|Brand Name||Samsung Electronics|
|Item Weight||14.77 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||47.65 x 5.17 x 32.2 inches|
|Item model number||HW-K950/ZA|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Output Wattage||43 Watts|
|Speaker Type||Surround Sound|
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|Speaker Type||Surround Sound|
|Speakers Maximum Output Power||500 Watts|
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- Get cinema style sound with 15 built-in speakers*, including 4 upward-firing speakers and rear wireless speakers that deliver crystal clear sound from all around you. *only the speakers receiving audio input from the source will be active at any time
- Dolby Atmos transports you into the story with moving, three-dimensional audio that flows all around and above you with breathtaking realism.
- Proprietary Surround Sound Expansion Plus upconverts** audio content up to 5.1.4 channels, adding an overhead sound dimension to virtually everything you watch. ** this soundbar decodes DTS content to DTS 2.0 and then uses proprietary Surround Sound Expansion technology to up-mix the signal to a virtual 5.1.4 surround experience
- With 4K Pass-Through, simply connect any 4K video source through the Samsung HW-K950 to your TV for the best in sound and 4K picture quality.
- Designed and tuned in-house at Samsung's state of the art audio lab in Valencia, California, the Samsung HW-K950 boasts perfectly balanced, room filling sound.
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|Connectivity Technology||Wi-fi, bluetooth, HDMI,||Bluetooth||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||Bluetooth||1 Analog, 1 Optical, Bluetooth, USB|
|Item Dimensions||47.65 x 5.17 x 32.20 inches||3.26 x 5.35 x 48.26 inches||3.20 x 36.00 x 2.10 inches||33.90 x 2.90 x 2.10 inches||14.93 x 17.91 x 39.69 inches|
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Feel like you are in the center of the action with incredible sound that flows above and around you. Helicopters buzz overhead. Cars rush by, and the roar of the crowd engulfs. With 15 built-in speakers including 4 upward-firing drivers, wireless sub, rear wireless speakers, and Dolby Atmos technology, you feel the power of multidimensional sound*.
Surround Expansion Plus upconverts audio content to up to 5.1.4 channels for a multi-dimensional sound experience. This soundbar decodes DTS content to DTS 2.0 and then uses our proprietary Surround Sound Expansion technology to up-mix the signal to a virtual 5.1.4 surround experience
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- Well, there's only one good point. It does do Atmos surround sound. Pretty effectively mind you, when it works. We'll get to the problems later. First, you get a true surround sound experience from behind you (only from an Atmos source/BluRay that has an Atmos soundtrack) from its rear satellite speakers. Secondly, and what totally blew me away, is you get sound from above you from its up firing speakers (again, only from an Atmos source/BluRay that has an Atmos soundtrack). Let me stress this again, you really hear things coming from above you!!!
I tested several BluRay's with Atmos soundtracks and found most appealing (especially before the firmware update, we'll get to that below). "Power Rangers" and "Game Of Thrones" sounded simply brilliant, while "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" still sounded good, but not as pronounced. [One thing to note: As I read in several articles, in order to effectively simulate height sound from an up firing speaker design (which is the HW-K950), you need to have a flat ceiling. I'm lucky in that respect, because I have such an environment. "Soundbar only" solutions also work best if you have a square-ish room that can effectively bounce sound off of, which I also have. If you don't have a flat ceiling in the room you're looking to use an up firing Atmos speaker solution in, don't bother with this soundbar system. Ceiling Atmos speakers, although more of a pain to setup, are a better solution for rooms without flat ceilings.]
Now on to the Cons, which really sucks.
