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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung's Best Soundbar to Date

    Posted
    BADog
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    If you're looking for a "hefty" sound bar, this is literally the heftiest system I have seen both in weight and sound. This system has the ability to fill a room and more. This package comes with the Samsung HW-N850 soundbar, subwoofer, remote control (w/batteries), 2 identical power cords, HDMI cable, wall mounting brackets/hardware/guide, and user manual. Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead. PROS: ----------- * Really, really great sound. The 13 individually amplified speakers provide a clean and crisp sound with limited/no distortion, even at high levels. 9 speakers fire forward, 2 fire out the sides, and 2 fire out of the top (at an angle). Combined with HK sound processing, it truly provides a submersive 5.1.2 sound experience even without rear speakers. * The bar and subwoofer connect flawlessly upon power-up. * Bluetooth (BT) devices connect flawlessly. I used a Samsung Note 9 and a Galaxy S7+. * Remote control is similar to the Amazon Fire TV remote as many other devices are also using this "smart" design. There was quick response from the remote to sound bar and the buttons felt solid. * Durable mounting brackets and hardware are included. * Samsung SmartThings app is useful in providing a graphic equalizer if you need more than just bass/treble settings. It is also used to manually push a firmware update to the device, but when I tried, it didn't work over the air (see 3rd "con" below). * As with most newer sound bars, it provides HDMI ARC ability for digital audio. Of course, your TV will need ARC too for this functionality to work. * If you have a Samsung TV, you can control the sound bar volume with the TV remote once they are synced together. CONS: ----------- * Sound bar does not include a headphones jack or coaxial input port. Even though sound quality lessens using analog, this is sometimes desired for some applications (ie. RF headphones that connect via RCA-to-3.5mm). * At this time, the wifi feature for the system doesn't offer much, other than controlling the settings of the sound bar and optional automatic updates. The "Tune-In" application is the only available option built-in and it is a pay service after a free trial period. There is no Pandora or Spotify built-in. * The Samsung website shows a firmware update that's newer than what I have received; however, the system will not update manually to that version over-the-air. The app states it is already at the newest level. Now there is a manual file you can download (a 300MB .zip file), but there is nothing in the user manual or app that states how to update the system with it. My guess is thru the USB port on the back; however, there are no instructions on how to do that. * High price point could be an issue as this sound bar may cost more than your TV, possibly even double. On the flip side, this may be the best-sounding sound bar at this price point that I have heard. You will have to be the judge. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ------------------------------------- * This is the same sound bar and subwoofer as the Samsung SW-N950. The N950 however, includes 2 rear speakers which have 2 drivers each that improve the sound from 5.1.2 to 7.1.4. If you don't need as much depth/rear, then the N850 will be plenty. * This system as a whole is heavy. The bar is 19.4 lbs and the sub is 21 lbs. It's heavy-duty, but the sound created is also really good. It has rubber feet on the bottom to secure itself on most platforms without vibrating itself off the ledge (from heavy bass by the sub). The sub is also just bigger all over (~16"x16"), and the sound bar is longer than other sound bars I own. Check your area and the dimensions of each component before buying. * Dolby Atmos can only be played back via HDMI. "Digital In" via optical fiber cable will not provide you with Dolby Atmos sound. * The Soundbar only displays if the received signal is Dolby Atmos, or DTS:X. There is no display for any other received audio format. * The grill on the front/top/sides of the sound bar is not removable like some other brands. It is made of metal which does protect the individual drivers of the bar. * The system connects to the Alexa Echo via the SmartThings app; however, I don't have an Amazon Echo so did not test this functionality. * The sound bar only has 2 HDMI-in ports, so if you have 3+ items to hook up (ie. Fire TV, gaming console, blu-ray player or other IOT devices), you'll want to go with another sound bar or receiver that will allow that capability. * There is a sound port on the back of the subwoofer (see pic) with the right side having black fabric which covers the sub components inside the subwoofer. It has a good luck, but keep in mind that the right side shouldn't be placed flush against something since the firing sub driver is located there. * There are 4 button controls on the top/rear part of the sound bar: power, source, vol-, and vol+. CONCLUSION: ============== When looking for a quality sound bar system, you generally look for surround quality, frequency response, and price. You just want to have a great sound that immerses you in what you are listening to. The sound bar/sub alone does a great job giving good 5.1.2 sound. The rear/surround speakers are needed to give it even more depth but are included with the N950 package. Volumewise, this system is plenty loud - loud enough for a full sized media room. The sub is huge and creates vibrating explosions and great bass for today's music. Personally, I'd like to see this product do more with built-in internal apps, specifically Spotify and Pandora so pairing to a device via BT is not necessary. An on-screen menu might be necessary for that functionality. The only thing in the SmartThings app was the Tune-It pay service ... and I don't need to pay for another audio service. In conclusion, the bottom line is sound. You should be more than pleased with the sound of this beast for years to come. Great job Samsung.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High End Home Theater Experience In A Soundbar

