Samsung - Sound+ 3-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer - Dark Titan/Sterling Silver

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Improve your audio experience with this Samsung three-channel soundbar. This unit, which has a built-in subwoofer, channels high-resolution full-spectrum sound and eliminates the need for an extra bass speaker. Use 4K pass-through to connect your Blu-ray player or other UHD device to the Samsung three-channel soundbar for stunning multi-channel audio and a clear picture.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Owner's manual
  • Remote Controller TM1640
  • Samsung 3Sound+ 3-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer
  • Wallmount Kit

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (431 out of 487)

Features


High-resolution audio

Supports 96kHz/24-bit PCM audio file formats for clear detailed sound.

4K pass-through

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.

180W total system power (20Wx9)

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

9 built-in speakers with dedicated amplifiers

Deliver rich full audio.

Built-in subwoofer

Offers powerful bass.

Dolby Digital decoder

Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.

One-remote compatible

Spend less time switching between remote controls. Your 2017 Samsung TV remote now manages many of the Soundbar's functions.

Inputs

Include Analog audio, Optical Digital Audio, USB 2.0 and HDMI.

Outputs

Include HDMI.

Built-in Bluetooth

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

Supports a variety of file formats

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

Wall-mountable

Comes with the included bracket.

Pairs with Wireless Rear Speaker Kit SWA-9000S (optional, sold separately).


Overall customer rating

4.4
89%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Soundbar Bliss !

    Posted
    Dragonhunter281
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really loud, great features for the price

