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This review is from: Samsung HW-E450 Wireless AirTrack Sound Bar (Old Version) (Electronics)
I had the chance to compare the 2011 model (D450) with the 2012 (E450) and was very happy with the improvements they made.
First and foremost, remotes from Samsung TVs still do not work ("C" series did, "D" and "E" do not). I was hopeful they'd have put that back in, but what they did instead was make the E450's remote have more basic TV functions. It's quite possible that will be good enough for your needs.
The design is slightly different. The (IMO, slightly awkward) angled top with the clear edge is gone -- a much cleaner design. The display is on the front. The physical buttons are on the rounded side/edge/back. It's about 2 inches shorter (left to right) and about a half inch smaller bottom to top. Also, the speakers are more a charcoal gray than silver. That, along with the lights being less visible, make it blend in significantly better.
There is only one optical in, the second was replaced with an HDMI in & out. There is a USB slot. The manual says you can play mp3's on the USB, and that you can connect via bluetooth also. I'm unclear at the moment on how any of that works.
The sound is crisper and the subwoofer has more oomph. Even though this ultimately cost a little bit more (as it's not discounted anywhere yet) my early impressions are that is worth the extra money. I wasn't 100% sold that the D450 was worth the price, the E450 certainly is.
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Initial post: Mar 19, 2012 5:53:19 AM PDT
G. S. says:
Not sure what kind of TV you have but if you happen to have an HDMI ARC input/output on the TV itself you can use Anynet+ which will allow remotes (Samsung or programmable cable remotes) to control the unit. The only thing about this is, the unit doesn't turn on with the TV which I found a bit strange, it will turn off though. If you connect via the optical input you can have it turn on with the TV but can't control the unit with another remote. I guess I'd rather have to turn it on through the Anynet+ menu each time and still be able to control volume and such. All in all though, I agree with your review, it is certainly a step up from the D series.
Posted on May 18, 2012 6:25:22 PM PDT
Big Bad Rob says:
How positive are you that the "C" series allowed the Samsung TV to control the volume?
I just picked up one of these e450s and am returning it SPECIFICALLY because I will not use a different remote control.
Hoping you could give me a bit more help.
Thanks for the review.
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