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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Soundbar System

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    optimummind
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    ======= Summary ======= The Samsung HW-N650 is an incredibly good and superb soundbar system. It blew me away with its awesome sound in all scenarios tested - music, movies, and gaming. Dialogue is clear, the soundstage and dynamic range are excellent, and the bass is thunderous. Setup is super easy and bluetooth works very well and reliably. It's a Win from Samsung. ======= Design & Connectivity Options ======= For a soundbar system, the Samsung HW-N650 is kind of unique with its wedge-shaped design as opposed to the standard long rectangular design found in most other soundbars. It is cool-looking and it will nicely blend in to any home TV or theater setup. Wall-mount brackets and screws are included. I placed the soundbar underneath my desk against the wall but off the floor and I experienced no issues enjoying the full soundstage. Underneath the top casing, there is another unique and interesting feature - a long tube with 50 holes in it - that delivers Samsung's new "Acoustic Beam" sound technology. Its purpose is to make left-to-right sound effects - especially during gaming - more immersive, seamless, and accurate. I found Samsung's claim to be spot on as I will touch on more in the 'Performance' section of my review. The sound hardware is beefy and satisfying with its 8 speakers with dedicated amps (6x 30W + 2x 10W) and the 160W subwoofer. Both Dolby and DTS formats are supported. As for connectivity options, there are many - Digital Audio In (Optical), AUX, HDMI, HDMI ARC, and Bluetooth. Only an optical cable is provided in the box. My preferred connection method was Bluetooth and pairing it up with my gaming desktop system was simple, fast, and easy. I never experienced any laggy or lost sound connections. Rock solid and reliable was the sound. It would've been even nicer if a Wifi option was also offered. The remote control - which looks very similar to my Samsung TV's remote - offer easy Source selection and audio control. It is comfortable to hold and use with well spaced-out buttons, good button feedback, and quick response times. All the way on the right-side of the soundbar is an LED area that displays info such as Volume Level, Source type, Sound Profile Mode, and Power status. It is easy to read and the LEDs are nice and bright. They are not included in the box but one can add the SWA-8500S rear wireless speakers to further increase the soundstage for a more immersive surround sound experience. I'm planning on getting those in the near future. To sum it all up, everything is good and well-designed - the hardware, the connectivity options and setup process, the remote control, and system stability. ======= Performance ======= The HW-N650 blew me away with its incredible sound. Audio is full and deep, soundstage is wide and excellent, and all the subtle background and extra sound details and textures could be heard that I never noticed before on my other sound systems (5.1 Polk soundbar in my living room and my Edifier Luna Eclipse stereo speakers I previously used as my main gaming speakers). Using the remote, one can toggle between three preset audio profiles - Standard, Surround, and Game. In addition, Treble and Bass can be set between -6 to +6. When testing for movie performance, I watched some Lord of the Ring movies and the sound was fantastic and the dialogue very clear and easy to make out. Music playback was another very strong point for the HW-N650. From pop, hip-hop, rock, alternative, to vocals, the soundbar handled everything thrown at it very, very well. Different sound layers are well-separated and delivered with great fidelity and quality. And that bass - such thunderous and hard-hitting bass~! And it's so clean, hard, and punchy. It's absolutely fantastic! For gaming, I played some oldies but goodies such as Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Again, sound was fantastic and my gaming experience was definitely enhanced. Samsung's Acoustic Beam technology shined especially well in Fallout 4 which is a First-Person Shooter type of game where action is fast and you're under fire from multiple enemies from many different directions. The soundbar made it easier to pinpoint enemy locations and their directions of fire. Truly, this is the way games should be played. ======= So, is it any good? ======= Yes, it's fantastic~! I've personally gone through 3 different soundbars in the $250 to $500 price range and the Samsung HW-N650 is the best-performing soundbar I've experienced. It's well-designed & well-made with unique and standout quality hardware mated with superb audio quality. It's Quality hardware & audio tuning from Samsung.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High-quality audio; you might have HDMI issues

