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Enhance your home theater audio with this Samsung sound bar system. Its Dolby Atmos surround sound technology utilizes 15 built-in speakers with four upward-firing drivers, providing a multidimensional audio effect for a cinematic experience. This 5.1.4-channel Samsung sound bar system delivers the full-quality audio of your Ultra HD and Blu-ray movies wirelessly with its 4K pass-through.
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    What's Included


    • Samsung 5.1.4-Channel Soundbar System with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (285 out of 359)

    Energy Ratings


    Features


    500W total system power

    Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.

    Wireless subwoofer

    With 8" driver to deliver a movie theater experience in your own home.

    Dolby Digital decoder

    Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.

    Bluetooth music streaming

    Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).

    Sleek appearance

    Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.

    Inputs

    Includes 2 HDMI, 1 mini jack and 1 optical digital audio.

    Outputs

    Includes 1 HDMI.

    Remote

    Enables simple operation from a distance.

    Supports a variety of file formats

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

    Wall-mountable

    With the included bracket.

    20Hz - 20kHz frequency response

    Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.


    Customer rating

    4.1
    80%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    4.5

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent sound, lacks some flexibility

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

      I had originally purchased Sony's HT-Z9F soundbar from another store, along with its matching wireless rear speakers. The features and customizable settings were excellent, but the sound was noticeably tinny and left a lot to be desired, aside from the nice subwoofer. The "Atmos "and "X" effects on it sounded too obviously virtual to my picky ears, so I returned it and gave this Samsung a try. I find the results in this case somewhat opposite the Sony, but ultimately for the best. The sound is now excellent, but it seems to lack the flexibility the extensive settings menu on the Sony provided. That said, it's a soundbar, so I'd rather have it sound good out of the box than require me to dig into menus for days anyway. I have not experienced any of the issues some others seem to have had with this unit, but I do have some gripes of my own. I think it goes to sleep too quickly compared to my other devices connected to it. It does occasionally lose its connection to one of the rear speakers at start up, but it somehow finds a way to solve itself right away without any of my effort. Gripes aside, what I think this soundbar does very successfully is NOT sound like a soundbar. And that's everything. I don't like my sound colored, especially by the inherent limitations most soundbars can't help, e.g. their size. The oomph and clarity of the Samsung almost make you forget you're listening to a soundbar. It handles movies and music equally well, and the sound stage fills my bedroom, especially when watching a blu-ray encoded with Dolby Atmos. I think it's a keeper, especially when bought on sale. 5 stars for sound, 4 stars for features/flexibility, so really I'd give it a 4.5 if I could. Side note: Folks who are complaining that Atmos doesn't work with certain material, or via ARC, it's because it's not supposed to work from a source that doesn't actually have Atmos. It's like saying your 1080p blu-ray isn't displaying 4k correctly. If you connect a blu-ray player to this soundbar and play a movie that has a Dolby Atmos track, it works as it should. I also don't find the lack of DTS X a big deal because out of my hundreds of blu-rays, nearly none of them have an "X" track. Atmos is more of a purist format to begin with, because it actually uses speakers for the extra sound. DTS X seems to be more of a software-driven, virtual effect that doesn't require the extra speakers. Something to consider when breaking things down to the reality of the two formats...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great sound after firmware update 3108

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

      I've spent many months looking at options for a soundbar that can produce surround sound. While the easy option for true surround sound is to have a home theater set up with a traditional receiver, speakers, etc. I have my TV mounted in an orientation that does not allow for a receiver. So I turned to soudbars. I initially purchased a Samsung K650 with Radiant R1 speakers which came to about $600 due to sales. While the K650 could produce okay sound, the radiant speakers were only able of pumping stereo sound to the rear. Which sounded horrific. My search went on..I was met with the Samung K950, Sonos Play bar + play:1s and the Bose sound touch 300 w/rears. All three options when you bundle rears and a sub come to $1,500-1,900. Certainly not cheap, even worse none are the perfect option. Each has several downfalls but you will have to weigh up the pros/cons yourself. Speaking strictly to the K950. Initially, prior to update 3108, the rear speakers were not existent for most content. However, now they provide a pretty great sound all things considered. I am very happy with the sound this unit can produce especially for ATMOS content. In fact, I would say it challenges mid range theater set ups. Pretty great for spending about 5 minutes hooking it up. Things to note, most TVs don't pass through 5.1 content and definitely not ATMOS. Luckily, there are 2 HDMI pass throughs to combat this. Despite mix messages, yes these pass throughs work for 4k HDR content. The biggest downfall is this unit does not process DTS. Why? Who knows. But you can by pass this by spending on a decent blu ray player than can convert DTS->DD pretty well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best sound bar on the market hands down

