Samsung HW-F450

Powered 2.1-channel home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

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Time to unwind

Another work day done. You kick off your shoes, grab a favorite beverage from the fridge and settle into your couch, because your favorite TV show has just launched a new season online. You fire up Netflix® and turn up your new TV. As the music ramps up, the action scenes spill forth and the announcer intones, "Previously on..."

Except something's missing. The sound is only slightly better than that of your tablet's speakers. Your new TV looks awesome, but the manufacturer paid a harsh penalty for that ultra-thin look. Thin speakers generally lead to thin sound.

The Samsung HW-450 sound bar features clean lines and a high-gloss finish

The Samsung HW-450 sound bar features clean lines and a high-gloss finish

An easy solution

Fortunately, the fix is easy. You can get the thrill of powerful, accurate bass and crystal-clear dialogue from the Samsung HW-F450, a powered sound bar/wireless subwoofer system that looks as good as it sounds. With the enhanced connection flexibility of both an HDMI input and output, it's well-equipped to route high-quality video and audio where you need it. The 'F450 supports a recent implementation of the HDMI standard for features like Audio Return Channel, which enables two-way audio transmission over one cable, and Samsung's Anynet+™, which enables one-touch (and one-remote) control over all of your HDMI-connected Samsung components.

We really mean wireless

For increased convenience, your sound bar/subwoofer combo can pair wirelessly via Bluetooth® with a compatible Samsung HDTV using the SoundShare™ feature. The only wires leading to those components will be for AC power. And the Bluetooth connection allows streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops. How's that for a simple installation?

Connections are the key to success

Of course, the HW-F450 handles other connections as well. A built-in USB port hosts thumb drives and external disk drives with music files. An optical digital input can handle Blu-ray players, game consoles, or your Apple TV®. And there's a stereo analog 3.5mm input for your media player.

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • 160 watts (80 watts x 2 peak)
    • Dolby® Digital and DTS™ decoding and virtual surround processing for a more engaging listening experience
    • four 1-7/8" midrange drivers
    • two 3/4" dome tweeters
    • built-in Bluetooth® for audio streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops
      • SoundShare™ feature lets you wirelessly connect your compatible Samsung HDTV to your sound bar via Bluetooth®
    • requires AC power
    • 35-11/16"W x 2-13/16"H x 2-3/16"D
    • weight: 4.3 lbs.
    Subwoofer:
    • 120 watts (peak)
    • wireless design allows for placement anywhere in the room
    • adds bass punch to movie soundtracks, TV shows, and music
    • requires AC power
    • weight: 12 lbs.
    • 7-1/16W x 14-5/16"H x 11-7/8"D
    Connections:
    • 1 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output to HDTV
    • 1 analog minijack input (mini-to-RCA cable included)
    • 1 optical digital audio input
    • USB input for playing music files from a thumb drive
    General:
    • 6 DSP settings optimize system performance for everything from movies to news
    • 3D Sound Plus feature analyzes the depth and motion of the 3D signals on your screen and synchronizes the sound to match
    • Smart Volume mode evens out variances in apparent volume between different program sources
    • remote control and wall bracket included
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    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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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • AudioBar (HW-F450)
    • Wireless powered subwoofer (PS-WF450)
    • Remote control (AH59-02547A)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Wall-mount bracket
    • 7" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 5' Stereo minijack cable
    • Ferrite core
    • User Manual
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • Online Product Registration information

    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure Speaker(sealed)/Sub(port)
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Gloss Black
    Tweeter .75 Dome (2)
    Midrange 1.875" Cone (4)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6" Cone
    Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included Integrated
    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 120 x 1
    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 1
    HDMI Outputs 1
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 2-13/16H x 35-11/16W x 2-3/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 4.28 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 14-5/16H x 7-1/16W x 11-7/8D
    Subwoofer Weight 12.01 lbs

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    Features
    Controls
    Connections

    Features

    Crystal Surround AirTrack (Active Speaker System): The Samsung HW-F450 Crystal Surround AirTrack System is a 2.1-channel audio system that lets you experience a rich, powerful virtual surround sound from just two speakers (Audiobar & Wireless Powered Sub). The slim, compact Samsung HW-F450's AudioBar can be mounted on the wall or placed on a table-top, while the wireless subwoofer can be positioned anywhere in the room to achieve maximum audio performance.