    Posted
    TheTechNugget
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    The notion of a big, beefy speaker that can put all your other speakers in their place can be simultaneously deliciously tempting and financially excessive. I’ve been searching for the better part of the last 5 years for a replacement to my current largest speaker, and since the portable speaker market has exploded with Hiroshima-sized output, you’d think I’d have no issue finding a suitable understudy. And throughout those 5 years I’ve purchased (and in most cases, returned) probably a half-dozen speakers that I had hoped to be contenders. The problem is, the portable speaker market is more focused on, well, portable speakers—and that’s just not what I’m looking for. I had hoped to find a slightly lower quality speaker (from a frequency balance perspective) that brought home the bacon, so to speak. Sadly, though, my expectations were too high. What I did find is a speaker that, while its price exceeds my budget, its performance far exceeds my expectations for a device in the this category. Bear in mind one caveat—I know I keep saying “speaker,” yet this is a soundbar. But soundbars can’t be great soundbars unless they are great speakers, and that is where this review comes in. The product is the Samsung HW-M5650 Soundbar, in Samsung’s Sound+ lineup. There are multiple in the lineup specifically designed for Samsung TVs, and more precisely for the 2017 or newer panels which will integrate the soundbar’s controls into your existing remote. Sadly, my panel is from Samsung’s 2016 lineup, so I’m stuck using separate stock remotes that are visually very similar…truly first-world problems. So how does one, in 2017, pick a suitable soundbar for your set up? Well, I’d look first to my surround sound manufacturer to determine if they have a soundbar option—and pick it up to maintain cohesiveness there. If you’re like me, though, and you don’t have a surround sound system, look next to your preferred speaker manufacturer and see what they have to offer. I’ll admit that Samsung’s unification of TV and Soundbar controls is a nice touch, and assume that other manufacturers either have or will follow suit…so matching your panel for design cohesiveness is always a nice approach if the others fail. From a design perspective, this soundbar is impressively sturdy. At nearly 14 pounds and 3.5 feet long, this isn’t something you’re going to want to carry around. In that sense, it fulfills its role well as a soundbar and less as a bluetooth speaker…but as I’ll cover shortly, in almost any room in my house, I can hear the thing just fine if I want to. The entire body of the unit is matte black with a solid black speaker grill on the front, and along the right side of the device are the volume, source and power buttons. On the right side of the front is a small display sitting behind the speaker grill that indicates volume levels, source choice, paired devices, and other relevant things you might want to know about your sound experience (like mode information). Although it sits behind the grill, it is perfectly visible and easy to read. From an input perspective, Samsung provided a 4K HDMI pass-through as well as a power pass-through (Samsung One Cable purchased separately) to reduce cable clutter. Otherwise, there is an optical audio input along with a 3.5mm analog jack, and the device supports both bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity. The bar combines 9 separate internal speakers, all with dedicated amps, and among other things (like HDR, a variety of sound modes and wireless surround sound support), my favorite feature by far is the built in distortion cancelling features that make this a phenomenal speaker experience. With all of the tech that Samsung packs into this speaker, the experience is every bit as rich as you’d expect from a high-quality Samsung product. At every frequency, this thing puts out some serious sound—and without heavy distortion. The bass is so heavy and full that the device will only be limited by the surface it is mounted on, as the vibration of the speaker against my TV stand is the only off-putting sound coming from that corner of my living room. The mids are clear and crisp, and the highs are sharp, pointy and precise. And, it gets loud…as in really, really loud. This is the speaker I’d use at a block party, provided I had an extension cord to power it. I’m a bit of an audio nut, and although my hearing after retirement will certainly suffer as a result, I like music, shows and movies to be loud—when it’s important (I’ve always said, The Notebook is better muted anyway). Seldom do I find a speaker or a set of headphones that get so loud that I’m not at 80% of the device’s capacity, or more. But, I’ve now met my match in the Sound+ soundbar, as I couldn’t stand 100% volume in the same room for more than a handful of seconds. That said, if I were vacuuming, or cleaning the basement—the soundbar gets plenty loud to not require I move it with me, although my neighbors may not be so appreciative. Maybe that’s why the lady next door is moving out. Well I’m sure you get it by now. Loud, great build quality, excellent balance at all frequencies. So then what? Well, if you’re in the market for a soundbar at a $400 price range, and specifically if you’re looking to match with an existing Samsung TV — and most certainly if you’re Samsung TV is a 2017 or newer model, this soundbar is a great fit. That’s not to say proud LG or Vizio owners should pass; it is a fine soundbar for just about anyone looking to spend that kind of money on some home entertainment audio quality. A nice bonus here is the ability to add wireless surround at some point in the future, as this device will integrate seamlessly with Samsung’s Rear Wireless Speaker Kit for another $180…although I’m not sure that’s a requirement considering the feature set on the device. While it doesn’t give you a true wireless experience without extra hardware, it does a great job emulating the experience regardless of where you’re sitting in the room. I’d imagine that the soundbar market is much like the portable speaker market: highly saturated and entirely subjective from a user experience perspective. At least from Best Buy, picking this one up and test driving it (with the option to return within a certain time period) is one of the better ways to give it a shot. If you’re interested, though, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. One precaution, believe it or not, is its size. At almost 42 inches long, this soundbar may be too wide for your current TV stand. A lot of this depends upon your TV size, which usually drives the TV stand’s size. I find a 49” TV to be ideally sized for my living room, and my TV stand is ideally sized for a TV up to a 49” diagonal…but not so much for a 42” sound bar. Wall mounting is certainly an option for the bar as much as it is for TVs, and with the power pass-through cable from Samsung that becomes a bit easier. Otherwise, this thing is a home run in many ways. Price seems to be the sticking point with most people, and while a good speaker is always going cost you some coin, at $399 this one may be a bit out of the price range for most people. That said, there are some soundbars that play in the $600+ range, and in that sense this soundbar (which sounds great and has a great feature set) puts you right in the middle of the field of options. You can definitely get good sound spending less, but for what you get I’d call the Samsung Sound+ competitively priced with a fair feature set.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Soundbar Lacks Needed Bass & Volume