      Posted
      Boldsknows

      I've had this sound bar for about 9 months, and the main reason I went with the Samsung sound bar over the competition was because of the rear speakers, the rear speakers complete the experience. I was waiting for the new Sony HTS5000 sound bar to come out but it didn't have any rear speakers. For all the people saying it doesn't encode DTS it does when you do the software update. The engineers that worked on the Samsung unit did a outstanding job. My old system was a Denon receiver with Klipsch 5.1 book shelf speakers. Which is good but I wanted Dolby Atmos and I didn't want to run wires everywhere. Dolby Atmos is a entire different topic. This system does a great job reproduces that format well. The system is totally wireless and movies with DTS sound great. My family came over and watch 47 meters below and that movie is in DTS HD and everyone was jumping from the sound effects of that movie. Buy this unit you will not be mad, I was worried about the 8 inch subwoofer and 500 watt but the subwoofer is powerful, it shakes the room. And my living room is a open floor plan that's spacious. My subwoofer has drop the bass a couple of times but not often and after you update the software it takes care of a lot of the issues people have been complaining about. The only downside is this sound bar want transmit dolby atmos over HDMI ARC. But that's my only gripe about this system. My friends came over there looking into getting this same system. And my wife wants to have movie night now.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dolby ATMOS is The New Standard!

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

      This review is based on my personal experience coming from a 5.1 SONOS setup which I have had for the past almost 4 years now. I was very happy with the quality of my SONOS system but I was feeling the lack of Surround Sound. I stepped into my local Best Buy's Magnolia showroom where I had a chance to hear this bad boy play and I can tell you I was wowed as well as every single other customer that was standing around me. I purchased it on the spot as soon as the rep told me the price just dropped down to $999! Setup at home was a breeze. FYI connect your Atmos source directly to the bar (you can do it from TV ARC as well to get Atmos but on non Samsung TVs). I have my Shield TV Pro and soon to be PS4 Pro connected to the system. Via the VUDU app on my Android TV I get insanely clear and realistic sound. The 5.1 surround is decent but not as full on the rear speakers. You can manually adjust that tho. Set the SL, SR, STL, STR to +3 to get best results. Finally, to the important stuff... Content available to use with the system.. Wait for it... Not a whole lot! You can play via UHD BluRay player (which I don't have) or streaming sources like VUDU which can stream 4K Atmos Dolby Vision. My Shield TV needs the N upgrade before it can playback TrueHD 7.1 MKV files via KODI or SPMC directly to the K950. For the geek spec seekers, the system does passthrough HDR 4K and both HDMI inputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant. I would recommend this Soundbar as an upgrade or even replacement for a full wired surround sound (yes i said it) It is simple and easy to setup and wire free!! Future proof! DTS 2.0 (might get DTS: X support in future firmware upgrade)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for a Soundbar

