Samsung - Sound+ 3-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer - Dark Titan/Sterling Silver
- Model: HW-MS650/ZA
- SKU: 5754509
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- Samsung - Sound+ 3-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer - Dark Titan/Sterling Silver
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Supports 96kHz/24-bit PCM audio file formats for clear detailed sound.
Connect any 4K video source such as a UHD Blu-ray player through the Samsung HW-MS650 to your TV for rich sound and 4K picture quality.
Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
Deliver rich full audio.
Offers powerful bass.
Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
Spend less time switching between remote controls. Your 2017 Samsung TV remote now manages many of the Soundbar's functions.
Include Analog audio, Optical Digital Audio, USB 2.0 and HDMI.
Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device.
Including WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3, FLAC, ALAC and OGG, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
Comes with the included bracket.
Pairs with Wireless Rear Speaker Kit SWA-9000S (optional, sold separately).
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Amazing SoundbarApril 13, 2017
Seems I am the first to review Samsungs latest soundbar. I got this when I returned the vizio 4551 5.1 setup because I was having issues with the subwoofer cutting in and out. Granted I'm not sure if that was the fault of the system or that I live in an apartment with highly congested wireless signals all over the place. A problem I think all wireless subwoofers are going to have until they get off open band to a reserved licensed frequency that will ensure less interference. Anyway I went back wanting to find a sound bar with a wired subwoofer or at least a wired option but they're aren't any. Then I came across this beauty, which wasn't there the day before when I bought the first sound bar so must be meant to be, stating the subwoofer was built in, no wireless needed! (though have the option to add the wireless surround and nay even a dedicated subwoofer) I figured what the heck. I got it home and it does NOT disappoint. The sound is INCREDIBLE with the speakers being able to maintain clear sound and a nice rich bass with just enough FEEL to connect you with what is happening in the movie. My favorite part is it does this at low volume levels superbly (and mid levels too) where my previous systems the sub would come in and out at low level becoming a distraction. Now at higher levels the subwoofer shows its limits but still clear sound, but for someone like me who lives in an apartment, blasting the bass isn't really an option. But make no mistake this provides room filling clear rich beautiful and when needed deep tones and its all in one single bar. No wires, no pairing, simple. The only issue I had as a note to save others time is that it didn't come with an hdmi cable just optical so I bought one, a nice GE 24k gold plated 4k passthru certified HDMI cable to use with ARC. I got it setup and sounded amazing but the volume and power wouldn't work well with my TCL Roku TV remote and would disconnect and not reconnect after I turned one or other off. I played forever and was about to settle for two remotes and optical when I decided just on a hunch to try a random cable I got with my steam link...and bam it works perfectly now, both volume and powering on and off with tv so thought I would share try another cable first before fiddling too much with your tv /bar settings. All in all an amazing sound bar that thus far I couldn't be happier with. Its a great price for a phenomenal sound bar with the option to expand it with surround or extra sub in the future but frankly I really don't think it needs it. If you live in an apartment/limited space or an area with high wireless congestion this is definitely the bar for you. If not it probably still is. Should my experience change as time goes on I'll be sure to update my review but so far this is definitely a 5 for Samsung.
