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Samsung HW-K950

Samsung HW-K950
alaScore 98

114 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 reviews of Samsung HW-K950. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and size. The price and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Samsung HW-K950 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

Samsung HW-K950 review

 

For the longest time my recommendation for people shopping for sound bars was "spend no more than $500." Sound quality doesn't typically take a massive leap beyond this amount, because the necessity of keeping cabinets small and bar-like restricts how...

The Samsung HW-K950 is one of the best sound bars we've ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. It's cheaper than buying a Dolby Atmos receiver and speakers.

It's expensive for a sound bar, and DTS support is limited. Dolby Atmos is only available on a limited number of titles compared with other surround formats.

The Samsung HW-K950 combines the discreet looks and simple setup of a sound bar with truly impressive sound for both movies and music.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Ryan Waniata (digitaltrends.com)

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos review

 

Samsung's first Atmos sound bar will make your heart pound and your windows rattle.

Thrilling Dolby Atmos experience ; Excellent matching of all components ; Wireless, hassle-free surround sound ; Rich and powerful bass ; Thin enough to rest beneath your TV

Midrange can be flat and boxy ; No DTS surround sound decoding ; Wireless satellite speakers emit white noise

You’ll pay handsomely for it, but Samsung’s HW-K950 sound bar offers a thrilling Atmos experience that really must be heard to appreciate. If you’ve got to have real Atmos surround sound in a small package — and you don’t mind dumping DTS:X — the...

Sep, 2016

Techradar Best in Class 2016

Expert review by: John Archer (techradar.com)

Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos review

 

Welcome to the next generation of sound

Incredible sound quality ; Dolby Atmos support ; 4K passthrough ; Good value

Only stereo DTS support ; Needs specific room setup ; Needs the right sources ; Expensive vs non-Atmos products

The K950 is a real flag waver for Samsung's audio division. It's been designed and built completely in house, working closely with Dolby's engineers to perfect the Atmos capabilities - and the results are more spectacular than any sound bar we've heard...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Rik Henderson (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen

 

We've been harking on about Dolby Atmos and extra height channels in a surround sound setup for a while now, but you've really only been able to replicate the more immersive experience at home for yourself if you had a supported AV receiver. Samsung's...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung HW-K950 review: Fantastic surround-sound — at a price

 

Highly impressive sound quality, but one too many caveats for a wholehearted recommendation

Atmos Blu-rays sound amazing ; Completely wireless setup ; Good support for streaming services

DTS soundtracks are decoded in stereo ; Occasionally hissy rear speakers ; Expensive for a soundbar

Which makes it such a shame that it has so many irritating shortcomings, especially that it doesn’t deal with DTS-encoded soundtracks properly. In every other sense, the HW-K950 is a five-star product, but such a crazy limitation knocks it out of Best...

Nov, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (cnet.co.uk)

Samsung HW-K950 review

 

For the longest time my recommendation for people shopping for sound bars was "spend no more than $500." Sound quality doesn't typically take a massive leap beyond this amount, because the necessity of keeping cabinets small and bar-like restricts how...

The Samsung HW-K950 is one of the best sound bars we've ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. It's cheaper than buying a Dolby Atmos receiver and speakers.

It's expensive for a sound bar, and DTS support is limited. Dolby Atmos is only available on a limited number of titles compared with other surround formats.

The Samsung HW-K950 combines the discreet looks and simple setup of a sound bar with truly impressive sound for both movies and music.

Oct, 2016

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung HW-K950

 

If you fancy getting into Dolby Atmos but don't want to cut holes in your ceiling or cocoon yourself in cables then Samsung's HW-K950 could be the answer.

Samsung’s amazing Atmos soundbar system brings you immersive 3D sound while keeping clutter to a minimum, and delivers Samsung’s best-ever sound quality in the process. Only the overzealous subwoofer lets the side down – and budget buyers need not apply.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com.au)

Samsung unveils its first Dolby Atmos soundbar

 

Samsung's HW-K950 soundbar is the first to include dedicated rear speakers.

Pricing and availability of the Samsung HW-K950 are yet to be announced.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Samsung HW-K950 review

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The Samsung HW-K950 is a behemoth of a sound bar, in size and price. Straddling the line between a sound bar and a surround sound system, it has a separate subwoofer and two rear speakers to give as engrossing an experience as possible. If you're going...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: (avforums.com)

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review

 

Samsung's new HW-K950 soundbar was completely developed in-house and boasts Dolby Atmos, Multiroom and 4K/HDR support, making it their best model yet.

Great audio performance ; Impressive Dolby Atmos support ; 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 and HDR compliant ; HDMI 2.0a inputs and output ; Samsung Multiroom ; Attractive design ; Excellent construction ; Wireless subwoofer and surrounds

Currently no DTS multi-channel support ; Bass can be a bit heavy ; More HDMI inputs would be nice

The Samsung HW-K950 is a fantastic audio product that delivers in every aspect of its carefully designed performance. The soundbar itself is attractive, with a minimalist appearance that doesn't draw attention to itself. The build quality is excellent...

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio decoders:Dolby Atmos,DTS 2.0,Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby TrueHD / DTS 2.0,Dolby Atmos,Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby TrueHD
Audio output channels:5.1
Audio Return Channel (ARC): Yes
Built-in audio decoders:DTS 2.0, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD / DTS 2.0, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
RMS rated power:500

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):0.28 / 2.8
Power consumption (typical):43

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, HDMI
Mounting brackets included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Digital audio optical in:1
HDMI in:1
HDMI out:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
Number of HDMI outputs:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Wireless technologies:Wired & Wireless

Power

Power consumption (standby):0.28
Power consumption (typical):43

Subwoofer

Subwoofer included: Yes
Subwoofer location:Separate
Subwoofer type:Active
Wireless subwoofer: Yes

Technical Details

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Apple docking compatibility: No
Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Color of product:Black
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.76 x 0.32 x 0.51
Handheld remote control: Yes
Output Power:500
Subwoofer dimensions (WxHxD):0.8 x 1.57 x 1.63
Wall mountable: Yes
Weight:14.7

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.472 / 5.12
Height:0.32 / 3.19
Package depth:1.02 / 10.2 / 23.2
Package height:10.3 / 2.32 / 23.2
Package weight:56
Package width:5 / 50.1 / 50.2
Soundbar weight:14.7 / 21.2
Subwoofer depth:1.63 / 15.7 / 16.3
Subwoofer height:1.57 / 15.7 / 16.3
Subwoofer weight:21.1
Subwoofer width:0.799 / 7.99 / 8.03
Width:4.72 / 47.6