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Samsung HW-J8500

Samsung HW-J8500
alaScore 92

76 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Samsung HW-J8500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews. People are impressed by the size. The usability is also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability, while many are less positive about the price.

design, usability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Samsung HW-J8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Samsung HW-J8500 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Home Theater Systems on Reviewers really like the usability. The reliability also gets good feedback.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung HW-J8500 - HW-J8500 - HW-J8500 350W 9.1 Channel Soundbar with 8" MAG Wireless Active Subwoofer - BlackSamsung HW-J8500 - HW-J8500 - HW-J8500 350W 9.1 Channel Soundbar with 8" MAG Wireless Active Subwoofer - Black

Sep, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung HW-J8500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Samsung HW-J8500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Home Theater Systems on Reviewers really like the usability. The design also gets good opinions. There are some critical comments about the price.

design, usability


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung UN65JS9000 Curved 65-Inch TV with HW-J8500 Curved SoundbarSamsung UN65JS9000 Curved 65-Inch TV with HW-J8500 Curved Soundbar

Sep, 2018

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Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Samsung HW-J8500


Wherever you stand on the great curved TV debate, one thing's for sure – their sound quality is just as ropey as flat TVs'. So if you've invested in a curved screen, chances are you'll need a new sound system to go with it. A soundbar is the obvious...

Elegant curved design ; Wide, powerful soundstage and dynamic tone ; Clear dialogue and detail ; Multiroom functionality ; Subwoofer lacks detail and agility

Single HDMI input ; Subwoofer might not suit all tastes

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Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Samsung HW-J8500 review


Whether gimmick or game-changer, curved TVs are here to stay – but sadly so is the typically inadequate sound quality. Soundbars provide the solution, but a straight one looks odd in front of a curved TV. That's why Samsung has conjured up a range of...

Snappy, vigorous sound; beefy bass output and room-filling volume; generous features; decent design and build

Bass lacks shape and detail; only one HDMI input; lacks top-end finesse of rivals

Neither of those models are curved, however, and the HW-J8500 is definitely the best-sounding 'bar Samsung has produced. Worth a punt if you need a sonic tonic for your new curved TV.

Aug, 2015

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Samsung HW-J8500 review

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The HW-J8500 is one of Samsung's older high-end sound bars. We've tested several models in the range, so when we took this to our lab, we thought we knew what to expect. Was the sound as good as we thought it would be? Find out in our full review.

May, 2016

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Samsung HW-J8500 soundbar review


Love them or hate them, it looks like curved TVs are here to stay, but just like their slim and flat peers, we're left wanting by the sound quality. That's why Samsung has crafted a curved soundbar to match its range of curvy TVs, with the...

While the HW-J8500 looks like a rather monolithic slab of tech, its understated design and simple brushed-black aluminium style should easily compliment your living room setup either in black or silver hues. The simple design extends to the soundbar's...

While the Samsung HW-J8500 delivers pumping sound and decent range, the £899.99 price tag is a bit hard to swallow - it can be found for cheaper though. As it's designed to go alongside Samsung's curved tellys, you'll be reaching deep into your wallet...

If you've got a curved TV and you're looking for a slick soundbar to pair it up with, look no further than the Samsung HW-J8500. While it's mighty expensive, the 9.1-channel sound is top-notch, it looks the part and is incredibly easy to use and get...

Jul, 2015

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Samsung HW-J8500 Soundbar Review


Samsung's latest 9.1-channel soundbar boasts a curved design to match their latest TVs, a wireless subwoofer and an impressive level of sound quality

Impressive sound quality ; Attractive design ; Excellent build quality ; Extensive features ; Flexible subwoofer

Only one HDMI input ; Curved design and size is limiting

Well that really depends on what kind of TV you've got but clearly if you have one of Samsung's new then the HW-J8500 is the obvious choice. It has been specifically designed to match their larger screen sizes and in that sense it fits the bill...

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Excellent Sound BAR with sound to fill any room


The easiest setup ever as I was debating 5.1 Bose, 7.1 Polk/Yamaha and this sound bar. Without hanging speakers all over with wires, I ended up with the 9.1 Sound Bar to match my 78" curved Samsung TV.

Mar, 2016

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Great sound to the system


If you spend the money for the 78" curved big screen you might as well buy the curved sound bar that goes with it, too bad they don't give a bonus deal for buying the same manufacturer.

