Improve your audio experience with this Samsung three-channel soundbar. This unit, which has a built-in subwoofer, channels high-resolution full-spectrum sound and eliminates the need for an extra bass speaker. Use 4K pass-through to connect your Blu-ray player or other UHD device to the Samsung three-channel soundbar for stunning multi-channel audio and a clear picture.
Posted by: Justin from: on
Seems I am the first to review Samsungs latest soundbar. I got this when I returned the vizio 4551 5.1 setup because I was having issues with the subwoofer cutting in and out. Granted I'm not sure if that was the fault of the system or that I live in an apartment with highly congested wireless signals all over the place. A problem I think all wireless subwoofers are going to have until they get off open band to a reserved licensed frequency that will ensure less interference. Anyway I went back wanting to find a sound bar with a wired subwoofer or at least a wired option but they're aren't any. Then I came across this beauty, which wasn't there the day before when I bought the first sound bar so must be meant to be, stating the subwoofer was built in, no wireless needed! (though have the option to add the wireless surround and nay even a dedicated subwoofer) I figured what the heck. I got it home and it does NOT disappoint. The sound is INCREDIBLE with the speakers being able to maintain clear sound and a nice rich bass with just enough FEEL to connect you with what is happening in the movie. My favorite part is it does this at low volume levels superbly (and mid levels too) where my previous systems the sub would come in and out at low level becoming a distraction. Now at higher levels the subwoofer shows its limits but still clear sound, but for someone like me who lives in an apartment, blasting the bass isn't really an option. But make no mistake this provides room filling clear rich beautiful and when needed deep tones and its all in one single bar. No wires, no pairing, simple. The only issue I had as a note to save others time is that it didn't come with an hdmi cable just optical so I bought one, a nice GE 24k gold plated 4k passthru certified HDMI cable to use with ARC. I got it setup and sounded amazing but the volume and power wouldn't work well with my TCL Roku TV remote and would disconnect and not reconnect after I turned one or other off. I played forever and was about to settle for two remotes and optical when I decided just on a hunch to try a random cable I got with my steam link...and bam it works perfectly now, both volume and powering on and off with tv so thought I would share try another cable first before fiddling too much with your tv /bar settings. All in all an amazing sound bar that thus far I couldn't be happier with. Its a great price for a phenomenal sound bar with the option to expand it with surround or extra sub in the future but frankly I really don't think it needs it. If you live in an apartment/limited space or an area with high wireless congestion this is definitely the bar for you. If not it probably still is. Should my experience change as time goes on I'll be sure to update my review but so far this is definitely a 5 for Samsung.
47 out of 49 found this review helpful.
Soundbar is everything I expected it to be.
Posted by: Fred from: on
Our 70" TV had poor sound quality, and the soundbar has made a great improvement in the audio.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BiggE from: on
I am a Samsung fan and enjoy all of my Samsung products bu this one i have really enjoyed. I do have another Samsung soundbar in another room for another T.V it does have a subwoofer with that. So this soundbar is great quality great sound and you know they put sometime into thinking how to make another great soundbar. You can hear it clear from all angels of the room it does have some bass in it not a deep thumping bass as you would get with a stand alone sub. It is bluetooth to connect to your T.V so you wouldn't need the output cord that is included. This soundbar is heavy it comes with the wall mount brackets now you will need to go buy better screws for the mount i don't know way they shipped very small screws that wouldn't work for the wall mount. Functions on the remote are very easy to use very simple. The soundbar had a display on right front side that doesn't stay on if you are watching T.V so that is nice. You can hook this up to your WIFI and stream your music to it. It has a app that you need to do that i do recommend you download it to get the most of the soundbar. This overall is a great soundbar i have enjoyed it since i got it. I don't just watch T.V with it i also listen to my music most of the time.
Wireless surroundsound Ready
Built-In Center Speaker
Mounting Brackets included
Built in SubWoofer
Remote easy to use
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
This Soundbar Is TERRIFIC!
Posted by: DesertDoug from: on
I have owned a Sony soundbar for the past six years. It was OK but my new Samsung soundbar is FANTASTIC! The set-up was easy and it comes with nine speakers that produce INCREDIBLE sound. I purchased this soundbar as an Open Box (Excellent Condition) Item from Best Buy on May 04, 2017. I paid ONLY $301.99 plus tax. Believe me, it was a steal. Just in case I needed it, I also purchased the extra 4-year Geek Squad Protection Plan.