    Posted
    Njuice
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have really loved this Samsung Dolby Atmos sound system so far! It is just really impressive how just a soundbar and a wireless subwoofer can truly make it feel like I am in a movie theater. If you are debating on whether to get it I would say you will not be disappointed. A quick note on this review: my set up was simply a Samsung 4K HDR TV and a 4K Apple TV. PROS: - Set-Up was simple out of the box but my first impression is this soundbar is BIG. It stretches almost the full length of my 65" TV and is very wide and heavier than normal. I understand given how many speakers are in it but just be prepared. To set up, all you have to do is plug in the power to the soundbar and the wireless subwoofer. Now for those adapting to this new technology, something to note - Dolby Atmos requires a pass through connection. So I plugged my HDMI chord from my Apple TV into the soundbar (1 of 2 HDMI inputs) and then the soundbar has an HDMI output that you plug into the TV. - It has some nice additional features like Bluetooth connection, WiFi connection, and Amazon Alexa integration. I do not have an Alexa but I'd imagine this would be very appealing to many. - Once this is set up, it's simple. It has a really easy display in the corner where it will say what connection your own, the volume levels, and if it is working in Dolby Atmos or not. I think it's a really subtle but useful feature. - Let me also say - this is LOUD. I have been watching TV and movies at around 15-30 and been impressed but it goes up to 100. - I watched a few Dolby Atmos titles on my Apple 4K TV through iTunes and Netflix and...wow! I truly knew what all the hype was about! Like Most movies the dialogue is normal but any action, music, or noises really feels like it flies around you. Dolby Atmos is all about creating sound objects in the room and it does that, you can feel the sound going from side to side or coming from behind you or down at you. It really makes for an authentic movie theater feel and I don't understand how they do this with the lack of rear speakers. REAR SPEAKERS: - If you are thinking of buying this I'm sure you have this question: is it really that great without Rear Speakers? The N950 is the exact same as the N850 (what I am reviewing) but features Rear Speakers and costs $500 more. Does the N850 soundbar do the job as it is? Yes. Would I rather have an additional 2 Rear Speakers? Yes because I think it would add so much more depth. Is it worth an extra $500 just get the Rear Speakers? Maybe. I really think the N850 on its own will blow you away and make you very impressed. But I'm sure the N950 adds an even greater impression but I'm not sure if it's worth that extra money. - I think Samsung missed the boat in not offering the Rear Speakers of the N950 for sale separately. That way if someone buys the N850 and down the road they want two additional Dolby Atmos rear speakers, they can do so without having to buy the entire N950 combo. CONS: - I have had connectivity issues at times with the HDMI Pass through. Sometimes my TV doesn't recognize that I am trying to reach the Apple TV plugged into the soundbar. Also sometimes sound won't play from my Apple TV and I will have to exit, scroll around a bit, and replay the show/movie to get it to work. I don't know if this is the TV, the Soundbar, or the Apple TV but I am hoping it can get patched soon. - This soundbar only supports 2 Dolby Atmos devices since it only has 2 HDMI inputs. It's pretty standard but make sure to know this. - I wish this soundbar had Google Home / Assistant integration. Only allowing Amazon Alexa doesn't allow for other smart speakers to work with it. - Everything on the soundbar sounds great and it supports a number of sound formats. But it really shines and shows it worth when it is playing Dolby Atmos and there just isn't enough programming that supports this yet. So this is just like buying a 4K TV, it's worth the investment to have the ultimate home movie theater setup but they are still working on making this type of quality the norm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An awesome experience! -at a price. 4.5 Stars!

    Posted
    insomniak1
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Having had a bit of experience with soundbars -I have one for every TV and even one for my PC, this is my first experience with one featuring Dolby ATMOS and DTX:X sound. Upon opening the rather large box it came in, I realized this thing is huge! It measures 48.27" x 3.27" x 5.35". It is also very heavy coming in at a whopping 20lbs! The build is typical of most Samsung devices; it radiates high quality. It features a dark metal grill chassis that is nice to the touch. It comes with a wireless subwoofer that is also large. It measures 8.01" x 15.75" x 16.36" and it weighs over 21 lbs. I was a bit worried about how it would sit in front of my TV, which is a meager 50” class. Well, I was not wrong. It certainly stands out quite a bit and goes beyond the width dimensions of my TV, but thankfully not beyond my stand. Visually, it bugged me at first. I could not sit or lay on the floor (which I do a lot) and watch TV because the soundbar would obstruct the view a little bit. Also, it makes me think that I probably need a bigger TV (which I do not). This soundbar comes with mounting gear but since I rent, I cannot mount anything on the walls except frames. Setting it up was a breeze. I easily connected it to my XBOX ONE X and my PS4PRO going through the ARC connection to my 4KHDR TV. They all work well except my PS4PRO, which I haven’t figured out how to make the HDR be recognized, which is a bummer. The remote is nice and it makes it easy to navigate between settings. Once I got past this I decided to concentrate on the most important aspect: Sound. I first tried using my smart TV’s feed, which is connected through the optical digital connection. The sound was outstanding! It came in very clear and loud; too loud in fact. I had it at 10% and it was way more than needed. Every sound was very distinctive, and the sound separation was easily noticeable (left-right-center). I played with several settings but ended up on SMART. Some soundbars drown vocals but not this one. The subwoofer, which I placed on the other side of the room, underneath a bench, gave a booming, powerful fulfilling bass that was not overwhelming and pristine. Next, I paired it with my Samsung NOTE 8 and played music. I thoroughly enjoyed the outcome. All frequencies -low, high and mids, were clear and did not drown or blurred each other. Every beat was punchy no matter the genre. Vocals and classical music were exceptional. Then I decided to test the selling point: ATMOS. I set up my XBOX ONE X for ATMOS output and the bar recognized it right away. To test it, I played a couple of titles from Netflix that feature ATMOS (unfortunately not many are available). At first play, I was immediately enthralled. The sound was AMAZING. Sound really seemed to come alive and excitingly from all sides. However, during extended listening and paying attention, I did notice that the ATMOS directional sound from the top was missing or barely noticeable. I raised the levels for the front up-firing speakers and it still was a bit hard to recognize. My living room is rather small and seemed like the perfect environment for directional-sound reproductions, so I was a bit underwhelmed. So I put in Ready Player One in 4KHDR which is one of the most recommended films for experiencing ATMOS. This time around, the over-head sound was much more noticeable -not as much as Samsung claims, but noticeable none the less. You almost feel like you are in the theater. I also played Gears of War 4, which features ATMOS and the direction of the sound was very well done. There were a couple of moments when the sound did make me turn around. My take is that ATMOS is highly dependent on the source material -some are better coded than others which can be hit-or-miss. One more thing, I bought the Samsung wireless rear speakers SWA-9000S which I did not factor in this review. I simply recommend them if you want a more complete experience -however, you must be willing to fork up another $100. In the end, I am very happy with the overall sound. Seems that Samsung made a great decision in pairing up with Harman/Kardon. Although the bar may be too big and ATMOS may not yet be ready technologically, this soundbar does provide a very unique experience -at a price. Not perfect so I'd give it a sure 4.5 if I could.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ample volume, quality sound