    AudioBar: The AudioBar is a self-powered, two-channel speaker which provides enveloping virtual surround sound from a single speaker. The AudioBar includes four 1.875" midrange drivers and two 0.75" soft-dome tweeters housed in an acoustic suspension, gloss-black cabinet (the speaker contains no grille). The AudioBar features a built-in 80 watts x 2-channel digital amplifier to drive its speakers. The AudioBar is designed to be mounted directly below or above your flat-panel HDTV in a horizontal orientation. The AudioBar can be placed on a shelf or table-top. The AudioBar also includes a wall-mount bracket which allows you to fix the speaker to your wall. The AudioBar includes analog audio and digital audio/video connections, as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

    Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The wireless powered subwoofer receives its low-frequency audio signal wirelessly from the AudioBar via 2.4GHz transmission. There are no cords to connect, except the AC power cord. You can place the wireless powered subwoofer up to 33' away from the AudioBar. The wireless powered subwoofer features a side-firing 6" woofer inside a bass-reflex, gloss-black cabinet with a rear-firing port. The 6" woofer is powered by a built-in 120 watt amplifier.

    Surround Sound Decoding: The Samsung HW-F450 Crystal Surround AirTrack System employs decoders compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS,  SFE, and 3D Depth Sound.

    • 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-F450 provides a more realistic surround sound with normal stereo audio source. The Samsung HW-F450 offers 7 different sound field modes (News, Drama, Sports, Game, Cinema, Music, and Off/Original Sound).
    • 3D Sound: Complement the images you see on screen with the full sound of 3D Sound. By analyzing the depth of the 3D image, 3D Sound synchronizes the sound to match the motion and depth of the image. Now you can enjoy a fully immersive 3D experience.

    Controls

    Audio Settings: The Samsung Crystal Surround AirTrack system provides various audio adjustments to customize your listening experience.

    • 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 wireless powered subwoofer from -6 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 AirTrack system when connected via HDMI.

    Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Samsung HW-F450 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. Other unique Remote Control features include:

    • Smart On: When used with a 2013 Samsung LED-LCD or Plasma TV, you will be able to power on the AudioBar and control the volume right from the TV's remote.
    • 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-F450 Crystal Surround AirTrack System to an Anynet+ Samsung TV using an HDMI cable.

    Auto Power On/Off: The Samsung Crystal Surround AirTrack system offers Auto Power On/Off functionality.

    • Power Link (Auto On): The Crystal Surround AirTrack system is automatically turned on when you turn on your TV or any device connected to the AirTrack  system with an optical cable.
    • Auto Off:  If a TV or any device connected to the Crystal Surround AirTrack System is off and there is no audio signal, the AirTrack system will turn off after 20 minutes.

    Connections

    HDMI 1.4 Input/Output: The AudioBar of the Samsung HW-F450 Crystal Surround AirTrack System is fitted with an HDMI 1.4 input and HDMI 1.4 output. HDMI transmits video and audio signals simultaneously for a simpler connection, and provides a clearer picture and better sound. The unit's HDMI input and output support 3D-video, Deep Color, and x.v.Color pass-through. The HDMI output also supports ARC.

    • 3D: The HW-F450 can pass through 3D video from 3D-ready Blu-ray players to 3D-ready TVs, via HDMI (1.4). You will also need compatible 3D-ready glasses and 3D-video content.
    • Deep/x.v.Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The unit also supports x.v.Color; meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs, such as AVCHD discs (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format).
    • ARC: 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 AirTrack System or your TV. Your TV must also be ARC compatible.

    Bluetooth Technology: The Samsung Crystal Surround AirTrack System features built-in Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming and Samsung's new Sound Share TV connection.

    • Bluetooth A2DP: You can wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or MP3 player to the Samsung HW-F450 and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. The HW-F450 does  not control your Bluetooth-enabled device; you will continue to control your music from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or MP3 player.  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-F450.
    • Sound Share: You can simplify the installation of the HW-F450 by eliminating the need for a wired connection between a Bluetooth-enabled Samsung TV and the AudioBar. Simply plug the Audiobar and the subwoofer into AC power and follow the simple pairing instructions to wirelessly connect the AudioBar to select Bluetooth-enabled Samsung TVs. SoundShare is only available for select Samsung 3D TVs - 2013 LED Series 6400 or higher and PDP Series 5500 or higher; 2012 LED Series 6500 or higher and PDP Series 550 or higher.

