The HT-G700 is just a small evolution of the X8500. More controlled bass, more precise treble and a dedicated central channel, that’s what sets them apart. Our overall assessment therefore remains very similar. Like its little sister, the HT-G700 also has serious advantages to make in terms of spatialization given its 3.1 acoustic configuration. It remains especially cut for cinema listening. Its “raw” sound performance is less impressive, especially when compared to one of its rivals, the Samsung HW-Q60T. On the other hand, the latter is not at all the weight in terms of spatialization.
- Remarkably efficient virtual surround, including for height effects
- Good sound balance (as long as you stay in Music mode)
- Sortie HDMI compatible eARC
- Support for a very wide variety of audio streams (including Dolby Atmos / DTS: X)
What might hold you back
- Lack of precision in the treble, whatever the mode
- Slight lack of presence in Music mode
- Very unintuitive navigation in the bar menus
- Single HDMI input
As we indicated above, the HW-Q60T from Samsung is a direct competitor of the HT-G700, which we recommend to those who are looking for a more balanced and clean “raw” sound rendering, and who do not have what to do with virtual spatialization. We can also cite the Yamaha YAS-109, a soundbar that is also not very good at virtual spatialization, but which can be interesting for the most technophiles because of its connected and “intelligent” aspect (compatibility with the Yamaha MusicCast multiroom ecosystem and direct access to Alexa voice assistant).
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