    Posted
    BenisJ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    There are plenty of reasons to buy this soundbar, most of which boil down to the quality components, features and clarity of this system. Aside from the specs you can view on the BestBuy page as well as praise elsewhere for the quality of sound and volume, it is worth noting some of the following pros/cons I had upon unboxing, installing and using... Weight and Size: The soundbar itself is surprisingly large and very heavy. If you did not look at it first in the store or stop to think about how long 48" of width is compared to your diagonally measured TV, you might question your choice if you are doing a wall mount under a TV less than 60" (diagonal). It looks kind of funny mounted under my Samsung 46" 5-yr old TV and does not fit well on my 56" credenza with the TV on its stand. The included wall mount brackets are made of a sturdy steel to support the bar, but seemed to have a bit of give once I had them properly mounted in drywall. I am confident, however, they will not come out of the wall. Once hung, however, there seemed to be a very slight, barely noticeable downward tilt. Setup: Setup seemed like a no-brainer when unboxing. 1 optical, 2 HDMI in, and 1 HDMI ARC in. My setup frustrations? The ON/OFF button will not illuminate and the "input dislpay" is on the front, right of the soundbar. So, if you flipped it on its side or upside down to connect stuff, you won't see it power on or know the input connected by default--plus, that input screen will go dark after a couple seconds. Additionally, I had to TURN THE BUILT-IN SPEAKERS OFF ON MY OLDER MODEL SAMSUNG in order to hear the soundbar. Nonetheless, all of this is noted in the manual should you choose to read it first. The sub autoconnected so I did not have to use the sub ID PAIRING feature (a button located on the soundbar and subwoofer to make the two see each other). And then, amazingly, I couldn't figure out how to work the remote control. (Hint: The volume and subwoofer buttons are not PUSH buttons...) Remote Control: The remote is very basic and controls overall volume, subwoofer volume, inputs and settings. It should be noted that the volume and subwoofer buttons do not depress, they are "rockers" to push the volume up/down. (Again, reading the manual first would have saved me some frustration.) The remote will help you select inputs, pick sound modes, control overall and subwoofer volume and set settings such as bass, treble, rear volume, etc. Initial Sound and Tweaks: Out of the box settings were flat, which is to be expected. After tweaking bass, treble, balance, etc. I am still struggling to find a right balance between regular TV shows vs. movies/streaming content. TV shows often lack depth of sound and just come across as loud. That is not Samsung/Harmon Kardon's fault. That is just how it is. Movies streaming series, however, sound very rich. Sound Mode: The remote has an option to cycle between 3 sound modes: Standard, Surround and Smart. It is suggested by the manual you leave it in SMART mode. Standard essentially feels a bit more center, 2-channel focused. Surround feels like simulated surround. Smart feels wider ("auto optimizer"). They all sound great, but they also sound a bit front-heavy. Perhaps with the optional rear speakers this would not be the case. App, Alexa, Bluetooth and Wifi Mode: After initially struggling to connect my Bluetooth phone to the speaker without the aide of the user manual, I must say I am very impressed with the overall sound of music through the soundbar. It rivals my component stereo system. I cannot get wifi-mode to connect the soundbar to my Samsung TV but that may be an age/compatibility issue. The app is technically a "Samsung Smart Things" app designed to control more than just your soundbar. The main benefit to the app is the advanced EQ setting. I did not pair an Alexa but the manual had detailed instructions as well as a robust list of verbal commands to use with Alexa and the Samsung/Harmon-Kardon HW-N850/ZA soundbar. I do wish it was Google Home smart. Value: I have never owned a $1000 soundbar system, but I have owned $1000+ home stereo systems. The whole reason I selected the Samsung Atmos Soundbar was to get the Atmos experience without having to fire up the component system. The Samsung soundbar is quick to sense the TV operation with minimal lag between TV image and soundbar audio (about 2 second delay). While there are cheaper options for soundbars, quality, features, and volume are the main reasons to purchase the HW-N850/ZA model if your budget can afford it. Not owning the rear speakers may end up being a regret but because I do not have a true "home theater room" I chose to forego the rear speaker option. In the end, you are spending more for quality and may need to review the owners manual to help you with setup and configuration before you get the system balanced to your liking, but you will be happy whether watching the evening news, streaming Netflix, watching an Atmos-formatted movie, or playing tunes from your bluetooth device. If not for some frustrations with the setup, calibration and a heavy front-end sound when watching standard TV shows, I would give it a 5-star review for audio clarity, volume, and "Atmosomeness."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Soundbar, Even Bigger Sound