I would highly recommend the Open Box (Excellent Condition) Item as mine was just like new, plus I saved over $140 on my purchase. Since my soundbar has built-in WI-FI, I love playing my Pandora music from my Asus tablet through my soundbar because the sound is EXCELLENT! Also, anytime in the future I can add additional wireless surround speakers or a subwoofer to my soundbar to enhance the sound (even though I don't think I need them). My soundbar also has the HDMI-In and HDMI-Out (ARC) along with Digital Optical Audio, AUX Audio, and USB. It also comes with built-in Bluetooth and is TiVo friendly as I can control the volume and turn my soundbar on and off with my TiVo controller.
In conclusion, I usually don't write reviews, but this Samsung soundbar has exceeded all my expectations. IF YOU DECIDE TO BUY THIS SOUNDBAR, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! THANK YOU.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Billy from: on
Sound bar worked fantastic for the room. They internal sub helped save space.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Samsung Soundbar Bliss !
Posted by: Dragonhunter281 from: on
The Samsung HW-MS650 Soundbar provides excellent sound and can definitely provide the sound you are looking for during your TV viewing pleasure. It is especially attractive to those who have limited space, yet need to fill the room with that missing element when you are watching movies. At its higher tier price point, it is definitely a tough pill to swallow for some. However, it still works as intended with a few caveats especially since sound perception differs drastically per individual. Physically, this thing is massive; luckily it fits perfectly in front of my TV with a bit of room to spare to center it. At roughly forty-two inches long and about thirteen pounds, the unit is solid and quite heavy for a soundbar. I would definitely avoid resting this on any external device such as a bluray player or a satellite receiver. The metal finish on top is actually really nice and smooth. It does seem like it would be prone to scratches so watch for that. On the back you will notice several connection capabilities including an optical port, an auxiliary jack, and lastly 2 HDMI ports (one in and one out supporting ARC). Once connected, you will notice that the cables are not straight back into the unit, but rather an up and under installation. It does a decent job of hiding the initial HDMI connection, but I was a bit worried about pressure on the port. Be careful and make sure you provide enough slack in your cable. Personally, I would have like an extra pair of HDMI ports that went straight back but I can see why they tucked it under the unit. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities are also integrated in the unit. I could not test the Wi-Fi component as my TV is a 2011 Samsung and only works for those released after 2014.
As far as technical merits are concerned, the HW-MS650 is up there, including UHD and Full HD pass through. In addition, the manual does not mention this but I can confirm the unit will pass through 3D 1080p video. It worked flawlessly through HDMI. On the unit, several sound modes are integrated such as standard, movie, music, clear and sports. There is also a smart mode that tries to optimize sound based on what is playing. For my tests, I focused only on lossless sources ran through HDMI. I used various movie titles including John Wick, Kingdom Of Heaven, The Martian and San Andres. For 3D, I used two animated moves: Home 3D and Penguins of Madagascar. I tested it on two TVs: our Sony KDL48W600B and my 3D Samsung 7 Series from 2011. Both TVs were connected via a Sony 3D Bluray player (BDP-S5500). I also tested regular audio CDs with various genres to see how regular two channel stereo sounds. Everything was tested in standard mode and with volume set around 20-25, with bass presets between 0-3.
