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Samsung - 3.1-Channel Soundbar System with 7" Wireless Subwoofer - Black

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Create a sleek home entertainment setup with this Samsung sound bar, featuring Dolby Digital technology for clear, uninterrupted enjoyment. Available sound modes let you set your audio system according to what you're watching, and six integrated speakers create an immersive experience. This Samsung sound bar is Bluetooth compatible with enabled devices.
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Samsung 3.1-Channel Soundbar System with 7" Wireless Subwoofer
    • Wallmount Kit
    • Power adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2299 out of 2599)

    Energy Ratings


    Features


    340W total system power

    Provides dynamic sound.

    Wireless subwoofer with 7" driver

    Offers powerful bass.

    Dolby Digital decoder

    Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.

    Volume control

    Lets you find a comfortable listening level.

    Inputs

    1 mini jack, 1 optical digital audio, 1 micro-USB type B and HDMI.

    Outputs

    HDMI.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device.

    Remote control

    Enables simple operation from a distance.

    Supports a variety of file formats

    Including WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3, FLAC and OGG, so you can enjoy your favorite media.

    Wall-mountable

    Comes with the included bracket.

    Pairs with Wireless Rear Speaker Kit SWA-8500S (optional, sold separately).


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 2599 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Soundbar with rear wireless speakers…

      Posted
      VikSmooTH
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I just purchased this soundbar and the matching rear so-called wireless speakers (SWA-8500S/ZA). I have it connected to a 75” Sony 4k TV (940D). Setup was seamless, everything connected to each other. NOTE: rear speakers are wireless to the point that you don’t have to run wires from rear to front to connect but you have to run speaker wires from rear speakers to a wireless module that connects wirelessly to the soundbar. SOUND: Crystal clear sound is amazing PERIOD! BASS: Has the right amount of Bass. Not too much nor too little, you feel the rumbling in the room. SURROUND SOUND: Rear speakers are the key to this soundbar!!! I would NOT recommend purchasing this soundbar without those rear speakers. Sound is soooo much better than with the soundbar alone. I heard sounds/noises that I have never heard before with my previous soundbar (Bose 1SR). I was watching a LiL Star Wars yesterday and it was like watching a totally new movie LoL! When you have everything connected you just have to fine tune the sound adjustments via soundbar remote to your liking and thats it. I also purchased speaker stands (Model: EFSATB SKU: 4966754) for the rear speakers but be aware that those speakers mount via keyhole back, I had to go to my local Lowes to get the necessary screws/wing nuts in order to mount on stands. REASON FOR 4 STARS: I gave it a 4 Star rating, not because of the Soundbar itself but for the difficulty of trying to program my TWCable remote and my XBOX 1s to control said soundbar. I don’t know if it was because of this being a new 2017 model soundbar (HW-M550/ZA) it was unable to pair to my cable remote or the Xbox 1 but I eventually had to go to BestBuy and purchase a Harmony 650 Universal remote (Model: 915-000159/915-000160 SKU: 9837565) in order to pair this soundbar and the rest of my connected hookups. That did the trick. I just hate having four or more controllers laying around when I can just be using one.I guess if you’re connecting this soundbar to a samsung TV it is a no brainer but as I said in the beginning, I have a Sony. If you are a die hard Audiophile disregard this review because of course this soundbar is not for you. I’m not an audiophile. I like simplicity and decent sound. Other than that, this is a great item if you were researching for a new some what simple surround sound feel. This is a no regret purchase if you ask me. I hope this review helped.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent audio at a reasonable price

      Posted
      kinoini
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I usually listen to audio through my expensive Yamaha receiver, but wanted something with a little less overkill. This unit is perfect. I also purchased the rear surround kit (sold separately) and am very impressed. (Note: I have this paired with a Samsung 55" MU8500 TV). The sound is clear and, when the TV and source settings are properly tweeked, the surround separation results in truly 5 separate channels; of course with the .1 sub. Something to note: while you can connect the TV via Bluetooth, you will not have Dolby Digital surround, but rather 5 speakers playing the same audio. I have mine connected to the TV via HDMI ARC and that's where Dolby Digital shines. There is more than enough power to pump up the sound, and I have no problem with the bass output. Remember, the subwoofer only produces very low frequency sounds, so it is not something you hear, but something you feel. You can really put the sub almost anywhere in the room as the output is omni-directonal. This is a 3.1 soundbar, so it has a separate center channel that makes it easier to hear dialogue. There are a few settings you can control with the remote: trebel, bass (the subwoofer has its own volume button on the remote), listening mode (movie, standard, music, sports, etc., but no surround mode), turning on/off the surround speaker audio, and adjusting the surround volume. Interestingly, since there is no surround listening mode, I have to set this option in my Samsung TV's audio settings. Odd. The remote also controls the overall volume, just like the TV remote. There are some other "hidden" functions of the remote. You will have to download the complete manual (not included in the box) to enjoy all the features of the bar. I don't know if DD is passed though the optical connection between the TV and bar. I don't have that connected. I have no other connections into or out of the bar. This soundbar does not support any other decoding but Dolby Digital. Not ATMOS, DD+, or anything else. This is fine as the MU8500 only decodes DD and DD+ (if offered by the source). Honestly, unless you're an audiophile, it doesn't matter. Why did I give this four stars? Unless you are using a standard sound output, read that: not surround, there is a slight audio-sync problem. What that means is the audio sightly does not match the video. This is sometimes called lip-flap. Yes there is an audio-sync adjustment on both the TV and bar, but rather than fix the problem, they exacerbate it. Samsung is aware of the problem but, as of this writing, there is no resolution. At least according to the Samsung forums. Overall, this is an awesome soundbar and I highly recommend it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Glad to have 3.1