      Posted
      RJA96
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      First off my setup is LG C7(awesome tv) connectect to the soundbar then to Xbox One S.I had done my research before buying this and knowing this will not beat a regular 5.1 system with a reciver but it is a easier solution for somone like me in a Duplex who doesnt want to run wires and doesnt have space for a traditional 5.1 with a reciver. Overall i like this soundbar it gives me all i need unlike the first soundbar i got this one has rear speakers and for me i sit 13' away so i didnt get the real surround experience when not having them. I love Dolby Atmos you really do get an awesome experience when watching stuff with it, my favorite so far is Mad Max: Fury Road and i play that through my Xbox one S. -Now for the cons my biggest one is no Dolby Atmos through ARC witch means i have tv to soundbar to xbox to get atmos which sucks cause my LG C7 does atmos through arc and it has way more features then xbox one like dolby vision. - Doesnt have DTS:X which is very common in movies previosly it only had DTS 2.0(stereo) and now only has DTS in 5.1 in multichannel and thats good but for this much money i would expect DTS X -Lastly no Dolby Vision or HLG passthrough witch i doubt will come cause the samsung is supporting HDR 10+ . Overall it is a very good soundbar but doesnt really compete with a traditional 5.1 setup . Atmos is awesome, wish it had DTS X. If you want the best Atmos soundbar for the money i think this is it, i got it onsale at best buy for 1200. You could always look at bose soundtouch 300 or sonos playbar there both great, but it will cost about 500 more and to me this is better. Sorry it is was long SAMSUNG PLEASE ADD DOBLY ATMOS OVER ARC. ALSO DTS:X AND DOLBY VISION UPDATES IF POSSIBLE, THAT WOULD MAKE IT THE BEST IN MY OPINION.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not what I expected

      Posted
      MoparRacer
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I really hate to be the "Too critical" guy, but here we go. I purchased this system along with my 75" QLED (Awesome TV). Very excited to enjoy the "Surround sound" experience; unfortunately, that didn't happen. I'm not talking about hearing vague sounds and such that normal Tv speakers won't produce, I'm talking about not near enough volume out of the rear speakers. Yes i adjusted the individual speaker volume all the way up on all 4 rear speakers, and yes I made sure it had the latest updates. Even talked to Samsung tech dept. on the phone. Was told the rears weren't meant to produce the main sounds that would come out of the soundbar, but rather background detailed sounds. I understand that completely, but if there isn't enough volume coming out of them to hear those details, then it doesn't matter what part of the audio they produce. I will say that I didn't play a 4K movie with atmos through the speakers, so they may have performed quite a bit better at that point. But most of our viewing is sports or regular TV shows off of the satellite, and I still want the sound to come from all around me for that. Also, part of the problem could be that this is in my open concept living room/kitchen with vaulted ceilings, and not in a dedicated media room. Having said that, I still had to put my ear within a couple inches of the speakers to hear any sound. They may be fine in a media room, but I still have my doubts that they would be loud enough then. Enough with the negative, the sound bar and sub sound pretty good to me. Also, there is quite a bit of adjustability for the sub to make it suitable to your liking. I put on an action movie from the DVR and was able to get the deep rumbles and movie theater like bass from the sub, and crisp sound out of the soundbar. I was just still missing the surround sound effect from the rears. I returned the system this morning for a refund and remain at a loss as to where to go from here. I don't have home wifi to run a Sonos style system, and it would take a lot of work to get the speaker wire hid on a wired setup. I guess I'm going to have to go without for a few years until something better is released.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Sound

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

      Overall, I'm very satisfied with this product. The Dolby Atmos is amazing, and it brings a whole new level of enjoyment to watching 4k Blu Rays. I have a fairly large TV room, and the soundbar has more than enough power to fill the room. Setup was fairly easy, and the speakers automatically connect. However, I can't give it 5 stars for the following reasons. First and most important, I have an LG OLED that supports Dolby Atmos, but I can't get Dolby Atmos through the use of HDMI ARC. So when I watch Netflix from my TV, I only get 5.1 sound. It still sounds great, but I paid a lot of money for the Atmos capabilities. So I only get Atmos by watching Blu Rays (but no Dolby Vision since my player doesn't support it - so I sacrifice either Dolby Vision or Atmos based on what I watch, ugh). Not sure if this is an issue with the TV or the soundbar, but I suspect the soundbar since there has to be a way to pass Atmos from the TV or else why have include it as a feature. Second, every once in a while the speakers disconnect. It's really noticeable with the subwoofer. It only lasts seconds, so not a huge deal. Third, every time the sound bar is turned back on, I have to turn surround sound ON. It sounds a lot better with the surround effect on, so I wish it would just stay on. Fourth, and this isn't technically an issue with the soundbar but with the Samsung world, the multiroom app that you can use to stream music to the soundbar via WiFi is useless. It always crashes on me, and when it works, it's very difficult to change songs or get it to otherwise respond. I end up just playing music via bluetooth (and music sounds great!). All in all, a very good product. For the price, I just wish it was perfect.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Expensive but Good