    Posted
    William
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Holiday shopping is in full swing, which means an excuse to spend money on myself. I decided this year's tech upgrade was going to be the sound system in the "man cave." I've been using a Samsung HW-K550 since 2016, and I thought I'd go for an upgrade. Soundbars have made huge strides to close the gap that separates them from traditional home theater setups, but there has always been a lack of spatial and atmospheric sound. The HW-N850 has changed that in a big way. I've never felt so enveloped in sound outside a traditional theater. This soundbar has so many speakers firing in all directions that it wraps around the room like an expensive traditional system would. Now if you haven't seen it in person, let me inform you that it is big -- like, really big. I've attached an image of my HW-K550, which was already larger than most soundbars, sitting on top of my new HW-N850. This thing is easily three, almost four, times the size of my old one. I mean there are some serious speakers in this thing -- 13 to be exact. I have a 55" TV and this soundbar is the same width, so if your TV is smaller it will look kind of funny. Also, this doesn't come with the rear speakers, but you can add wireless surround speakers. There is an interesting sound setting called "Smart" that really showcases what this thing can do. The range is also absolutely stunning. The highs are crisp, the lows are rich, and the mids sound perfect, unlike some other soundbars that give the mids a muffled sound. Gaming and watching movies is insanely good on this system, but something I noticed specifically was how well it plays music. When I workout, I like to watch music videos for motivation. Soundbars I've had before weren't strong at playing music, likely because there was a lack of range. This soundbar is amazing for music, and it gets loud, really loud. If you are looking for an expansive and encompassing system without all the wires and hassle, the HW-N850 will not disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Soundbar, does everything just right.

    Posted
    SouthwestJoe
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    We purchased this flagship Samsung soundbar along with a 75" Samsung TV from BestBuy. I've had a number of previous soundbars, including a recent LG SK9Y. Simply put, this soundbar excels in every respect compared to every other unit I've owned. Easily the best soundbar I've experienced. First, build quality is outstanding. All metal construction, with large enclosures for both the subwoofer and rear speakers. Connections are all wireless, and our setup went flawlessly, lliterally plug-n-play. Rear speakers on this soundbar including 2 separate drivers: rear surround, and rear-top speakers. I especially like the lack of wires for the rear speakers (other than the need to plug them into outlets). These are beefy rear speakers compared to the usual wireless units from LG or Vizio (which we've also owned). Integration with our Samsung TV went perfectly as well. The soundbar talks to the Samsung via HDMI-ARC. It's smart enough to switch between ARC channels (when using the TV native apps) and HDMI inputs on the soundbar (when using DirecTV mini-Genie or our 4K Apple TV), all automatically. I didn't have to teach the family a bunch of tricky remote operations, they just select the source and go, the soundbar switching perfectly. The HDMI pass-through works great for 4K/HDR10. Volume control was perfect, and the volume changes quickly. The volume level is shown on the TV, and reflected on the soundbar display. The soundbar display is big and easily read across the room, and TURNS OFF after a few seconds, thank you! (The LG soundbar drove us nuts, the display sitting there saying "optical" or "arc" constantly and never turning off). The soundbar powers on/off in perfect sync with our TV when using the TV power button on any number of our remotes. Sound from this unit is absolutely fantastic, the best of any soundbar I've ever heard. 3D imaging was very apparent with titles such as Netflix 4K-streaming "Lost in Space". You could close your eyes, and just point to various sound sources in full 3D glory from our viewing position. Level adjustments are easy enough with the included remote, and include the ability to set all the Atmos levels including front, center, side, rear, sub, and front-top and rear-top levels. Bass was crisp and clear. There's a full 10-band equalizer available in the "advanced" settings within the app, if you so desire. The "auto" mode for surround processing has worked fantastic. For normal TV/News, the sound field is front and center, coming from the TV itself. Switch to a 5.1 source, and the sound field expands and fills the room. We've not yet tried Dolby Atmos (I think, see below), as I'm waiting for the 4K Apple TV to support this. Honestly, "Lost in Space" via the native Netflix app on our 2018 Samsung 75" TV sounds like its streaming Atmos, but the info in the app says its only 5.1 . It sure sounds way better than other 5.1 material I've heard, so perhaps Atmos is working with the Samsung native apps after all. I'll know for sure once Apple TV opens up Atmos in TVoS 12. Regardless, the 3D sound fields we have experienced with this are just wonderful. Not overpowering, but very movie-like. We've been startled more than once with side- or rear-effects in various movies and streams. Indeed, this soundbar excels at both higher-volumes for family movie night, and lower volumes for light night viewing as well. It all sounds quite natural to my ear. All-in-all, I'm just thrilled with this soundbar. Full 3D sound fields and great sound, wonderful construction, seemless integration with our Samsung TV, it all just works. My only (minor) suggestion would be a better iphone app to allow finer control of various elements of the settings (like level control, which a present can only be set via the remote). Also, mic-based setup would be nice at this price point for auto-levels and auto-equalization. None-the-less, our results out of the box are stellar. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent soundbar

    Posted
    msumulong
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I recently got this sound bar and all I can say is that this is the better sounding soundbar out in the market. First thing you’ll notice is the size and heft of both the soundbar itself and the included sub-woofer. The size of the soundbar itself is almost the length of a 65” tv and is quite heavy. That being no surprise since it has 13 drivers. Likewise the sub-woofer is rather large for what comes with soundbars. Setup is a breeze as pairing is automatic once you power-on the unit. And operation is pretty much forward as the remote control is as simplistic as possible. There are dedicated buttons for the sub-woofer and Bluetooth for quick access. A sound mode for scrolling three sound modes. And a settings mode to control volumes for the different drivers. It took me quite sometime to review this unit as I have tried to watch several movies to assess the soundbar’s audio output. Titles I’ve watched initially which are either in Dolby 5.1/7.1 and DTS include LOTR, The Hobbit, U-571, Behind Enemy Lines and Avatar. I have also watch GOTR and John Wick which has Dolby Atmos and American Made which has DTS-X. Overall I am quite impressed with the audio output as there this sound clarity and thumping bass which doesn’t distort and muffle the soundtrack. That said the unit is still front heavy in audio and missing an immersive sound experience unlike the more expensive HW-N950 which is the same with the addition of two rear speakers which makes it a 7.1.4 system compare to the 5.1.2 system the HW-N850 has. Fortunately, this unit can be upgraded with the SWA-9000s making it a 7.1.2 system. Still a bit short compared to the N950 though. But the good thing though is that Samsung put the SWA-9000S on sale and that made a whole lot of difference when I purchased. So this is a fairly cheap way to upgrade your system if you can't justify the $400 to $500 price difference between the N950 and N850. With the rear speakers setup, here are now ambient sounds that I can hear which I didn't hear before. Fortunately as of this writing Samsung put the SWA-9000S on sale everywhere thus prompting me to add the SWA-9000S wireless speakers to the N850. There are other nice features included in this soundbar albeit Samsung specific such as connecting via wi-fi and using the Smartthings app thereby gaining more features to the unit. Also the unit is supposedly Aexa enable too. While these are nice to have features, I am sticking to my setup having the additional wireless speakers as good quality immersive sound is what one primarily looks for in an audio system. And in this regard, I am quite satisfied with the output the Samsung HW-N850 and would definitely recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound!

