Enhance your home theater audio with this Samsung sound bar system. Its Dolby Atmos surround sound technology utilizes 15 built-in speakers with four upward-firing drivers, providing a multidimensional audio effect for a cinematic experience. This 5.1.4-channel Samsung sound bar system delivers the full-quality audio of your Ultra HD and Blu-ray movies wirelessly with its 4K pass-through.
Great sound after firmware update 3108
Posted by: Scholesy from: on
I've spent many months looking at options for a soundbar that can produce surround sound. While the easy option for true surround sound is to have a home theater set up with a traditional receiver, speakers, etc. I have my TV mounted in an orientation that does not allow for a receiver. So I turned to soudbars. I initially purchased a Samsung K650 with Radiant R1 speakers which came to about $600 due to sales. While the K650 could produce okay sound, the radiant speakers were only able of pumping stereo sound to the rear. Which sounded horrific.
My search went on..I was met with the Samung K950, Sonos Play bar + play:1s and the Bose sound touch 300 w/rears. All three options when you bundle rears and a sub come to $1,500-1,900. Certainly not cheap, even worse none are the perfect option. Each has several downfalls but you will have to weigh up the pros/cons yourself.
Speaking strictly to the K950. Initially, prior to update 3108, the rear speakers were not existent for most content. However, now they provide a pretty great sound all things considered. I am very happy with the sound this unit can produce especially for ATMOS content. In fact, I would say it challenges mid range theater set ups. Pretty great for spending about 5 minutes hooking it up.
Things to note, most TVs don't pass through 5.1 content and definitely not ATMOS. Luckily, there are 2 HDMI pass throughs to combat this. Despite mix messages, yes these pass throughs work for 4k HDR content. The biggest downfall is this unit does not process DTS. Why? Who knows. But you can by pass this by spending on a decent blu ray player than can convert DTS->DD pretty well.
12 out of 14 found this review helpful.
AMAZING - sounds come from the ceiling & behind
Posted by: sonytheoneandonly from: LA on
I looked at expensive AV Receiver systems and planned to drill holes in my ceiling for speaker placement. But I thought to give this a try first.
All wireless and no receiver needed. Just place the speakers under the TV and behind the sofa, then plug it in and everything self configures automatically. The height of front speaker bar does fit under most TVs - 4 inches seems typical.
All speakers work with TV cable/satellite shows, gaming, DTS bluray, online streaming. The centers speakers are bigger than cheap soundbars, so the voices are loud and clear.
If you haven't heard an ATMOS bluray, then you been missing out as the sounds do come from behind, above and all around you and it's very loud with the subwoofer. If it's not an ATMOS bluray, such as a DTS bluray or even TV cable, then the 5.1 sound comes from the artificial surround sound mechanism and it does a good job of it.
The remote kind of sucks because they make it so small with fewer buttons nowadays. About the only complaint I have.
23 out of 31 found this review helpful.
Didn't live up to expectations
Posted by: DmoRulez from: on
I bought this hoping it could replace my full AVR system and was super excited about the Atmos feature. Sadly for the price of this system, it didn't deliver all that was hyped up to be. If you're playing media with Dolby Atmos, this thing performs great. I personally felt the highs were too high and the bass too low with with not a lot of mid-range sound. It still sounded good and would have kept this product if not for its lack of features. While Atmos is great, most things aren't there yet. Considering this is a 5.1.2 system and the price paid for it, it doesn't handle other Dolby signals which is a real shame. It's not that it won't take other Dolby signals, it just down plays them to 2.0 then tries and recreate the sound. I just assumed it would take DTS, TrueHD, and Dolby Digital and process those signals accordingly. For something to cost this much and not even process the most common formats was a major turn off. 5.1 sound downgraded to 2.0 and then replicated back is not the way to go. I'll be holding off for something better. I tested this with a HTCP, NVidia Shield, and Xbox One S.
18 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Top Notch Clear Sound
Posted by: knapper73 from: on
Went in to look at Bose products to upgrade my old Samsung surround sound. I purchased my 4K Samsung tv last year, and my Samsung 4K player last month, now it was time to upgrade to 4K sound. The sales associate asked if I had heard Samsung's new sound bar, and I had not, so I went to view the demo. After only 5 minutes of the demo, I knew I had to have it to complete my home theatre setup. I opted to get this package setup with the rear speakers included for an extra $300, and I have to say, it produces the cleanest, crispest, and loudest sound I have heard out of any soundbar system that is out there. With the 4K player and a 4K movie playing, at only half the available volume, it shakes our great room like a movie theatre. If you have a 4K tv, and are thinking about getting the 4K player, do it, and get this new soundbar while you're at it, it is worth the extra money.
