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Samsung HW-K450 soundbar speaker - soundbar speakers (Wireless, Active, DTS 2.0, Separate, Energy Star, Optical)
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- Product features 300 W Wireless subwoofer Bluetooth Digital connection: optical & HDMI
- 5 Number of Sound Modes (DSP)
- 2.1 Channel Number of Channel
- Net Dimension (Main Speaker) (WxHxD) - 908.5 x 53.5 x 70.5 cm
- Net Dimension (Sub Woofer) (WxHxD) - 179 x 361 x 299.5 cm
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Expand your audio system without cluttering your space with the Samsung HW-K450 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar with subwoofer.
Enjoy detailed and powerful sound
With rich and powerful sound, the HW-K450 is designed to bring your TV viewing to life. The wireless subwoofer creates detailed audio and deep bass, without compromising on the clarity of sound.
Specifically constructed for vocal clarity, the HW-K450 has a large speaker capacity and reproduces the highest highs and mid-range tones without distortion. With surround sound expansion, the listening area is realistic so that if feels as if it's coming directly from the screen.
Greater flexibility without the wires
Enjoy the power of deep bass frequencies from the subwoofer, with a wireless design that lets you place it anywhere in the room. Perfect for making the most of your music, the sound bar can be quickly and easily connected to your phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection.
For a more expansive sound experience, the Wireless Sound Bar creates sound that surrounds you for a cinema-style feel.
From the manufacturer
HW-K450 Wireless Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer
The Wireless Way to Upgrade Your TV Sound
Connect your Soundbar to your Samsung TV without wires and enjoy superb, powerful sound that brings programs, movies and music to life. TV has never sounded so good.
Enhanced Surround Sound from a Wider Range of Listening Positions
Surround Sound Expansion expands the listening area sideways and up so it is more realistic and coming directly from the screen. You can enjoy great sound with truly immersive surround effects.
One App Controls All Your Sound
Manage your Soundbar with the Samsung Audio Remote app on your mobile device.* You can connect using Bluetooth to control all your key Soundbar functions and play your favourite song lists with ease.
*Functionality only available on smartphones or tablets running the Android operating system.
Bluetooth Power On
You can power on your audio system and control it from your smartphone with Bluetooth. After an initial pairing, you can quickly find the devices you want, wake them up, and stream your music.
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I'm not an expert in this field (well at least I wasn't prior to starting my "search" for a soundbar). Prior to buying this item, I'd never had any soundbar/home cinema/surround sound/5.1, etc. at home, and when I decided to improve the sound of my LG 43" TV I was initially overwhelmed by the amount of information and choice of soundbars available for almost any budgets.
I initially had around £100 budget but after a little research I quickly understood that to get a decent sound system I would need to bring this number up a bit. I honestly did a lot of research in this topic, and my Mrs even started joking whether I wanted to do a degree in this field :))
This soundbar provides a great quality sound and the sub provides more than adequate foundation and oomph. But, a big BUT, you will need to tweak a few of the options/settings on your TV/Console/Sky box to get the most out of it as Samsung have not done a great job of providing enough guidance in the manual around this topic.
Basically, the soundbar comes with an optical cable included but hopefully you won't need it as what you need to connect it with is HDMI as that gives the best sound quality because it can carry more of the digital information (in layman's terms..). If you decide to go with the Optical cable though, then make sure you remove those little white caps on both ends of the supplied cable as they are only there to protect the cable tips. I spent around 10 minutes not able to plug the cable in properly and then after googling I found that they should be removed!
Anyways, I decided to connect my soundbar to the TV and my PS4 to the soundbar using HDMI cables (so you'll need two of those cables, standard cheap ones will do). What I found is that the best way to connect the 3 up using HDMI is as follows (this will work as long as your TV supports ARC. Most of the modern LCD/LED TV's support ARC these days. ARC is simply, again in layman's terms, a functionality that allows the TV to communicate with the sound bar in a "two-way" manner. If your TV is compatible with ARC, one of the HDMI inputs on your TV should have something like "HDMI IN ARC"):
1 - PS4 to Soundbar, using HDMI (HDMI OUT on PS4 and HDMI IN on Soundbar). Don't connect the console directly to the TV. Why? it's explained below.
