SAMSUNG 3.1 Ch Soundbar (HWM550)

3.52 out of 5
(58 customer reviews)

$499.99

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Description

 

HWM550

General Feature
Total Power 340 W
Number of Channel 3.1 Ch
Number of Speaker 6
Frequency Range 40 Hz ~ 20 KHz
Speaker
Speaker Type Sealed Enclosure
Subwoofer Type ( Active / Passive / Wireless, Bulit-in ) Wireless
Subwoofer Enclosure Type Bass Reflex
Subwoofer Driver Size 7"
Audio Feature
Amp Type Digital Amp
Crystal Amplifier Yes
Dolby Digital Dolby 5.1 Ch
Dolby No
DTS Digital Surround DTS 5.1 Ch
Bluetooth HI-FI Codec No
Surround Mode Surround Sound Expansion
Number of Sound Modes (DSP) 5
UHQ 32bit Audio No
Auto Sound Mode No
Wide Range Tweeter No
Distortion Cancelling No
Video Feature
3D Video Pass Yes
4K Video Pass No
HDR No
Decoding Format
AAC Yes
MP3 Yes
WAV Yes
OGG Yes
FLAC Yes
ALAC No
Connectivity
Anynet (HDMI-CEC) Yes
USB Host Yes
Bluetooth Yes
NFC No
Bluetooth Power On Yes
Number of HDMI Input/Output 1 / 1
Number of Audio Input 1
Number of Optical Input 1
Auto Power Link Yes
Special Feature
Compatible with SWA-8000S No
Compatible with SWA-8500S Yes
Compatible with SWA-9000S No
Multiroom Hub No
Multiroom App No
BT App Yes
One Power No
Dimension
Packing Type One Packing
Net Dimension (Main Speaker) (WxHxD) 1010.5 x 54 x 87.5
Net Dimension (Sub Woofer) (WxHxD) 200 x 392 x 378
Gross Dimension (WxHxD): One Packing 1069 x 562 x 259
Weight
Net Weight (Main Speaker) 9.8 kg
Net Weight (Sub Woofer) 7.2 kg
Gross Weight (One Packing) 12.9 kg
Power
Stand-by Power Consumption (Main) 0.45 W
Stand-by Power Consumption (Subwoofer) 0.45 W
Operating Power Consumption (Main) 25 W
Operating Power Consumption (Subwoofer) 28 W
Free Voltage Yes
Energy Star Yes
Accessory
ASC MIC No
Antenna No
Remote Controller Yes
HDMI Cable No
Optical Cable Yes
Audio Cable No
USB Cable No
Wall Mount Bracket Yes
TV Mount No
Battery Yes

Additional information

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Detailed Specifications

https://www.avu.ca/specs/HWM550_specs.pdf

58 reviews for SAMSUNG 3.1 Ch Soundbar (HWM550)

  1. 2 out of 5

    SamsungIsOverated

    Horrible connectivity

    Bought this soundbar at best buy with a new Samsung tv. Was told they seemlessy connect. Didnt. Also bought the rear speakers that consistently disconnect every few minutes and go silent. Return policy was up by the time best buy figured out what speakers were the proper ones were (took 3 trips). Buyer beware. Multiple calls to Samsung tech support has not helped.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  2. 2 out of 5

    SamsungIsOverated

    Horrible connectivity

    Bought this soundbar at best buy with a new Samsung tv. Was told they seemlessy connect. Didnt. Also bought the rear speakers that consistently disconnect every few minutes and go silent. Return policy was up by the time best buy figured out what speakers were the proper ones were (took 3 trips). Buyer beware. Multiple calls to Samsung tech support has not helped.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    FixItt

    Exceeded my expectations

    The sound is incredible. I am not an audiophile, and have tinnitus, am partially deaf (my wife calls it selective listening) so I can’t hear a pin drop much less people whispering. I am very impressed by the bass this little sub puts out. Too bad the Samsung 7 series TV I just bought has less than desirable audio output, they almost require you to buy a soundbar to get the sound you expected in the beginning (plus some booming bass). We bought this at a club store -there were 5 in stock. We went back 2 days later and they were all gone.
    I lost one of the round plastic mounts (they should make them square so, if dropped, they don’t drop into the realm of the never to be found dimension).
    These are $8.00 from Samsung. I ordered two because I am prepared if my gorilla hands fumble again.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    FixItt

