Samsung HW-E550 (Black)

Powered home theater sound bar with subwoofer

Item #: 305HWE550

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Half the fun of today's movies lies within their soundtracks. Get the full home theater experience with the Samsung HW-E550. This simple, room-friendly system uses advanced signal processing and a powerful amplifier to deliver dynamic, engaging sound with your movies, music, and games. Two 3D-ready HDMI inputs let you hook up high-def audio/video sources to your TV and switch easily among them, while maintaining the best possible picture and sound quality. And with Dolby® Digital and DTS™ decoding and virtual surround processing, you get a more engaging listening experience.


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Samsung HW-E550

The HW-E550's "AudioBar" offers a sleek, modern look and lots of setup flexibility. Its split design lets you divide the bar into two segments and place them upright on either side of your TV, for a more traditional "stereo" look. You can wall-mount them or place them on provided pedestals. Or you can keep the bar together in one piece and wall-mount it below your TV using the included hardware, or place it on a shelf using the supplied cradle. A wireless link between the AudioBar and the subwoofer keeps your system looking neat and uncluttered.


Your daily requirement of bass

Music and movies just don't sound the same without bass — and your TV's built-in speakers probably can't give you much of that. The HW-E550's powered subwoofer rounds out the sound, adding depth to music and punchy effects to your favorite action movies. This sub contains the system's HDMI audio/video connections, so you'll most likely need to keep it relatively close to you TV and/or equipment rack.


This sound bar's got musical talent

You can also play music through the HW-E550. Built-in Bluetooth® lets you stream your playlist directly from your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer — wirelessly. You can also use the back-panel USB input to enjoy music files from your thumb drive, or just connect to the headphone jack of your phone or MP3 player and you're all set.

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • modular two-piece design allows for a multitude of mounting and placement options
    • 160 watts (80 watts x 2 peak)
    • Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding and virtual surround processing for a more engaging listening experience
    • four 2" midrange drivers
    • two 3/4" dome tweeters
    • built-in 5.8 GHz transmitter sends audio signals from the subwoofer to the sound bar
    • built-in Bluetooth® for audio streaming with compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops
    • wall-mount bracket and floor stands included
    • requires AC power
    • weight: 3.8 lbs.
    • single sound bar configuration: 40-15/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 2-1/2"D
    • floor stand: 2-11/16"W x 24-1/4"H x 2-11/16"D
    Subwoofer:
    • 150 watts (peak)
    • wireless connection to AudioBar for a clean, uncluttered setup
    • adds bass punch to movie soundtracks, TV shows, and music
    • 6" side-firing woofer
    • requires AC power
    • weight: 16 lbs.
    • 11-1/2"W x 14-5/8"H x 12"D
    Connections:
    • 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output to HDTV
    • HDMI version 1.4 with support for 3D video, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, HDMI-CEC and Audio Return Channel
    • 1 analog stereo RCA input (cable included to connect your TV)
    • 1 optical digital audio input
    • USB input for streaming music files from a thumb-drive
    General:

    Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

    Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

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    • 2 Speakers
    • Powered subwoofer
    • AC power adapter (with attached 57" DC cord)
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Remote control (AH59-02434A)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 7" USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 16.5' Minijack-to-stereo RCA cable
    • 16.5' Speaker wire (with bare-wire on each end)
    • Cradle
    • 2 Pedestal bases
    • 2 Pedestal necks
    • Wall-mount brackets
    • Wall-mount hooks
    • Bracket-bridge
    • Six M4 x 10mm screws
    • Two M5 x 10mm screws
    • Ferrite-core
    • User Manual
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • "Stop Notice" sheet

