Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar System

Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar System

Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar System


COMES WITH IT'S REMOTE. What is the Samsung HW-K950? If you fancy getting into Dolby Atmos but dont want to cut holes in your ceiling or cocoon yourself in cables then Samsungs HW-K950 could be the answer. Like Yamahas rival YSP-5600, this Dolby Atmos-equipped soundbar features upward-firing speakers that bounce object-based effects off the ceiling. But whereas Yamahas effort generates surround channels using sound beam projection, Samsung is the first to include a pair of physical surround speakers with up-firing Atmos drivers.

A wireless subwoofer completes the full 5.1.4 package. Basically, youre getting a full Atmos system in a single box, but thats only part of the story. The HW-K950 also represents Samsungs desire to build its credibility as an audio brand, having built all the drivers from scratch and spent countless hours voicing the product at its Audio Lab facility in California. Those efforts have really paid off. Samsung HW-K950 Design and Connections. Lets not beat about the bush the HW-K950 isnt the prettiest soundbar Samsung has ever conceived. Its tastefully styled and robustly built, but its unlikely to inspire oohs and aahs from your mates.

The 1,210mm-wide rectangular bar is covered in black aluminium grilles that conceal the front and top drivers. The only embellishments are two brush-effect end caps linked by an angled trim along the front edge. Build quality is suitably solid and substantial, but its missing an air of luxury.

Jaw-dropping looks arent essential when it comes to soundbars the more they blend in the better but the HW-K950s size is a more pressing issue. Measuring 81mm high by 131mm deep, its relatively bulky by soundbar standards, which could be a deal-breaker if space is tight (although its nowhere near as intrusive as Yamahas YSP-5600). As a result, the soundbar blocked my TVs remote sensor when placed in front of it.

Thankfully, its a Samsung TV, so when connected via HDMI CEC I was able to control both components using the TVs remote. You can also control the soundbars volume using your TV remote when connected via the optical and AUX inputs. The soundbar can be mounted on the wall Samsung helpfully supplies brackets, screws and a mounting template in the box. You can also wall-mount the surround speakers, but you have to source your own brackets.

On the front of the soundbar is a small OLED display panel that disappears when idle. Its informative and easy to read, although those with OCD tendencies might be miffed by its off-centre placement.

Theres a good reason for this the soundbar is equipped with a dedicated centre speaker. A row of buttons on the side allows for up-close control of volume, input and power. Underneath the bar are two recesses housing a healthy array of sockets. You get two HDMI inputs and one output, all able to pass through 4K/60p HDR video signals from Ultra HD Blu-ray players such as Samsungs UBD-K8500.

The output is ARC-enabled, offering a convenient single-cable connection to compatible TVs. Elsewhere, youll find optical and 3.5mm mini-jack inputs. Given the price, it wouldnt have been unreasonable to expect a third HDMI port to accommodate a Sky box, Blu-ray deck and games console, but you can always connect them to your TV and pass audio to the soundbar via optical.

The wireless surround speakers are styled to match the soundbar with the same black grilles, brush-effect side panels and angled edge trims. At 210mm high, theyre nice and compact too, which means you can easily place them on sideboards or speaker stands. Their robust, weighty build quality can only mean good things for performance. The subwoofer is a departure from the wide Multi-Air Gap model Samsung has been supplying with its soundbars of late.

This one sports low-key black styling and a shape thats easier to slide down the side of a sofa although its on the large side. Never one to skimp on spec, Samsung has packed the HW-K950 with features. Naturally, Dolby Atmos is star of the show, delivered by 15 drivers within the soundbar and surround speakers. Along the front of the soundbar are front-left, centre and front-right channels; each channel is served by two 2.5-inch drivers and a 30mm wide-range inverted dome tweeter.

On top are two upward-firing 2.5-inch Atmos drivers. Each driver is powered by a dedicated 20W amplifier (total power output is rated at 500W). The up-firing drivers are placed closer to the surface of the cabinet than other Atmos speakers and feature a special waveguide to maximise the overhead sound effects. Samsung says its tweeters offer a wider and more uniform dispersion than traditional soundbars.

To achieve this, Samsung has expanded the crossover range between the mid-range driver and tweeter in order to reduce the interference between them. The surround speakers are equipped with two 2.5-inch drivers, one front-firing and one up-firing, which receive 35W each from the built-in amplifiers. The subwoofer boasts an 8-inch driver and a 160W amplifier. Surround Sound Expansion Plus mode upmixes regular soundtracks to 5.1.4, which could breathe new life into your non-Atmos Blu-ray discs. Given the relatively small number of Atmos-encoded titles on the market this is a welcome feature, although it can be turned off if youre not feeling it.

With built-in Wi-Fi, multiroom and Bluetooth, the HW-K950 boasts impeccable streaming credentials. Using Samsungs smartphone app, you can stream music via Spotify, Deezer. 7digital, 8tracks, Murfie, Napster, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon Music, Juke and TuneIn radio. Alternatively, you can stream music from PCs, NAS drives and phones via DLNA and send it to other Samsung multiroom speakers around the house. The system supports hi-res audio playback.

Built-in Bluetooth not only provides a quicker way of streaming music but also sends audio from a compatible Samsung TV to the soundbar. There are six sound modes to play with: Standard, Music, Clear Voice, Sports, Movie and Night. I was quite happy to leave it in Standard for TV and movies, although Music is better for streaming. You can also adjust the bass, treble and lip-sync settings. Samsung HW-K950 Setup and Operation.

Despite the presence of Atmos, the HW-K950 isnt difficult to set up. Once youve found the best place for the soundbar, you can adjust the volume of each channel to find your preferred balance using the remote and front-panel display. The use of wireless connectivity for the surround-sound speakers and subwoofer makes them easy to place, although the need to plug each one into the mains limits your freedom.

They pair with the soundbar automatically, but if the connection drops out you can reset them using the button on the back. The item "Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar System" is in sale since Sunday, October 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Sound & Vision\DVD, Blu-ray & Home Cinema\Home Cinema Systems". The seller is "4kvisuals" and is located in Tottenham , London.

This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.

Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar System