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Samsung HW-E551 (Silver)

Powered home theater sound bar with subwoofer

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  • Samsung HW-E551 (Silver)

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    AudioBar can be split for placement on included floor stands

  • Samsung HW-E551 (Silver)

    AudioBar can be split for placement on included floor stands

  • Samsung HW-E551 (Silver)

    AudioBar segments connecting

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    Half of AudioBar shown on included pedestal

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    Remote

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    Subwoofer (back)

Item #: 305HWE551
 

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Our take on the Samsung HW-E551 (Silver)

by Marshall Chase
Samsung

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.

Half the fun of today's movies lies within their soundtracks. Get the full home theater experience with the Samsung HW-E551. 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.


Choose whether to hang together or divide and conquer

Samsung HW-E551

The HW-E551'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-E551'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-E551. 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.

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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:

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

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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

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    Features
    Controls
    Connections

    Features

    Crystal Surround Air Track (Active Speaker System): The Samsung HW-E551 Crystal Surround Air Track System includes a wireless self-powered AudioBar and a powered subwoofer. The Samsung HW-E551 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-E551'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, silver 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-E551 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, silver 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-E551 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-E551 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-E551 provides a more realistic surround sound with normal stereo audio source. The Samsung HW-E551 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-E551 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-E551 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-E551 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-E551 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-E551'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-E551 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-E551 and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. The HW-E551 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-E551.

    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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    4 out of 5

    stylish with very good sound

    Written By ben, greenwood lake, ny on Saturday, March 30, 2013
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    the system is very stylish, and unique in its ability to be mounted in a variety of different ways. i split the speakers in 2, but one thing the description didn"t tell me was that, when the speakers are split into 2 pieces they need to be connected to each other by a speaker cable, well there goes wireless, which is why i put them on the stands and not on my wall, i didn't want wires on the wall. so on the stands they went, and another dissapointment, the speakers just push onto the craddles that are screwed to the bottom of the stands, so they are a bit flimsy. and there is also a power cord to one of the speakers, and a power cord to the sub, so this wireless system, when configured this way, will actually have 3 wires. if you leave it as a sound bar, then you will just have two power cables. the look and build quality is very good, very sleek in silver. all the connections are made to the subwoofer, so its not wireless either, but whereas wireless meaning no speaker wires, it is. don't be confused with wireless. you need to power a powered subwoofer folks. for 300 plus watts it's not as loud as i thought it would be, but it's for tv and movies mostly. the bass is good and powerfull, and the sound crisp and clean. the bluetooth is fantastic, this is my first audio component with bluetooth and i am hooked. my older phone paired perfectly with the samsung system. only wish i had a smaung tv/ blueray, so that one control could do it all. sleek and stylish sound.
    Pros:
    versitile set up configurations. very stylish housing. BLUETOOTH!!!. hdmi/digital conncections. crisp and clean sound with bass. usb and mini jack connections. did i mention bluetooth!!! buy a sub and soundbar package if you want bass, a soundbar alone won't give you the bass like a powered sub as in this system. great looking system, sleek, modern european design. very good sound. good price, i bought an open box and saved $$. fantastic shipping time,and free, thanks crutchfield
    Cons:
    wires to join the split speakers. flimsy push in design for speakers into the craddles/stands-not a problem if you wall or table top stand mount the unit. not as loud as i thought, yet good sound powerful, crisp and clean. no learning remote, so buy same brand as tv/blueray if you want to cut down on remotes.
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    2 out of 5

    Not a wireless subwoofer but excellent sound

    Written By GregW, Hickory NC on Monday, July 02, 2012
     
    The subwoofer is not wireless. The digital optical cord or the HDMI cable must run from the TV to the subwoofer, so the subwoofer is " wired " and the other speaker(s) are wireless. The box does not indicate this, so know the subwoofer must be placed near the TV or other components. The digital optical cable does not come with the unit and must be purchased seperately.

    The cylindrical speakers look great when divided and each standing vertically on each side of the TV screen.

    The sound is very good
    Pros:
    The cylindircal speakers have a clean design. Splitting the speakers into 2 seperate speakers on each side of the TV isan excellent feature. Good sound.
    Cons:
    The subwoofer is not wireless. The TV or components must be wired to the subwoofer by a digital optical cord, HDMI, or AV cables.
    Crutchfield response on Monday, July 09, 2012
    Thanks for your review. You're right, it's the soundbar that's wireless, not the subwoofer. We'll update our presentation.
    34 out of 36 people found this helpful
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