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Teardown: Samsung Soundbar Q90R

29 July 2021
The Samsung Soundbar system with left and right speaker as well as subwoofer. Source: TechInsights

The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by TechInsights.

Samsung’s flagship Soundbar wireless smart speaker and home audio system was overwhelmingly considered one of the best wireless sound systems on the market when it was launched in 2019.

In fact, it made many best of lists from reviewers due to its immersive sound quality, Dolby integrated technology and easy installation.

Samsung Soundbar includes a main smart speaker along with a left and right speaker as well as a subwoofer. The sound system is designed for those homeowners who want to add high-quality audio to their home entertainment system.

The Soundbar includes a dual-core SHARC + audio processor, SDRAM and a host of connectivity options including HDMI, Bluetooth, USB and more. It comes with a remote control and internal 4 GB of memory for storage.

The following is a partial deep dive of the Samsung Soundbar Q90R conducted by TechInsights.

The complete electronic components for the main speaker of the Samsung Soundbar. Source: TechInsightsThe complete electronic components for the main speaker of the Samsung Soundbar. Source: TechInsights

Summary points

  • 1.15 inch OLED 96/97 pixels
  • 768 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Dual core SHARC + audio processor
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI output, HDMI input, optical audio input

Target market: Smart home

Released: May 2019

Pricing: $1,799

Availability: Worldwide

The electronic components found inside the Wi-Fi board of the Samsung Soundbar. Source: TechInsightsThe electronic components found inside the Wi-Fi board of the Samsung Soundbar. Source: TechInsights

Wi-Fi subsystem board

The connectivity board of the Samsung Soundbar Q90R includes non-volatile serial flash memory at 256 KB and a dual-band 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11ac/BT 4.2 system-on-chip from Qualcomm.

(Learn more about flash memory chips with Globalspec)

The audio transceiver board components of the Samsung Soundbar. Source: TechInsightsThe audio transceiver board components of the Samsung Soundbar. Source: TechInsights

Left audio transceiver board

The left audio speaker includes a transceiver board with the following components integrated:

  • Serial flash memory – 256 KB from Fudan Microelectronics
  • 300 mA/adjustable LDO regulator from Diodes Inc.
  • Wireless audio processor from SMSC
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11/a/b/g RF transceiver from Airoha Technology

(Learn more about RF transceivers with Globalspec)

The electronic components found in the subwoofer audio component. Source: TechInsightsThe electronic components found in the subwoofer audio component. Source: TechInsights

Subwoofer audio transceiver board

The subwoofer of the Samsung Soundbar Q90R includes many of the same components of the left and right audio speakers including the memory from Fudan, the LDO regulator from Diodes, wireless audio process from SMSC and the RF transceivers from Airoha.

Main components

  • $67.17 – Subwoofer woofer subsystem (Qty 1)
  • $61.55 – Speaker (Qty 5)
  • $43.51 – Main enclosure (Qty 1)
  • $43.07 – Top enclosure (Qty 1)
  • $30.76 – Speaker (Qty 4)
  • $23.07 – Speaker (Qty 3)
  • $22.76 – Bottom enclosure (Qty 1)
  • $22.10 – Front cover (Qty 1)
  • $13.61 – Subwoofer PSU subsystem – Powernet (Qty 1)
  • $12.46 – Thermal pad (Qty 14)

To contact the author of this article, email engineering360editors@globalspec.com


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