" x 3.1" x 5.1" 45" x 4.5" x 3.4" 25.6" x 2.7" x 3.9" 35" x 2.2" x 5.2" 2.6" x 21.6" x 3.4"
External Subwoofer No No (optional) No (optional) No No
Inputs (wired) Digital audio in (optical), AUX 3.5mm, Coaxial, USB, HDMI Digital audio in (optical), Ethernet, HDMI (ARC) Digital audio in (optical), Ethernet, HDMI (ARC) Digital audio in (optical), AUX 3.5mm, HDMI Digital audio in (optical), Coaxial

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Samsung Sound+ Premium is a great soundbar, but we feel it is a bit overpriced, as you can get better sound quality for the same price, or comparable sound quality for a much lesser price.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


There are very few weak points in the Samsung Sound+ Premium's performance. It earned above-average marks in all of our tests, putting it towards the top of our overall scoreboard.

Sound Quality


The Samsung Sound+ Premium offers a very good listening experience, but isn't quite in the top echelon of soundbars.


Overall, the Sound+ Premium's sound is supremely well balanced, with relatively deep and resonant bass offering a solid foundation for fairly crisp and clear treble. In fact, it offers some of the most powerful bass tones we've found in a soundbar that does not utilize an external subwoofer. That being said, the Yamaha YAS-108 has a similar level of sound quality, if anything lacking only a minute level of clarity when compared to the Sound+ Premium, and is only half the price. The Sonos Beam, which costs the same as the Sound+ Premium, offers the same level of bass power with noticeably better clarity.

The Sound+ Premium's sound quality is quite good, but falls short of...
The Sound+ Premium's sound quality is quite good, but falls short of elite.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


The Sound+ Premium keeps most things simple, resulting in a straightforward user experience. It also offers some more advanced feature for those that want them.


When it comes to setup, the Sound+ Premium is pretty much as simple as plug and go. It offers optical, aux, and HDMI input options. It also has an HDMI through port in case your TV only has one HDMI port. This lets you plug your device (cable box, Apple TV, etc.) into the soundbar, via HDMI, and then plug the soundbar into the TV via another HDMI. You can also connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. We found Bluetooth pairing to be nearly instant and seamless, but Wi-Fi takes a bit more work.

The Sound+ Premium offers pretty much every port you could ask for.
The Sound+ Premium offers pretty much every port you could ask for.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

For connecting via Wi-Fi, you must download the Wireless Audio: Multiroom app. Annoyingly the manual tells you to look for the Samsung Multiroom app, which as far as we can tell does not actually exist. This then allows you to wireless connect your soundbar to other Samsung products, and allows you to stream certain music services directly to the soundbar over your Wi-Fi network. If you have an Amazon Alexa product (such as an Echo Dot), the Sound+ Premium does have plug and play support.

The Sound+ Premium's remote hs basic controls and EQ adjustments.
The Sound+ Premium's remote hs basic controls and EQ adjustments.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

However, we found neither Wi-Fi streaming or pairing an Alexa product to be particularly easy. If either of those features are important to you, we would highly recommend getting the Sonos Beam instead. It has Alexa built right in, and Sonos's Wi-Fi streaming and associated app are a bit more user-friendly.

Sound Customization


The Sound+ Premium does not offer any independent EQ controls, but does offer a number of sound presets. These presets include modes optimized for sports, movies, clear voice, music, along with a standard mode. This will likely be plenty of adjustability for most people, but if you're one that constantly cranks the bass up on every audio device you own, you may be disappointed at the lack of a standard EQ adjustment (however, most times you can make those kinds of adjustments right on your TV, or whichever device you have connected to the soundbar).


Design/Style


We think the Sound+ Premium's design gets close to the ideal for a soundbar. Simple, clean lines and a monochromatic black exterior make it about as inconspicuous as possible. This simple scheme makes it unlikely to clash with your living room, no matter the decor.


Value


The Samsung Sound+ Premium is a good soundbar that can't quite keep up with the competition. For the same $400 the Sound+ Premium will set you back, you can get the better sounding and more fully featured Sonos Beam. You could also spend half as much and get a similar level of sound quality from the Yamaha YAS-108. While we like the Sound+ Premium, we feel it isn't the best way to spend your money.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


The Samsung Sound+ Premium offers good all-around performance, but fails to stack up against some of the similarly priced competition.


Max Mutter and Steven Tata