    Analog + Digital Inputs: The Samsung HW-F450 Crystal Surround AirTrack System features both analog (3.5mm) and digital (optical) audio inputs.

    • Optical Digital Input: The Samsung HW-F450 Crystal Surround AirTrack System's AudioBar 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-F450's AudioBar 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 smartphones, MP3 players or USB thumbrives) using the AudioBar's side-panel USB (type-A) port and included USB extension cable. The HW-F450 supports USB devices formatted in FAT16/32 with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, or OGG music files. You can control basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Fast-Forward/Backward, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. The system will also charge (5V/0.5A) your connected USB device.

    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 AudioBar's USB port.

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    Great sound

    Written By Dave C., Fergus Falls, MN on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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    Very nice sound. An way upgrade for any room in the house or garage :-). That's where mine is set up. This is the second one I have set up.

    Pros: Easy setup. Wireless sub Bluetooth

    Cons: Small display on front is hard to read No grill covers on speakers.

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    Written By BULLIT, GA on Saturday, June 28, 2014

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    WORKS AS ADVERTISED--- SOUNDS WONDERFUL IN ALL CATEGORIES.

    Pros: EASY SET UP

    Cons: NONE SO FAR

    Samsung HW-450 Sound bar

    Written By Bruce, Green Valley, AZ on Sunday, June 08, 2014

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    A great improvement over the TV sound, with a wide variety of easy to change sound effect settings for different programing, such as News, Music, Movies, Sports, Games & Drama. Also a wide range of sub woofer settings and smart volume control for automatic reduction of sudden increases, such as commercials. Very easy set-up for novice like me.

    Pros: Good sound & easy set-up.

    Cons: None

    Samsung HW-F450

    Written By DickG, Dublin, OH on Monday, June 02, 2014

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    I am still adjusting for movies, sporting events talk shows, etc. there is a difference in clarity, etc. when set to match my hearing.

    Pros: Small in size, big sound , I like the surround effect....not equal to speakers around the room, but quite good.

    Cons: None

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    Written By Anonymous, Franklin, IN on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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    The bar was easy to hook up and it sounds great.

    Cons: None

    Incredibly easy set-up!

    Written By andrea, Snow Camp, NC on Thursday, April 24, 2014

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    This sound system was incredibly easy to set up - took longer to unpack than to set up. I followed the basic instructions and had no problems. The speaker bar is a nice low profile that does not interfere with the controls for the television. This particular system is located in a medium size room, and the sound quality is INCREDIBLE! I highly recommend this product.

    Pros: Easy set-up, low profile bar, exceptional sound deliver.

    Cons: None

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    Written By parkavelli, atlanta,ga on Monday, April 21, 2014

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    great sound bar. great sound. love everything about it. easy to setup.

    Pros: sounds bass easy to setup

    Cons: none

    Samsung speakerbar HW-F450

    Written By MarkT, Valrico, FL on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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    Without ever purchasing or owning another speakerbar brand, I have to say that i'm quite disappointed in the sound quality of this particular product. I connected this product to a Samsung 61" DLP TV. To me it seems to sound quite muffled or not enough treble response. The tv speakers actually reproduce better sound. However, you can crank it up and it gives out plenty of sound. Puchased this product for my folks who say they have to turn their television up to 50 something just to be able to hear it. So I felt this would help. They are satisfied with the additional speakerbar and wireless sub.

    Pros: Definitely can crank out the sound. And you can download apps to your tablet or phone to steam music via Bluetooth to the speakerbar.

    Cons: Sound reproduction disappointed me. Sound was quite muffled. Not very clear in voice dialogue and high sounds.

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    Written By Phil E., Martville, NY on Thursday, April 10, 2014

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    Easy to set up and works very well with Samung 55 in. TV.

    Pros: Sounds great

    Cons: None

    Great product for the price

    Written By Bob, Schenectady ny on Friday, April 04, 2014

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    Great sound, great price. Easy to setup. Perfect for my living room/tv area where we sit about 9' away. Wireless subwoofer was great to hide it next to the couch. Bluetooth to pair with my smartphone is great for streaming music off your devices. I used the optical cable from the tv, no problems at all. Had it all configured in less than 20 minutes. Great product for the price.

    Pros: Easy setup. Great sound. Wireless SW.

    Cons: None so far

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    Written By JimOB, Schenectady, NY on Monday, March 31, 2014

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    Works as advertised. Sound is rich. I have it hooked up to a Samsung Smart TV

    Pros: Rich sound, easy to mount and setup. I am using digital optical.

    Cons: Can't control volume with TV remote, even though I have TV internal speakers off. I must use the sound bar remote. Also, sound bar does not turn on when TV is turned on, must use remote which is a pain.

    Great Sound!

    Written By Juanita Riordan, Louisa VA on Monday, March 17, 2014

    We have never had a sound bar with our TV and with the sound bar it makes you feel like you are in a theater!

    Good mid level soundbar

    Written By Ron, Las Vegas on Sunday, March 09, 2014

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    Good mid priced soundbar

    Pros: small and attractive

    Cons: cannot get the main soundbar to work via Bluetooth with my new Samsung Bluetooth LCD tv

    Samsung HW-F450

    Written By DavidB, Tn on Sunday, February 16, 2014

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    A great substitute for the televisions poor speakers.

    Pros: Clear voice dialogue. More power and the wireless bass woofer helps a lot.

    Cons: Not up to the sound of a decent home surround system but a great value for the money.

    A winner

    Written By ChrisC, Hebron, CT on Saturday, February 15, 2014

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    What a difference this makes. I'm using this with a Samsung 6300 Smart TV and as soon as I turned it on the difference was incredible. Some reviews complain about the lack of bass. I haven't noticed any lack of. The ability to have to subwoofer not near the sound bar is great as it gives you flexibility for location.

    Pros: The sound. The message bar on the unit is unobtrusive. I thought the price was reasonable. While there are more expensive units, I didn't want to spend more than the cost of my tv.

    Cons: The directions weren't that great. I had to call Samsung for support but it was a quick call.

    Decent sound for the money

    Written By David T, Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, February 15, 2014

    The acoustics in the room that houses this unit make the subwoofer too powerful. Most of the time I have it set at -6. Otherwise it sounds too boomy. The remote has many options but my guess is that in order to receive quality sound, almost everyone has it set to drama mode with little or no enhancements. Still, it's a pretty good unit. About the only things I really don't like are the lack of a grill cloth. The open speakers are hardly impressive due to their small size and they can collect a lot of dust in a hurry. And when using the volume control it sends a signal to the tv screen which is very big and annoying.

    Pros: Decent sound (much clearer than TV), small footprint, wireless sub, power and full range of controls.

    Cons: Lack of grill or grill cloth, boomy bass and/or too much bass emphasis, some useless options on remote. Obnoxious volume "bar" on screen.

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    Written By Ryan, Mooresville North Carolina 28117 on Friday, February 07, 2014

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    Great sound

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: None

    super versatile

    Written By Tim, FL on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

    i probably never would've bought one of these setups on it's own, but i'm glad i have it now that i do. it came free with my f8500 tv. it's actually simpler to hookup than i thought it would be. just plug it in and connect phone via bluetooth, and done. i've used little portable, battery operated speakers before for taking out by pool or in garage or something. but they are WAY too quiet. this is perfect. just plug it in and set on a chair and i can hear it anywhere on deck and easily control with phone where i'm at. i'm not too anal about sound quality for something like this, so that wouldn't be a negative for me, but i think it sounds pretty good. nothing compared to surround i have on main tv, but for how portable it is, i think it's great.

    Pros: - very portable sound option without having to worry about running wires and having a reciever and all that. connects quickly with phone, with only a power cord needing to be plugged in. - it was free

    Cons: some may think sound quality is lacking, dunno. it's no 5.1 system, but for my application, or a bedroom, i can't imagine needing anything more.

    GREAT PRODUCT

    Written By Mike A, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, January 19, 2014

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    Easy to hook up, sounds great

    Pros: Plug and play- Streaming of music

    Cons: Had to purchase Dig/Audio cable

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    Written By George, Gulf Breeze, FL on Sunday, January 12, 2014

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    Overall really good sounding system for the size.

    Pros: Small size and powerful sound.

    Cons: If mounting on wall you cant hide the power cord since it is supposed to mount 2" below TV. Sometimes bar "cuts out" - seems to happen w/ DVR recorded movies - does not happen often. Also, the subwoofer allows more than just bass through the speaker. Solved that by placing in front of room - less noticeable.