    Posted
    CriticalEye
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    Samsung Soundbar Sound+ 6-Series/HW-MS650 Physical Appearance/Aesthetics: The tastefully designed Soundbar Sound Plus’ 9 speakers are housed in a sleek, minimalist, understated-yet-sophisticated, dark titan/sterling silver-colored brushed aluminum rectangular chassis w/beveled edges/curves. The logo-free black metal speaker grill complements the substantial build quality, providing the look/feel of a hi-quality/hi-end soundbar. The small, text-only, 3-character LED display located on the far right side is hidden behind the grill, & displays audio source, sound modes, inputs, & menu options clearly. It can be toggled off if you’d rather not see it. Dimensions: -A hefty 13½ lbs. -A substantial 42” wide x 3” high x 5” deep Con: The Soundbar+ sits too high on my TV stand in front of my Sony X900B 4K LED TV, partially blocking the bottom of the TV & hampering its ability to receive signal from the TV remote. (My TV & TV stand room placement don't allow for a wall-mounted option.) Connectivity: -ARC HDMI port: clearly the best way to connect to TV/Blu-ray, as it can transmit higher res audio & specific signals that optical can’t. Yet the Soundbar+ doesn’t come w/an HDMI cable; it comes w/only 1 optical cable, & the manual shows optical as the preferred connection. -Digital Optical (TosLink) port for non-ARC-ready TVs -3.5mm analogue auxiliary port for portable devices -Wireless: Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Connectivity/Compatibility Problems: The Samsung MW-MS650 Soundbar+ functions best when paired w/the latest Samsung Smart TVs. When pairing w/competing TV brands, it seems to have compatibility issues when it comes to seamless connectivity & full functionality, especially when it comes to pairing it w/my top-of-the-line Sony X900B big-screen LED 4K TV, which IS equipped w/4K HDMI pass-thru w/ARC (Audio Return Channel). Even though I made sure that my Sony’s HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) functionality was activated in the TV’s setup menu, I still found “no joy” when initially attempting to connect the 2 units. I had great difficulty attempting to connect via optical cable (the instruction manual’s preferred/recommended method). After a full hour of separate troubleshooting sessions w/both Sony & Samsung level-2 tech support reps (w/case # documentation), both reps reluctantly admitted that there seemed to be areas of “proprietary incompatibility”. Eventually, I was able to connect via HDMI ARC-ready, but this required a cumbersome & exacting ‘power off—plug in—power up’ sequence in order to make it work. Again, this Samsung soundbar is meant, primarily, to be paired w/other newer model Samsung TVs. As proof, I was able to quickly achieve both HDMI & digital optical connectivity w/my little Samsung UN32J6300 Smart TV in the kitchen, which is neither a big-screen TV (just 32”) nor a 4K TV (just 1080p full HD). But w/my Sony big-screen, 4K Smart TV, both digital optical & even Bluetooth connectivity proved to be a bridge too far. I also tried to connect the Soundbar+ w/my new HP All-in-1 PC via HDMI & Bluetooth. While the HDMI option was successful, Bluetooth was sketchy w/a slight, out-of-sync delay while watching video. Furthermore, the Soundbar+ even gives the physical appearance of being made to pair w/their new Samsung TVs, w/its brushed metal look, the exact same power cord, & the ability to provide power to the TV w/a separately purchased cord. Samsung seems to be attempting to do what Sony tried to do in the ‘80s & what Apple has done over the last several years—create a proprietary home entertainment ecosystem. The drawback in this case, at least in my view, is that the increasingly proprietary compatibility features make it difficult to consider components like the MS650 Soundbar+ as a “universal” or interchangeable soundbar for those w/competing TV brands like Sony. It’s worth noting that even loyal Samsung customers have complained, including on Samsung’s own website, that the MS650 Soundbar+ has ARC-compatibility issues w/2013 Samsung Smart TVs, such that the Samsung TVs don’t recognize that they have the Samsung Soundbar+ connected to them, even when receiving audio. Surprisingly Full Feature Set at This Price Point ($450): -Single-body design -3-channel (left, right, center) hi-res -Multi-Speaker Array includes: -9 individually-powered custom drivers -6 woofers & 3 tweeters -Distortion-cancelling technology -ARC (Audio Return Channel) output provides 4K pass thru w/HDR (Hi Dynamic Range) -Built-in Bluetooth: 2.4/5GHz, but, unfortunately, no aptX support -Built-in Wi-Fi w/wireless music streaming -Multiroom & Surround Sound-supported app to integrate w/music services. Note: When I connected to Wi-Fi w/the Soundbar+, I experienced frequent connect/disconnect episodes & the accompanying display message, even when I used it for HDMI audio. The irritating repeat notifications grow old quickly when watching a movie. -Only 1 single HDMI port, unfortunately: a couple more HDMI ports would’ve been helpful to prevent having to connect all our sources (Blu-ray player & Xbox, etc.) to the TV & pass audio to the Soundbar+. -Single slim remote for Soundbar+/TV w/discrete volume/bass controls -TV power-out socket: just 1 power cable for Samsung TV & Soundbar -Codecs: Supports both Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 2.0 -No Dolby Atmos support, unfortunately Sound: Even w/the six 4” x 2” mid/bass drivers (2 per channel), the avg.