    Exceeded my expectations

    The sound is incredible. I am not an audiophile, and have tinnitus, am partially deaf (my wife calls it selective listening) so I can’t hear a pin drop much less people whispering. I am very impressed by the bass this little sub puts out. Too bad the Samsung 7 series TV I just bought has less than desirable audio output, they almost require you to buy a soundbar to get the sound you expected in the beginning (plus some booming bass). We bought this at a club store -there were 5 in stock. We went back 2 days later and they were all gone.
    I lost one of the round plastic mounts (they should make them square so, if dropped, they don’t drop into the realm of the never to be found dimension).
    These are $8.00 from Samsung. I ordered two because I am prepared if my gorilla hands fumble again.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    FixItt

    Exceeded my expectations

    The sound is incredible. I am not an audiophile, and have tinnitus, am partially deaf (my wife calls it selective listening) so I can’t hear a pin drop much less people whispering. I am very impressed by the bass this little sub puts out. Too bad the Samsung 7 series TV I just bought has less than desirable audio output, they almost require you to buy a soundbar to get the sound you expected in the beginning (plus some booming bass). We bought this at a club store -there were 5 in stock. We went back 2 days later and they were all gone.
    I lost one of the round plastic mounts (they should make them square so, if dropped, they don’t drop into the realm of the never to be found dimension).
    These are $8.00 from Samsung. I ordered two because I am prepared if my gorilla hands fumble again.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  6. 2 out of 5

    Joey18

    Decent soundbar/poor subs

    I had these for almost a year and my subs started shutting off during use repeatly for no reason. This soundbar sounds great with working subs, but with no subs it sounds to empty as if something is missing.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  7. 2 out of 5

    Joey18

    Decent soundbar/poor subs

    I had these for almost a year and my subs started shutting off during use repeatly for no reason. This soundbar sounds great with working subs, but with no subs it sounds to empty as if something is missing.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  8. 2 out of 5

    Joey18

    Decent soundbar/poor subs

    I had these for almost a year and my subs started shutting off during use repeatly for no reason. This soundbar sounds great with working subs, but with no subs it sounds to empty as if something is missing.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Coachcat

    Great and if paired with rear speakers – Perfect!

    I decided to give this soundbar a try despite the bad reviews and because I owned a Samsung tv and also lots of this brand’s stuff. I think the bad vibe comes because the soundbar manual can be a bit vague when it comes to setting it up. I must say up front that if you pair this soundbar with the SWA-8500S rear speakers you will have a great surround sound system without the hustle of moving wires around. Yes, the rear speakers are not entirely “wireless” , they are wired to a true wireless receiver where they also get their power from! A lot of people are not happy with that but think if you will have them truly wireless, than you need to charge them since they will need to have a battery to work, right? And if you forget to do it, well you may run out of juice right in the middle of your movie! Now, back to setting the bar: the initial part with the powering off the subwoofer and soundbar connections is easy and straight forward. Adjusting it to get the most of it is the tricky part: I used a HDMI cable to the ARC connection because the tv remote control will work best this way, while with the optical cable will power on but not off somehow!? The best sound for my ears will come out if you setup your TV SOUND on PCM than DTS 2.5, although is a very little difference from the Dolby Sound. Next I worked up my levels of subwoofer to +6 and treble to +5, set the sound mode to STANDARD and went to YouTube to give it a try: “music to my ears”! If you expect the live tv to sound awesome than you can wait for a long time. The greatness of this soundbar will shine on your movies, Netflix, Prime etc or music either streamed or through your bluetooth! But the BEST SETUP is if you add the rear speakers for surround and believe me for just under $350 all together you got yourself a GREAT HOME SOUND SYSTEM!! Since I been writing this long review (my first, that’s why :)), I will add here also the QUICK SETUP for the SAMSUNG REAR SPEAKERS SWA-8500S: 1. Power OFF TV 2. Power OFF SOUNDBAR 3. Power ON REAR SPEAKERS with flashing blue light 4. On Soundbar remote control press MUTE ( right in the middle of volume +,- button) for more than 5 seconds until the Soundbar shows the ID SET message. Now take your finger off Mute and Power On the Soundbar and that should be it. 5. Now go to Settings button on Soundbar remote and press until you get to “Rear Speakers” and now press the UP on the Middle Circle to get the level up to +4 or +5, up to +6. Next press Surround on your remote to ON and that should be it! Good luck and hope you will enjoy your sound system as much we have!!