Mar, 2016

Consumer review (

Disappointed with the quality for the price


Bought this in Dec and within a month, it started having issues. It powers down by itself while subwoofer stays on for a few more seconds. It also drops network connection frequently while all my other devices stay connected. During the Superbowl it...

Feb, 2016

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Awesome soundbar


The only thing I don't like is that you have to change the sound effect as it defaults to Standard which I'm not crazy about. However, it is absolutely worth the price! Watched the movie Everest and the sound was incredible. Would highly recommend this...

Jan, 2016

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Great Sound Bar


My husband wanted this and he is very happy with it. It looks great and easy to install. The only problem was I was the person who picked it up at the store (unavailable when we were there) and it is much larger than we anticipated (although it fits...

Jan, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio decoders:Dolby Digital,DTS / DTS 2.0,Dolby Digital / DTS 2.0,Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS,Dolby Digital / DTS,Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio decoding technologies:DTS Premium Sound 5.1,Dolby MS11 / DTS Premium Sound 5.1,DTS Studio Sound,Dolby MS11
Audio output channels:5.1 / 9.1
Audio Return Channel (ARC):Y / Yes
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital, DTS / DTS 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS, Dolby Digital
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
RMS rated power:20 / 350 / 40
Subwoofer RMS power:20
Surround modes quantity:4


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Energy Star certified: Yes
Green (Eco) compliant:Y


Color of product:Silver
LED Indicators: Yes


3D compatibility: Yes
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:54.6 / 64.5
Display Resolution:3840 x 2160
HD type:4K Ultra HD
Motion interpolation frequency:240
Motion interpolation technology:CMR (Clear Motion Rate)
Screen shape:Curved
Supported graphics resolutions:3840 x 2160
Supported video modes:1080p

Energy Management

AC input frequency:60
AC input voltage:110 - 120
Power consumption (max):245 / 270
Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):350 / 43 / 84 / 97


On/Off switch: Yes
VESA mounting:Y
VESA mounting interfaces:400 x 400

Management Features

Electronic Program Guide (EPG):Y
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG): Yes
Number of OSD languages:3
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Browsing: Yes
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

3D glasses included: Yes
3D glasses quantity:1
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC / HDMI
Desktop stand: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:7.5 / 9.3
Package height:33.5 / 37.5
Package weight:67.5 / 82.9
Package width:54.2 / 62


BD Wise: Yes
Local dimming: Yes
Picture processing technology:Samsung Wide Color Enhancer
Processor cores:4 / 8
Voice Control:Y

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Audio (L,R) out:1
AUX in:Y / Yes
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:1
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
Digital audio optical in:1
Digital audio optical out:1
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI in:1
HDMI out:1
HDMI ports quantity:2 / 4
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI outputs:1
PC in (D-Sub): No
Remote (IR) output:1
RF ports quantity:1
RS-232 port:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 3 / 4
Wireless technologies:Wired & Wireless / Wireless


AC input frequency:60
AC input voltage:110 - 120
Power consumption (max):245 / 270
Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):43 / 84 / 97


FM radio: No


Receiver included: No

Smart TV

Screen mirroring:Y
Smart TV: Yes

Soundbar speaker

Soundbar speaker RMS power:189
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):10


Bass reflex:Y / Yes
Subwoofer impedance:3
Subwoofer included:Y / Yes
Subwoofer location:Separate
Subwoofer RMS power:161
Subwoofer type:Active / active subwoofer
Wireless subwoofer:Y / Yes

Technical Details

3D compatibility: Yes
Apple docking compatibility: No
Color of product:Black
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
Frequency range:20 - 20000
Handheld remote control: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):8
USB connectivity:Y
Wall mountable:Y / Yes
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

TV Tuner

Digital signal format system:ATSC
Tuner Type:Digital

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.6 / 5.2 / 7.28
Depth (with stand):12.7 / 13.2
Height:2.36 / 2.4 / 28.1 / 33.2 / 5.12
Height (with stand):31.1 / 35.2
Package depth:15.2 / 5.12 / 7.52 / 9.29
Package height:13.4 / 33.5 / 37.5
Package weight:47.4 / 47.8 / 67.5 / 82.9
Package width:54.2 / 59.4 / 62
Soundbar weight:11 / 176
Subwoofer depth:7.09 / 7.13
Subwoofer height:13.1
Subwoofer weight:23.4 / 374.4
Subwoofer width:19.7
Weight:47.6 / 58
Weight with stand:53.4 / 67.5
Width:49 / 5.12 / 57.1 / 57.4
Width (with stand):49 / 57.4