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    Drj5j
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    At the outset of this review I should say that the HW-N650 sound bar's most unique and touted feature, Acoustic Beam Technology, is something that I could not test because I do not have a modern game console. Acoustic Beam Technology is designed to give the impression that sounds from characters in a game are coming precisely from the their location on the screen. I've read that the technology works well but cannot write about it directly from experience. In trying out the features of the HW-N650, I actually learned more than I wanted to know about how Samsung Smart TVs handle audio. You would think that a Samsung sound bar would automatically play nicely with a Samsung Smart TV. I found that to be true to some extent, but I also learned about some of the limitations of the audio on Samsung TVs that I think everyone should know about. I also found that my Windows 10 Dell Inspiron 3050 micro desktop had some very strange interactions with the sound bar that you might want to watch out for if you want to use a Windows 10 PC with the HW-N650. First, let me explain my setup and what I expected from the HW-N650 sound bar. My living room home theater, which has included just about every audio and video component known to humankind at some point already has an A/V receiver and a nice Axiom 5.1 speaker set, so this was my baseline for good-sounding audio. In my basement I scrabbled together some cheap but decent A/V components mostly for background music for yoga and weight-lifting: a Samsung UN40J5200 Smart TV, a Samsung DVD player, and the Dell micro desktop. The TV speakers in the system got the job done, but I wondered if I could improve the system's audio by adding the HW-N650 sound bar. Setting up the HW-N650 looked so obvious that I did not even consult the manual before beginning to plug in cables, but this was a mistake. I mean, it was obvious where to plug in the power cord and optical cable, the subwoofer connected immediately, and sound started coming out of the bar from the TV. But I oriented the bar incorrectly and the display was facing up instead of forward as it should be. That was easily corrected. I do recommend reading the user manual. One important recommendation I learned from the manual was to change the digital output of your TV to Dolby Digital if it was set to PCM. So I went to the sound settings on my Samsung TV and found that the digital output was set to PCM. However, the Dolby Digital option was grayed out, indicating it was not available. After much research, I learned from a Samsung support page that the Dolby setting was available only under three conditions: (1) when the TV is receiving a signal with a digital soundtrack (2) when the TV is using a streaming service with a digital soundtrack, and (3) when the TV is accessing a file on your network with a supported digital track. Therefore, do not expect to see the Dolby option on your Samsung TV if you are connecting something like a DVD player or game console to the TV with HDMI. This is true of all TVs, by the way: they can only generate Dolby Digital from their own internal tuner and not from an external HDMI source. However, there are other options for better sound quality. The sound setting options on my Samsung TV did include DTS Neo 2:5. I tried this and the audio was much clearer than the PCM option. I played a song that I consider to be masterfully produced for gorgeousness (Sean's Song by Honeychurch) and it sounded beautiful with the DTS Neo 2:5 setting—much better than through the TV speakers and comparable to the sound in my A/V receiver-based living room home theater. Another option is to plug your HDMI component directly into the sound bar and then run a cable from the sound bar's HDMI out to your TV. But if you have more than one HDMI-based components you'll have to get yourself some sort of HDMI splitter. I tried plugging my DVD player into the sound bar with pass-through to the TV and it worked fine. At least the first time. Because the DVD player is a Samsung Anynet+ device (that is, HDMI-CEC), the added advantage of this setup was being able to control the TV, sound bar, and DVD player with just the TV remote. And this did work perfectly the first time, without any special setup steps. But then some wacky things happened after the TV and sound bar were joined by HDMI. My PC, which was plugged into the HDMI 2 port of the TV and played audio just fine when the sound bar was connected only with the optical cable, apparently detected the presence of the Samsung sound bar when I connected it to the HDMI 1 port of the TV, because the PC quickly "installed" the device with downloaded software before I knew what was happening. This might have been fine, except now I could not play any kind of audio from the computer. Attempts to play any video from YouTube resulted in an error message. Trying to play an mp3 produced a message from Windows, "Can't play—another app is controlling your sound right now." After trying many things, I found that I could restore sound on the PC only after removing the HDMI connection between the TV and sound bar and resetting the TV's audio options back to defaults. Of course I had to plug the DVD player directly into the TV again, and I lost the ability to control the TV and sound bar with just the TV remote. I don't give up easily, though, so the next day I tried the HDMI connection between the sound bar and TV again. Oddly, though, this time sound from the PC worked perfectly, but the TV could not "see" the DVD player with the sound bar pass-through. Maybe I will try this again some other day, but for now I will stick to a setup without the sound-bar-to-TV HDMI connection. It's not bad, and I rather like the sound bar remote control anyway. But let this be a warning to prospective buyers, that the HDMI connection could be tricky. It would have been nice if the user's manual went into more detail about the advantages and disadvantages of an HDMI connection over a simple optical cable connection. I tested the Bluetooth capability of the sound bar by connection my Samsung phone to it. No problems there. The procedure was simple and the music on my phone played nicely through the sound bar. Overall, I would say that the HW-N650 sound bar works very well. It is easy to set up and control, for the most part. The sound quality is very nice. The bass from the subwoofer was not terribly loud, but there was a good balance between the bar and subwoofer. The only area where you might experience some hitches is with HDMI connections, although my sense is that these can be ironed out with some patience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A "Best Choice" for soundbar/subwoofer combos

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    Panther68
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    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: The shape of the packaging, while fairly common for soundbar/subwoofer combos, is still somewhat strange to me. I understand manufacturer’s current “need” to reduce packaging materials, but, to me eye, the design leaves too much potential for damage during transportation from store (or online retailer) to home. The point is, I really done care much for the L-shaped boxes…not that it detracts from the product, itself. Upon opening the box, and removing the soundbar & subwoofer, you’re greeted by a nice-looking, albeit somewhat different soundbar, and a fairly-standard looking subwoofer. Starting with the soundbar, I say “somewhat different” due to two unique features…the first is the “bar” running along the top, towards the back, from side-to-side; the second are the “flute-like” holes running along the top of the soundbar, again, from side-to-side. According to Samsung, this second feature…a new “technology”, they’ve labeled “Beam Forming”…is supposedly for more “life-like sound positioning”. Whether, or not, it works exactly as they claim, I still haven’t decided. Of course, Samsung is positioning this soundbar as a “gaming” soundbar, and I don’t have a game console (yet, though I do have a high-end gaming desktop PC), but it works equally-well with TV & movies. Before moving on, I do have to mention the unique shape of the soundbar…unlike other soundbars, with their elongated “bar” shape, the HW-N650 has more of a “wedge” shape. SETUP AND CONFIGURATION: Honestly, setup couldn’t be easier, as the HW-N650 provides two connection options. The first is a pass-through design, in which you first connect one HDMI cable between your video game system, or Blu-Ray player, and the soundbar…and then you connect a second HDMI cable between the soundbar & TV. The second option is to connect via Bluetooth, which, I’ll admit, I didn’t do, so, unfortunately, I can’t provide any information on this. Finally, plug the power cords (soundbar & subwoofer) into an outlet. For the best “sound” from the subwoofer, place it in a corner, approximately 6” from each wall. If a corner isn’t possible, along a wall is almost as good…but, again, place approximately 6” from the wall (no closer, but slightly further, up to one foot, is still good). Additional connection options include USB, optical, and 1/8” (the last analog-only). As for the subwoofer, it’s purely wireless. SOUND QUALITY: Techn ically, the HW-N650 is a 3.1 channel system, consisting of 8 speakers, providing “virtual 5.1-channel” sound. Additionally, the HW-N650 is compatible with Samsung’s SWA-8500S Wireless Rear Speaker Kit. Whether this turns the system into a true 5.1-channel system, a 7.1-channel system, or allowing your choice of these two, I am unaware…I couldn’t get this info from Samsung, other than confirmation that the SWA-8500S is compatible with the HW-N650. As for sound quality, while not as good as a true multi-speaker configuration, through the use of their “Beam Forming technology”, it does create a reasonable facsimile of a 5.1-channel system. Samsung states a maximum 360W of power (200W max for the soundbar, & 160W max for the subwoofer), and, while I’d like to believe them, I can’t actually confirm this. Built-in decoders include Dolby Digital & DTS, but no “Dolby Atmos”…not even virtually. Decoding ability includes your usual formats, as well as a couple not always seen: OGG & FLAC. Lastly, there are three DSP sound modes: Standard, Game, & SSE. For movies, I found the “Standard” mode to be the best. Again, I don’t (currently) have a game system, but I’d assume that the “Game” mode, through the use of Samsung’s “Beam Forming technology”, strongly emphasizes in-game audio. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: Unfortunately, with all the ‘good’, there’s always bound to be some ‘bad’. In the case of the Samsung HW-N650, the first is its use of Bluetooth 2.1, which is outdated by several years. Seriously, why would Samsung use such an old standard, when Bluetooth 4.0, & 4.2 offer much more. Another “downfall” is the use of USB 1.1, which makes no sense, when implementing USB 3.0 would only increase manufacturing cost by pennies. FINAL VERDICT: The Samsung HW-N650 Panoramic Soundbar, for what it is, is extremely good. Just as there are more expensive (and better-sounding) units, there are also less expensive (and not as good-sounding) units. For the price ($500), you could be hard-pressed to find something better. If you’re looking for a soundbar system (ie. one including a subwoofer), and you’re looking to spend in the $400-600 range, when narrowing down your choices down to your final 3-5 possibilities, having the Samsung HW-N650 on that list would be a very good thing. In terms of “bang-for-the-buck”, I might go so far as to say that the HW-N650 would be one of the best available. Despite utilizing outdated USB & Bluetooth formats, everything else about it is great. If you asked me if I’d recommend it, the answer is “yes”. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the money, but has caveats.