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  10. 5 out of 5

    Coachcat

    Great and if paired with rear speakers – Perfect!

    I decided to give this soundbar a try despite the bad reviews and because I owned a Samsung tv and also lots of this brand’s stuff. I think the bad vibe comes because the soundbar manual can be a bit vague when it comes to setting it up. I must say up front that if you pair this soundbar with the SWA-8500S rear speakers you will have a great surround sound system without the hustle of moving wires around. Yes, the rear speakers are not entirely “wireless” , they are wired to a true wireless receiver where they also get their power from! A lot of people are not happy with that but think if you will have them truly wireless, than you need to charge them since they will need to have a battery to work, right? And if you forget to do it, well you may run out of juice right in the middle of your movie! Now, back to setting the bar: the initial part with the powering off the subwoofer and soundbar connections is easy and straight forward. Adjusting it to get the most of it is the tricky part: I used a HDMI cable to the ARC connection because the tv remote control will work best this way, while with the optical cable will power on but not off somehow!? The best sound for my ears will come out if you setup your TV SOUND on PCM than DTS 2.5, although is a very little difference from the Dolby Sound. Next I worked up my levels of subwoofer to +6 and treble to +5, set the sound mode to STANDARD and went to YouTube to give it a try: “music to my ears”! If you expect the live tv to sound awesome than you can wait for a long time. The greatness of this soundbar will shine on your movies, Netflix, Prime etc or music either streamed or through your bluetooth! But the BEST SETUP is if you add the rear speakers for surround and believe me for just under $350 all together you got yourself a GREAT HOME SOUND SYSTEM!! Since I been writing this long review (my first, that’s why :)), I will add here also the QUICK SETUP for the SAMSUNG REAR SPEAKERS SWA-8500S: 1. Power OFF TV 2. Power OFF SOUNDBAR 3. Power ON REAR SPEAKERS with flashing blue light 4. On Soundbar remote control press MUTE ( right in the middle of volume +,- button) for more than 5 seconds until the Soundbar shows the ID SET message. Now take your finger off Mute and Power On the Soundbar and that should be it. 5. Now go to Settings button on Soundbar remote and press until you get to “Rear Speakers” and now press the UP on the Middle Circle to get the level up to +4 or +5, up to +6. Next press Surround on your remote to ON and that should be it! Good luck and hope you will enjoy your sound system as much we have!!

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Coachcat

    Great and if paired with rear speakers – Perfect!

    I decided to give this soundbar a try despite the bad reviews and because I owned a Samsung tv and also lots of this brand’s stuff. I think the bad vibe comes because the soundbar manual can be a bit vague when it comes to setting it up. I must say up front that if you pair this soundbar with the SWA-8500S rear speakers you will have a great surround sound system without the hustle of moving wires around. Yes, the rear speakers are not entirely “wireless” , they are wired to a true wireless receiver where they also get their power from! A lot of people are not happy with that but think if you will have them truly wireless, than you need to charge them since they will need to have a battery to work, right? And if you forget to do it, well you may run out of juice right in the middle of your movie! Now, back to setting the bar: the initial part with the powering off the subwoofer and soundbar connections is easy and straight forward. Adjusting it to get the most of it is the tricky part: I used a HDMI cable to the ARC connection because the tv remote control will work best this way, while with the optical cable will power on but not off somehow!? The best sound for my ears will come out if you setup your TV SOUND on PCM than DTS 2.5, although is a very little difference from the Dolby Sound. Next I worked up my levels of subwoofer to +6 and treble to +5, set the sound mode to STANDARD and went to YouTube to give it a try: “music to my ears”! If you expect the live tv to sound awesome than you can wait for a long time. The greatness of this soundbar will shine on your movies, Netflix, Prime etc or music either streamed or through your bluetooth! But the BEST SETUP is if you add the rear speakers for surround and believe me for just under $350 all together you got yourself a GREAT HOME SOUND SYSTEM!! Since I been writing this long review (my first, that’s why :)), I will add here also the QUICK SETUP for the SAMSUNG REAR SPEAKERS SWA-8500S: 1. Power OFF TV 2. Power OFF SOUNDBAR 3. Power ON REAR SPEAKERS with flashing blue light 4. On Soundbar remote control press MUTE ( right in the middle of volume +,- button) for more than 5 seconds until the Soundbar shows the ID SET message. Now take your finger off Mute and Power On the Soundbar and that should be it. 5. Now go to Settings button on Soundbar remote and press until you get to “Rear Speakers” and now press the UP on the Middle Circle to get the level up to +4 or +5, up to +6. Next press Surround on your remote to ON and that should be it! Good luck and hope you will enjoy your sound system as much we have!!