      Posted
      Reliable
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This past Christmas 2017 I bought the Samsung 2.1 430 soundbar and love it - it really is a great, affordable, feature-packed sound bar. The challenge I have with the 430 is simple - I had it mounted underneath my 55" Samsung 4k in my living room....which means it's a bit less wide than the 55" TV and looks kinda foolish, and, coming from a 5.1 surround system to a 2.1 for my living room the 430 just wasn't cutting it for such a large, open space. I moved the 430 to my master bedroom and have it mounted under a 40" Samsung LED..and it looks and sounds perfect. On to the 3.1. --- I had my eye on this for awhile and was waiting until the new models came out so BB would put this on clearance, OR, until I could find an open-box for a decent price. As luck would have it, BB had an open-box 3.1 550 in Downers Grove, IL for a steal. Now, the subwoofer has some obvious imperfections and visible 'scars' on it, but the sub will be hidden out of sight. No dings to Samsung or BB for that whatsoever. The person who had this before me simply didn't take care of this and that's on them. With the 550, I picked up the third speaker/center channel, the soundbar itself is several inches wider than the 430, meanwhile also contains the same key features as the 430. I was very happy to get this and for a great price. It looks much better mounted under my 55" family room television, sounds every bit or better than the 430, and if need be down the road, this model allows you to buy and pair the Samsung rear wireless speaker kit. So you can make this a 5.1 home theater if you wish. Positives: + Mounting this (and the 430 model) is simple - took me ten minutes per soundbar + Subwoofer pairing is simple - no hiccups + Bluetooth works perfectly + Digital in, HDMI, AUX, BT all provide you with the options you need to play movies/cable, music, or gaming + Affordable + Best Buy had this marked down to $200, then gave me 10% off for it being a floor model, and I had a $5 RZ certificate to use. All in for around $190 I was thrilled! Ding: - As mentioned above, the previous owner didn't seem to care too much about the subwoofer

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Sound sucks and only (fully) compatible w 2017 TVs

      Posted
      Sean
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      got a little lengthy.. tl;dr at the bottom. Background: So i bought a Curved Samsung TV in 2015 and bought the curved (5.1 channel?) soundbar to go with it. Both products were amazing. Not a big audiophile and never owned a soundbar before that, but that thing made me a believer. The old soundbar had the Smart Connect feature which easily paired with the TV, one less wire, one less remote, things were great. Cut to almost 3 years later and the soundbar started crapping out. No clue why but it decided to take early retirement. I went to my local BB and told the guy what happened and said i wanted a mid-range soundbar from Samsung (despite the old one not really going the distance) because of the Smart Connect feature. He recommends this thing to me and i just take it and go. New Soundbar: Installation was easy enough but as I'm cycling thru the sources on the soundbar, i realize that there's no "TV" source option. I went to the manual and low and behold, the instructions state that the soundbar is only designed to be compatible with 2017 Samsung TV's and above. I mean I can still hook it up with D-IN Optical/HDMI/USB or whatever. But back in 2015 I didn't need a single wire besides the AC power to connect a Samsung TV with a Samsung Soundbar. So why, in the year of our lord two-thousand and eighteen, am I now relegated to setting this thing up like a pilgrim? Did the money grabbers purposely make these things not backwards compatible? But whatever, I'm in a pinch so I finish setting the thing up and try to roll with the punches on this one. To my utter dismay, the speakers are horrible. Granted this is a 3.1 channel so I didn't exactly go all-out here... But this became a clear 'return' when my girlfriend didn't even think the soundbar was on because it sounded the exact same as the tv itself (it was in fact connected btw, haha). tl;dr: Not backwards compatible for pre-2017 samsung tv's with the "Smart Connect" feature so it needs to be hard wired and you'll need to keep the remote handy at all times. The sound is not good and had no discernible difference from my regular 2015 Samsung TV speakers. Returning today. Maybe going with an LG

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Had high hopes, but plagued with problems..