I would recommend this to a friend
This Soundbar Is TERRIFIC!June 1, 2017
I have owned a Sony soundbar for the past six years. It was OK but my new Samsung soundbar is FANTASTIC! The set-up was easy and it comes with nine speakers that produce INCREDIBLE sound. I purchased this soundbar as an Open Box (Excellent Condition) Item from Best Buy on May 04, 2017. I paid ONLY $301.99 plus tax. Believe me, it was a steal. Just in case I needed it, I also purchased the extra 4-year Geek Squad Protection Plan. I would highly recommend the Open Box (Excellent Condition) Item as mine was just like new, plus I saved over $140 on my purchase. Since my soundbar has built-in WI-FI, I love playing my Pandora music from my Asus tablet through my soundbar because the sound is EXCELLENT! Also, anytime in the future I can add additional wireless surround speakers or a subwoofer to my soundbar to enhance the sound (even though I don't think I need them). My soundbar also has the HDMI-In and HDMI-Out (ARC) along with Digital Optical Audio, AUX Audio, and USB. It also comes with built-in Bluetooth and is TiVo friendly as I can control the volume and turn my soundbar on and off with my TiVo controller. In conclusion, I usually don't write reviews, but this Samsung soundbar has exceeded all my expectations. IF YOU DECIDE TO BUY THIS SOUNDBAR, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! THANK YOU. Desert Doug
I would recommend this to a friend
Soundbar is everything I expected it to be.May 17, 2017
Our 70" TV had poor sound quality, and the soundbar has made a great improvement in the audio.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great SoundbarJune 27, 2017
I am a Samsung fan and enjoy all of my Samsung products bu this one i have really enjoyed. I do have another Samsung soundbar in another room for another T.V it does have a subwoofer with that. So this soundbar is great quality great sound and you know they put sometime into thinking how to make another great soundbar. You can hear it clear from all angels of the room it does have some bass in it not a deep thumping bass as you would get with a stand alone sub. It is bluetooth to connect to your T.V so you wouldn't need the output cord that is included. This soundbar is heavy it comes with the wall mount brackets now you will need to go buy better screws for the mount i don't know way they shipped very small screws that wouldn't work for the wall mount. Functions on the remote are very easy to use very simple. The soundbar had a display on right front side that doesn't stay on if you are watching T.V so that is nice. You can hook this up to your WIFI and stream your music to it. It has a app that you need to do that i do recommend you download it to get the most of the soundbar. This overall is a great soundbar i have enjoyed it since i got it. I don't just watch T.V with it i also listen to my music most of the time. Wireless surroundsound Ready Built-In Center Speaker 4K Pass-Through Samsung App Mounting Brackets included Built in SubWoofer Bluetooth connection Remote easy to use
I would recommend this to a friend
Samsung Soundbar Bliss !June 29, 2017
The Samsung HW-MS650 Soundbar provides excellent sound and can definitely provide the sound you are looking for during your TV viewing pleasure. It is especially attractive to those who have limited space, yet need to fill the room with that missing element when you are watching movies. At its higher tier price point, it is definitely a tough pill to swallow for some. However, it still works as intended with a few caveats especially since sound perception differs drastically per individual. Physically, this thing is massive; luckily it fits perfectly in front of my TV with a bit of room to spare to center it. At roughly forty-two inches long and about thirteen pounds, the unit is solid and quite heavy for a soundbar. I would definitely avoid resting this on any external device such as a bluray player or a satellite receiver. The metal finish on top is actually really nice and smooth. It does seem like it would be prone to scratches so watch for that. On the back you will notice several connection capabilities including an optical port, an auxiliary jack, and lastly 2 HDMI ports (one in and one out supporting ARC). Once connected, you will notice that the cables are not straight back into the unit, but rather an up and under installation. It does a decent job of hiding the initial HDMI connection, but I was a bit worried about pressure on the port. Be careful and make sure you provide enough slack in your cable. Personally, I would have like an extra pair of HDMI ports that went straight back but I can see why they tucked it under the unit. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities are also integrated in the unit. I could not test the Wi-Fi component as my TV is a 2011 Samsung and only works for those released after 2014. As far as technical merits are concerned, the HW-MS650 is up there, including UHD and Full HD pass through. In addition, the manual does not mention this but I can confirm the unit will pass through 3D 1080p video. It worked flawlessly through HDMI. On the unit, several sound modes are integrated such as standard, movie, music, clear and sports. There is also a smart mode that tries to optimize sound based on what is playing. For my tests, I focused only on lossless sources ran through HDMI. I used various movie titles including John Wick, Kingdom Of Heaven, The Martian and San Andres. For 3D, I used two animated moves: Home 3D and Penguins of Madagascar. I tested it on two TVs: our Sony KDL48W600B and my 3D Samsung 7 Series from 2011. Both TVs were connected via a Sony 3D Bluray player (BDP-S5500). I also tested regular audio CDs with various genres to see how regular two channel stereo sounds. Everything was tested in standard mode and with volume set around 20-25, with bass presets between 0-3. Collectively, the sound is quite balanced. For me personally the bass on this was perfect, it was loud and it rumbled on nearly every action scene. Particularly, the opening storm in The Martian was exquisite and roared and howled like I never heard before. This was a definite upgrade over the TV speakers that I used before. In John Wick, the night club really moved the speakers and every gunshot was piercing. In his basement, the cling of the floor breaking was ridiculous. For fun, I then switched to the compressed Dolby Digital track on that exact same scene and difference was staggering. Lossless was at a clear advantage. On Kingdom Of Heaven, the music blasted through the speakers with a nice clarity. Bass was there on the combat scenes and I was particularly excited that most of the dialogue was clear, though sometimes you had to turn it up a bit. Naturally, of course, the sound will vary by movie and on the two animated movies this was especially clear. Dialogue was much quieter in comparison to the more action oriented movies. During my 3D viewing, I noticed that the background music was over shadowing the dialogue. On both Home and Penguins, the dialogue drastically improved when I clicked the Smart mode. Everything was much crisper and louder, although I assume it was just compressing the sound. Nonetheless, it was neat that there was a difference, though I still think I would prefer just turning up the volume. At night, this will be extremely helpful though. I went back and tried this setting on the rest of the movies. While there was some improvement, mostly in the higher frequencies and individual speech it was not needed for the most part as everything was already pretty loud already. On John Wick, the gunshots seemed louder and on San Andres the glass breaking seemed more pronounced, though on both with it off there wasn't too much of a reduction for the need to toggle it back on. Dialogue did have a heavier sound to it, but again not worth it difference. The greatest improvement using the smart mode was on the animated movies. Overall, I was pleased with the results albeit that you are relatively mindful that the bass will not rattle itself off your stand, although you could definitely feel it in your ears and in the room. I thought it was plenty, but some people love crazy bass and I caution to keep your expectations within reason. Highs were there as well as some of the middle sounds. I actually could make out some of the background speech in some places on Home 3D. Switching back to regular TV speakers, you could definitely tell something was missing. Lastly, I would like to conclude with my CD audio test. I tried various genres to see how it would react and it was quite nice. It filled the room nicely just like our regular stereo and on bass oriented tracks you could definitely feel the pressure in your ears in some frames of the songs. My test CDs included Seal's album Seal II, Eminem's The Marshall Mather's LP, DJ Encore's Intuition. Using Seal's album Seal II, you could definitely appreciate the dynamics on "Kiss from a Rose". On Eminem's Marshall Mather's LP, the bass kicked on "Stan" as well as the weather effects in the background. On the DJ Encore CD, dance tracks came through clear. Bass was strong here was well, but not over powering. The track "Open Your Eyes" stood out quite nicely. Uncompressed audio is a real treat to listen to with these speakers. I also switch the sound mode to music while listening to all three CDs and it does not sound good. It compresses and does get a lot louder but it did not sound as intimate as the standard mode did. For Bluetooth, I paired it with Xperia Z3+ and the sound was decent. Walking around it would cut in and out a few times and as I went further away, it would get progressively worse as one would expect. The manual lists 32.8 feet as the maximum distance it would operate. It also only supports A2DP codec and phone calls are not broadcasted. Conclusively, I would say the performance of this speaker was excellent. Bass was there and full of presence, while the middle and higher sounds were dazzling on top of it. Action movies really shine on this speaker as well as clear dialogue. As a whole, the HW-MS650 definitely does not disappoint and does what it was intended for. However, at its price point, I do have a few problems. First, I would have liked to have maybe one more pair of HDMI ports and also APTX codec support over Bluetooth for those of us with FLAC/WAV/ALAC libraries. I would have also liked a larger front display, although you do get used to it. Overall, I would say to first try and go for something cheaper. There are probably ones that do sound close to this one in addition with all the features this unit has. If money is not an issue, it would be a great purchase. Also, remember to keep your sound expectations reasonable. Overall, recommended despite its steep price.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great soundbar when space is limitedJune 22, 2017