Collectively, the sound is quite balanced. For me personally the bass on this was perfect, it was loud and it rumbled on nearly every action scene. Particularly, the opening storm in The Martian was exquisite and roared and howled like I never heard before. This was a definite upgrade over the TV speakers that I used before. In John Wick, the night club really moved the speakers and every gunshot was piercing. In his basement, the cling of the floor breaking was ridiculous. For fun, I then switched to the compressed Dolby Digital track on that exact same scene and difference was staggering. Lossless was at a clear advantage. On Kingdom Of Heaven, the music blasted through the speakers with a nice clarity. Bass was there on the combat scenes and I was particularly excited that most of the dialogue was clear, though sometimes you had to turn it up a bit. Naturally, of course, the sound will vary by movie and on the two animated movies this was especially clear. Dialogue was much quieter in comparison to the more action oriented movies. During my 3D viewing, I noticed that the background music was over shadowing the dialogue. On both Home and Penguins, the dialogue drastically improved when I clicked the Smart mode. Everything was much crisper and louder, although I assume it was just compressing the sound. Nonetheless, it was neat that there was a difference, though I still think I would prefer just turning up the volume. At night, this will be extremely helpful though. I went back and tried this setting on the rest of the movies. While there was some improvement, mostly in the higher frequencies and individual speech it was not needed for the most part as everything was already pretty loud already. On John Wick, the gunshots seemed louder and on San Andres the glass breaking seemed more pronounced, though on both with it off there wasn't too much of a reduction for the need to toggle it back on. Dialogue did have a heavier sound to it, but again not worth it difference. The greatest improvement using the smart mode was on the animated movies. Overall, I was pleased with the results albeit that you are relatively mindful that the bass will not rattle itself off your stand, although you could definitely feel it in your ears and in the room. I thought it was plenty, but some people love crazy bass and I caution to keep your expectations within reason. Highs were there as well as some of the middle sounds. I actually could make out some of the background speech in some places on Home 3D. Switching back to regular TV speakers, you could definitely tell something was missing.
Lastly, I would like to conclude with my CD audio test. I tried various genres to see how it would react and it was quite nice. It filled the room nicely just like our regular stereo and on bass oriented tracks you could definitely feel the pressure in your ears in some frames of the songs. My test CDs included Seal's album Seal II, Eminem's The Marshall Mather's LP, DJ Encore's Intuition. Using Seal's album Seal II, you could definitely appreciate the dynamics on "Kiss from a Rose". On Eminem's Marshall Mather's LP, the bass kicked on "Stan" as well as the weather effects in the background. On the DJ Encore CD, dance tracks came through clear. Bass was strong here was well, but not over powering. The track "Open Your Eyes" stood out quite nicely. Uncompressed audio is a real treat to listen to with these speakers. I also switch the sound mode to music while listening to all three CDs and it does not sound good. It compresses and does get a lot louder but it did not sound as intimate as the standard mode did. For Bluetooth, I paired it with Xperia Z3+ and the sound was decent. Walking around it would cut in and out a few times and as I went further away, it would get progressively worse as one would expect. The manual lists 32.8 feet as the maximum distance it would operate. It also only supports A2DP codec and phone calls are not broadcasted.
Conclusively, I would say the performance of this speaker was excellent. Bass was there and full of presence, while the middle and higher sounds were dazzling on top of it. Action movies really shine on this speaker as well as clear dialogue. As a whole, the HW-MS650 definitely does not disappoint and does what it was intended for. However, at its price point, I do have a few problems. First, I would have liked to have maybe one more pair of HDMI ports and also APTX codec support over Bluetooth for those of us with FLAC/WAV/ALAC libraries. I would have also liked a larger front display, although you do get used to it. Overall, I would say to first try and go for something cheaper. There are probably ones that do sound close to this one in addition with all the features this unit has. If money is not an issue, it would be a great purchase. Also, remember to keep your sound expectations reasonable. Overall, recommended despite its steep price.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Really loud, great features for the price
Posted by: TheTechNugget from: on
The notion of a big, beefy speaker that can put all your other speakers in their place can be simultaneously deliciously tempting and financially excessive. I’ve been searching for the better part of the last 5 years for a replacement to my current largest speaker, and since the portable speaker market has exploded with Hiroshima-sized output, you’d think I’d have no issue finding a suitable understudy. And throughout those 5 years I’ve purchased (and in most cases, returned) probably a half-dozen speakers that I had hoped to be contenders.
The problem is, the portable speaker market is more focused on, well, portable speakers—and that’s just not what I’m looking for. I had hoped to find a slightly lower quality speaker (from a frequency balance perspective) that brought home the bacon, so to speak. Sadly, though, my expectations were too high.
What I did find is a speaker that, while its price exceeds my budget, its performance far exceeds my expectations for a device in the this category.
Bear in mind one caveat—I know I keep saying “speaker,” yet this is a soundbar. But soundbars can’t be great soundbars unless they are great speakers, and that is where this review comes in.
The product is the Samsung HW-M5650 Soundbar, in Samsung’s Sound+ lineup. There are multiple in the lineup specifically designed for Samsung TVs, and more precisely for the 2017 or newer panels which will integrate the soundbar’s controls into your existing remote. Sadly, my panel is from Samsung’s 2016 lineup, so I’m stuck using separate stock remotes that are visually very similar…truly first-world problems.
So how does one, in 2017, pick a suitable soundbar for your set up? Well, I’d look first to my surround sound manufacturer to determine if they have a soundbar option—and pick it up to maintain cohesiveness there. If you’re like me, though, and you don’t have a surround sound system, look next to your preferred speaker manufacturer and see what they have to offer. I’ll admit that Samsung’s unification of TV and Soundbar controls is a nice touch, and assume that other manufacturers either have or will follow suit…so matching your panel for design cohesiveness is always a nice approach if the others fail.
From a design perspective, this soundbar is impressively sturdy. At nearly 14 pounds and 3.5 feet long, this isn’t something you’re going to want to carry around. In that sense, it fulfills its role well as a soundbar and less as a bluetooth speaker…but as I’ll cover shortly, in almost any room in my house, I can hear the thing just fine if I want to.
The entire body of the unit is matte black with a solid black speaker grill on the front, and along the right side of the device are the volume, source and power buttons. On the right side of the front is a small display sitting behind the speaker grill that indicates volume levels, source choice, paired devices, and other relevant things you might want to know about your sound experience (like mode information). Although it sits behind the grill, it is perfectly visible and easy to read.
From an input perspective, Samsung provided a 4K HDMI pass-through as well as a power pass-through (Samsung One Cable purchased separately) to reduce cable clutter. Otherwise, there is an optical audio input along with a 3.5mm analog jack, and the device supports both bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity.
The bar combines 9 separate internal speakers, all with dedicated amps, and among other things (like HDR, a variety of sound modes and wireless surround sound support), my favorite feature by far is the built in distortion cancelling features that make this a phenomenal speaker experience.
With all of the tech that Samsung packs into this speaker, the experience is every bit as rich as you’d expect from a high-quality Samsung product. At every frequency, this thing puts out some serious sound—and without heavy distortion. The bass is so heavy and full that the device will only be limited by the surface it is mounted on, as the vibration of the speaker against my TV stand is the only off-putting sound coming from that corner of my living room. The mids are clear and crisp, and the highs are sharp, pointy and precise.
And, it gets loud…as in really, really loud. This is the speaker I’d use at a block party, provided I had an extension cord to power it. I’m a bit of an audio nut, and although my hearing after retirement will certainly suffer as a result, I like music, shows and movies to be loud—when it’s important (I’ve always said, The Notebook is better muted anyway). Seldom do I find a speaker or a set of headphones that get so loud that I’m not at 80% of the device’s capacity, or more. But, I’ve now met my match in the Sound+ soundbar, as I couldn’t stand 100% volume in the same room for more than a handful of seconds. That said, if I were vacuuming, or cleaning the basement—the soundbar gets plenty loud to not require I move it with me, although my neighbors may not be so appreciative. Maybe that’s why the lady next door is moving out.
Well I’m sure you get it by now. Loud, great build quality, excellent balance at all frequencies. So then what? Well, if you’re in the market for a soundbar at a $400 price range, and specifically if you’re looking to match with an existing Samsung TV — and most certainly if you’re Samsung TV is a 2017 or newer model, this soundbar is a great fit. That’s not to say proud LG or Vizio owners should pass; it is a fine soundbar for just about anyone looking to spend that kind of money on some home entertainment audio quality.
A nice bonus here is the ability to add wireless surround at some point in the future, as this device will integrate seamlessly with Samsung’s Rear Wireless Speaker Kit for another $180…although I’m not sure that’s a requirement considering the feature set on the device. While it doesn’t give you a true wireless experience without extra hardware, it does a great job emulating the experience regardless of where you’re sitting in the room.