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    Joey
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    Let me start by saying I've been dabbling in high end home audio since 1993 when I worked at a fairly high end store thru college. I do have a media room full of Rotel amps and Miller and Kreisel drivers, soon to be Atmos capable if the wife lets me! With that said, we just finished a loft in the house and we find ourselves in that space quite often watching TV at night. I wanted a sound bar to add a little bit to the room. We have a Bose ST300 5.1 system in our family room, and for being what it is, it's fantastic - but we didn't want the entire set up for this room and the Bose ST300 soundbar by itself is nothing spectacular. You NEED the sub to bring that system to life. I went Sonos this time to try it, and I was sorely disappointed. The Beam was not what I would have imagined at all. Sound was harsh, cinema was poorly processed and volume levels were not balanced at all. And the sub.. holy my lord, that thing is overpowering in a small space. Returned it. In comes the HW-N650. We got it on sale for $399. Which is a decent price, considering the Sonos Beam is the same price, and this system with the sub is far better for our application. We looked at the HW-MS650 with the 10" wireless sub, but decided against it for the N650. The positives - Flawless set up through our Samsung Q8F. Put the wall mounts up. Mounted the bar. Plugged the sub in. It was paired right away. 25 mins and we were watching a movie. Sound is bright, and lively. It's decent. It does a phenomenal job at sounding much bigger than it is. The sub is very well done. Extremely balanced, excels in cinema applications. Cons - While it sounds decent, the sound is over processed by the DSP. You can tell it's working overtime to create that giant sound stage that it does. Volume levels are inconsistent and certain sounds do get lost. (I don't know how Bose does this, but they have mastered it in the ST300). If you are a person who enjoys big booming bass in movies, this is not the sub for you. When you turn the woofer up, bass becomes muddled and messy sounding. It's overpowering at times. Leaving the sub volume alone is nice and balanced, lows are low and very tight and clean. This is NOT a setup for music. Once again, the DSP works overtime. It's very unnatural to listen to. This is a much better system for cinema applications. With all that said, for $399, this is a great piece to own. Excels in small spaces, and creates a huge sound stage as advertised. Sub is fantastic if the levels are left alone IMO. Set up was simple, almost brainless. I am going to add the wireless surrounds, I plan on keeping this system for a while. The DSP sound is one of the things that is just part of these soundbars trying to create big sounds from small drivers. It's part of how they work. (Once again, Bose does an incredible job at this.) Samsung has done a decent job with it not being to over processed (Like the Sonos was.). I notice it, but I can't imagine too many people would notice or even care quite honestly. This is a quality piece, Samsung did a fine job, and for $399, it's a great buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Seriously impressed

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    Ludakris
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    I have to preface this by saying I just got this hooked up tonight, but I’ve tried just about every option in one night. I was torn between this and the 650 sound plus option (without subwoofer ), whom the in store associate was nudging me towards, and am glad I grabbed this little gem. The in store demo does not do this model proper respect. I’m glad at this point in time I went with this model. It’s been impressing me as about every 30min goes by Having just got a new Samsung tv, this unit paired and was ready to go before I even sat down to try it. The “one remote” instantly was ready to adjust settings, and I adjusted to eq to my preferences. After 15min I put on The Grand Tour as I thought this felt an appropriate show to truly see how this baby performed...and performed it has. The directional sound is amazing. Sitting outside my house with the window open and sound cranked up, it was less noises to my neighbors than my previous TVs built in speakers. But walk inside, it’s like you were standing in the sound stage getting immersed in the sound the program intended. I have to add, the HDMI passed through to HDR no problem. The sub woofer kicked in at all the right moments, and the 8 speaker “virtual surround” works beautifully. I heard the HyperCars engines seamlessly drive left to right so intensely it made me feel like I was in the driver seat. There’s always something better, but for the price point, idk I could recommend anything better than what I’m hearing right now. Just for fun, I tried the game mode, seamlessly switching to the PS4 and you can genuinely hear where every shot and step is heard in real time playing COD which I felt gave a true advantage. I personally love this sound bar, I do intend on revising good or bad after another month or two of using, but I’m in love with this setup, if you have a. Newer Samsung tv, get this and don’t hesitate. You will not regret it Just as a note. I set up the subwoofer next to the couch, zero connectivity issues and it sounds amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound Quality