15 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: DJDUBZ from: on
This is one of samsungs best. It's a little pricey but worth every penny. It is linked with my Samsung 9000 series tv and makes connectivity seem less. I thank Evelyn at the Glendale store in California who was and is an amazing sales woman for not only recommending the TV but pairing it with such a great sound bar. The sound quality is perfect. I now have a personal movie theater in my living room
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ai3n10 from: on
I have read the reviews and based on all i have seen is that reviews can't be trusted. This sound bar is AMAZING when it is SET UP correctly with the right cables(hence why the Geek Squad offers services to set it up which they did for me). Not to mention this is an amazing PRICE for what you are getting. i mean a traditional Dolby Atmos setup is at minimum $3500+ when totaled together but you can get the soundbar for $1500?? This soundbar is a no brainer especially for its wireless capabilities since (other then power cables) the setup is wireless. Its even cheaper (and better) then Sonos. Not to mention this is backed by Magnolia which has always been top in audio solutions (i mean Bowers and Wilkins, Martin Logan, etc.) and after talking with them, they back only the quality products. So again to anybody who reads this, as long as you set it up right it will be the best audio solution you can get (and if you don't think you can set it up like i knew i couldn't, call the Geek Squad cause they did fantastic job)
10 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: russtcb from: Detroit on
Soundbar, subwoofer and rears couldn't have been easier to set up. I ran my K8500 4K player into the bar, then everything else through the ARC input and everything works like a dream.
I highly recommend picking up some native Atmos content to really hear the potential, but you don't even need that. I turned on the sound field that essentially "upscales" everything to an Atmos like sound and was very surprised by how well it works. Even the morning news has a much wider sound stage and makes you feel like you're in the environment.
I had VERY high expectations for this package and wasn't disappointed!
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Best soundbar ever!!
Posted by: SavannahGA from: on
This soundbar is amazing, just make sure the settings are correct in your components. Bitstream uncompressed, and so forth. Not all tv's carry Atmos over hdmi(arc) either. Also rear surround speakers work great, rear surround speakers shouldn't be loud like some people where complaining about, they are there to complement those extra sounds in the movies for the surround effect, until an action scene you should hardly notice them.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Dolby ATMOS is The New Standard!
Posted by: GodfatherSadri from: on
This review is based on my personal experience coming from a 5.1 SONOS setup which I have had for the past almost 4 years now. I was very happy with the quality of my SONOS system but I was feeling the lack of Surround Sound. I stepped into my local Best Buy's Magnolia showroom where I had a chance to hear this bad boy play and I can tell you I was wowed as well as every single other customer that was standing around me. I purchased it on the spot as soon as the rep told me the price just dropped down to $999! Setup at home was a breeze. FYI connect your Atmos source directly to the bar (you can do it from TV ARC as well to get Atmos but on non Samsung TVs). I have my Shield TV Pro and soon to be PS4 Pro connected to the system. Via the VUDU app on my Android TV I get insanely clear and realistic sound. The 5.1 surround is decent but not as full on the rear speakers. You can manually adjust that tho. Set the SL, SR, STL, STR to +3 to get best results. Finally, to the important stuff... Content available to use with the system.. Wait for it... Not a whole lot! You can play via UHD BluRay player (which I don't have) or streaming sources like VUDU which can stream 4K Atmos Dolby Vision. My Shield TV needs the N upgrade before it can playback TrueHD 7.1 MKV files via KODI or SPMC directly to the K950. For the geek spec seekers, the system does passthrough HDR 4K and both HDMI inputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant. I would recommend this Soundbar as an upgrade or even replacement for a full wired surround sound (yes i said it) It is simple and easy to setup and wire free!! Future proof! DTS 2.0 (might get DTS: X support in future firmware upgrade)
7 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Almost 5 stars
Posted by: Slag4U from: Chicago on
I'll make this as brief as possible...this thing sounds great and gets very loud. It's not amazing for music, but for gaming and movies, it's awesome.
So why 4 stars - no DTS:X or any DTS surround support. No on-screen display. The remote is meh.
If you've got a square/rectangular room and don't want to run wires all over the place this setup is great, a little pricey, but great.