Samsung’s Q950TS QLED 8K TV packs extra speakers and an Object Tracking Sound+ tech to create 3D sound
Samsung’s Q950TS QLED 8K TV packs extra speakers and an Object Tracking Sound+ tech to enhance surround sound
In addition to a stunning makeover for its Q950TS QLED 8K TV, Samsung is also bringing a new Object Tracking Sound tech to select 2020 QLED TVs. In a nutshell, OTS (with the help of the Quantum Processor 8K) is able to analyse the input signal and optimise the sound for a variety of content, including movies, TV shows, sports and news.
The new flagship QLED 8K TV especially will see an Object Tracking Sound+ implementation that makes use of the TV's additional speakers at the top and sides. By matching the movement of the subject and addressing the speakers individually, you can now hear 5.1-channel-like surround sound with just the TV's built-in speakers.
So, does it mean that there’s no need to buy a separate sound system for the TV now that the onboard speakers are pretty good? Well, it really depends on how serious you’re about audio quality, especially surround sound. While impressive for built-in speakers, OTS+ is by no means comparable to a proper Dolby Atmos setup.
And speaking of Atmos, Samsung is keen to stress that one of the new features in its 2020 Atmos soundbars is the ability for the TV speakers to work with the soundbar to create an even better surround sound experience.
Last but not least, this year’s Quantum Processor (both 4K and 8K) also supports something called Adaptive Sound+, which includes an Active Voice Amplifier (AVA) tech that can distinguish between different types of ambient noises in the room (e.g., noise from a blender or vacuum cleaner). The TV will then make adjustments to the voice track in real time so that the dialogue still sounds loud and clear.