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    CylenX
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    I bought this along with the Samsung Wireless Rear Loud Speakers to get a nice surround sound in the living room. Though I am by far not an audiophile, I can say it is a step up from my old Bose 3-2-1 stereo. At least I do not need a receiver to operate because it connects directly to the television. Also, it looks sleek sitting underneath your tv; mine is a 75" so it slides perfectly underneath between the stands. Too bad the Samsung logo is facing upwards on the speaker where you cannot see it unless you hang it on the wall. But let's skip the ultra petty issues and get to the need-to-know stuff and opinions. Just note that you have to set your equalizer via the device so for those who are not tech savvy, don't think that the speakers have low sound quality. The soundbar itself has a very simplistic equalizer consisting of a Treble, Bass, and Audio Sync. Treble and bass have a setting ranging from -6 to +6 adjustment. It is not as in-depth as some consumers may expect, but as I mentioned earlier, you will have to make adjustments via the connected device itself to get that sound quality you're looking for. Some consumers previously mentioned that the bass is not all that powerful, which I do agree because I had to turn it up to +6 while leaving the Treble at roughly between 0 to +2. For what it's worth, I'd say it has a good sound quality and is a easy set up connecting your blue tooth devices from your phone, laptop, tv... heck even your smartwatch. In short, this soundbar can be wireless if you want to avoid wire clutter in the back. I have my PS4 connected directly to the soundbar so it enables me on the gaming console to have the Dolby sound. On that note, there is a "Game Mode" the speaker has, but honestly, I didn't hear much of a difference (again- not an audiophile by a mile marker). Therefore, I would prefer to leave it on standard mode if I had never bought the rear speakers. The biggest negative thing I am experiencing is that it sometimes powers itself on and connect when I turn on a paired device. I would have the soundbar off and it will turn itself on to connect with a device that is already on like a ghost powered my soundbar. Another incident is if I am watching TV with the soundbar on and I may turn on any paired device, it will divert to it, cutting off my sound from the tv. That can be very annoying. The remote is identical to the Samsung 4K UHD television with different functions. IE: Where the volume/channel buttons are on the tv remote, the subwoofer/volume button is in their place and their buttons are black instead of silver. It can be a bit confusing, but thankfully the buttons for this remote are black instead of silver. If you are playing a song for example on your tablet or computer, you can actually control the forward/pause/backward function with the remote. In addition, you don't have to be in the same room or aim the remote at the soundbar for it to function. I am not sure of its range, but I can assume that if you're living in a place ranging from a studio to a medium-sized house, you can be -just- about anywhere to operate it. To summarize, it's a decent soundbar, but do not expect that movie theater sound quality that you are hoping to pay for. It has a very simple set-up and equalizer for anybody to adjust. Pairing is very, very easy as it has a pairing button to search for your bluetooth device. However, be aware that your soundbar MAY connect itself to your device automatically while listening to something else. Or it may turn itself on when it was supposed to be off. Regardless of this issue, your remote can function as a media remote, especially if you want to skip, pause, or replay a song. Seeing the other soundbars listed here, I assume that this is a medium quality speaker

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundbar; Let it 'warm up'

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    bzm3j81
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    Observation: This is my second Samsung soundbar and I've noticed that I don't get full sound until about 3 days of casual use. For instance, both soundbars don't provide full bass until the soundbar 'warms up'. My previous soundbar was the HW-MS650, which was giant compared to this HW-N650. I had the old HW-MS650 and my TV on a TV stand and if it were any taller, it would impede my view of my TV. If the old HW-MS650 were any deeper, I couldn't fit both devices on the TV stand. Thankfully, the HW-N650 is much smaller. It is however longer than the HW-MS650 by a couple inches. The discrete, wireless subwoofer is a welcome addition to the system and since it is wireless, it can be placed anywhere in the room I want. Note: the new HW-N650 does not have the power adapter built in like its predecessor, it has a laptop-like power supply brick. It isn't a huge deal, but it does change my cable organization plans. Connection to my TV was easy with the included TOSLINK cable. One small detail that I noticed was that the included TOSLINK cable had tethered protective caps whereas the previously included TOSLINK cable just had tiny protective caps. That previous protective cap design probably frustrated some users trying unsuccessfully to plug in their TOSLINK cable with the cap still on. Once setup, the difference in sound is noticeably better than my previous soundbar. That is to say, the sound is head and shoulders above what is offered by my TV Speakers. After 3 days of casual TV usage, the bass has filled out and I'm getting a fuller surround sound experience than before. I really enjoy a greater focus on dialogue than the over-emphasis on background music that I now realize dominated my previous listening experience. Movies and TV shows are more enjoyable because I'm not fiddling with the volume controls. The same applies to console gaming. This HW-N650 is built with console gamers in mind. With greater focus on dialogue, I'm picking up details much easier. Hidden under the top speaker grille, I can see a white band running nearly the length of the speaker bar. This seems to be a tweeter that provides additional dimensionality to the soundscape. I think this provides greater accuracy for things that cross my TV. But I think the implementation could be better if there were something to reflect the sound towards the listener. As it sits, some of the sound bounces off the TV that is above and behind the speaker bar. I really enjoy this speaker bar over its predecessor. I urge anyone that purchases it to give it a few days of casual usage for it to 'warm up'.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Directional sound for gaming with great audio