-to-very weak bass was a huge disappointment. The Soundbar+ simply lacks the gut punch of a separate subwoofer. I’m all for clean, compact, & minimalist design, but not at the expense of such a dramatic loss of bass performance. While the Soundbar+ offered better sound than my Samsung J6300 resident rear TV speakers, it was nowhere near as good as my Sony X900B resident front-facing speakers. (The Sony X900B has Magnetic Fluid Speaker technology to reproduce faithful hi-fi sound from a compact loudspeaker. Combined w/S-Force Front Surround 3D w/virtual 5.1 sound, it creates an enlarged audio 'sweet spot'.) Add to that my small Sony SWF-BR100/B 100W Wireless Subwoofer, w/which the Samsung Soundbar+ was incompatible, & the Soundbar+ just can’t compete. Even at max volume, the Soundbar+ really isn’t that loud, & it offers nowhere near the bass of my small wireless satellite subwoofer. It certainly wasn’t “earth-shattering” as their ad claims. In fact, the increase in volume from mid-level to high is so minimal that it’s hard to tell the difference in levels w/o a sudden jump in volume. So, if the Soundbar+ can’t match the superior sound I get from my Sony TV’s resident TV speakers w/wireless sub combo, why buy the soundbar? EQ (Equalization): I scrolled thru all 5 presets & sampled the different modes: -Standard: Sounds fairly neutral like you’d expect from a good stereo system. This is pretty much the default mode that I stayed w/80% of the time when watching cable TV. -Movie: Offers more of a big-screen soundtrack feel, but it’s far from fully immersive. I toggled to this mode to watch a film on Ultra-HD Blu-ray. If anything, it highlights the need for a quality Surround Sound system if you want to experience a fully immersive soundstage effect. -Music: I couldn’t tell much difference between Music & Standard. -Clear Voice: I switched to this mode when my hearing-impaired grandfather visited, better enabling him to make out the speech/dialogue segments. But there’s a trade-off w/some loss of fidelity. -Sports: To me, it’s just louder. But it does make voices clearer w/o diminishing the residual audio the way that Clear Voice does. -Individual EQ Component Mode: If you’re really into fine tuning/tweaking & want to pursue some imagined perfect tonal balance, there’s a hidden setting that offers access to a 7-band EQ. But the 5 presets will probably provide more options than you’ll ever use. Surround Sound: This mode is supposed to add depth & space, but Samsung’s decoding seems noticeably inadequate here. Unimpressed w/the simulated spatial distribution effect, I went back to the default Standard preset, which sounds fairly neutral. Smart Sound: I also tried the Smart Sound feature, which is supposed to select the best settings via digital optimization for the particular content you’re playing. With Smart Sound, all you have to do is adjust the discrete volume & bass controls to your liking. But even w/this digital optimization & manually bumping up the bass, I never felt like the bass was adequate, as the audio still sounded tinny. So, I went back to tinkering w/the bass, treble, & audio sync settings to tweak up the bass, but I still couldn’t get the punchy bass level I was looking for, at least as compared to my Sony SWF-BR100/B 100W Wireless Subwoofer that’s paired w/my Sony X900B TV, which, in itself, has 2 subwoofers in the 6 front-facing resident speakers. Remedy?: Unless/until I can try Samsung’s soon-to-be-released separate/dedicated subwoofer in combo w/the Soundbar+, the MS650 simply does not currently offer the depth, bass, & volume required to fully enjoy movies & music the way they were intended. Even w/total system power of 180W RMS & a +6 bass setting, there’s something major missing across almost the entire volume range. There’s simply not enough oomph or depth of sound! Unfortunately, ‘tepid’ & ‘lackluster’ are the best descriptors for the audio product delivered by the Soundbar+. For the size, weight, & cost of the Soundbar+, I expected a great deal more. Pricing: Overpriced at $450 for a subpar value w/muted bass/volume. Bottom Line: Due to the glaringly weak bass, the Soundbar+ doesn’t bring enough punch & isn’t ready for primetime, at least not until the Bass+ wireless subwoofer finally ships & I can test the system w/its sorely needed complement. So, I can’t recommend this in its current configuration, as there are much better options at comparable cost.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MrSamsung