- Out of the box movie nightmares! I found I couldn't play several of my BluRay movies when connected to the HW-K950 soundbar system. Sounds weird right? And the movies in question weren't obscure titles either. Movies like, "Rango," "Fury," "The Magnificent Seven (2016 remake)," "The Night Before" and "Young Frankenstein," just to name a few. My setup was a Samsung BDJ5900 BluRay player plugged into the HW-K950 soundbar and HW-K950 plugged into my Optoma projector. Standard setup for sure. When I tried to play one of the aforementioned movies, it would spin the disc, and then automatically eject with an error message: "Disc not supported." Now if I unplugged everything from the HW-K950 soundbar, and plugged the BluRay player straight into the projector itself, or used my older Yamaha soundbar (the ATS-1060) instead, these movies would play fine with no errors. I did try different BluRay players plugged into the HW-K950, my old Panasonic BluRay player and a Playstation 3, but they also wouldn't allow me to play the aforementioned movies. The good news is, this problem got resolved. I called Samsung support and they walked me through a fix. They had me reset the soundbar by holding down the plus and minus keys on the unit when it was on. This reset all the settings back to default, but now allowed me to play any movie through the HW-K950 soundbar system. I mention this issue, because it's one I had out of the box.
- Soft rear speaker sound - This is a HUGE fail! If you are planning on having the speakers further than 2 feet away from the listeners head, then forget about hearing much. I think you can possibly get away with no more than 3 feet from the listening position, but you'll start to lose sound quickly any further than that. Even when turning the sound levels all the way down on the front soundbar speakers, and cranking up the rear speakers levels to their maximum volume (which when I didn't, made the rear speakers act like they didn't work), the sound coming from the rear speakers were still very soft. I had to buy long extension power cables and separate speaker stands just to move the rear speakers close enough to my head, so I could hear them. Kind of defeats the "wireless solution" aspect. Now when I go back to watch the Digital Trends' setup video, they had to set the speakers right next to the couch. This tells me they ran into the same problem, though they didn't really mention the soft rear speaker sound specifically.
- Gargle-ly electronic distortion and hissing sounds from the rear speakers - WOW! just WOW... As soon as I hooked everything up, the rear speakers started producing a constant hissing sound, and randomly produced, what I can only describe as, gargle like distorted electronic sounds. Yes it was soft, but still noticeable. I tried turning the levels for the rear speakers down (which of course you don't want to do, because you won't hear anything at all), but the hiss would never go away and the gargle sounds came on and off at random intervals. When I spoke with Samsung support about the issue, they said I would need to get a firmware update that would fix it. And here's my experience with that.
- Friendly, but unfortunately dishonest Samsung support - I decided to contact Samsung support on the myriad of issues I had with the HW-K950 system. They first fixed my problem where my BluRay player wouldn't play certain films when connected to the HW-K950 soundbar (see above). The technician then apologized for the issue where the rear speakers were too soft and producing hissing and distorted noises. They said this would be fixed with a firmware update. The technician said they would be sending me out a flash drive with their latest firmware. I did let the technician know my reservation about their latest firmware after reading about it on several forums (see more info below), but they said they could only send me the latest version, which unfortunately I read several complaints about. The Samsung technician said I would receive the flash drive in the next 2 to 3 business days and let me know I would receive an email from Samsung confirming this when we ended our call. I never received this email after the call, or that day. So the next day I called Samsung Support and let them know I never received the email. The second Samsung technician told me they couldn't resend the email, which I told them again, there's nothing to resend, I never received the first one. They gave me a reference number that was to validate they were still sending the drive. To this day, I haven't received the flash drive and its way past the 2 to 3 business days that they said I would receive it. While I commend Samsung for being helpful and professional on the phone, I don't appreciate dishonesty. As an aside, I was also told I would need to buy a separate cable in order connect the flash drive to the soundbar to do the update. The cable was cheap enough, so I bought it, but still, why not pack it in with the soundbar if you need it to update the firmware.
- No love for DTS surround sound - Most BluRay media out there has a standard DTS or Dolby Surround audio track. Atmos soundtracks on BluRay's aren't as prevalent, ratio-wise, and are harder to come by (maybe that'll change in the future). So likely that means, most of your current BluRay library won't play in surround with the HW-K950 soundbar. The HW-K950, out of the box, will downmix a DTS soundtrack to a 2.0 stereo mix. Disappointing. However, Samsung claimed that they released a Firmware update for the HW-K950 that would allow it to properly decode a 5.1 DTS soundtrack and provide surround sound for that format. What a great move, right? Well the first firmware patch, 3113, would allow the HW-K950 to decode DTS soundtracks, so they would play in surround 5.1 (so it claimed). But future patches afterwards seemed to botch this. From what I could find on forums, Samsung released three more updates to their firmware, 3113.5, 3114, and 3114.2 (at the time of this review, 3114.2 is the latest version and was released in August 2017). With these subsequent firmware releases, people started to complain about numerous other problems. The rear speakers and subwoofer would randomly disconnect and the rear speakers would have a persistent hiss, were the two most egregious issues that were mentioned. As I mentioned above, my rear speakers hissed before the update.
Of course I wanted 5.1 surround sound for DTS, again, because most of my collection only had DTS, but would I be able to get the earlier 3113 firmware patch, the one that sounded like it didn't cause any of the aforementioned issues? Well, not from Samsung's site, and I couldn't find version 3113 anywhere on the internet. But could I get 3113 firmware from Samsung's support? No (see above).
So, I did end up installing the latest firmware 3114.2, which I downloaded from Samsung's support site onto my own flash drive (it was a nightmare, see below). Did it now allow the soundbar to play DTS in 5.1 surround? Absolutely NOT! At least I heard no difference. It still sounds the same as it did before the firmware update, a simple stereo mix. Huge disappointment! And did I experience the aforementioned problems that many were complaining about on the forums after updating my firmware? ABSOLUTELY!
- Updating Firmware Nightmare! - So as I mentioned above, I never received the firmware flash drive Samsung tech support said they would send me. I figured as much, because I never received their conformation email. So as I stated above, I ended up downloading the firmware from the Samsung support page and unzipping all the files onto a flashdrive I owned. I bought the adapter cable Samsung said I needed (separately) and proceeded with the update. And what a pain that was.
I followed all the instructions provided online, including some alternate ones, and I couldn't get the soundbar to update. I tried every combination from the documentation, and still no luck. I got creative (desperate), trying all sorts of "out of the box" things, and finally by accident, came up with a solution that allowed me to update (you won't find this on the internet). I plugged in the adapter with the flash drive into the soundbar and powered it on. I then did the trick of holding the plus and minus keys on the side of the soundbar until it turned off. I powered the soundbar back on, and after about a minute, the word "update" finally appeared and the soundbar updated. I'm not sure if my messing around will work for everyone, but this is how I finally got the soundbar to update. I then tested to make sure everything was working.
First, the update didn't get rid of the rear speaker hiss and gargle-ly electronic noises. Second, as I mentioned above, the DTS 5.1 wasn't activated and was still downmixing to a DTS 2.0 stereo mix. Third, and this is where the real fun began, the Rear and Subwoofer speakers started dropping off (like mentioned in the forums). What's worse, the whole soundbar system, at one point, stopped playing any kind of sound at all.
- Rear and Subwoofer Speaker dropoff and no sound (after firmware applied) - So as I mentioned above, after the firmware update, the problems that persisted before the update, and some new ones, arose. The new issue, speaker dropoff, was now happening. It started when I tested the Atmos version of Game Of Thrones. I noticed that I was no longer hearing sound from the rear speakers. Again, since the rear speakers were so soft, I thought at first it was just that. I then checked the rear speakers and they were blinking blue, meaning they were disconnected and searching for a bluetooth connection to the soundbar. I unplugged the rear speakers and plugged them back in, and they synced once more. Then halfway through a second Game of Thrones episode, I noticed a lack of BASS. I checked the subwoofer and it was also blinking blue. I used the same trick I did with the rear speakers, unplugging the subwoofer and plugging it back in, and it reconnected to the soundbar system. I then tested with the movie Power Rangers in Atmos. About a third of the way through the movie, all sound cut out (the subwoofer, rear speakers, and the main soundbar). I looked at all the lights and all the speakers had a solid blue light meaning they were still connected and functioning. I tried advancing chapters on the BluRay, but still no sound. I then turned off the BluRay player and turned it back on, still no sound. I then power cycled the soundbar and still no sound. I then unplugged the soundbar, subwoofer, and rear speakers and plugged them all back in (soundbar last). I powered on the soundbar and sound started playing from all speakers again. So yeah, the firmware update, as I feared after reading the forums, started causing extra problems that I didn't have before. And adding insult to injury, didn't fix the existing ones.