    Posted
    Ace254687
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    When I fist saw the Samsung sound bar, I was shocked by how big this thing is. Not only that, but it looks gorgeous too. This is a high end sound bar at it's finest, in terms of build quality and sound quality. It even comes with an HDMI cable, which packed in the box. The set up is a snap, it's basically a plug and play. It has 1 HDMI (ARC) output and 2 HDMI inputs. The wireless Subwoofer connects automatically without having to do anything. The Sound bar also connects through Bluetooth or WiFi. To connect it to WiFi, you need to download the smart things app, in which you need to have or create a Samsung account. From there you have more advanced controls for sound (like fine tuning), and that's also how you connect it to your WiFi network. The First device I tried connecting to it, was my 4K Apple TV. This gave me some issues when turning on Dolby Vision, as the screen kept going black. I'm not sure what the problem is there, so I just connected it through bluetooth and ran the HDMI from my Apple TV straight to the TV. The sound was great. The 2nd device I connected was my Xbox one X and popped in a 4K Blu-ray. Dolby Atmos sounds amazing on this sound bar! It Really does an excellent job in projecting the sound in different directions. Everything from Voices, to sound effects sounds crystal clear. The wireless subwoofer packs a mighty punch and adds the perfect balance of bass with the sound bar, without ever missing a beat. Overall, This is the best sound bar that I've ever heard, as well as one of the finest constructed I've ever seen. The 13 - Harmon Karden speakers inside, are top quality. This would be a 5 star product, if it wasn't for the compatibility issues I was having with my Apple 4K TV. In terms of build and sound quality, this is by far a 5 star product. I would definitely recommend this sound bar to anyone who is looking for a high quality Dolby Atmos set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the best - with a few caveats

    Posted
    Mikey123
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    First, let me say I auditioned about 10 soundbars in my home, going through the excruciating exchange process in a couple of cases (not from BB, they were great). I'll present in pros and cons to be concise. Pros: 1. Absolutely the most natural sounding bar I have used 2. Extreme detail while still sounding natural 3. Nothing funky to get DTS:X or Atmos to work correctly. Just hook up a DTS:X or Atmos source with a good quality HDMI cable, and the soundbar recognizes it and goes into the correct mode (It tells you also) 4. The best bass I have heard on a system. It is not a booming bass like many systems that try to accentuate the bass because the soundbar sounds bad. It is the exact right bass on any given passage 5. Functions perfectly with my Samsung JU7500 6. Surround really works! I could hear noises beside and around me. I would say that the room size and dimensions play a large role in what you hear from the up-firing speakers. I tried the bar in two rooms of different dimensions and heard very different things 7. Voices are clear and easy to understand 8. Good adjustment characteristics for all speakers in the bar and sub 9. It is a really fun bar that I don't strain to listen to. Other bars just did not sound this natural. I hear everything out of this bar and actors voices appear exactly as I expect them to 10. Samsung uses a bunch of oblong drivers in this bar, which I think do a better job of conveying a natural sound. The only other bar that I tried (starts with a V) with oblong drivers was the other bar I considered. This bar has more detail, feels like better quality for the same price, and does both DTS:X and Atmos Cons: 1. No network port. Come on Samsung - with the size of firmware updates and the wiring in lots of the houses, why did you leave that off? 2. Limited upgrade options. Samsung - I'm going to strongly suggest that you offer the same rear speakers in the N950 as an upgrade path for this bar. I'm ok with paying the cost diference at a later time, but the SWA-9000S pales in comparison to the ones with the N950 3. It is a big, heavy, tall, and deep bar. Quality is high, but consider the dimension to decide where you place it 4. There are only a few DSP modes. I would like to have seen a few more 5. This might be an option I have not found yet, but I might like to heave the option to turn the display on, albeit at a dimmer setting, all the time. Not a deal killer, but the option would have been nice, especially at setup All in all, there are not many bars that do what this does and sounds this good at it. The clarity, effects, bass, and natural sounding everything really do the trick for me. The clarity and detail is amazing for me. I'd give 4.5 stars if I could.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Soundbar

