Welcome to a short video summary of our Samsung hw-n950 soundbar review writtenby Steve Withers in August 2018.
You can read the full in-depth review via thelink in the description or by clicking the card top right of this video.
Thewritten review covers more details of the soundbar's performance, so be sure tovisit AVForums.
com to read it all.
The HW-N950 is Samsung's new flagshipsoundbar and as such retails for 1499 pounds at the time of our review, whichputs it at the higher end of soundbar prices.
In the box is the soundbaritself, a subwoofer, two rear speakers (the stands aren't included) and a remote.
It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound formats, so you can hear sounds comingfrom above you as well as around you.
The N950 is a 7.
4 soundbarwhich means it creates the effect of seven speakers on the horizontal plane -left, center and right at the front come directly from the soundbar.
Left andright side speakers are projected from the sides of the soundbar and the rearspeakers provide the rear left and right sounds directly.
The point one element ofthe setup refers to the subwoofer and the point four to the four heightchannels.
The soundbar projects the front height channels left and right and therear speakers project the rear height channels left and right.
With all thesechannels of sound, the N950 should, in theory create a very immersiveexperience.
The build quality is excellent,with metal grills for the speakers along with a brushed metal finish on the othersides.
The subwoofer and rear speakers have their own amplifiers built in, ofcourse, so they'll need mains power But they connect wirelessly to the sound baritself.
There are two HDMI inputs and an audio return channel output two inputsis on the low side and we'd like to see at least three to accommodate all thepotential sources including games consoles.
The N950 includes built-inWi-Fi so you can stream your music library from your phoneor network-attached storage and it can play audio from apps like Spotify andTidal via Bluetooth.
The Wi-Fi connection is simple to setup using Samsung's smartthings app and bluetooth can be paired by just pressing the pairing button on theremote control.
Speaking of which the included remote looks attractive and iscomfortable to hold.
You can also use Alexa to control the soundbar.
The N950is relatively easy to set up but it's also rather basic in terms of anydelays or room EQ, especially when compared to the competition.
Unlike manyother soundbars, there's no dedicated microphone or setupapp, which is a shame, especially since this sound bar has been made inconjunction with harman kardon whose Samsung bought recently.
Followingour in-depth analysis which you can read AVForums, we think the Samsung HW-N950is one of the best sound bars that we've ever heard.
Building on the successof the HW-K950, but addressing the limitations of that earlier model.
The N950is the only sound bar currently available that can deliver an immersiveaudio experience using actual speakers rather than psychoacoustics and itsupports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
For that reason we award it a best-in-classbadge.
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