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    Nate34
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    In the box you get the soundbar itself, subwoofer, remote control, an optical cable, power cords for each, the AC adapter, and the optional wall mount kit. For ports it has HDMI in and out, optical in, USB, and aux in. The initial set up is fairly easy. Just connect the power cords for the soundbar and subwoofer, then power them on. The bar and sub should connect automatically. Then connect either the optical cable, or the HDMI cable using your TV's ARC port. I use HDMI because it is just simpler to use one cable for video and audio. There is also the option of connecting via Bluetooth. I did not try this because I prefer wired connections most of the time. Then you are ready to connect your external device such as a Bluray player or gaming console. In my case this is my PS4. Again using HDMI connect using the PS4 HDMI out, into the soundbars HDMI in. Another nice feature is being able to connect your phone via Bluetooth to directly play music from your phone without having to worry about a cable. This is one time I actually prefer wireless. You can also connect USB drives for music files as well via the USB port. It accepts all standard audio file types such as MP3, etc. The soundbar itself has an interesting design. It is wedge shaped with several different sized holes that allow for the acoustic beam sound for better sound location in gaming as well as immersive movies, etc. I dont know how they did it, but its awesome. It also has a very nice black finish that fits in and matches the entertainment center perfectly. Sound wise you get great audio for movies, TV, etc. But this is also awesome for gaming as well. If you are a gamer you know that you need directional sound to locate enemies, voices, where sounds are coming from etc. Normally this is achieved via headphones, or a good surround sound system. But in game mode the soundbar achieves this with the acoustic sound beam and 8 different speakers. So you arent missing out on the accuracy and sound experience that headphones usually give you. And the 6.5” subwoofer gives you floor shaking explosions, powerful gun sounds, etc. while gaming. For example Fallout 4's awesome gun sounds, explosions, etc. And the same for music. Nice solid bass with clear highs and mids. The HW-N650 soundbar is perfect for those wanting the simplicity of a soundbar, with great sound from movies, TV, music, etc. But also dont want to sacrifice the immersion you get with headphones, or the standard multi speaker surround sound system. But if you do want to add separate speakers you can with Samsungs wireless rear speaker kit. Its so much simpler to install and get up and going vs. standard surround sound systems. No worrying about where to run wires, where to locate separate speakers. Just plug both in, find a spot for the sub, put the bar in front of your set, and enjoy high quality audio and gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good clarity but disappointing power

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    Grouticus
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    I truly looked forward to Samsung's new HW-N650ZA sound bar and wireless subwoofer combination in hopes there was some improvement to the sound that might set them aside from the competition. The soundbar itself was fairly long and low profile; I assume that was to perhaps to match up to their TV size however I wanted it for gaming purposes, as advertised, and planned on setting it up with a extended gaming monitor. That clearly didn't work out as planned because the sound bar was nearly as long as my desk itself so I went to plan B which was setting it up in my theater room where I had another wireless sound bar and subwoofer below a 120" projector screen. The Samsung sound bar was nearly a foot longer that the other one I had in that room and took up way more space than I had anticipated but it still worked out because of it's low profile. The sound bar and wireless sub were easy to set up and sync to a media stick via Bluetooth. The sound performance and changes while switching through the few sound options via the remote provided weren't too impressive but perhaps that was their goal for an entry level person looking to add more sound to their TV. The sound bar as an all-in-one does a fair job producing 5.1 sound and the sound and dialog clarity was actually crisp and clear. However, if you're a sound snob like myself and used to the receiver/amplifier and separate 5.1+ speaker set up, you're going to be disappointed in it's power. It's the wireless subwoofer that was really the most disappointing aspect of the set up; even increasing the sub to it's max +6 setting, the bass was pathetic. Ultimately I reverted back to my previous sound bar set up because of the disappointing power. I do like the option to add/sync wireless rear speakers to the set up but still don't think that with those it would change my rating and would suggest shopping for alternatives, even at a cheaper price, that provide more power and better, deeper sound. One of the improvements I noticed in the soundbar was the way it was able to provide directional sound using the directional holes in the sound bar to disperse the sound along with the bar itself being so long. This actually worked pretty well for gaming and you could make a directional distinction on where something was coming from, unfortunately it didn't work with my computer gaming set up but I could see it being a great entry level option for gamers using a standard widescreen 55"+ TV.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sound quality isn't the best.

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    jsnkc28
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    Being an avid gamer, I was very excited to get this sound bar and give it a try! Out of the box it looks like your average run of the mill sound bar. Pretty much black plastic with a metal grill covering the speakers. There is also a small hidden display on the right hand side that is under the metal grill. That is used for seeing the volume level and also for changing various settings on the sound bar. It looks very nice mounted under my TV and I also like that the sub woofer is wireless so I don't have to run any cables and I can just plug in the sub anywhere in my room and it will wirelessly connect to the sound bar. I started out by just plugging in the sound bar with no sub. The sound was extremely tinny. All high end, very little middle and even less bass. I did a quick adjustment of the bass and treble controls. I was able to get a slight amount more bass, but not much. So far I was very disappointed with this sound bar. So then I plugged in the sub, thinking that would fill out the sound a lot more and give me the mids and low end I was lacking. Once again, I was a bit disappointed in the sound. It was still very tinny sounding, but now there was a slight little rumble of bass with it. I took the remote (which is impossible to get the cover off to put the batteries in by the way) and turned up the sub level to 6. Still, not a whole lot of low end or mids. Youd think for a big subwoofer you'd get some nice punchy bass out of it, but that just wasn't the case. I know this sound bar doesn't cost thousands of dollars, but for the price tag, I was expecting a much fuller and more well balanced sound. I tried it with a regular TV, some action movies which should have a lot of low end, I even plugged in my high res audio player and cranked up some Metallica. Nothing I did gave me that rich full sound I was hoping for. On a positive note, I did plug this into my PS4 and I have to say that it definitely does enhance the gaming experience. I know that was a big selling point of this sound bar, and I definitely does immerse you in the game more than a regular sound bar does. It almost kind of envelops the sound around you so you feel like you are in the game. Kind of like surround sound, but even better. So that is one very cool feature of this sound bar. Overall, I would say maybe check out some other options before this one. It's definitely better than a TV speaker, but far from a full rich sound experience that one would expect from a sound bar and sub-woofer combo. Im not sure if this is something that could be fixed with some firmware updates or not. I guess we will see what the future holds.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal Panoramic Sound