      Posted
      ITGuy

      I really wanted to like this soundbar. I bought this to replace my 3 year old Vizio 2.1 soundbar which I bought for $150. When I got it home, I immediately ran into issues setting it up. It simply wouldn't work when trying to connect it via HDMI ARC. I went online, did a little research, and decided to try and update the firmware. Fortunately, being the nerd that I am, I had a USB to Micro USB adapter laying around which is the only way you can update the firmware. It doesn't have a full size USB port, only a micro, so if you don't have one you'll have to order it online. It's cheap, but it's annoying that you have to have one. Anyways, I updated the firmware and finally got HDMI ARC working (had to unplug power from TV and Soundbar after updating) and I thought I was good to go. I queued up some music from my phone and played it through my Chromecast and immediately noticed that the subwoofer volume was super low. I adjusted the bass setting to +6 and the subwoofer setting to +6 and still barely any bass. BACK TO THE INTERNET to research this and as it turns out, it's a known issue with many of Samsung's lower end soundbars and this one (the HW-M550) is one of them. I called Samsung and they weren't able to fix it so now I'll be returning it to Best Buy. I would avoid this soundbar unless you want to take the chance on getting one that doesn't work and isn't fixable without sending it in to Samsung.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great soundbar for the price

      Posted
      Marc
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I’m happy with my descision to buy the Samsung 3.1 soundbar. I was aiming toward a Sony or JBL, but with the better looking sub woofer and the longer length soundbar, I had to go with this one. The guys at Geek Squad helped me find the right one. The sub woofer isn’t as powerful as others but still does a great job. It’s bass when you actually need it. The mid to high levels are great. I wish the subwoofer put out more bass on lower levels because I’m using it in my bedroom. It packs enough punch for my liking and my space when it is turned up. It would be a great system for a living area too. The 3.1 has a strong metal mesh material around the entire soundbar which is a huge plus compared to the 2.1 that has a soft fragile material. This soundbar has different modes to best fit what youre watching. The clear mode helps to hear dialogue better and movie mode has rich deep sound, and with the subwoofer, I can hear sound effects I wouldn’t hear if I was just using my tv speakers. Music mode sounds great too. It’s a huge difference using this soundbar now. The lcd screen isn’t center on the soundbar but it can’t be with the 2 center speakers, which makes this one stand out from the 2.1 and other soundbars. It has clear crisp sound and it can get really loud. It’s like being at the cinema in my own bedroom. I may add the external speakers to get more surround sound and to increase sound effect levels. Easy setup. Bluetooth connectivity to my phone is flawless. It connects to the subwoofer via Bluetooth seemlessly. It has a very slick looking and comfortable remote that’s very responsive. I’m very pleased with my purchase and I would buy another one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      5.1 wireless support and plenty of bass

      Posted
      Hatter
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This paired without issue to my SWA-8500S wireless rear speakers. There was also no sound distortion or interference and I have quite a few wireless devices on my first floor (SmartThings hub, TP-Link WAP, Arlo Pro Hub). On a side note if you have an older TV or a lower end TV your mileage may vary. I have the MU8000 and I get perfect 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital support. I also tried it with last year's KU6300 and I only got the 2.1 channels replicated to the rear speakers. ARC support with my MU8000 worked perfectly for about a day and then suddenly stopped. I read a few posts saying to power off and unplug everything for a few hours, but that didn't solve the problem. I eventually gave up and connected it to optical and surprisingly I got most of the ARC features (single remote volume control, settings control from TV, and auto on/off). You do lose lossless support by using optical, but I only stream 4K so I'm not concerned. I confirmed 5.1 DTS works with the Xbox One X and nVidia Shield using HDMI passthrough to the TV. Once again your mileage may vary by TV. There are a lot of people complaining about bass from the subwoofer. Personally I am very satisfied. I placed the sub in the corner of my living room and couldn't be happier. This is also coming from someone that had two 12in subwoofers in his car for nearly 15 years. I tend to prefer a more balanced sound now so again your mileage may vary. I personally have no issues with the bass.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Review of an Open Box Item version

      Posted
      Stella
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      As the title says, I purchased an open box version of this product, so my experience is probably different than a New-In-Box item would be (at least I hope so). It came with no remote or mounting hardware. The remote wasn’t a dealbreaker at the time since it had most of the control buttons on the side and the TV it was hooking up to should be able to control the volume. Well, it turned out that none of the buttons on the unit actually worked. Which limited the functionality quite a bit, as in it couldn’t change source from D.in to anything else like Bluetooth or HDMI. By the time we discovered this everything was already hooked up so we decided to give it a chance, to see if it would be worth getting an actual remote for it. I don’t know if it was a quirk or this open box unit or a common issue, but the volume defaulted to 75 and when we lowered it (the TV remote did work the volume just fine), it would stay as we set it for a couple minutes (or sometimes less) then just jump back to 75, which is crazy loud. (The actual quality of the sound was good though) Also, the subwoofer just wasn’t very strong at all, especially for the higher listed specs than other models. This one I’ve seen other reviews and discussions mention, so I think this issue at least is across the board. :-/ Choosing no on the “would I recommend this to a friend” question based on the open box experience because it’s requires to answer, but not giving it bottom rankings in hopes that some of the problems we had wouldn’t be there in a new item

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend





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