I am pretty picky when it comes to home theater equipment, I purchased 2 other sound bars previous to this one and had to return both of them. I am not willing to compromise on my TV sound.
I was using a pioneer elite receiver along with 4 Boston CR77 speakers and it sounded very very good, but with getting a larger screen I was no longer able to keep the existing audio setup given my space. I currently have a Sony X850D-55, I purchased it with a sony soundbar that was $450. I was not impressed with the sound at all, so I took it back. I asked the rep at the the desk what he thought the best sounding bar they had was (noting that price was not a concern). He pointed out a $550 Polk soundbar, I took it home and had such a hard time setting it up, when I got everything arranged correctly the soundbar sounded very bad and in some cases speech in tv shows was not working. So I returned the sound bar.
I then realized that it seemed like each person who worked at my local bestbuy was assigned to each of the major brands. So when I was asking around, one guy pointed out the polk soundbars, another gentleman said that the Sony soundbars are the best, another worker pointed out the Sonos system to be the absolute best system, and another person said that Samsung soundbars were the best ones that they had. So I was extremely frustrated, and kinda mad. All of these people had told me that their bar was the best, and all I wanted was someone who wouldn't try to sell me something. I wanted someone to tell me 'This is expensive and I wouldn't personally purchase it, but it is honestly the best bar we have.". I spent a week or so researching and trying to find something that would work for me, I went back to my local bestbuy to get another opinion. I spoke to another Samsung representative, who is a friends brother and told me, 'If you want the best, the K850/K950 is the way to go. It sounds good, supports the atmos standard, and its build quality is among the best. The definitive W studio is just as good and is around the same price point. You can look for months for the best of the best, but personally I think this one is the best.'. Finally, someone who answered my simple question of 'What soundbar do I want in my house?'
The second I heard the Atmos Demo in the store, I knew that I needed to take it home with me. The sound quality is amazing, the setup is very simplistic, and no one will be disappointed with this purchase. I needed to have the full Atmos experience so I purchased the bar with a Samsung K8500 UHD Bluray player. They pair perfectly together, It took some time to get everything setup correctly to enable atrmos playback. You have to change the digital audio output settings to uncompressed and not PCM or any of the other presets. At this point I discovered that my HDMI 1 port on my soundbar is broken and does not work, which honestly isn't an issue unless I get multiple atmos sources in the future. I believe that you can only enable atmos on this sound bar through HDMI and not through toslink digital. I absolutely love the soundbar and personally think its worth every cent.
The soundbar is a little bit on the larger side so I had to have a TV stand custom made in order to put the TV higher than the sound bar. The soundbar was actually blocking the bottom of the TV and made the remote not work.
Would most definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for unparalleled sound experience that cannot or does not want a full home theater setup.