Deal: $80 OFF on Samsung HW-B550 Soundbar $277.99

The Samsung HW-B550 came out in 2022 and is a 2.1 soundbar. It’s the next version of the Samsung HW-A550, and it works pretty much the same as the one it replaced. It’s a simple bar that works best for listening to stereo music and TV shows, which is most of them. You can add a Wireless Rear Speaker Kit, which is sold separately, to improve the sound of its surrounds.

But Dolby Atmos is not supported, so you can’t use more immersive formats on streaming platforms. You don’t get access to Samsung’s more expensive features, like room correction, which adjusts the sound to your room’s unique acoustics, and Q-Symphony, which pairs the bar with compatible Samsung TVs to improve the sound. Samsung made this bar to work perfectly with their amazing QLED TVs.

You can control and change the settings for both the TV and the sound bar with the remote that came with the Samsung TV. If you want to get rid of as many cords as possible, you can even use the sound bar’s Bluetooth to get a stereo audio signal from a Samsung TV that is compatible. With the HW-built-in B550’s Bluetooth, you can stream your favourite music from your phone without wires.

You can even connect two mobile devices at the same time to make streaming even easier. This is great for when you have people over and want to take turns listening to music or share it with them. By adding the optional Samsung SWA-9100S surround speaker kit, you can add real surround sound effects to your movie night (sold separately). This kit can connect to the sound bar wirelessly.

Instead of running wire from the bar to the speakers across the room, you’ll plug a rear amplifier module into AC power and run wire from that to the two surrounds. The change from the subwoofer to the bar could be handled better, which makes the low midrange less smooth and makes it hard to tell which source is which. Even with the Clear Voice mode on, it’s hard to understand what people are saying.

Also, the bar has a peak of distortion that can be heard at around 10 kHz. This is likely caused by a loose screw inside the bar. Lastly, the HW-B550 has a DTS Virtual:X mode that makes a bubble of sound around the listener. Some of the effects go just a little bit past the edges of the bar, but the way they are shown is completely off. We think you’ll have the most fun with this soundbar if you stay in Standard mode.

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