    Great Speaker!

    Written By Hazygirl, NY on Thursday, January 02, 2014

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    Great speaker! Easy to install (we did a cable that we didn't have but not tragic) The sound is so much richer than the little TV speaker. It looks pretty cool too under the TV set. Well done!

    Ok for the cost

    Written By Mark, Detroit MI on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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    Needs more power I wish I would have spent a little more for more power very weak sound

    Pros: Easy to set up

    Cons: Not very powerful sound especially very weak bass over all ok for the cost

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    Written By Shawn R., Hartville oh on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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    Perfect sound

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    Written By BillA, Batavia, IL on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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    Works as advertised and reviewed by others.

    Pros: Was included in the package deal. The sound is adequate for me. Sounds great with DVD movies.

    Cons: A little hollow sounding at times, but overall good

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    Written By Lisa, Newbury park, CA on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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    easy setup, great sound

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    Written By Anonymous, Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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    Good product for small spaces.

    Pros: Bluetooth, HDMI, optic cable

    Cons: Lack of depth in sound

    home speaker for tv

    Written By marge p., United States on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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    Nice unit. Thinking I would improve usually poor tv sound, it did.

    Pros: Easy set up.

    Cons: If u want bass, not here. No options improve base sound on this set.

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    Written By Old Timer, Brevard, NC on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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    This sound system is a vast improvement over the speakers in the TV. Used in concert with the set speakers, the sound is excellent.

    Pros: Very good value for the sound quality.

    Cons: None

    Nice Sound for the Price

    Written By Mike, Medina, OH on Monday, December 09, 2013

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    As a solid fan of Samsung products, I purchased this to upgrade the sound from the current Samsung TV speakers. Extremely easy setup, and my family couldn't be happier with the sound improvement. The wireless sub is surprisingly powerful, and the dialogue is very clear for a sound bar in this price category. Well worth the money if you're looking for a basic upgrade without all the money and hassle of a custom system.

    Pros: Easy setup, good LFE

    Cons: Only 1 HDMI input

    Solid Upgrade for the Price

    Written By Billy, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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    Allow me to preface this review by stating that I am not a "true audiophile." However, I still have a pretty decent ear for quality sound and was simply looking for a decent upgrade to my slim flat screen's sound quality. I purchased a fantastic Samsung UN50F6400 50" 1080p 3D LED-LCD HDTV from Crutchfield earlier this year, but its stock speakers are very weak, as is the problem with all flat screen television especially as they become thinner. The Samsung HW-F450 is perfect for the Cyber Monday price; and, in retrospect, I would have paid the current price.

    There is nothing spectacular about this system in the overall audio market-place. But, if you are a very discerning audiophile, why would you be searching for a SoundBar system anyhow? This delivers solid, quality sound at a very reasonable price to upgrade from you flat screen's stock speakers. The wireless subwoofer works quite well wirelessly. The SoundBar itself is capable of wireless connection with compatible Samsung televisions such as my UN50F6400, but the quality is very poor (very hollow with a lot of static). But, again, for the price, I was not expecting superior wireless sound quality. But, when connected via HDMI (ARC), the sound is very good, which in total makes for only three wires (power to SoundBar, power to subwoofer, and HDMI cable). Surprisingly, the sound quality when connected by blue tooth with my iPad and iPhone was rather good, and was capable of communicating up to 20-25 ft.

    Pros: Great for entry-level standards; compact; slim; clearer lows; easy set-up; solid blue tooth connectivity with iPad/iPhone/iPod; fantastic Crutchfield service (as always)

    Cons: Poor wireless connectivity of TV with SoundBar via Samsung SoundShare

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    Written By RickH, Birmingham, Al on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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    Exactly what I wanted. The installation was very simple and the speakers are a giant improvement over the TV speakers.

    Pros: Simple to install. Great product for the price.

    Cons: Small speakers limit the quality of the sound but still worth the price.

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    Written By FrankSound, Roxboro, NC on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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    The Sound is not much better than my Samsung TV. The optical cable from my Blueray does not seem to work.

    Pros: Good sound but not much better than the TV. Good for the price.

    Cons: .0

    Great product!

    Written By Dan, palm bay on Monday, September 02, 2013

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    I received this product free what I received my samsung tv I have to say I am very pleased with it gives great sound easy to hook up would definitely recommend this to others thanks again Crutchfield!