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    Kelby
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    Design: This soundbar is sleek and well-built with mostly metal and a black finish, so it looks and feels like a premium product. Its low-profile design pairs well with my thin TV and it fits perfectly below. Some soundbars can be a bit too tall or not look good by a TV, but that is not the case for this soundbar. On the right side of the soundbar, there is the power, source, and volume controls, but those can also be controlled from the included remote. Nearby, there is a display that shows the input, volume, or sound mode when changing them. A nice aspect about the display is that it is not always on and blends in to the soundbar so that it is not noticeable. As for the subwoofer, it has basic rectangular design with the same black finish as the soundbar. It is rather large, but for the bass it produces, I do not mind the size. One of my favorite things about the subwoofer design is that it is wireless. You still need to plug it in to a power source, but it being wireless provides a lot of flexibility. Sound: I will start by simply saying that the sound produced by this soundbar and subwoofer combo is phenomenal. This is advertised to have “panoramic sound”, and once I tested it with a movie, I believe it truly does produce panoramic sound. Even though the soundbar and subwoofer are both at the front of my living room, it almost sounds as if there are a few more speakers placed throughout the room. The sound is super clear, and the bass is powerful. I am a gamer, so I was excited to try out the game mode, which optimizes the sound of your game, and it did not disappoint. I would not say this is a major selling point, but if you are a gamer, I would highly consider this soundbar. Overall, I have absolutely no complaints about the sound quality. I have owned a couple soundbars in the past, and this one surpasses those by far. Verdict: If you are looking for a sleek soundbar with a powerful subwoofer and panoramic sound, then look no further. This is likely one of the best in the market, and I can say with confidence that you will be very happy to have this soundbar and subwoofer in your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Honestly impressed

    Posted
    Kris

    I have to preface this by saying I just got this hooked up tonight, but I’ve tried just about every option in one night. I was torn between this and the 650 sound plus option (without subwoofer ) and am glad I grabbed this little gem. The in store demo does not do this model proper respect. Having just got a new Samsung tv, this unit paired and was ready to go before I even sat down to try it. The “one remote” instantly was ready to adjust settings, and I adjusted to eq to my preferences. After 15min I put on The Grand Tour as I thought this felt an appropriate show to truly see how this baby performed...and performed it has. The directional sound is amazing. Sitting outside my house with the window open and sound cranked up, it was less noises to my neighbors than my previous TVs built in speakers. But walk inside, it’s like you were standing in the sound stage getting immersed in the sound the program intended. I have to add, the HDMI passed through to HRD, no problem. The sub woofer kicked in at all the right moments, and the 8 speaker “virtual surround” works beautifully. I heard the HyperCars engines seamlessly drive left to right so intensely it made me feel like I was in the driver seat. There’s always something better, but for the price point, idk I could recommend anything better than what I’m hearing right now. Just for fun, I tried the game mode, seamlessly switching to the PS4 and you can genuinely hear where every shot and step is heard in real time playing COD which I felt gave a true advantage. I personally love this sound bar, I do intend on revising good or bad after another month or two of using, but I’m in love with this setup, if you have a. Newer Samsung tv, get this and don’t hesitate. You will not regret it Just as a note. I set up the subwoofer next to the couch, zero connectivity issues and it sounds amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Poor sound, flawed Bluetooth

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    Gerbil
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    [ Sound quality ] As seems to be a common problem with sound bars, the sound profile of this sound bar is muffled and extremely hollow. In comparison, a basic set of 2.1 channel computer speakers (2 satellite + subwoofer) that costs a small fraction of the price sounds immensely better, and real speaker setups at comparable price range are better yet. If sound quality is a major concern to you, I suggest not considering a sound bar in general, regardless of your budget. I was intrigued by the availability of a gaming sound mode--and the suggested benefits--but in thorough testing of this mode while gaming, it managed to routinely make me feel like I had cotton in my ears; a rather disorienting experience. Music played through this sound bar sounded unsurprisingly pathetic. The closest thing to a passable performance came when watching television shows and movies. I found the subwoofer to provide plenty of bass. [ Connectivity ] This sound bar provides a rather comprehensive selection of connectivity options. I found Bluetooth connectivity problematic, with the sound dropping out very frequently--a completely untenable situation. I was able to stream audio--from the same PC I used for testing--to other audio output devices (speakers, headphones) via Bluetooth with no interruptions in the streams, within a couple of feet of where the sound bar was located. Quite unfortunately, the volume levels of Bluetooth and optical connections (which I used for testing on my PC) were way off, with the Bluetooth input source sounding maybe twice as loud as optical input, which I found rather jarring when switching between input sources. Further, the sound bar would not honor my input source preference. When I had the sound bar paired and connected with a device via Bluetooth and would then use the remote control to select “D.IN” (digital/optical cable) as the source, about three to five seconds later, the sound bar would automatically switch back to Bluetooth as the input source. I had to disconnect the Bluetooth source in order to use another input source. I found this to be neither expected nor desired behavior. On a positive note, the latency of sound output is fairly low for a sound bar (at least when using a wired connection), which increases its value for gaming, and when watching television and movies in scenarios where you can’t adjust audio or video stream latency to synchronize the two. [ Conclusion ] With Bluetooth connectivity so problematic, I can’t recommend this product, even to someone set on a sound bar. If you can ignore Bluetooth as an option, the low latency might make this unit worth considering, among sound bars. If audio quality is a top concern, you could spend the same amount of money or less on virtually any set of real 2.1 or 5.1 channel speakers for a much greater sound experience.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound Bar None