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    Robs
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    I have enjoyed the sound performance of this excellent Samsung soundbar. I have a large TV that sits against a wall facing a large open room, and I find the sound quality for that setup to be amazing. To begin, it looks very nice. It feels very sturdy and has a fairly simply design. The unit has a black finish with brushed metal edges and rear. I have it sitting underneath my 65" TV, but I appreciated that it came with a wall bracket and associated parts for other setup options. It has some weight to it, but then again it has 13 drivers forming 7 speakers: 3 front, 2 wide, 2 upwards. The LED display on the front is located to the right of the soundbar, and shows all the usual data. The soundbar uses touch-sensitive buttons to control power, volume, and inputs. The remote feels very normal. The connection side of the soundbar is on the bottom, and includes 2 HDMI inputs,1 HDMI ARC output, optical input, USB port, the power connector, WiFi setup button, and the button for subwoofer pairing. All HDMI connections support 4K at 60p, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 3D, and HDCP 2.2. WiFi and Bluetooth are built-in to the soundbar; WiFi is controlled by the Samsung SmartThings app and bluetooth pairing was easy. In my experience, the subwoofer paired automatically and I had no issues with the pairing being dropped. Also, the subwoofer has an 8-inch driver on the side. The soundbar is tuned by Harman Kardon and supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Sound, and DTS-HD Master Audio. The soundbar speakers are supplied with 372W of power and provide frequencies from 34Hz to 17kHz. There are 3 sound modes: Standard, Surround Sound Expansion, and Smart. I always used Smart and thought everything sounded great. Yes, the soundbar will work with Alexa. Setup was very quick and simple, compared to other speakers. There are no microphone towers or anything complex for setup. I was quickly able to get to the enjoyment of listening to the sound coming out of this unit. Like I said, I have never heard better sound given the setup of the TV and soundbar within the room. There was a solid wall of sound that filled the room with complete range, and that applied to both TV, Blu-Rays, and music. Given the formats that this soundbar supports, the number of drivers and speakers, and the ease of use, I don't see much competition at this price point for a 5.1.2 system. I feel that this is simply an excellent sound bar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound that comes at a price

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    Shail
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    I have had this sound bar for almost a month now. The sound is obviously much better than my previous sound bar thanks to the 13 speakers that are packed in this. But because of that it is also one of the heaviest and longest sound bars that I have had. It covers pretty much entire length of my 65" TV. So, be prepared for that. Other specifications can be found on the site, here is my experience. 1. The sound is really great. I had an old Sony 5.1 HTIB (Home Theater In A Box) system before this sound bar and I can say that the sound from this is better than the old system (Even thought the old system had the rear speakers). 2. I have not been able to test the Dolby Atmos sound yet. 3. As this has two HDMI inputs and one HDMI ARC Output, I was able to connect my old HTIB to a HDMI input and now the sound is just awesome. 4. As I have a Samsung TV, I am able to connect all three equipment (TV, Soundbar, HTIB) with a single remote which is really convenient. 5. Bluetooth connectivity is good and the range is decent. 6. I really like the display on the right top corner. It stays on for a small amount of time so doesn't bother while you are watching stuff. 7. I don't see much use of Wi-Fi connectivity option (other than the Samsung Smart-Thing app). 8. The sound bar take a bit (few seconds) when the source is changed from HDMI1 to 2. 9. At almost 1100$, this is definitely one of the pricey sound bars. I would have felt better if the rear speakers were included at this price. Overall, if you want a simple system which is easy to install and doesn't take much room (and if you are ready to pay extra $ for the quality), this will fit the bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rich sound, easy setup

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    NJRY
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    I usually view a soundbar as an external addition to a television with weak internal speakers - I wouldn't rely on it for an immersive audio experience, only to pick up the volume a bit in a room with poor acoustics and if I'm lucky, to add a little bit of bass. The Harman Kardon Soundbar from Samsung is not your average piece of equipment. It can turn your living room into the home theater you didn't think was possible from a soundbar. It comes packaged with a remote, subwoofer, and wall brackets. Easy to follow instructions will get you up and running quickly with plenty of connectivity options for your setup - HDMI, bluetooth, optical - all the standard fare and very simple to plug and play. For my setup, I tested the bar with both a Samsung 4K HDR curved TV as well as with an Amazon Firestick connected to an Epson Home Cinema projector. I found setup for each to be quick and foolproof. With the streaming stick, I used bluetooth and haven't experienced much lag, but there is a noticeable jump in quality with the HDMI setup. If you want the Dolby Atmos feel with sound hitting you from multiple angles, this is an affordable alternative to some more complete stereo packages. It is surprising how rich and enveloping the sound is. The N850 doesn't come with rear speakers, only the massive bar and equally hefty subwoofer. But the bar is more than enough for my needs. I didn't mount it, but visually it looks stunning below the wall-mounted curved TV. Another plus is it automatically connects wirelessly to the subwoofer, and as an Alexa-enabled device, it connects very quickly to the Firestick with voice command. The sound of this thing fills the room, floor to ceiling, not to mention my entire house on multiple levels. It will impress as it packs a huge punch for just a soundbar and subwoofer combo. This is definitely a must-buy for audiophiles building space-conscious home theaters, or for anyone with doubts about how effective a soundbar can really be. The Harmon Kardon by Samsung is a game-changer. Full disclosure, I received this product for my unbiased, honest review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    big and loud soundbar