    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure Sealed (bar), Port (sub)
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Gloss Black
    Tweeter .75 Dome (2)
    Midrange 2.0 Cone (4)
    Woofer Not Given
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6" Cone
    Bluetooth Connectivity ---
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
    Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Specifications
    System Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 80 x 2
    Subwoofer RMS Power 150
    Audio Inputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Audio Video Connections
    HDMI Inputs 2
    HDMI Outputs 1
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 2-1/2H x 40-15/16W x 2-1/2D
    Sound Bar Weight 3.75 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 14-5/8H x 11-1/2W x 12D
    Subwoofer Weight 15.98 lbs

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    Features
    Controls
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    Features

    Crystal Surround Air Track (Active Speaker System): The Samsung HW-E550 Crystal Surround Air Track System includes a wireless self-powered AudioBar and a powered subwoofer. The Samsung HW-E550 is a 2.1-channel audio system that lets you experience a rich, powerful virtual surround sound from two speakers (AudioBar and powered subwoofer). The slim, compact Samsung HW-E550's AudioBar can be mounted on the wall or placed on a table-top (or even split into two separate speakers), while the subwoofer should be positioned next to your home audio/video components (since it contains all of the system's audio/video connections).

    Powered Subwoofer: The powered subwoofer features a rear-firing 6" woofer inside a bass-reflex, gloss-black cabinet with a rear-firing port. The 6" woofer is powered by a built-in 150 watt amplifier. The powered subwoofer includes all of the HW-E550 system's analog audio and digital audio/video connections.

    AudioBar with Split Design: The AudioBar is a self-powered, two-channel speaker which provides enveloping virtual surround sound from a single speaker. The AudioBar includes four 2" midrange drivers and two 0.75" soft-dome tweeters housed in a sealed, gloss-black cabinet. The AudioBar features a built-in 80 watts x 2-channel digital amplifier to drive its speakers. The AudioBar is wireless and receives its audio signal wirelessly from the HW-E550 system's powered subwoofer via 5.8GHz transmission.

    Split Design: You can place the AudioBar under your TV as one unit, or separate it into two parts for greater placement flexibility. It can be mounted on the wall or placed on an entertainment center (vertically or horizontally). The slim shape helps save space wherever you install it, naturally complementing your flat-panel TV. Wall-mount hardware and pedestal stands are included.

    • Cradle: The AudioBar comes with a cradle which allows you to simply place the speaker horizontally on a shelf ,above or below your television. The AudioBar with cradle measures 40.9375" (w) x 2.5" (h) x 2.5" (d).
    • Pedestal Stands: The AudioBar can be separated into two speakers and placed on the included pedestal stands. Each speaker will sit on either side of your television. Each speaker with the pedestal stand measures 6.75" (w) x 24.375" (h) x 6.75" (d)
    • Wall-Mount: The AudioBar can be wall-mounted horizontally above or below your TV. You can also split the AudioBar into two speakers and wall-mount them vertically on either side of your television. Wall-mounted horizontally, the AudioBar measures 40.9375" (w) x 2.1875" (h) x 2.125" (d) . Wall-mounted vertically, each speaker measures 2.1875" (w) x 24.5" (h) x 2.3125" (d).

    Note: When you split the AudioBar into two speakers, each speaker contains two 2" midrange drivers and one 0.75" soft-dome tweeter. You will need to connect the included 16.5' cable between the two speakers.

    Surround Sound Decoding: The Samsung HW-E550 Crystal Surround Air Track System employs decoders compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, and SFE.

    • Dolby Digital: This is the standard audio signal format used on DVDs, and other purely digital media. This surround technology delivers high-quality digital audio of up to 5.1 discrete channels to produce a directional and more realistic effect.
    • DTS: DTS provides a discrete 5.1 channel digital audio signal for both music and movie content and uses less compression than Dolby Digital for richer sound.
    • SFE (Sound Field Effect): Using a 32-bit audio digital signal processor the HW-E550 provides a more realistic surround sound with normal stereo audio source. The Samsung HW-E550 offers 7 different sound field modes (News, Drama, Sports, Game, Cinema, Music, and Off/Original Sound).

