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Samsung HW-FM45c 40-Inch Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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  • This HW-FM45C soundbar is a derivative soundbar model.
  • This product lacks a key feature that is found on the similar and more widely available HW-F450 model, which is Crystal Sound Pro.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: HW-FM45c
  • Color: Black
  • Speaker Type: Wireless, Subwoofers, Soundbar

Product Description

Samsung HW-FM45C 21 Channel 280-Watt Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Speaker System with Bluetooth and HDMI Cable

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Samsung
Item Weight 22 pounds
Product Dimensions 40.5 x 18 x 10 inches
Item model number HW-FM45c
Color Name Black
Specification Met No
Speaker Type Wireless, Subwoofers, Soundbar

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ASIN B00DDTMJOU
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4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #92,140 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#349 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Sound Bars
#7,548 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
Shipping Weight 22 pounds
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Date First Available June 13, 2013

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UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: In my prior review, I did not clarify my "a bit tinny" comment. This sound bar is fabulous for music via bluetooth, HD TV channels, and DVD/Blu Ray discs. It can be very loud with great Bass. But when watching TV on a non-HD channel or on older DVD's, the sound is not that great, the bass seems to be lost, and there doesn't seem to be any way to compensate for the bad audio.

REVIEW: I got my unit at a local "big box" store and was happy with the purchase. I had been looking for a sound bar with a small profile to go with my Samsung 3D TV, and with Bluetooth connectivity for music. This unit seemed to fit my needs.

This sound bar was really easy to set up. I was surprised at how big the subwoofer is, and perhaps misleadingly so. I expected really deep, rich, booming bass from the size of it, but that's not what comes out. It is a really nice bass, but it won't rattle any furniture.

The description of this device says "when used with a 2013 Samsung TV, you will be able to power on the AudioBar and control the volume right from the TV remote." I bought my Samsung 3D TV in November of 2012 and it still works with the sound bar remote for on/off, volume control, and mute. I have permanently muted the TV audio and just use the sound bar.

There are several sound settings like "drama, movie, game, news" etc. I have not found any of them particularly wonderful and leave them off most of the time.

I have not tried the 3D sound with the 3D TV option on or with a 3D movie yet. I will update this review when I have.

I do enjoy the Bluetooth connectivity with my other digital devices. I have both an iPod and an Android phone, both with different music and playlists on them. With this, I can use either.
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I am not interested in mounting the many speakers required for a true surround system so I was looking at some 2-piece soundbar that could give me an upgrade over my TV speakers. I gave a try to an inexpensive Philips soundbar, but I was unimpressed. Then I saw this product at Costco and I decided to try it as well. It was a good choice.

Installation was very easy. The sub-woofer was paired with the main unit at the factory, so I did not have to do anything for them to find each other. I basically hooked up the power cables and I connected the bar to the TV via the included digital optical cable and that was it.

This Samsung bar has plenty of power - raising the volume to about half the range is already too powerful. There is no equalizer, but there is a good choice of sound effects including two surround effects (music and movie). I use the surround movie effect for DVD and video games and the sound is clear and with the surround effect it gains a nice spatial feeling over the TV speakers. The bar memorizes the state of all settings so it starts in the state it used to be when you last turned it off (this trivial feature was missing from the Philips).

I am pairing this with a Samsung TV, so that means I can also control the TV with the bar's remote. The documentation mentions that the bar could be controlled with a universal remote, so you could do that if you have a TV of a different brand. But with a Samsung TV, the bar remote provides all the main functions that I use the TV remote for, so it provides a good substitute for it.

One note: In case you are worried about it: when turned off, the sub-woofer will intermittently light up a blue LED. This shows it is monitoring for a signal from the main unit and is not an issue.

In conclusion, I am very happy with the sound quality of this bar and with the features it provides. This provides great value and is an obvious upgrade over the quality of TV speakers.
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The Samsung HW-FM45C is, in a word, outstanding. I have owned many sound systems, including 5.1 systems from Bose and Samsung previously. If you are expecting a 5.1 experience from a sound bar, you have unrealistic expectations and should just spend the $800-$2000 on a 5.1 or 7.1 home theater system. If you want sound that is extremely crisp with excellent bass response (and I like good deep bass) in a small package, then this is the perfect system for you.

Unlike other reviewers, I didn’t need to do a firmware upgrade to get Anynet+ to work with my Samsung TV and Blu-ray players. (If you don’t have a Samsung TV, this system will work and sound great, but volume and/or power controls will be separate from your TV – you may be better off getting a sound bar from the manufacturer of your TV to allow for one-remote integration) Setup was much easier than expected – just follow the included directions. I did need to adjust the sound sync with the Blu-ray player as the directions suggested might be needed if you use the HDMI pass-through port, which I did as my TV was out of open HDMI ports. 25ms was all it needed, and it is easy to adjust on the fly. Yes, if you want great sound AND integrated volume/power controls, then you need to use both digital audio (optical) and an HDMI port (if your TV doesn’t have an optical out, you can use a standard RCA or headphone style, it just won’t sound quite as good). This isn’t a Samsung thing, it is a limitation of existing audio protocols and Samsung provides the pass-through so that you don’t lose an HDMI port.

I also increased the subwoofer volume and set the 3D sound modeling to music and it is perfect for music, TV, and movies. Dialog is clear while maintaining that “big” sound with deep bass.
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