As with any company, sometimes they miss with a product (ie. Samsung's Galaxy Note 7). That is absolutely the case with the HW-K950. Will this experience move me away from Samsung products? Not right now. As I said, companies sometimes stumble, and this is one of the only Samsung products I've had issues with. But I will be more cautious. If they do release a new Atmos soundbar system similar to this one, before I even think about purchasing it, I'll make sure it supports all the audio formats I need out of the box. I don't want to have to deal with firmware updating nightmares. I absolutely won't buy it at launch, and will pay closer attention to forum posts to see what others are discussing.
Could I have gotten a defective unit? Anything's possible. And I thought about that. But after reading forum post after forum post of the same things happening to others, I don't think I did. These issues are widespread. It sounds like the HW-K950 is unfortunately a faulty product. Luckily I purchased it through Prime and was able to return it hassle free. After all the troubleshooting I had to go through, I'm glad at least one thing was simple. Thank you Amazon!
I really fought to give this at least a 2 star review, but I have to go with a 1. The soundbar does sound decent with Atmos soundtracks, when it works, but the fact I had to go through so much work, and most everything remained broken, I don't want others to make the same mistake I did.
This is Samsung's first attempt at Dolby Atmos and I think they deserve a chance to redeem themselves if they decide to come out with a newer model. That is if the competition doesn't beat them to the punch with a better product.
After having this bar for a few months, I adjust the initial rating downwards. And this is due to two main reasons:
1. HDMI ARC/CEC issues with my Samsung TV (one firmware will fix it - only to have it broken on the next one - feels like bad software management with merging bug fix branches...)
2. The rears are quiet and dull in any content other than Dolby Atmos. A number of firmwares have been released for this soundbar, none of them address this problem. Furthermore - complaints to Samsung seem to always come back with the 'no one has complained about this' comment from their support - despite many documented complaints about this on the AVS Forum. If you are expecting the rears to be useful for your general use of this soundbar (in my case 90% of its use) - you will be sorely disappointed. They do come alive quite vibrantly with Atmos content - so they aren't defective. It seems to be with how this bar processes non Atmos 5.1 sound - it drops the rears down very low. Even if you tweak the speakers up to +3 on volume, it doesn't help all that much.
Its still not a bad soundbar - better than most out there. If they ever address the weak sound coming from the rears I'll re-adjust my rating. But for now - the cost of the unit isn't much worth it unless you watch Atmos content all the time.
My HW-K950 arrived today - in a box that looked like it had survived a plane crash. Yeah, the bottom was just pure packing tape - had to have been a mishap on the line at FedEx and likely why it was delayed a day. Thankfully upon opening the box - everything was accounted for and undamaged. Lucky me!
I'm not an audiophile per se. I'm your average enthusiast who has had some decent AVR 6.1 setups in the past. I won't spend $5k on a AVR and speakers. But I will spend about what I spent on this thing to get 'good enough' sound. So my impressions of things may not meet the higher standards that most on the board may have. That being said...
This is replacing my Samsung HW-J8500 curved soundbar - which when I got it, sounded tons better than the previous Vizio 5.1 surround soundbar I had, but not quite as good as I had hoped. I've not had an actual receiver/5.1/6.1 speaker setup in almost 5 years. The room in which I placed this has a very tall ceiling - maybe 30ft tall (a loft is above the area where the TV is). I was initially concerned this would be an issue - but thankfully, it didn't seem to be...
The unit itself - very solid. The soundbar is made of wood with some high quality plastic on parts of it. The subwoofer is a nice sturdy wood box (like you would expect) - seemed bigger than the sub that came with the 8500. The rear speakers I was very impressed by. They were much larger than expected (I previously had the Vizio 5.1 with rear surrounds which were small - and they ultimately crapped out on me anyhow) - they are probably slightly larger than a Sonos Play:1 and similar quality build.
Setup was a breeze - the most difficult thing was routing the power cables to my power conditioner/surge protector. Everything was automatically paired up so nothing special needed to be done. I did not adjust any of the various levels for each individual speakers, sub or treble/bass - all defaults for now.