2 - Soundbar to TV using HDMI (HDMI ARC OUT on Soundbar and HDMI ARC IN on the TV)
3 - For the source on the TV use the source of the HDMI number that has the ARC connection from the soundbar (e.g. "HDMI 1"), and on the soundbar use the source button on the remote to put it to "HDMI" (not D. IN or anything else, as I did and wasted a lot of time)
Why console directly to the soundbar and not via TV? From my research I found that the most important advantages of connecting the source of video and audio (in my case it's the PS4) directly to the soundbar is that because it is the soundbar that is the most capable module in all of your set up to deal with the sound: it is specifically designed to "understand", "interpret" and "speak" those digital signals coming out of, say, your blu ray disc spinning within your PS4/blu ray player. These codes are called something like Dolby Digital, DTS, etc. etc. That's why you're paying a lot of money to buy and install your soundbar. If you connect your source of audio (console,blu ray player, etc.) directly to the soundbar using HDMI, then all these codes will be passed on to the expert to deal with them, instead of going through the TV, causing some loss or corruption of some of this crucial data/codes..
Now you will ask, ok we understand why we're sending the audio to the soundbar, why then send the video into it as well and not directly to the TV? It is because your soundbar is designed to pass this on to the TV intact and through the ARC connection I described above.
So, I set this all up nicely and started watching a brand new blu ray disc of one of my long time favorite movies, The Matrix, and the sound initially did not impress me at all. It was rather underwhelming. I was starting to get frustrated that I had paid so much money for a sound system that could not even impress a beginner like me. Back to drawing board I went and did some more research...
What I'd missed was that within the PS4 (and the TV), there were some settings that I'd never touched before. These settings heavily affect how all that data and codes traveled throughout your PS4-->soundbar --> TV connection. I'm explaining them below:
- In the Video and Sounds section of the Settings in the Home screen of the PS4, make sure, and I can't reiterate this enough, make sure to go to Audio Output Settings and change the Audio Format (Priority) to Bitstream (Dolby or DTS, I preferred Dolby as that gave me the best sound). I had it on the default Linear PCM and that was killing it all. Changing this to Bitstream will ensure that PS4 will send all that coding and sound data to the soundbar in its raw and unspoilt state, so that the expert called HW-K450 can do the job it's paid for.. Also, in the same section, change the Primary Output Port to HDMI if you're using HDMI (Optical if you're using Optical).
- When playing, say, a blu ray movie, pause it and go into setting and check that the sound settings are set for Bitstream. Also make sure to disable any "sound controls" (make them OFF) as they will interfere with the sound quality.
- If you decide on the console --> TV --> Soundbar connection, and not directly as I've explained above, then make sure to go into your TV's sound settings and do similar things, i.e. change the Audio outputs to Dolby Digital, DTS, etc. and disable internal speakers.
After, correcting all these things, I fell in love with this sound system. It is a fantastic soundbar that will completely transform your movie watching. I've never been so keen to watch all those blockbuster movies as I am now.
Next I want to buy that rear speaker kit that they sell (Samsung SWA-8000s). From the reviews I've managed to get from some US websites and forums, that kit should make this soundbar even more impressive.
All in all, you should buy this soundbar if you're on a <£200 budget and want the best item for your money. You won't go wrong but make sure to tweak all the relevant settings and adjustments before making your conclusions about this item.
If you're after a proper 5.1-type fancy home cinema stuff, then you're viewing a wrong product but you will need to splash out a bit more for that.
Hope my review helps.
After having used this product for over a month now, I'm still impressed with it.
I'm still using the HDMI connection from the source directly to the soundbar and even found that you can connect your PC/Laptop directly to it using HDMI.
I have also added the rear speaker kit SWA-8000s and I'm satisfied with the whole set up. However, I continued to do more research and noted that - contrary to what it says on the Samsung website - this soundbar does not actually make the set-up a 4.1 channel. The rear speakers seem to just replicate the front speakers making this set-up a 2.1 at best and I was going to remove one of the Stars in this update because of this. However, the rear speakers add a satisfactory level of surround and immersive sound experience and the soundbar is a great product on its own and for the price I still believe you can't find a better product.
Because of the pretty good deals over the Christmas/New Year deals around, I'm now quite interested in upgrading the soundbar (yes, already!) to the next level HW - K550 as that one seems to add the important Central speakers and move importantly it looks like they support a full 5.1 channel sound, i.e. when you add the rear speakers you will get a proper surround sound set up.
As a very hard of hearing person I find the sound quality very beneficial and the BlueTooth connection is invaluable for listening to items on my iPad. The subwoofer is really “something else”.
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