I’d imagine that the soundbar market is much like the portable speaker market: highly saturated and entirely subjective from a user experience perspective. At least from Best Buy, picking this one up and test driving it (with the option to return within a certain time period) is one of the better ways to give it a shot. If you’re interested, though, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
One precaution, believe it or not, is its size. At almost 42 inches long, this soundbar may be too wide for your current TV stand. A lot of this depends upon your TV size, which usually drives the TV stand’s size. I find a 49” TV to be ideally sized for my living room, and my TV stand is ideally sized for a TV up to a 49” diagonal…but not so much for a 42” sound bar. Wall mounting is certainly an option for the bar as much as it is for TVs, and with the power pass-through cable from Samsung that becomes a bit easier.
Otherwise, this thing is a home run in many ways. Price seems to be the sticking point with most people, and while a good speaker is always going cost you some coin, at $399 this one may be a bit out of the price range for most people. That said, there are some soundbars that play in the $600+ range, and in that sense this soundbar (which sounds great and has a great feature set) puts you right in the middle of the field of options. You can definitely get good sound spending less, but for what you get I’d call the Samsung Sound+ competitively priced with a fair feature set.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Really Good- No Need for Optional Surround Sound
Posted by: KAS2 from: on
Bought this MS 650 sound bar due to its built in subwoofer. Also purchased the optional 9000S surround sound speakers. The "system" produced very good ambient sound with clear sound moving around the room. However I kept wanting more bass and better clarity. Then I disconnected the surround sound speakers and voila: The 650 sound bar sounded cleaner, clearer, with more bass and excellent sound dispersion. I quickly realized that for me the lesser quality surround speakers were interfering and muddying the clarity and bass from the sound bar. So I returned the 9000S and saved $129.95. Still thinking about the soon to be released sub woofer but once again wonder about it overpowering the sound bar.
In short.this is an excellent sound bar that will produce clear, full spectrum sound with reasonable bass.with excellent spatial sound characteristics.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Lokimom from: on
I love the sound and it is so easy to use with my Samsung TV
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Flexible but ultimately a subpar bar
Posted by: StephenS from: Kansas City on
I can't say I dislike this soundbar, but I was overall disappointed in it's performance-for-price.
This is a very flexible soundbar and it integrates especially well with Samsung TVs, but even if you don't have have a Samsung TV this still works fine and accepts several standard audio sources. I ended up feeding mine primarily through SPDIF for TV audio, but you can also feed it over Bluetooth, WiFi, or an aux audio cable; all easily selectable from the source-select on the remote or side of the bar.
Unfortunately, unless you're sitting almost literally right in front of it, the audio performance is pretty lackluster. It's clear and sounds nice overall, but despite the "built in subwoofer" it consistently failed to achieve satisfactory cinematic and musical depth.
Example 1: While watching several select Star Wars films with the family, I was surprised at how thin explosions and roaring engines often sounded. Every now and then the bass made an acceptable-yet-all-too-brief appearance, but even at +6 bass on the soundbar the audio depth continually seemed suppressed just behind the rest of the soundscape, across the entire range of volume from min to max.
Example 2: I like listening to radio in the morning while I make coffee and breakfast. I normally use a moderate 5"x5"x5" cube Bluetooth speaker for this but tried using this soundbar or it instead to compare the two. Same room, same music, same distance, same moderate volume -- the moderately sized single-speaker easily produced more audio depth and presence than this bar. Easily. On the low volume end I could feel and hear the punch of rhythm on my Bluetooth cube -- this bar produced a beautiful clear melody line but barely perceptible drums of the same music in the same environment at comparable volume.
This bar does provide excellent spatial separation -- I very much liked how "wide and open" of a soundscape it produced. And it can get overall much louder than the smaller speaker I compared it to, but I was really surprised that this bar was so comparably tepid on depth of sound. I still like it, and I intend to keep it, but I'm holding out hope that an add-on subwoofer will be made available that will fill-in this surprisingly weak aspect of its performance. It is my understanding that just such a thing will be available later in 2017. I hope so.
In the meantime, if you're already committed to a Samsung a/v ecosystem and/or you just want a simple soundbar setup to improve on basic TV speakers this one isn't too bad, but you can get more rounded sound performance from some other soundbars for the same money or even less. But if you are looking for a one-stop soundbar with satisfying audio punch for anything beyond very basic home theater this bar falls short of the bar.