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127 of 138 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
Looking for a soundbar I knew I needed to try it out before I stuck with one so I bought from a store. Though because I do rely heavily on amazon reviews I wanted to put my experience up here.

I was looking in the 100-150$ range for a sound bar. I'm in a house that I will be leaving soon and am not looking for the end-all sound system yet. The soundbar was going in the living room which is quite big and has vaulted ceilings. Because of this I started looking at the high watt sound bar. The first item I picked up was the Philips CSS2123B/F7 2.1 Ultra-Slim Soundbar with Subwoofer. Because It has the woofer I thought it would be able to give a more "full" sound for such a large room. It took about 3 seconds for me to discover that this soundbar was not going to do the job. The sub was booming and the soundbar was not near loud enough. So that went back. The next soundbar was the LG NB2420A Soundbar which had 160 watts and bluetooth. This soundbar had a bit more umph to it's sound but there were no lows or really any mid-range. Its ability to stream music from a phone was very nice but hooked up to the tv/cable box I couldn't get it to get as loud as when I streamed from my phone which I thought was wierd. But like I said, it had no low's to fill in the sound.

I had the Samsung soundbar at the same time as the LG and unhooked the LG and hooked in the Samsung while watching the same movie and the Samsung beats the ever living crud out of the LG. The loudness is VERY close but the samsung has a lot more of a full sound compared to the LG.

For the price we are happy with the samsung and because it's size is much smaller than either of the two we bought before it will fit perfect in front of a 32" even though it currently resides (and looks nice wall mounted ) below a 46" TV in a very large living room.

The 3D sound feature is not "over much" and we believe if bought from the choices at a "Brick and Morter" store this is the best choice.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
I ordered this with my girlfriend for a birthday gift for her father. He loves it. It's working great so far, and sounds awesome. With the new hdmi cables v1.4 the inputs will automatically switch, and it connects perfectly to the newer hd televisions. He has it under a 32" LED tv, and the size of this sound bar is the prefect size for the tv. It also comes with a nice bracket for mounting the the wall. But the main thing is that it really sounds great, and is a pretty good price. I would recommend this sound bar
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148 of 170 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
The only inputs in this device are an HDMI out to the TV, the HDMI in, and an auxillary for components. The HDMI out to the TV requires your TV to have Audio Return Control. If your TV doesn't, and my late 2010 Samsung Plasma (doesn't seem that old, does it?) does not, you will have to use the Auxillary (which I had to plug into the cable box). Why on earth would Samsung create a Sound Bar without an optical input at a minimum? (The next model up has 1 HDMI and 1 optical but costs 100 dollars more!). There were virtually no instructions provided to deal with this situation and no where addresses the issue everyone has which is the existence of the cable box/HD box. I called Samsung and the customer service tech was literally shocked when he determined there was no optical input on this Soundbar. He also couldn't tell me whether my plasma had ARC. His instruction was to go buy a 1.4 HDMI cord (only HDMI cords that will handle ARC), and then plug and unplug the cord into each of the four HDMI inputs on the TV to see if any will work. Why is Samsung making products that you have to go through this process to determine whether it will even work? For heck's sake, I have to go buy a new HDMI cord because I don't know if my existing HDMI cords are 1.4!!!??? What a horrible process.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
I accidentally ordered this sound bar from another online retailer so I thought I'd take the opportunity to test it before returning it. For the most part, I was pretty impressed with this unit. It it definitely an upgrade from most built-in tv speakers. If you are simply looking to upgrade your tv's built-in speakers and don't want to spend a lot of money this is a great option. The vocals are much clearer than on most built-in tv speakers and it has better bass as well. I would not call it audiophile sound and its certainly not 5.1, but its quite good for the price.

Another great thing about this speaker bar is the size. It fits perfectly under a 32" tv and would even look fine under 42". I am actually looking for a sound bar for my sister's Samsung 32" tv and I plan to order this one for her birthday. It is the only one I've found that works well with 32" tvs.

One reason I gave this unit 4 stars is, like most reviewers, I found the inputs a bit tricky to setup. I did not have as much trouble as some though. Once you figure it out, it works fine. I was able to hook it up using HDMI to my 2010 Panasonic plasma tv. The key is to use HDMI 1.4 cables. I connected a Panasonic blu-ray player to the bar and then connected the sound bar's HDMI output to the Panasonic tv. Voila...I have rich, full sound coming from the speaker bar. I was not looking to use the tv's speakers at all so I didn't even test audio return channel. I did not try an HDMI switch either so I'm not sure how it would work with multiple sources. I imagine if you used a HDMI 1.4 compatible switch it would work just fine.

Another reason I gave this sound bar four stars is that I could not get the USB port to work with an ipod. I tried both a touch and classic, neither model worked. That really isn't a big deal for mw since I have an Apple TV which let's me play my music collection through the unit anyway. The sound bar may work better with an android phone or a different MP3 player. I don't have such devices so I was not able to test them.

This version does not have a digital audio input besides HDMI. If you need digital audio (optical) purchase the step-up model HW-E450 that has this input .

To sum up, this is good sound bar with decent sound that would be an upgrade to almost any tv's built-in speakers. Don't expect 5.1 sound form it, but its still an upgrade. Be prepared to do a little fidgeting with the inputs and make sure you have HDMI 1.4 and you should be ok there. There are certainly better sounding speaker bars on the market, but not at this price.

ONE MONTH UPDATE

My sister has had this soundbar for about a month now and she really likes it. It works perfectly for her needs. We are using the HDMI pass thru in conjunction with a HDMI switch and it works great. Sound is definitely better than the built-in speakers on her Samsung 32" LCD. She is by no means an audiophile so take that into consideration. I would use this speakerbar myself in a bedroom or other small space application, but it nothing compared to a decent 5.1 system.

SIX MONTH UPDATE

After using this soundbar for about six months now I have to downgrade it to three stars. A few months ago the 'subwoofer' blew out and now the bass is distorted. I imagine that my niece and nephew-or even my sister-tried to play it too loud and it blew out. Having said this, I doubt they pushed it too hard and it does have a max volume safe guard. I am not exactly sure what happened, all I know is that this soundbar really can't handle much volume at all without stressing the unit. I guess if you don't expect to play it too loud you should be ok.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
It's taken me almost a week to connect the E350 sound bar to my Samsung LCD 46" 550 television, so I have as yet little experience with the quality of sound. I can say (1) check your system for compatibility and (2) don't count on Samsung's documentation.

First, compatibility. (a) Reviews of the Samsung LN46E550 46-Inch 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV and the like will tell you: the television's sound system is its weak point. That's why I bought the Samsung E350. At the same time, I bought a high-quality HDMI cable, one capable of ARC (audio return channel). Turns out, the Samsung LCD 550 television doesn't support ARC. (b) I was replacing my old DVD player at the same time, buying one with HDMI output. I had expected to be able to route the sound from the DVD player to the E350. Sorry. No go. The output from the DVD player goes to the HDMI IN on the television, and the television's speakers provide the sound. No way to use the E350. How people hook up the E350 to a home theatre system is beyond me.

Second, documentation. The television's documentation is terrible. The E350's is just as bad. Setting aside the major gaps in information, the connections diagram shows the E350's HDMI IN being connected to the HDMI OUT from an "external source" illustrated with a drawing that looks very much like my old DVD player. Three or four days of searching the internet (including Samsung's out-of-date website) led me to Samsung's FaceBook page, to an actual support request form, and finally to an email that gave me a link to some slightly more explicit documentation. The answer: that "external source" is the cable box.

So now all is connected. I'm not getting everything I want, but I'm getting something. And, as a tech writer/editor, I have advice of long standing that I give free to Samsung: If you want to reduce your customer support costs, invest in good documentation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2012
This will not compete with a stereo and separate speakers, but that wasn't what I was looking for. I have a Samsung TV and I'm still playing around with the various pre-sets on the soundbar, but the sound is much better than the TV alone. Setup was very easy and since everything is Samsung, everything goes on and off automatically. I'd buy again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2012
This sound bar is a very good sounding bar,For the price! I got it for a up grade from the tv speakers! No true home theatre but if your looking for that this isnt what u want! If you want a inexpensive audio upgrade from the tv speakers this works great. It has very poor instructions but if your tech savy u can figure it out! All in all I like this sound bar for this amount of watts u cant get them better than this! A plus the design looks sleek!! If you have a samsung tv the control works for both units!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
I almost sent this back because I had trouble figuring out a way for it to work with my TV, which lacks most of the same connections as the soundbar. (I thought the HDMI would work, but my TV doesn't have ARC and I hit a dead end.) What ended up working was plugging a 3.5 mini jack into the TV and the unit. I play both the TV and the soundbar speakers simultaneously, and it adds some bass to the mix. Also, I like the 3d sound feature.

I have a Logitech universal remote, and can control this soundbar with it. Overall, quite satisfied for the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
I bought this for my workout room. The speakers on the tv i purchase werent cutting it. This is one sexy soundbar. I have it hooked up through the headphone jack so cant comment on hdmi or ARC issues. When i first hooked it up i was quite impressed with the loudness but disappointed with some distortion on the low end. I tried putting the subwoofer at -6 and it only minimized it. I then turned off all the sound fields and tweaked some pc setting. Night and day. Now it sounds amazing. super clean vocals and nice tight bass. Not house shaking bass but enough for good full sounds. My only complaint are the rounded back which lookes a little weird mounted on a flat wall and the wall mount bracket. Its pretty small. The bar only weighs 5lbs so it doesnt need to be huge. also the sound bar has these "pegs" that slide down on wall mounted. they are too long. it is not a snug fit with the bracket and it causes the soundbar to dip forward a bit. Its a minor annoyance.my end up putting a shelf under it to level it off. i paid $125 for it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2012
For what this cost the sound is really nice!! I just bought the HW-E450 this week too for the TV in the living room,this one was for the bedroom.Now the E450 has an optical input,that means any source will play through it comes through the bar.The E350 does NOT have the optical input,this means if you do not have analog outputs on your tv or cable box then an HDMI is the only way this will hook up,and this will limit sound just from the tv only,no DVD,U tube etc.Another nice thing about the optical input is that the bar does power off and on with the tv,the HDMI hook up will do neither.It boggles the mind why out of Samsung's new line of sound bars they would make each model hook up a different way!!Hooking it HDMI also means you dont get a picture unless you turn the bar on.With a Samsung tv you would have more options with both models,but they do sound great for the price you pay.Would have been a 5 star review,had they made it with the optical input,maybe someone should tell Samsung to look at the back of a new tv,there are NO analog hookup's,but most all have an optical out and a HDMI.That one cord hookup sure would have been nice,wish they would have made them a little user friendly with any tv or source.!!
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