      CriticalEye,

      Thank you for purchasing this Samsung MS650 Sound+ Soundbar System
      I am sorry to hear that you were not completely satisfied with its sound quality.

      Please know that the optional sub-woofer SWA-W700 is now available at BestBuy to add to your audio enjoyment.

      I hope this option helps improve your user experience.
      Should you need assistance with features or usage, please contact Samsung Customer Support toll-free at 1-800-SAMSUNG and a representative will gladly help you.

      You can also contact Samsung via LiveChat or email. Please copy-paste this link into your browser: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/contact

      We are likewise reachable on our Samsung Support Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/samsungsupport/app/158125230916392/


      -Samsung Ambassador Samsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar when space is limited

    Posted
    cusedice
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Soundbar

    Posted
    Justin
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    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

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Big device, little sound

    Posted
    DavidJr
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    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

    • Brand response

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      DavidJr

      Thank you for purchasing this Samsung Sound+ Soundbar System
      I am sorry to hear that you were not completely satisfied with its sound quality, and are having issue with passing HDR through the soundbar.

      Please give us the opportunity to assist you with the issues by calling Samsung Customer Support toll-free at 1-800-SAMSUNG.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Provides crisp clear sound

    Posted
    nickcal
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    A few years back, I invested in a premium home surround system for my living room television set-up. It’s a 5.1 stereo surround sound system that is run through a Denon audio/video receiver. Part of the reason I did this was to ensure I was able to hear what was happening on my favorite shows and movies. You see, I am hearing impaired and sometimes it’s very difficult for me to make out what’s going on through dialogue. That said, I was a little apprehensive about switching from my trusty surround sound to the Samsung SoundBar Sound+. So, here are some details about my experience. SOUND QUALITY - Because I know this is what most people want to know about a speaker set, I thought I would cover this first. Being that I am hearing impaired, crisp, clear sound is something I can be really hard for me to find. The SoundBar actually beats my Klipsch surround system in clarity. It didn’t sound like any sounds were muddled or meshed together. It was just clear even sounds. Even with complicated sound tracks like from Transformers, the sound mix was spot on. I could hear the dialogue very well. The only thing I was really missing was the ‘boom’ from my subwoofer. So, if you were looking at the two systems side-by-side, I would say that some depth is missing simply because all the sound is coming at you from the front instead of all around the room. VOLUME - This is always a part of the sound puzzle that I have some trouble with. I can’t seem to find a happy medium between where I can hear the shows and what is too loud for others in the room. The SoundBar does a pretty good job with volume, but it varies between the different modes. What I mean by this is the first test we did was to connect to the SoundBar via Bluetooth. We cranked up the volume and were completely blown away by the volume level. Then we connected to our TV through the Digital Optical cable and after we turned up our TV show to 100% on the SoundBar, we still couldn’t hear it very well. It just wasn’t as a loud as the Bluetooth mode. CONNECTIVITY - My opinion of the connection options is a little fuzzy. As I mentioned above, I was able to connect to my phone using Bluetooth and I didn’t have any issues with it. I love that that is an option with the SoundBar because it makes it easy to share music with family and friends that might be visiting. The other options include HDMI and Digital Optical. I wasn’t able to try the HDMI connection because of how my system was hooked up. But, I did try the Digital Optical connection and while it worked, I just wasn’t happy with the volume difference as I noted above. INTEGRATION WITH EXISTING SYSTEMS - During my testing I decided to try and integrate the SoundBar with my existing surround sound system. While this sounds like a good idea, it didn’t quite work for me. This could have been because of how I tried it, but there was a timing issues that caused a bit of an echo between the SoundBar and the rest of the surround sound system. If I completely ripped apart the system, I may have been able to make it work better, but as far as a quick integration, don’t expect it to work without some re-engineering of your existing system. All in all, the SoundBar is a win in my book. It’s particularly great if you don’t have an existing system because then it’s an instant amplification of the TV’s audio, which could always use a boost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    MEGA disappointed