    Pros: Easy Install and sounds great!

    Cons: None

    Samsung Soundbar Model HW-F450

    Written By Glen, Napa, CA on Saturday, July 13, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Grabbed the Samsung model HW-F450 wireless soundbar, as part of a purchasing incentive through Crutchfield when I bought my Samsung Smart TV. Flat panel TVs tend to not always have great sound, so the soundbar idea was an inexpensive alternative to a full home theater speaker setup. The setup was pretty simple & the wireless capability offers lots of options, whether wall mounted or flat on a stand. The wireless subwoofer that came with the soundbar was easy to get functioning & does a decent job. The soundbar definitely improves the overall use & viewing experience with the TV. I am likely to order another one to use with my other flat panel, for watching sports & just regular TV shows. I personally would recommend the Samsung HW-F450 model for the sound quality and wireless install. Thanks Crutchfield for offering this incentive.

    Pros: Easy setup, no wires to fuss with, looks slim & cool. You can use the TV menu to tweak how it works with the TV sound versus soundbar sound, to maximize the effect.

    Cons: None after just 30 days.

    Samsung Soundbar

    Written By Steve W., Oakton, VA on Monday, July 08, 2013

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    I received the sound bar as part of a promotion when I purchased a Samsung 55" TV. This is my first sound bar as I have a Bose Acoustimas 15 system that has been my primary home theatre sound for years. I was a little skeptical, but after hooking it up, the convience of a single speaker system really is nice. The sub could use a little more kick, but for a $250 speaker setup, it is not bad. The wireless pairing worked flawlessly with the TV. This made setup super easy as all you need is hte power cord. It also paired easy with various blue tooth devices in the house. This was a nice added benefit as I can just flip the source over and pump tunes out from my phone.

    Pros: Easy setup, reasonably good sound, bluetooth pairing

    Cons: The subwoofer could be a little stronger.

    Samsung HW-F450

    Written By Anonymous, hopewell, new york on Sunday, July 07, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exactly what I was looking for. Good sound balanced the game room but not over powering. Nice compliment to my room

    Pros: Easy to set up and use. Great flexibility and solid sound.

    Improvement Over TV Speakers

    Written By MDC1SRP, Bethesday, MD on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound quality is definitely an improvement over stock, but there are not exactly a ton of controls to fine-tune bass levels and such. The unit lacks power for larger rooms or higher volumes. As it was received free with the purchase of a television I am pretty happy with it, although would not be so if I had paid the list price.

    Pros: Improvement over television speakers.

    Cons: Underpowered.

    A decent little speaker system

    Written By Will, Mineral, VA on Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Samsung surround unit improves the sound of the built-in speakers of most flat-screen televisions. I have purchased two for clients who have both appreciated this improvement, particularly the lower end. It is not difficult to set up, and with the fiber optic audio input common to many televisions its connections are simple. But with the subwoofer, reading the directions are essential. For the price it's not a bad buy. Having used Dolby surround systems for years in my own home I was not impressed with this unit as a surround sound system. On the other hand, there is a marked difference between built-in speakers on a set and the performance of these speakers.

    Sounds excellent to my ear

    Written By T-bone'd, Opelousas, LA on Thursday, May 02, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First experience using a sound bar (and subwoofer); nevertheless, highly satisfying so far as to the audio, is my listening environment (medium-size bedroom). The remote control, however, while functional, leaves something to be desired, especially as all of this hardware is Samsung-made. But even with this criticism, I'm happy and quite satisfied with this product overall. Which is to say, Recommended, at the least.

    Pros: Excellent price. Superior audio characteristics and frequency balance. Easy setup; wireless subwoofer makes room positioning unhindered.

    Cons: Remote control has a weak beam compared to a Samsung HDTV remote; on/off, volume, et al controls cannot be programmed to the Samsung HDTV remote, requiring switching back and forth between two remote control units.

    Reasonable Sound Bar

    Written By RP, Spring, TX on Sunday, March 24, 2013

    Decent sound, but requires some tuning of sound attributes to get it right. Soundshare allows for volume control via the TV if it's Samsung as well. Found I got better sound using both TV- and sound bar speaker together, as TV seems to have higher audio range.

    Pros: Easy installation with wall-mount flat-screen with standard AC power cord (no wall wart). Decent sound.