The majority of soundbars out there have almost no bass, which requires an separate wireless subwoofer that has to be placed somewhere else in the room. In my experience, a lot of those subwoofers don't produce thundering bass and get distorted when the sound is turned up. They fill in that gap in the audio but unless you go high end, they're not going to blow you away. Enter Samsung with the Sound+ Soundbar that has the bass built in. Is it comparable to a subwoofer, no. However, it is is impressive for just a soundbar. The room I have it in is about 20x20ft so it's a smaller room and it provides great sound in that space. The amount of bass it provides is just enough to balance out the sound and keep it nice and even without something booming behind your couch. This is a great solution for people in apartments or who are just looking to enhance the sound from their TV without adding a receiver and surround sound. I connected the soundbar to the TV with an HDMI cable using the ARC feature. For those who aren't familiar, by using the ARC port on the TV, when the TV is turned on, it automatically turns the soundbar on. The speakers for the TV stay off and all sound comes through the soundbar. The volume keys on your TV/Cable remote control the soundbar volume, meaning you don't need to keep the soundbar remote handy. For watching TV and a couple of Blu-Ray's I have mostly used the Smart Sound feature that chooses the right sound mix based on the content. Even at lower volumes the sound is very clear and crisp. One thing I found over 5-6 days of playing around with this soundbar is that you may need to make some adjustments to your other equipment to get the sound just right. For example, I have a Samsung Blu-Ray player. Due to the older soundbar I had installed, I had it set to PCM streaming for audio output. By going into the settings and changing it to Bitstream (un-encoded) and turning off the Dynamic Range Control feature that prevented the audio from being output at 96KHZ (older soundbars couldn't handle the HD audio) it drastically changed the experience. Prior to making the changes, I had to turn the soundbar up to level 50-60 to get good sound (it goes to 100 I think). With the changes made, the sound was loud and clear at around level 20-25. My point in sharing this is that if you plug this in and feel like you have to crank it up to get decent sound, it's probably a setting on the input device, not the soundbar. The soundbar has built in audio decoding that will level everything out, although I also turned off the soundbar's DRC feature. Leaving the soundbar on Smart Sound has worked well for me so far by making the above adjustments to the DVD player. When watching TV I rarely need to go above level 12. Overall, this is a great soundbar considering that it doesn't require an additional subwoofer. I have a higher end brand soundbar and subwoofer in the man cave if I want to watch something and be blown out of my seat by the sound. But for every day watching TV use and the occasional movie, I would probably never turn that soundbar on because it's too much. This one from Samsung I will use every day. I have already hung it on the wall under the TV. I have a 50" TV, so the width is 46", and the soundbar is about 41-42" in length. When centered, there is about 2 1/4" of space on each side under the TV. So if you have anything smaller than a 50" TV, this might be longer than your TV is wide. The unit is well built and attractive to look at. The remote is pretty simple but it gets the job done. Downloading the app gives you access to a few more features so I recommend doing that. Bluetooth setup and streaming was quick and simple. Since I have a Samsung phone I was also able to share the Wi-Fi settings with the push of a button and the soundbar was connected allowing Wi-Fi streaming. All in all, I would recommend this soundbar to anyone looking for something they would use every day while watching TV. The thinner our TV's get, the worse the speakers get. Most standalone soundbars are treble heavy and don't give you good sound, and a lot of people don't want a subwoofer just for watching TV. Some people don't have the space for a subwoofer either. This solves those problems and it sounds great to boot. No, the bass will not be booming, but it's there and it's controlled and it fills a gap in sound that has been missing on reasonably priced soundbars forever. Give this a few days, adjust your settings on the soundbar, TV, DVD player, etc and you will wonder how you ever lived without it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Big device, little soundJune 26, 2017