    3D Sound Plus: Compliment the images you see on screen with the full sound of 3D Sound Plus. By analyzing the depth of the 3D image, 3D Sound Plus synchronizes the sound to match the motion and depth of the image. Now you can enjoy a fully immersive 3D experience.

    Controls

    Smart Volume: This function will regulate and stabilize the volume level against a drastic volume change in case of a channel change or scene transition.

    AV Sync: AV Sync can be used to help sync video to audio when connected to a digital HDTV. Video may look slower than the audio if it is connected to a digital TV. If this occurs, you can adjust the audio delay time to match the video. You can adjust the AV Sync from 0 to 300ms.

    DRC: You can use the DRC (Dynamic Range Compression) function to enjoy Dolby Digital sound when watching movies at low volume during the night. DRC compresses the audio to make the loudest sounds quieter and the quietest sounds louder.

    Subwoofer Level: You can independently adjust the volume of the powered subwoofer from 1 to 6, using the system's remote control.

    Speaker Selection: This function enables you to select between listening to audio from your TV or audio from the Air Track system when connected via HDMI.

    Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Samsung HW-E550 system and can also be used to control your connected Samsung TV. The remote control has a TV hotkey that enables you to perform various operations with the simple press of a button. You can adjust the volume or change the channel on the Samsung TV.

    Anynet+: Anynet+ is a convenient feature that offers linked operation with other Samsung components that have the Anynet+ feature, and lets you control those products with one Samsung remote control. To operate this function, you must connect Samsung HW-E550 Crystal Surround Air Track System to an Anynet+ Samsung TV using an HDMI cable.

    Power Link: The Crystal Surround Air Track system is automatically turned on when you turn on your TV or any device connected to the Air Track  system with an optical cable.

    Auto Off:  If a TV or any device connected to the Crystal Surround Air Track System is off and there is no audio signal, the Air Track system will turn off after 20 minutes.

    Connections

    HDMI Inputs/Output (with ARC): The powered subwoofer of the Samsung HW-E550 Crystal Surround Air Track System is fitted with two HDMI inputs and HDMI output. HDMI transmits video and audio signals simultaneously for a simpler connection, and provides a clearer picture and better sound. The unit's HDMI output also supports the ARC function. This allows you to connect your Blu-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box directly to the system's HDMI input and connect the system's HDMI output to your television for audio from the Crystal Surround Air Track System or your TV.

    Note: Your television must also be ARC compatible for this function to work.

    Optical Digital Input: The Samsung HW-E550 Crystal Surround Air Track System's powered subwoofer is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital input to connect your television, Blu-ray/DVD player, or satellite/cable box.

    AUX Input: The Samsung HW-E550's powered subwoofer features a stereo audio minijack (3.5mm) input to connect your analog television or other analog audio component.

    USB Port: You can connect and play music files from external USB mass storage class devices; such as MP3 players or USB thumbrives, using the powered subwoofer's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and included USB extension cable.  The HW-E550 supports USB (msc) devices formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 with MP3 (8-320) or WMA (56-128) music files. You can control basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Fast-Forward/Backward, and Repeat/Random.

    Bluetooth A2DP: The Samsung Crystal Surround Air Track System features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1) for wireless audio streaming. You can wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or MP3 player to the Samsung HW-E550 and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. The HW-E550 provides not control over your Bluetooth-enabled device; you will continue to control your music from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or MP3 player.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Samsung HW-E550.

    AC Power Connections: The powered subwoofer features an attached 5' AC powered cord to plug into an AC wall outlet. The AudioBar includes an AC power adapter and 6' AC power cord to plug into an AC wall outlet.

    Software Upgrades: Samsung may offer upgrades for the system's firmware in the future. Upgrades will be possible by downloading firmware upgrades to a USB thumbdrive and connecting the thumbdrive to the powered subwoofer's USB port.

