Samsung’s HW-Q70R is just as impressive in creating a robust and expansive soundstage. Overall, the 700’s design looks clean and elegant, and you can choose between a black or white version to match your TV and furniture better. We rated the connectivity of the Soundbar 700 at 6 out of 10, while the HW-Q90R was rated 7/10. The Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R supports Dolby ATMOS and DTS:X. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, microphone for the Soundbar 700 and power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q90R. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-Q90R has 7.1.4 versus 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 700. Standard mode plays audio as encoded. Bose needs to upgrade to atmos. Where the Soundbar 700 differs and perhaps pulls ahead is in the additional final step of configuring its sound settings via the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system. DTS:X is different from DTS Virtual:X, which is a post-processing effect that upmixes normal audio. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and microphone, respectively. Both Bose and Samsung are relative newcomers to the soundbar scene, with a range of models targeted at different price points. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Bose Soundbar 700 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-Q90R received 10 out of 10. First of all, if you have a Samsung QLED TV, the matching Samsung soundbar is the clear choice as it’s expressly designed to work with those series. Managing Editor at Compare Before Buying. After connecting them to your TV via the optical audio input or ARC-enabled HDMI, you can use their respective apps (Bose Music for the Soundbar 700, Samsung SmartThings for the HW-Q70R) to initialize and complete their setup via Wi-Fi. Sound effects in films get a serious boost from the subwoofer, but it’s balanced by the precision and focus given to dialogue. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system. An external subwoofer connects to the Soundbar 700 via wired and wireless, but HW-Q90R has wireless connection type. In comparison, the Soundbar 700 only decodes Dolby Digital and DTS audio formats. You’d want to connect a soundbar to your TV via HDMI if possible, as it will pass better-resolution audio and more advanced audio formats. But which soundbar should you buy? The Samsung HW-Q90R is a better soundbar system than the Bose Soundbar 700, although we didn't test it with the complete setup with a sub and satellites.

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