First test was OTA HD signal from the local Fox station (which is notoriously weak up on the north end of Phoenix). Sound was already markedly improved over the J8500. Very crisp. Didn't really notice any rear sounds, but with daytime TV, I wouldn't have expected it.
Second test was an 4th generation Apple TV connected to my Samsung JS9500 OneConnect box (so going to the bar over ARC). Play tested the 4th Hunger Games movie - it sounded about as good as could be expected with normal Dolby Digital. The rears were a bit muted - but they were there.
Third test was the UHD BluRay of Allegiant (kids were home - will do Deadpool later when they are not). It has a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. My UHD BluRay player is the Samsung 8500 (so many similar numbers) connected to HDMI 1 of the soundbar. At first, playing the movie the surround was immediately noticeable. The soundstage for my setup felt pretty decent - improved over the previous soundbar by quite a bit. But something felt missing... I then went to the settings of the player and realized I was setup to output PCM and not Bitstream (Uncompressed). I switched that - resumed the movie and voila! The soundbar instantly detected and reported DOLBY ATMOS on its LED display! And whammo - the soundstage for this thing filled the room. The bass was a bit overwhelming for my kids (but I wasn't bothered by it) - it felt like I was sitting in my local theatre (but without the Pokemon hunting idiots). The sound was so much crisper - dialogue was very easy to follow (was on Movie mode) and the overall sound enveloped me. The big crowd scenes were very immersive - could hear people all around me. Could hear bullets whizzing around (though not as clearly as I had hoped - but will try Deadpool for better Atmos mix later). Awesome stuff.
HDMI CEC worked immediately out of the box (but I have a total Samsung setup...others may vary).
Color me very impressed. I was hesitant to spend this much on another soundbar - but I'm very glad I did. I won't be wishing I had a separate receiver & speaker setup anymore. This will suit my needs/expectations for quite some time. That is until they have a 7.1.4 or 9.2.4 version...
I'll spend some time adjusting things the next few days as I go through. I still have to try the Xbox on it (and I have an Xbox One S coming next week - but that evidently doesn't support Atmos at launch, but may later). I want to try some Netflix/Hulu/HBO Now, etc streaming on it too.
I'll try streaming some music to it later as well - but am pretty invested in Sonos and feel those speakers are the best for streaming music currently. (Have a few Play:1s & two Play:5s in stereo pair - simply awesome sound)
I also need to get this hooked up to the Wifi so I can see if there are any firmware updates for it. So far doesn't seem like I need any.
I was pondering trying to setup this up in another room that has lower ceiling, etc. I'm not going to do that for a while - I'd have to move too much stuff around...I'm just happy that out of the box in the room I have its exceeded my expectations.
If you're on the fence here - do it. Worth every penny. And get the 950 over the 850 - having the rears is a must I would say. (Though I was unable to test it w/o the rears - not sure how it would react if I just simply unplugged them and tried since its already paired and would be expecting them anyhow...). If you have a nice new 4K TV & BluRay player, this could be the perfect final piece to cap things off for the time being.
Is this better than a top of the line AVR setup with primo speakers? Nope. Is this better than your avg soundbar? Oh yes, but quite a bit. To me this competes with a good mid range AVR and decent speakers. Plus you know - no speaker cables to run...
Samsung has, err - raised the bar - by quite a bit for the competition.
Almost a month after release, this soundbar continues to impress me and my family. In fact, a recent firmware update really improved the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Initially, the rears were a bit weak in this scenario - but after the firmware update, that's no longer an issue. If you do pick this up - be sure to download and install the latest firmware from Samsung's site (via USB stick) - or easier yet - download their mobile app. This will connect your soundbar to your wifi and it will auto-update to the latest firmware as they are available. Plus you can also stream music directly to it via your phone. Another feature it gives you is the ability to adjust the EQ on it - which is mandatory for listening to music on this soundbar. I had to tweak my EQ a bit to get it to sound nearly as good as my Play:5's do. Its a shame I can't get them to work together with the rest of my Sonos speakers...
Update: updated to the lastest firmware without any issues so far. I used the Samsung Multiroom App to get my update and so far and everything is working properly, I've had no issues with rear speakers, the sound is still amazing!! I still can't believe that I got this soundbar for $650 on Amazon in "like new" condition.