      Posted
      syuan
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I was extremely hesitant to buy this soundbar for two reasons: Price and DTS Compatibility. Prior to my purchase, I had a Denon X1100 Receiver with Polk Bookshelf Speakers, Polk Center Speaker, and Energy Take Classic for the Upper Front, Upper Rear, and Subwoofer Channel. However, my existing system was installed in my man-cave that had all the speaker wiring in the walls and I was getting ready to move into a new condo that was smaller and didn't have room for the big Polk center channel under the TV (TV will be hung above mantel). I also didn't want to run wires all around my new living room. After a lot of research, I decided that I wanted the best possible soundbar to compete with my existing 7.1 setup with minimal wiring and footprint. In the end, it came down to the Sonos Soundbar + Subwoofer + Surrounds versus the Samsung HW-K950 that came with everything in a single package. I decided on the Samsung over Sonos for a few reasons: 1. Cheaper 2. Both systems lack DTS so no advantage or disavantage over Sonos 3. Performance - I was blown away by the power that this system provides While the Sonos would have allowed me to set up more speakers throughout my new condo for multi-room audio capability, I decided that the Samsung had better living room performance which was the most important aspect. It turns out that Samsung also has multi-room capability but I will probably buy some in-ceiling speakers down the road and hook them up to my Denon Receiver using the pre-wired in-ceiling system for music throughout my condo. So far, I have enjoyed the audio from the Samsung HW-K950 for gaming, movies, TV, and music in the living room. However, I have yet to buy a 4K blu-ray player with a Dolby Atmos movie to get a true Dolby Atmos performance. I'm sure this system will be even better once the technology becomes more prominent. Also, it would be great if Samsung released a software/firmware update for DTS compatibility. This would make this system a no brainer to purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, usability, size and price. Editors are less positive about reliability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
    • which.co.ukJanuary 11, 2017
      Samsung HW-K950 review
      The Samsung HW-K950 is a behemoth of a sound bar, in size and price. Straddling the line between a sound bar and a surround sound system, it has a separate subwoofer and two rear speakers to give as engrossing an experience as possible. If you'reFull Review
    • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Jonathan Bray on November 1, 2016
      Samsung HW-K950 review: Fantastic surround-sound — at a price
      Highly impressive sound quality, but one too many caveats for a wholehearted recommendationFull Review
    • CNETRating, 4.5 out of 5Ty Pendlebury on October 20, 2016
      Samsung HW-K950 review
      For the longest time my recommendation for people shopping for sound bars was "spend no more than $500." Sound quality doesn't typically take a massive leap beyond this amount, because the necessity of keeping cabinets small and bar-like restrictsFull Review
    • techguide.com.auRating, 4.9 out of 5Stephen Fenech on October 7, 2016
      Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review - three dimensions of sound
      Samsung has created a way to enjoy your movies at home like never before with its HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar to deliver three dimensional sound and take your experience to another level. Audio quality can add so much more to your enjoyment of aFull Review
    • AVForums (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5September 21, 2016
      Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review
      Samsung's new HW-K950 soundbar was completely developed in-house and boasts Dolby Atmos, Multiroom and 4K/HDR support, making it their best model yet.Full Review
    • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Danny Phillips on August 25, 2016
      Samsung HW-K950
      If you fancy getting into Dolby Atmos but don't want to cut holes in your ceiling or cocoon yourself in cables then Samsung's HW-K950 could be the answer.Full Review
    • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5John Archer on August 17, 2016
      Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos review
      Welcome to the next generation of soundFull Review
    • Pocket-lint (UK)Rik Henderson on January 11, 2016
      Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen
      We've been harking on about Dolby Atmos and extra height channels in a surround sound setup for a while now, but you've really only been able to replicate the more immersive experience at home for yourself if you had a supported AV receiverFull Review




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