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  12. 2 out of 5

    ShowbizScroll

    Experience may vary

    Bought this a year ago and I’ve used it almost every other day. I can say that on my Vizio TV, this soundbar is horrible. No bass at Max sub and bass volume, set to supported formats, everything. Even tried using DTS on it and made no difference. Surround would come out at random, it was just a bad experience. I couldn’t return it because of billing issues because of Best buy. As of now, I decided to give my parents the soundbar on their Samsung 8000 series TV. It works a whole lot better and actually sounds great. That’s where the problem is. It’s one of those products that “function better” in the Samsung ecosystem. It’s scummy to have a product perform considerably worse on a competitors product than your own. Also, plastic subwoofer enclosure? Really? For 400$?

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  13. 2 out of 5

    ShowbizScroll

    Experience may vary

    Bought this a year ago and I’ve used it almost every other day. I can say that on my Vizio TV, this soundbar is horrible. No bass at Max sub and bass volume, set to supported formats, everything. Even tried using DTS on it and made no difference. Surround would come out at random, it was just a bad experience. I couldn’t return it because of billing issues because of Best buy. As of now, I decided to give my parents the soundbar on their Samsung 8000 series TV. It works a whole lot better and actually sounds great. That’s where the problem is. It’s one of those products that “function better” in the Samsung ecosystem. It’s scummy to have a product perform considerably worse on a competitors product than your own. Also, plastic subwoofer enclosure? Really? For 400$?

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  14. 2 out of 5

    ShowbizScroll

    Experience may vary

    Bought this a year ago and I’ve used it almost every other day. I can say that on my Vizio TV, this soundbar is horrible. No bass at Max sub and bass volume, set to supported formats, everything. Even tried using DTS on it and made no difference. Surround would come out at random, it was just a bad experience. I couldn’t return it because of billing issues because of Best buy. As of now, I decided to give my parents the soundbar on their Samsung 8000 series TV. It works a whole lot better and actually sounds great. That’s where the problem is. It’s one of those products that “function better” in the Samsung ecosystem. It’s scummy to have a product perform considerably worse on a competitors product than your own. Also, plastic subwoofer enclosure? Really? For 400$?

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  15. 4 out of 5

    chalo84

    Good sound quality

    Great sound and quality for my bedroom…………..

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  16. 4 out of 5

    chalo84

    Good sound quality

    Great sound and quality for my bedroom…………..

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mikee1201

    So Good I Bought Another One

    I already owned this soundbar with the rear speakers. Just purchased another TV and was looking to upgrade the sound with a soundbar. My first choice was this unit based on how great the first one was. I thought about holding off and waiting for the Atmos units to drop in price. Only the newest content is Atmos capable so why pay extra for that feature. There are a couple of things that make this soundbar stand out versus many of its competitors. First is that it has 2 speakers per channel instead of a single speaker which give better clarity. The second is that it has the center channel which delivers great dialouge allowiing the the outer speakers to deliver a better stereo experience. The soundbar is well made. The subwoofer may not shake the lamps but does give sufficient rumble as needed. The overall volume is very good for watching movies.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mikee1201

    So Good I Bought Another One

    I already owned this soundbar with the rear speakers. Just purchased another TV and was looking to upgrade the sound with a soundbar. My first choice was this unit based on how great the first one was. I thought about holding off and waiting for the Atmos units to drop in price. Only the newest content is Atmos capable so why pay extra for that feature. There are a couple of things that make this soundbar stand out versus many of its competitors. First is that it has 2 speakers per channel instead of a single speaker which give better clarity. The second is that it has the center channel which delivers great dialouge allowiing the the outer speakers to deliver a better stereo experience. The soundbar is well made. The subwoofer may not shake the lamps but does give sufficient rumble as needed. The overall volume is very good for watching movies.

    Originally posted on Samsung.com

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