This Samsung 3-Channel Hi-Res soundbar provides crystal clear full spectrum audio with a variety of ways to connect. It has optical digital-in with included optical cable, 4K HDMI pass-through with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support, Bluetooth and WiFi capability. The remote is simple and pretty much a plastic version of the QLED TV remote. However, for the price and size of this soundbar, I really expected more. At max volume, 100, it really wasn’t that loud and nowhere near the bass of an actual subwoofer. It certainly was not “earth-shattering” as their advertisement says. As a matter of fact, the built in speakers of the 55” Samsung Q7 were louder and had more bass. The graduation of volume from 50 to 100 was so low that it was hard to tell the difference in levels unless you jumped them rapidly. This soundbar looks to be made for the new Samsung TVs, with the brushed metal look and it has the exact same power cord with the ability to provide power to the TV with a separate purchased cord. Yet, if it isn’t better than the built in speakers, what is the point of having it? I tried this on a different TV, which really would not have fit for it as it stands too high, but it too was not louder than the built in speaker. I also had issues with using the PlayStation 4 Pro, my only external 4K HDR device, with passing HDR through the soundbar. The video would just flicker until I turned HDR off on the TV, only having standard 4K enabled. I could not prove this is fault of the soundbar as I don’t have another device, but I confirmed the cables supported HDR directly with the TV and PS4 with no issues. For a separate purchase, there are wireless rear speakers that can provide surround sound. With just the front bar, it does provide “room-filling” sound with a simulated surround effect without distortion. Yet the volume levels leave a lot to desire as any external noise could easily drown out the levels this soundbar puts out. You can connect your devices via Bluetooth or WiFi using the Samsung Multiroom app. The Bluetooth connection worked just fine, but limited range as with any Bluetooth connection. The WiFi connection does provide for a greater range, however, I had multiple disconnects and had to go through the steps of finding the speaker several times. Even while playing music, I was still disappointed in the volume level, especially when I have a cheaper Bluetooth speaker that is louder with more bass. In the end, I feel there are much better options at a lower cost and for the price you can get the other brands wireless rear speakers as well.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Good Sound at a Premium PriceJune 22, 2017
Pros: Good Sound Quality, Ease of Connectivity/Samsung Integration, style/Design, Single Samsung remote control, Decent Base Response, Large Sound Dynamic Range Cons: Price/Value, Weight I got this sound bar for my master bedroom where the generic tv speakers were not cutting it. However, to really evaluate the quality of the sound bar I first set it up and tested the unit in my living room (12’x26’) where my current surround sound system is located. I like to use Jurassic Park Chapter 11 (where the T-Rex is leaving his pen) to evaluate sound systems as it has a wide range of sound effects spanning multiple frequency ranges. My television in this room is a Samsung 55” (UN55H6350AFXZA) with my existing surround sound being a Pioneer 5.1 surround receiver with Onkyo speakers and a 400W 10” active Sub. The tv speakers are generally underwhelming. The down-firing configuration tends to wash out much of the speakers creating a limited effective dynamic range of sound. The rain is audible but not entirely crisp and the T-Rex’s roar as well as footsteps would have trouble scaring a 5 year old. The other end of the spectrum is my existing sound system. The rain itself and cable snapping is crisp and immersive in the 5.1 surround environment. The active sub resonates to allow you to really feel as if the T-Rex is walking towards you and the roar is over whelming and fills the room. The MS650 falls in-between these two extremes, laying much closer to my existing surround sound system. The sound bar does a great job of replicating sounds across a wide dynamic range of frequencies allowing the rain drops to be crisp and the roar of the T-Rex to be deep. Understandably though, the bass associated with the footsteps is attenuated relative to a standalone sub but is far greater than no low frequency dedicated speaker system found in most sound bars or the lack of a sub all together. Where this sound bar really shined to me was watching cable television or Netflix shows; where a full surround system can be overkill. Moreover, the MS650 integrates nicely with my tv such that I was able to use the tv remote to adjust the volume of the sound bar. As an aside, I did have difficulty using the ARC functionality of the sound bar/tv and thus connected the two via digital optical cable. I am unsure if this is why the sound bar does not turn off when the tv is turned off but the sound bar will turn on when the tv is turned on. Ultimately, this is a nice quality sound bar that fairly accurately reproduces the dynamic sounds encounter during movie and television shows; all in one convenient package. The main drawback of the MS650 is the price point. There are many options available at this price or less that will likely perform comparably; many of which have a dedicated sub. For many users, the difference between lower priced sound packages and the MS650 in terms of performance will be hard to identify.
I would recommend this to a friend
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