    Posted
    noswarp

    The Samsung HWMS650 I have just purchased is truly a MEGA disappointment. One of the previous commentators hit the nail right on the head with his review which puts the improvement to the sound quality down to what you watch on television. The very first thing to decide is how do you want to watch your television. Do you want your furniture to bounce up and down,your house to vibrate, your chest FEEL the vibrations -- well if you do, this soundbar will go PART way to satisfying this need. If on the other hand you are like most other TV viewers you also watch the news, watch documentaries or chat shows,.... in other words things other than block-buster movies you would go to the cinema to watch,.. then you are going to be mega disappointed. The sound from various ordinary programs (its the voices I'm talking about here) varies from pathetic to down right atrocious. At the very best speech sounds to be coming from someone inside a box (a bit like a Punch and Judy show where you can see the actors, but the voice reverberates as though the speaker is in some kind of box, which in this case he is of course). To be clear, I am not saying speech sounds detached from the speaker, what I am saying is the voice does not sound to be coming from the person in clear view, but rather from a person inside some sort of enclosure. The other problem is something I feel borders on deceit by both the makers and many of the "professional" reviewers. The supplied remote has 4 major operator buttons. "Settings" . "Surround". "Sound mode". "Smart mode". Lets start with the Sound Mode button. This allows for 5 different settings. Standard. Music. Clear Voice. Sports. Movie. Selecting the different modes does produce different effects which you may or may not like. However the makers would have you believe these settings are in addition to the settings provided by the other buttons. In other words you would expect (as I did) you could have Clear Voice with Surround Sound, or Sports mode with surround sound. etc etc. As soon as you select the Surround Mode however all the other setting are immediately cancelled. The Sound Mode button displays "Surround" and the other settings on the button are cancelled. The other MEGGA problem for me is the Clear Voice mode quite simply does not work, it is complete rubbish. Do not expect whispers to be enhanced to make them audible, or voices heard above background rumbles etc. It does not happen. On the "Settings" button you can access a very limited equaliser (about 6 channels I think). No doubt with a lot of fiddling here it may be possible to make the voice frequencies louder (but not necessarily clearer); I had however expected a £500 soundbar to be something better than an audio equaliser. Yet again, any operation of the equaliser immediately resets all other modes(in this case to "Standard") The only button to operate in a modestly effective way is the Smart Mode button which does change the settings to suit the content of what is being viewed, however whether the modified sounds are to you liking is entirely down to your personal preferences in life. So in addition to not providing the quality of sounds most people would want for everyday TV viewing the settings could all be provided by one button with the following functions:- Equaliser Standard Music Clear voice Sports Movie Surround Smart Activating the next setting automatically cancels the previous setting. No doubt this review will attract the attention of Samsung as some of the other posts have, however the standard cut and paste comments will be little more than a knee-jerk reaction. I have spent ages talking to Samsung on the telephone and using online chat and have checked to make sure the above modus operandi is correct and not down to a duff soundbar. It would seem the soundbar is simply a duff piece of equipment, which greatly saddens me because I have spent ages researching the views of so called professional reviews, non of which highlight the above problems. Perhaps instead the Samsung man can tell me where and how I am wrong. So if you want to try and emulate cinema sound experience be prepared to be modestly satisfied. If you want to enhance the speech of general television viewing, be prepared to be megaly disappointed. Down the road of the music quality, I do not wish to go... far too many other problems. Do doubt some other reader will wax lyrical about the soundbar and its qualities and they are entitled to their opinions, for myself I can only speak about by own experience and opinions. If you are going to buy this soundbar - the very best of luck to you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      noswarp,

      Thank you for your feedback on this Samsung HW-MS650 Sound bar System. I am sorry to hear that you are not completely satisfied with the experience.
      Please know that Samsung is committed to providing the best possible product experience, quality, and value, and your feedback will be shared with our product and customer care teams.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to share your experience and provide us with information that helps improve our products and service.

      -Samsung Ambassador Samsung






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