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    Samsung HW-E550 (Black)

    Written By Anonymous, charlottesville on Friday, April 19, 2013

    not easy to set up

    Clear Full Sound - Samsung HW-e550

    Written By Marc L, Boca Raton, FL on Monday, February 04, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was surprised over the quality of the sound; VERY GOOD and it has a Cinema setting that really fills the room. The sound is so good, I bought a second one here at Crutchfield...

    It is mis-advertised as a wireless sub-woofer, and clearly that is NOT TRUE. When it arrived I learned it's a WIRED sub-woofer and an almost wireless sound bar. AA thin power wire is needed for the sound bar. Thank goodness the sub-woofer was going to be close to the cable box and DVD player, or it would have been sent back.

    This sound bar looks great but I have no idea why the display says "HDMI1" all the time. You'd think it would keep the volume level and after a minute, dim itself. Who really wants to know all the time about which input is being used.

    Overall, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great look and wonderful sound.

    Pros: Clean look, good sound

    Cons: Sub-woofer is not wireless.

    Good sound; awful documentation

    Written By bfreedy, great neck, ny on Thursday, December 27, 2012

    The instructions were awful for such a simple product. The sound is quite good but lacks fine tuning.

    Pros: Sounds great

    Cons: Horrible setup manual

    Terrible Description (Sub is not wireless)

    Written By Everyone's Critic, Preston, MD on Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit sounds okay as do most soundbars however, they advertise this as a wireless subwoofer when it is actually the other way around. All AV cables need to run into the subwoofer and then out to the tv. The soundbar works wirelessly from the subwoofer. I had to rewire my system just to use it. Very disappointing!

    Pros: Bluetooth capabilities and ease of use.

    Cons: Terrible description (listed as a wireless subwoofer which is not true). Feature sticker on subwoofer won't come off so I'm stuck looking at that forever. Box was missing proper screws to attach the soundbar to the little stand it came with. The aux input has a hum but the optical audio and Bluetooth sound good.

    Perfect for me, maybe for you.

    Written By Kimberly in Kansas, Near Dodge City on Monday, November 12, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice to have a clean set up for a change. Works great with my Samsung. Still working on getting the TV to talk smoothly with the blueray, and soundbar, but it shouldn't be a problem as they are all Samsung, just need a quiet weekend to get 'er done. I'd recommend an optic cable for hookup.

    Pros: Variety of set up options...under the TV, on the wall, two seperate towers....really nice feature. Easy read display so you know what signal you are accessing. Good sound quality for the system that it is.

    Cons: Little tricky on the set up. Needs optical cable for better conection, not just HDMI.

    Great product, misleading Samsung description

    Written By H23, Syosset, NY on Saturday, August 18, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Well worth the price

    Pros: If you have a Samsung TV, this will work well. Instant connecting with the Anynet system. If you connect to the ARC, your regular remote ( cable co.) will work to control the audio.

    Cons: 2 issues. The subwoofer is NOT wireless, the soundbar is. So you have to get a HDMI cable to match where you are putting the subwoofer. The only way to turn it on is with the provided remote. Using the ARC connection will allow you to turn it off in concert with the TV. Samsung needs a software upgrade for better coordination between TV and soundbar

    smart design and rich sound

    Written By Rick, Minnesota on Friday, July 13, 2012

    Rich sound and smart design. I really like the ability to split the bar into two seperate upright speakers. I have my television in a cabinet - so didnt want a bar out front. Splitting the bar into two upright speakers worked great, as I put each speaker on each side of my television and they blend right in. Subwoofer has rich sound - and the various sound effects and subwoofer leveling lets you dial in the sound you prefer. The BlueTooth capability is a nice feature also - able to play songs from my computer playlist on my speaker system - nice.

    Pros: Overall design, split bar capabiltiy, and rich sound. Bluetooth is a nice perk.

    Cons: The setup instructions/manual could be written a little more clearly - I was reading it a couple times over and was frustrated/confused at first, but figured it out.

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