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    The Samsung HW-N650 is almost perfect, providing an expansive ‘panoramic’ experience packaged into a sound bar. Audio wise it sounds great, which it should for the price point. Out of the box sound was a little ‘thin’ compared to my Polk sound bar but fortunately the treble and bass are adjustable along with subwoofer volume. After tweaking the levels the sound bar provided fantastic audio and presence. The 8 speaker array does a great job of filling the room where as Samsung’s acoustic beaming provides the surround sound experience of a full home theater setup. Sounds and dialog are surprisingly directional considering it is all coming from just a sound bar. The N650 features 3 DSP modes (Surround, Game, and Standard) allowing you to further adjust the sound. 'Surround' seems to optimize the acoustic beaming (ports on top of the sound bar), 'Game' reduces sound lag and provides greater bass response, and 'Standard' appears to reduce the signal processing providing a flatter frequency response. I am not usually a fan of DSPs but I have found I prefer the optimized surround and game modes on the N650. My only gripe is the size. At over 43 inches long, it was longer then the legs of my 55” TV limiting how far back I could place it in front of the TV. In my case I preferred the look of the N650 behind the TV as opposed to being a foot out in front of the TV. If your TV is wall mounted this will be a non issue, Samsung even provides hardware to wall mount the sound bar if desired. Gamers and non-gamers alike will be impressed with the sound quality of the N650, provided you have the space for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was looking for

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    skylog
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    This soundbar was the perfect solution to my audio dilemma. I recently made the move to a 4K TV and I was really looking for a way to enjoy the improved sound and enhance my consumption of media. I did not want to buy a receiver and my small space was not optimal for the corresponding wires and speakers that would be needed. Enter this Samsung sound bar. It is a much simpler, compact, and more elegant alternative. It comes with the sound bar itself, wireless sub, remote, optical cable, power cables, power adapter and wall mount kit. The sound bar is well-built, feels sturdy and looks like a premium product. The design is unlike sound bars I have seen, with an almost wedge-like shape. According to Samsung, this is function meeting form, as it allows for their “Beam Forming” technology to throw sound in all directions. The wireless sub is something else that I am quite pleased with. As I mentioned earlier, space is at a premium for me, so having some flexibility with its placement is a great bonus. Setup is, simply, a breeze. Power the units, plug in your source. There really is not much more to it than that. Depending on your equipment and needs, there are a few ways to go about it, with an added detail here and there, but in the end, you should not have any major issues. So, how does it all sound? Honestly, I am quite pleasantly surprised. The sound is loud, filling my space, crisp, clear, and deep. Highs, mids and lows are all covered. The sub does not throw “earth-shattering” bass, but it is there and brings that welcome punch to your content. Further, as an avid movie watcher, it Is great that dialogue is clear with ample volume. As I have more time with this, I am confident it will all only get better as I tune the settings more to my liking. Lastly, I am very impressed with the directional sound this throws out. Action ebbs and flows across the screen and the sound absolutely follows it. It adds an immersive quality to my content that, quite honestly, made me wish I had moved to something like this much sooner. The ability to add more speakers to this system is welcome, and something I am very much considering. Ultimately, I think this is a great system. It checks all my boxes…well-built, looks great, performs well, has some flexibility, is a great value and, perhaps most importantly, because of all those things…allows me to enjoy my screen time more. That is what is all about.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and worth your while

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    Leonardo
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    The Samsung N650 soundbar has more or less everything you would expect from a soundbar at this price range. It produces nice, crisp, and quality sound over a wide dynamic range. In addition to that, it offers the listener multiple choices to enjoy their media and really does add to your TV viewing experience over the default speakers. For starters, I would like to point out what I liked with this soundbar. The setup was very simple, and the step-by-step instructions provided in the manual included pictures to follow along. There are provided wall mounts for the sound bar if that is the option you choose. Overall, I was up and running within 10 minutes. The highlight of this soundbar is the Gaming mode, which seems to amplify the surround sound and increase the immersion to the games. I noticed this especially when playing Monster Hunter World on the PS4, where the forest noises were louder and I was able to hear the distant monsters. It seems that this setting was really useful to games that utilized surround sound, but less so for those that don't, such as Persona 5. There are a couple of settings you can tweak to adjust the audio, such as treble, bass, and audio sync. However, that seems to be the extent of what you can do. There were a couple things that I found somewhat disappointing. Before I continue, I acknowledge that this is a soundbar and it has its limitations. That being said, the surround sound produced is no where near the quality of an actual surround sound setup. You won't feel like you're hearing footsteps behind you. In reality, it is more of a 3.1 setup, with the center and front speakers with a subwoofer. However, that can be remedied with the wireless back speakers sold separately. Another thing I noticed was that the subwoofer was a little lack luster. It seemed to be unable to hit the really low frequencies, and it certainly won't make your seat rumble. While it can go quite loud, it just wasn't the satisfying loud that I would have liked. Instead of the low rumble you would expect, you would get a slightly washed out, and slightly higher pitched bass. Overall, I liked it. It's good enough for me to enjoy a nice action film, and play some intense games. If I needed a bluetooth speaker, I can connect to it without needing to turn on the TV. It's great for what it is, and I would certainly recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade your viewing experience in 3...2...1

