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Samsung HW-H550 2.1 Channel 320 Watt Wireless Audio Soundbar (2014 Model)
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- Length & Power Output: 39.6-inch 320 W (2.1 channels) - ideal for 46-inch and larger TVs
- Subwoofer: Wireless
- Connectivity: Bluetooth Only
- Wall Mountable: Yes; Remote Included: Yes
- Inputs: 1 audio, 1 HDMI in, 1 HDMI out, 1 optical, 1 USB
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So why a Soundbar and not a full surround system? I'm in an apartment and the soundbar just seemed correct. Had this been a home, I would of thought twice and went full home theater system. Also, my plasma's sound is very lacking. I hate watching movies on this thing because voices are hard to hear sometimes. Due to it's direction of sound coming from the bottom of the television, it's poor. The soundbar improves this by providing me directional noise. Things are definitely clearer and with the presets, it's awesome.
How about the sub? Well, for a 900 sq ft apartment, this thing BOOMS while on the 0 setting (it moves -6 or +6). I've turned it down so I don't get a headache or get noise complaints. Seriously, wow! I can't wait to watch an action film with this bad boy!
Installation was a breeze. I just plugged it in, synced the soundbar with my plasma, and the soundbar synced automatically with the subwoofer, and i was good to go.
The quality is top notch. I love the side silver trim, and I love the LED in the middle of the soundbar that lets you know what you are doing.
I'm happy I got this unit :)
*UPDATE 06/12/14* That was short lived. I've found a really bad issue with this soundbar while it's connected using SoundShare (ActiveAir). When viewing videos via USB or streaming (Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/etc.Read more ›
I had to crank the treble all the way up (to it's max of +3 from default 0) to get the highs to sound decent. Since the subwoofer is a little muddy and slow, I also turned it down a couple notches (which is nice to have a separate subwoofer volume control).
My biggest gripe is that, while I got this primarily for the new television, I also wanted it for a better music listening experience while working on the couch. The bluetooth connection works pretty well through my phone (Nexus 5 on Android 4.4). But I cannot get it to pair with my mid-2013 MacBook Pro. A little disappointing as that is my primary device for listening to music.
The manual states that the USB port can be used for future firmware upgrades. So I hope this is just a bug that might be fixed in the future and not some "Samsung vs Apple" silliness... Being able to stream my music bluetooth from my laptop would make this a 5-star review for me.
The LCD panel has died on the unit only about a month after use. Not sure if I will try and return for this since the unit still functions fine with the TV and Bluetooth (I can't pair new devices since I can't see the LCD menu, but already paired devices still work fine). But this is annoying because I can't easily adjust the sound tone (bass and treble) or easily choose another function other than Bluetooth and HDMI.Read more ›
1st of all the two reviews that gave 1 star, one the remote does work to control volume, it's in settings.. not too hard and the other review just called it garbage and didnt even state reasons. So yeah..ignore em.
I have a sony ht xt1 in my bedroom which is best suited for that and this system in my living room which is about 5 times louder and much more powerful subwoofer. I was very surprised at this pricepoint how amazing and loud/theater-like it is. The thing goes to 50 volume and i havent even gone past 28, it's insane loud. Anymore and neighbors would be at door, This is best suited for living room/movies. For music it's great too, you can put the subwoofer in a 33 feet range from anywhere in your room/setup and sound will still be perfect. It's wireless and I don't know why some reviews say soundconnect is horrible, I had no problem with it. Alot of times when you're manufacturing thousands and thousands of soundbars, the people satisfied will alot of the times not even come to review it but if it turns out faulty... people will rush to write the bad reviews but yeah not every single system can be 10/10 perfect but I'm sure you can return if anything. I've had a ton of TVs in the past but one out of (12-13) TVs came out faulty and i returned it for same model, it was much better and still works to this day. Now i'm not a expert to know mids highs and all that but this audio is 10/10 in my opinion, Its as close to theater sound as Ive heard since ht xt1. I've tested plenty of movies/different sounds/music/cable it all has a decent enough balance. Its easy to use and has bluetooth so connecting your tablets or phones will be a second away.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
when i opened the package it was very damaged. scatched and discoloration. it was silver, not white as i ordered. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aaron
Had mine for less than 2 years, hardly used at all. One day, turned it on and a high pitched squeal would be constant, few days later, no lights, no controls. JUNKPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a terrible disappointment. The subwoofer cut in and out almost immediately after purchase. I sent it back 3 months post purchase for repair and it came back with the same... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer P.
I was expecting great things from this soundbar based on the reviews. I was hoping it would give my decent sized living room the kick it needed on sports and movies, especially... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Jenkins
Received item and the subwoofer does not work. Tried multiple times to contact wth no answer. So I'm now stuck with a half working sound system.Published 4 months ago by Evan Garrison
Good sound, my only complaint is the sub will cut out pretty easily some times. Kinda pricey but worth the great sound and bass if you waych lots of movies and love a good sound... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jose Martinez