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    ravedave
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    I have a TCL 4k tv, Netflix with a 4k account, DirecTV with a 4k receiver, and several movies on my online movie account, and a iPhone 7 I connected to test this soundbar. When people say this is a big soundbar, they are not kidding. I have a 49" 4k TV I bought for my bedroom, and of course the sound is lacking and have really wanted to upgrade the audio, and this sounded perfect. When I saw the box delivered I felt bad for the FedEx man. The connections were pretty simple, the power cables are too short and I had to move around some other furniture. This does include an HDMI cable (did not verify which one but it works). I connected to my TV ARC-HDMI cable. I can't control the TV easily with my remote (the sound bar is taller than the sensor on my TV), so will need to get the TV mounted to the wall above the speaker. When I powered on the system, No sound. I connected to my phones Bluetooth and connected just fine. I checked my connections, and the TV settings. I had to email TCL for a walk thru on a external speaker. After several tries I was able to get audio. My DirecTV remote can control the audio volume along with the included Samsung remote. My first movie to play was the 4k version of Ready Player One. if you use the included remote there are 3 audio settings ( you cant tell what they are till you read the manual but they are Standard, Surround and Smart). I worked thru the 3 settings. To me and my roommate the sound was very hollow. we used the advanced settings on the app, there are only music options which seems limiting so we just settled on pop to watch a movie. I moved to Netflix and found a Lost in Space was in in Dolby, the sound was good, I was not blown away. it sounded better than my TV speakers if course. Setting up Alexa is the same with all other devices, add the skill "Samsung wireless audio" and add the device. I could not get Alexa to control the sound. I am not a super audiophile, but I like to hear what I like. Setup with a non Samsung TV was complicated, the sound was OK, and I could not get Alexa to control to audio. I tweaked the audio settings and I did get some improvement on the audio. I am sure some of this is me and not the sound bar and the settings between my TV and the soundbar. I don't have a 4k player and that may have caused some issues. But for this being a higher end soundbar, this would seem to be less complicated. With all of this, give it a try and see if it works for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound

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    SanDiegoDan
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    I bought this for my bedroom teamed up with a new Samsung 55” 4K TV and Samsung 4K player and it more than exceeds my expectations. I think the surround sound in Dolby Atmos is incredible but it sounds good with anything you play. I have a very expensive 6 speaker Definitive technology top of the line speaker set up and think it sounds just as good if not better, granted I am in a bedroom, it is a big bedroom that does have a walk in closet and open entry bathroom area so despite the space, it’s able to fill the room amazingly. It plays crisp and louder than I care to even test. The sub that comes with it does an amazing job at filling the space and can rumble the walls. I didn’t want to fork out for the 950 as I didn’t care about having rear speakers in a bedroom right by my head. I really do not see the need for rear speakers as I feel in action scenes, the single speaker with all of its individually driven speakers inside it do an amazing job at making me believe I have a full 7 speaker setup in the room. I cannot rave about this soundbar enough. I always scoffed at the idea of a soundbar but I have been shocked at how this one speaker and its little sub buddy can with such a small footprint and in such a stylish way replace a big speaker setup. I can’t imagine a better solution for a bedroom or a living room where people do not want to be burdened with a large receiver setup with huge speakers everywhere which is still the case in my living room. I’m very confident it could fill a very big living room easily. Samsung and Harmon Kardon really outdid themselves with this masterpiece! My only little gripe is that sometimes I have to play with my ARC TV sound delay so that the lips align with the sound but I have been able to tweak it when needed and think it has more to do with the ARC connection when watching TV than the speaker. If it continues to bug me then I will run my TV hdmi right into the soundbar instead of to my TV directly. I also wish the soundbar had 3 hdmi inputs instead of just 2.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundbar

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    Robsapremiresilver
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    Samsung N850 is a series 8 soundbar with 5.1 2 channel speaker configuration w/wireless subwoofer. This item was truly made to plug and play. Out of the box I plugged in my projector to the HDMI Arch slot, have a Roku 4K device in HDMA 1 and a Samsung BluRay player in HDMI 2. Then I took the Subwoofer out of the box and plugged it in. After turning the soundbar on the subwoofer immediately connected. I rarely see this in a high-end speaker system. I usually always have to synch them but this one just found it and presto I had instant success. Now I always try to update the firmware before serious testing begins and this is a bit different. You activate the wireless function from the remote and use the Samsung Smart Things, app and once its connected all updates will be automatic. Now the interface for this device is all on the app not the TV or video source so that's a bit different. The performance is great. The app has settings for the equalizer and you can either go basic, with Treble and Bass, or you can go Advanced and have more than 7 different level changes as well as 3 presets listed as Pop, Jazz or Classical. The remote is basic with buttons for On/Off, Pairing, source, mute, surround mode, settings, and 2 volume controls, one for the soundbar and the other for the sub. So it's not overly complicated. I set this to surround mode and had the sub was set at mid range and wow the room was filled with true 5.1 surround sound. Was playing Jurassic Park Fallen kingdom. I was in heaven. The 4k pass thru and 13 built-in multi-directional speakers work effortlessly and has 372 watts of power. This is true theater sound and will make a nice addition for anyone's living room that wants this kind of sound with a small footprint. I'm not going to go all out techi on you, I will just say this is the first (and I have 3 sound bars) that really blows my mind. The sound is just superb out of the box. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very good sound quality

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    jatshion
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    have been comparing several soundbars. I heard the top of the line Sony and LG soundbar. I still prefer the sound of this Samsung Harman Kardon soundbar, especially with the feature of the side firing speaker on each side, it makes the virtual surround wider. If I have room for the surround speakers, I will go with the n950, it really sounds good for the package. But for us that don't have room for the surround speakers, this works fine, and save several hundred of the n950. The n850 is basically the n950 minus the surround speakers. Unfortunately, Samsung doesn't sell the surround speakers from the n950 separately for an upgrade in the future. Setup is easy, soundbar and subwoofer are paired with no issue. There is an option to pair it manually if by any chance it does not pair up. Just need one HDMI ARC to the TV, and the soundbar can be controlled by the TV remote. It would be nice if there were more HDMI input for other sources. Tried listening to 2 channel music, it sounds good too. It can't be compared with a real high-end speaker setup with a receiver, but for the price, it sounds great. Samsung should have built more sound mode into it, but most of the time, I just use 'Smart mode' and the soundbar will decide if it's better to use the full surround or just stereo mode while watching a show on TV. If the show is surround encoded, the soundbar will activate all speakers. The soundbar can go really loud if need to. my other option is to go with a lower-end model, HW-N650/ZA which is OK for the price or HW-MS750/ZA but will need a separate sub which will bring price the same as the n850, without atmos, though I believe the optional sub is better than the one that comes with n850.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound, very heavy equipment