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Hooked this up to my PS4 Pro and didn’t realize that even after switching the PS4 to Bitstream (Dolby) in the SYSTEM audio settings and playing an Atmos enabled movie that I had to press the OPTIONS button on the controller with the movie playing and go into SETTINGS then turn the audio from LINEAR PCM to BITSTREAM. The difference was night and day! What I thought was really good surround was nothing compared to when that little blue light came on. Absolutely blew my freaking mind!
Now I know what true Atmos is and I’m never going back. For this price I cannot recommend this thing enough for everyone!
The soundbar WILL tell you when Atmos is enabled. Took me a while of reasearching to find just this little tidbit. Hope this helps a few of you out!
Set up was quite straight forward. It was very nicely packed in its box and the box was a regular shape (not some weird L shape) which made it ease to handle. In the box was the sound bar, sub woofer, two rear speakers, power supply for the sound bar, power cables (one per speaker - all removable), two brackets for wall mounting, and an HDMI cable.
We mounted his TV and the sound bar to a Fitueyes 55"-80" stand using a vesa sound bar bracket kit (all from Amazon)
The sound bar was mounted above the 65" TV and it looks very nice. (wife approved)
PrimeCables SB-39 bracket kit ( https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01M1YUDII )
FITUEYES Tabletop TV Stand 50 to 80 inch TV TT107003GB ( https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01CORQRX0 )
The only small issue was that the screws required for the TV mount were a little large for the plastic part of the sound bar's wall mount and I had to use my power screw driver to carefully run them in and out a couple of times to widen the hole. The rear speakers and the sub woofer connected automatically and didn't require any pairing.
We connected his blu-ray player and cable box via HDMI to the sound bar and connected the sound bar HDMI out to the HDMI (arc) in on his TV. I made sure that HDMI control was enabled on his TV & blu-ray player. The TV's remote controls the sound bar volume and the TVs speakers automatically disable when the sound bar is on.
The sound bar also will turn on and off with the TV. The blu-ray player automatically gets switched to when it is powered on as well. The sound bar also automatically plays the sound from the TV apps via the arc connection.
After everything was set up and connected we called it a day.
Afterwards, I went back over to setup the sound balance armed with a sound meter and test disk. It is too bad that they didn't add a simple white/pink noise generator to the sound bar to do channel level settings. (This is why I needed a test disk) There doesn't seem to be any way to set channel delay either (setting the speaker distance). Enough of a reason to take off 1/2 a star but not a deal breaker. The level settings for all channels except the sub woofer is +3 to -3db. I can understand why they do not go more that +3db, but have no idea why they stop at -3db as most audio equipment goes to -10db or more. His rear channels had to be put in a less than ideal place for WAF (Wife Approval Factor) and I only just balanced the fronts with the rears with the 6db of adjustment room.
The front speakers (as expected) are very close to each other and I only added 1db to the center channel. I found the best balance between the speakers when set to the movie mode. All the other modes seem to bring up the front channels more than the rears. I was unable to set the upwards facing speakers (for Atmos height channels) as my test disk did not contain any Atmos tracks, he has a fairly high ceiling so I set them to +3)
Actually, the first thing I did was to connect his sound bar to his WiFi and update the firmware. Once I found the setup app for my phone (android - "Samsung Multiroom") and on my second try I was able to connect the sound bar to his 5Ghz WiFi connection. After the firmware update (said 100% done - in the app) I lost sound and video, I pressed the power button a couple of times and the display said UPDATING again and when back to displaying the input, at this point I pulled the power from the sound bar and after re-connecting it all was ok again.
When I was done setting things I checked the different sound codacs. Dolby-TrueHD & Dolby Digital played in all channels. DTS-MA and DTS also played in all channels. LPCM (uncompressed audio) played correctly for front left, right & center, but the rear left played in the front left, the rear right played in the front right, and the sub woofer channel did not play at all. Minus another 1/2 star! (not a deal breaker unless you are forced to use LPCM - ie. PS4)
I didn't have to make any adjustments to the sub woofer and it crosses over quite nicely when the fronts are set to -2 to -3db in movie mode. His sub is placed behind the cabnet that his TV sits on, again for WAF. I also didn't adjust the bass or treble settings as they seemed ok for movies and TV.