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    HarvickFan
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    Makes an immediate improvement to the sound of anything you’re watching. Whether it’s cable TV, video games or HD movies, this thing sounds amazing. Connectivity is very straightforward. I’m using the HDMI passthrough into the ARC HDMI channel on my TV and I’m using the Digital Audio output for my Xbox One. If I had one complaint about the system, it’s that I wish the system would recognize the input source from HDMI and automatically switch to the HDMI source. It doesn’t do that, so every time I want to watch TV, I have to use the supplied remote to manually switch the source to HDMI for TV. Once you do that, the TV or cable box remote is all you need, since the TV recognizes the external speakers and will control the volume. The sound is very clear, detailed and spacious. And it gets very loud. It has enough watts to fill any normal family room or basement viewing space. The system has great build quality as you’d expect from Samsung. The bass module is hefty but remains lightweight and easy to move and the sound bar is very hefty and will remain in place wherever you place it. It has a great footprint and rubberized bottom feet so once you place it it won’t move. It even comes with wall mounting hardware in the box if you need to mount below your TV. Viewing different audio sources (stereo, 5.1 DTS, etc.) the sound remains crystal clear. You feel as if you have a full surround sound setup. You can select from standard mode, true 5.1 surround and a Game mode. The Game mode really brings out the action and provides crystal clear details when playing games. I wish the bass was a little more noticeable. It has very good albeit subtle bass. Very tight and punchy but not overwhelming. You can adjust the bass level in both mix and level, but I wish it gave just a little bit more. With a good input source and a bass heavy mix it works great, but I’d love to be able to color in some bass when the source isn’t the best, and you really can’t do that. The bluetooth streaming works very well and easily pairs with my bluetooth devices. All in all the system is a huge improvement over standard TV speakers and will change your home viewing experience for the better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty awesome for a sound bar!

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    Oldskool
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    I am not going to get into the specs since it is already available in the specs tab. The packaging is somewhat mediocre and I would recommend purchasing in store instead of shipping. I tossed out the fiber cable and wired it up with HDMI. Set up was quick and easy, found the sub in a few seconds and I was off and flying. Trial run was with a few consoles, tossed in a movie and them jammed out to some tunes. The gaming was great, ran the Xbox, PlayStation, and PC and all were great. Samsung's directional technology works great and makes the surround pretty realistic. I am however a major audiophile-est and run a home system with Atmos, which makes it hard to be biased. I ran this in a smaller room and was very impressed with what I heard. During first shooters I was able to distinguish where shots and sounds were coming from, you won't get that from a TV. The movie sounded great and the speech was on par. The bass wasn't a house shaker but sounded clean and crisp. Bluetooth audio sounded good as well. You can change the sound parameters as well for music, movies, gaming etc. The size and look of the system is top notch. I like the look of the low profile soundbar, it also has a nice heft to it which is always a good sign. Cheaper products have a light and plastic feel to it, not here. As usual I prefer a power supply in the device instead of the wire, here you get the power supply on the cord for the sound bar but the sub woofer is built in. Would be fantastic for a smaller room or apartment! If you are looking for a full blown surround sound system then stay away, you won't be disappointed for a smaller set up or a first timer into the surround market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    looks good

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    Bappy
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    I wanted to like the Samsung Gaming Sound Bar HW-N650/ZA, it is impressive looking, slim with a small LED status panel that has a scrolling display. Not sure what the gaming in the name is all about, except that it has a game mode. As for soundbars go, it has the standard optical input, along with an HDMI input and output which is ARC capable which communicates back to your TV. I opted for the Optical input mode since HDMI connectivity is already used by my audio receiver. When I unpacked the soundbar and wireless subwoofer I was surprised at the size of the unit, my previous soundbar which is from the same manufacturer as my TV is much smaller. As it turns out, this soundbar does not excel in the sound category, while it looks impressive and has separate treble and bass tone controls along with a level control for the subwoofer, it curiously lacks “punch”. While the sound bar has clear sound, I would not call it “rich” sounding. I kept saying “where’s the bass”, I checked to make sure the subwoofer was linked, the indicator showed that it was. You could feel a little bass, but nothing to write home about. I wound up hooking up my old sound bar which frankly sounded better. Not sure about this Samsung unit, thought it would be an upgrade, not impressed and I hoped I would be. Pros: - Nice design - Scrolling LED panel with plain English display - Separate bass and treble controls Cons: - Not rich sounding, limited bass - Strangely designed remote, don’t overthink the design Samsung

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beyond My Expectations!

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    ElectronicJunkie
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    First off, I have 4 other soundbar setups in my home and was very excited to try this Samsung gaming soundbar in my game room. I have 2 soundbars that are 3 to 4 times the cost of the Samsung, and I now want to replace them. The Samsung 5.1 gaming soundbar has the best 5.1 sound out of any of them, by far. It truly feels more wrapped around than my expensive top tier Bose and Focal soundbars. In movie watching, from lows to mids to highs, it all sounds great with only a hint of a flat EQ setting in about the 500 to 900 mhz range, some speech blends in. This may be because of the movies I tested it out on but it was slightly heard by me, but not my wife. Bass is deep and carries throughout the room with ease. Highs are set perfect, no tinny sounds, just crisp and clear. Now, the gaming,bring out the Xbox and hear it all. I left my headset off and used my standalone mic so I could really test the capabilities for the surround sound. It kills my other soundbars and came close to the same field of sound my 7.1 gaming system does, I was blown away. Now, lets be real, if I turn my 7.1 gaming setup way up, the soundbar has nothing on it. But, for late night playing at a normal volume while the kids are in bed, it is on par and I can hear everything the game was portraying, even the footsteps behind me. Hookup is a breeze, bluetooth and WiFi work as they should. Get this soundbar, I am getting another and replacing my family room one with one and throwing that top tier one in the garage for working on the car, its sad a $2000 system is being put out to pasture imo. Great job Samsung!!

    I would recommend this to a friend