    Cons: Using it alone with TV audio turned off, it has little high-frequency audio.

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    Questions & Answers Ask the community. Share your knowledge.

    8 questions already asked

    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  May 28, 2014 ]  Staff
    Most multi-product remotes will likely work with this unit. The Universal RF-10 should do the job pretty well: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_554RF10/Universal-MasterControl-RF-10.html [ Jeff  Feb 17, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes, HDMI1 [ AMY  Jan 31, 2014 ]
    Digital out on tv [ CYNTHIA  Jan 30, 2014 ]
    HDMI from TiVo to Sound bar. Then another HDMI from sound bar to TV. that's what the instructions say so that's how I did it. [ Laura  Jan 30, 2014 ]
    No it does not come on when TV is turned on. Has to be turned on separately. [ Dennis  Jan 18, 2014 ]
    works fine , i don't use optical port [ KRZYSZTOF G  Jan 17, 2014 ]
    Sorry, not using optic audio cable [ ROBERT T  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Yes, it does once you get it set up right. I actually needed help from the Crutchfield team to get it set up. The thing that is not obvious is that there is a time delay for when the sound bar goes on and even longer when it goes off. So, when you first turn the TV on with the TV remote, the sound bar does not come on for a short time. Less than a minute. It does go on eventually. When you turn the TV off, the soundbar stays on for about 20 minutes. But it does always go off. The one thing I find to be a minor annoyance is that sound volume is not controlled by the TV remote. You have to silence the TV sound or you will get an echo. The volume on the TV remote only controls that. You have a separate small remote that controls the sound on the soundbar. That can also change channels, but it does not get to changing the source etc. So, you still need both remotes. Hope that helps. We love our TV and the sound bar is terrific. [ ROY E  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Don't know never used the optic cable. [ WALTER  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    No it has to be manually turn on [ RAJESH  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    No, The Best Solution is to add a Harmony smart hub Then it will turn on and select the right input [ CHARLES  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Not sure about the optic cable I have mine hooked up with a HDMI cable and it does turn on and off with the tv. [ HARRY  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Check page 20 of the User Manual - it mentions the AUTO POWER LINK function - note that it states the HDMI CEC feature must be turned OFF. I never tested this as I was using a Samsung TV with an ARC enabled HDMI port for connection to the sound bar. [ FREDERICK  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    No. If it dose I havent figured it out. But it will turn itself off if no sound is coming through it. [ JEFFREY L  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Hi Cindy - First of all I'd give the experts @ Crutchfield a call and tell of your complaint. Because I'd say that the system isn't very bass-oriented, if that's what you want. I think it's nicely balanced sound, for my tastes, but it doesn't rattle the walls; my room is a small bedroom, ~ 15 ft square. That said, for best bass effect, place the subwoofer in a corner, speaker facing out. This emphasizes bass frequencies. Good luck. And return the system if still not satisfied. [ NICK  Dec 30, 2013 ]
    No issue where with the sub. The system is installed in a bedroom. Sound bar is mounted on the wall above the TV. The sub is placed on the floor on the oppisite wall from the sound bar. [ JAY  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    No to both questions. The Bluetooth link is only with the sub-woofer and sound bar. [ DWIGHT R  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Only used for TV sound. No headphones so have no insight. Sorry! [ CHARLES  Dec 18, 2013 ]
    No idea. I have only tried delivering music via blue tooth. I have never tried receiving what is ever being put in through another source. Sorry. [ WILLIAM  Dec 18, 2013 ]
    The sound is great,i was able to stream the sound from the sound bar to the subwoffer was easy. Sound s great [ Gerald  Dec 18, 2013 ]
    I would think you would need to connect the Bluetooth headphones to the device that is generating the sound signal not the sound bar. [ WILLIAM P  Dec 18, 2013 ]
    Depends on the sound bar design. I recommend you contact the manufacturer. [ ROBERT E  Dec 04, 2013 ]
    Not as far as I know - there are no connections for any external speakers. [ FREDERICK  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    no- you really don't need them, it sounds good the way it is. i think u will be very happy with this sound bar, i am. [ CHRISTINA M  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Josh, I haven't tried to do so. The sound bar and the sub are enough for us. Tom [ THOMAS  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    If you purchased the unit from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help walk you through the settings on this unit and see if there may be a fix. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer or post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com [ Jeff  Nov 20, 2013 ]  Staff