I played with the app a little and had the sound bar stream music from the internet. It seemed to work quite well and had a basic EQ and remote volume adjustment.
Over all it this sound bar seems to be of high quality as everything feels quite sturdy and well built.
We ended up playing an Atmos enabled movie and even his wife enjoyed it!
Would recommend this sound bar considering the price and if you can live with its couple of short commings. (it is possible that these are fixable with a future firmware update)
Pros: Fairly easy setup (using app on cellphone the WiFi setup is straight forward), rears & sub required no pairing,
Very good sound for a sound bar, well intergrated sub woofer, clear sound,
Works well with Atmos, Dolby-TrueHD, DD, DTS-MA, & DTS, (DTS now 5.1 after firmware update)
Cellphone app allows streaming, volume control & EQ, firmware update and various setting adjustments (not audio),
Removable power cables / power supply (for sound bar),
Included HDMI cable,
Looks very nice (good Wife Approval Factor),
Comes with a small remote (common functions should work from your TV remote via HDMI),
WiFI connects on 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz,
2 HDMI inputs (some only have one).
Cons: Does not play LPCM correctly (rears play in front and no sub),
No on screen menu,
Only +3db -3db level adjustment (except for sub -10db +3db)
2 HDMI inputs (some have more)
Speaker settings used: FL:-3db FLTop:+3db Center:-2db FRTop:+3db FR:-3db RL:+3db RLTop:+3db RRTop:+3db RR:+3db SUB:0db Note: Rear speakers are on a shelf above the listening area with a high ceiling and needed +3db.
After purchase the price has gone up, but I still think this is a good deal. Not quite as good as a seperate component system but much less money and no speaker wires to deal with.
I hope you found this review useful, I'll do my best to answer any questions.
I order the DTW unit from Amazon, and their price dropped immediately, which i did not appreciate. I refused shipment, it got lost, it took over a month to get my money & credit back from Amazon. A very frustrating experience.
On the positive side, all of a sudden the K950 showed up on the canadian market, at a lower price point. So i jumped on it.
I'm very happy with the purchase, as this unit was reviewed by other sites as superior to the DTW soundbar. I wanted a nice clean installation, no wires going everywhere in my tiny condo apartment, and the wireless satellite speakers provide a nice surround sound experience that the DTW could only attempt to replicate (in one purchase/package).
While slightly less sleek than the DTW design-wise, I am happy with the purchase, and I'm enjoying testing out the Dolby ATMOS test videos on my KODI system.
Side notes: Remote allows setting individual channel level offsets which i used to up the bookshelf speakers. Sub seems fairly muted from an optical source (I was worried my sub wasn't connected) but is intense for a proper movie source over HDMI.
I mounted the Soundbar onto my TV wall mount using Echogear soundbar mounts. 15lb is right at the maximum weight. It doesn't inspire confidence when i was putting it up, but it worked fine in the end.
Based on my experience I can comment on a few things:
- I do not hear the hissing from the rear speakers that many people have complained about.
- I only receive the YUV420 and YUV422 signal from my PS4 Pro (Have not been able to pass 2160p RGB yet, might need a new firmware update!)
- The ATMOS sound experience is fantastic for a first time listener (Batman vs. Superman is explosive, GoT theme song is also very enjoyable)
- The rear speakers are still a bit quiet for non-ATMOS content, but it is not as terrible as others have stated.
I ordered mine as a refurbished model which came from MTC Factory Outlet in Whitby, Ontario. The product came in in only two days which was incredible considering the predicted wait time was two weeks. The box looked like it had been through a train wreck, but there was not any physical damage that was present on the system. The only issue I had was that I received a faulty subwoofer; this was quickly sorted out with the fantastic customer service/sales representative (shout out to Chris Poole for the after hours e-mails to sort out the issue). A new subwoofer arrived with a return label in two days, and WOW did the new Sub make a difference.
Overall, I have had a very good experience with this system so far, and I hope it continues to get better over time!