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    Aggieof83
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    This soundbar came packaged very well and is very heavy! The setup seemed quite straight-forward as the subwoofer is wireless. I tinkered with the unit for quite a while, first following the directions in the small instruction booklet, then advancing to the online instructions, and finally finding an answer in an online forum. My current television must have been the last model created without an ARC HDMI socket! I was finally able to connect the soundbar to the TV via digital optical cable. Alas, that means I cannot get the full-range of sound from the soundbar. The sound is about the same as I had before, but there are no longer any wires snaking around the living room connecting to my old school receiver. I really want to give this two stars for the horrible instructions that never mention the possibility that someone is connecting to a TV that doesn't have the right type of HDMI socket. Why not put that in the longer instructions online, or even in the Troubleshooting section? I will also mention that the instructions they give for digital optical do not work and I plugged the BD player directly into an HDMI socket on the television. I also think that the box or other advertisement should be more clear that it will not work for all televisions. Yes, my television is nine years old, but it works beautifully for me! The price of new TVs with the ARC is quite inexpensive, but I am someone who does not replace 'unbroken' things. As far as using the soundbar, it seems really nice. The subwoofer has no problem connecting. It took a while to figure out how the rocker buttons work on the remote. I do not like these buttons as I have large hands and they are easy to push the wrong direction. I would prefer a left to right button if they are using this type of button, but overall would prefer a true 'rocker' button and not a tiny blip of a button. I would recommend this to a friend who has a more recent TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Might be too front Heavy.

    Posted
    EWARAGO
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    In the last month I tested out the LG SK10Y and the Sony Ht-z9f and also and old school Samsung K850 and this newest model N850. I would have to say that the LG SK10Y gave the best dolby atmos experience but it loses dialogue/voice volume during action or suspense scenes so I rated it a 3 star for that reason. The Sony ht-z9f I will have to say is really awesome soundbar when paired with the rear speakers more immersive feeling. Now for the Samsung N850, well it's great but I really felt after listening to all 3 sound bars at home that the N850 loses its 5.1 surround because it's too front heavy really hard to distinguish the different speakers. The LG sk10y did a beautiful job but without dialogue hard to keep it. The N850 has a lot of base which I felt with a tad but of over kill. Their was bass in scene that didn't need bass. For those who want the N850 and pair it with the SWA 9000s/za let me tell you that you will be very disappointed. The rear speakers really are bad. At times no noise was coming out and if there was it was way to low to even hear. Not loud enough to give you that immersive feeling. I would suggest upgrading to the N950 because this is a long time investment so dont regret it down the road. I think I will stick with the sony ht-z9f with the rear speakers it's way more balanced out and really feels more like cinematic than the LG sk10y and the N850. I'm not into the music playing but it's all 3 sound great as well as for TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound with some quirks

    Posted
    Jason
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    Short and dirty without ATMOS review. And why I picked this over SONOS Playbar. Setup: Samsung TV -> Sound Bar <- Tivo (Better with quirks) Tivo -> Samsung TV -> Sound bar (Not as good, see below) Pro: Amazing Sound via HDMI (arc), WIFI and BT. Simple design HDMI plug in & ARC (SONOS is fiber optic/WiFi only) ATMOS if you have the hardware (couldn't test at home). Cons: Doesn't keep TIVO HDMI (on soundbar )when turning on. So I have to flip from HDMI ARC (TV signal) back to HDMI 1 after the unit has been on for 20 seconds. Quirk. Not a deal breaker. Sound delay when Set-up is: TIVO->TV->Soundbar. (Not sure if this is my TIVO or soundbar issue) Sonos Playbar plug and play is an easier set-up. Smartthings is a little slow. Only Tune-in radio is available. Couldn't get Alexa to work, but I don't know if this is because I have an old Alexa. Expansion isn't as easy as SONOS. Samsung needs an option to sell the rear n950 speakers if It is available. Conclusions: Despite the above quirks, my needs were better met with the HW-N850 over SONOS' playbar. Center channel voices on the HW-N850 felt more natural/blended and the Playbar was more tunnel like. N850 comes cheaper when the subwoofer is included. SONOS Playbar + sub will set you back $400 more dollars. Having said the above, the SONOS did excel in plug n play with easier expansion capabilities. However, My set-up is for a corner room that doesn't need whole house expansion. Hope this helps someone on the fence between Samsung/SONOs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Full, crisp sound that justifies its price.

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    MizuNoHane
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    It’s important to note the price difference between this Samsung soundbar/subwoofer and other soundbars available on the market: Dolby Atmos. In order to make the most of it, be prepared to have two other speakers around to get a true surround sound experience. Comparable products run in the high hundreds to mid-$1000 range for 7.1.2 setups. That being said, we have been very, very pleased with the output from this soundbar and subwoofer. The highs and lows are clear and bring lots of clarity, even on normal TV viewing, to our overall home audio experience. The soundbar is really bulky compared to others available on the market, but they justify it well with the omnidirectional speakers (save for rear) that are available here. The soundbar justifies the lack of omnidirectional speakers by showing the ideal placement on its promotional video – mounted on a wall underneath the TV – and this omission thus makes sense to me. Because the bar is so bulky and heavy it’ll take a surprising amount of work to hook up to your system, but fortunately the subwoofer wirelessly connects to the bar once it’s been turned on and operation following that is effortless. I love the sleekness of the remote and easy overall control, and the subtlety of the bass that doesn’t distort or rattle the walls. It’s a great speaker set that in my opinion really justifies its price with its quality. Would definitely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend