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Samsung HW-B550

Powered 2.1-channel sound bar and wireless subwoofer system with Bluetooth® and DTS Virtual:X

Item # 305HWB550

The HW-B550 gives your TV a serious audio boost with engaging DTS Virtual:X sound.

The HW-B550 gives your TV a serious audio boost with engaging DTS Virtual:X sound.

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About the Samsung HW-B550

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Pump up your TV sound

The Samsung HW-B550 delivers surprisingly big audio with DTS Virtual:X, which uses the bar's four built-in speakers to simulate surround effects. Smart processing also optimizes your sound settings based on each scene you watch. And the included subwoofer adds punchy bass impact to match the on-screen action.
Samsung HW-B550 powered 2.1-channel sound bar and sub system

The HW-B550 bar and sub combo offers immersive DTS Virtual:X sound and plays nice with Samsung QLED TVs.

Pump up your TV sound

The Samsung HW-B550 delivers surprisingly big audio with DTS Virtual:X, which uses the bar's four built-in speakers to simulate surround effects. Smart processing also optimizes your sound settings based on each scene you watch. And the included subwoofer adds punchy bass impact to match the on-screen action.

The bar's slim profile fits under most TVs, and the compact subwoofer connects wirelessly for easy placement. (Just remember, you'll need to plug it into an AC outlet.)

Complementary design

Samsung designed this bar to work seamlessly with their impressive QLED TVs, letting you control and adjust the settings for both the TV and the sound bar with the Samsung TV's remote. If you're looking to minimize cord clutter, you can even use the sound bar's Bluetooth to receive a stereo audio signal from a compatible Samsung TV.

Stream and share music with Bluetooth

The HW-B550's built-in Bluetooth can wirelessly stream your favorite music directly from your phone. You can even pair up two mobile devices simultaneously to make streaming even more convenient — it's great for taking turns and sharing music when you have other folks over.

Expand your system wirelessly

You can increase your movie-night drama with true wraparound sound effects by adding the optional Samsung SWA-9100S surround speaker kit (sold separately). This kit connects wirelessly to the sound bar. Instead of running wire across your room from the bar to the speakers, you'll plug a rear amplifier module into AC power, and run wire from that to the two surrounds.


Product highlights:

    • sound bar and wireless subwoofer
    • 2.1-channel system delivers engaging home theater sound with DTS Virtual:X
    • designed to complement Samsung QLED TVs
    • add the optional Samsung SWA-9100S wireless surround speaker kit (sold separately)
    Sound bar:
    • 4 drivers powered by a 250-watt amplifier
    • Adaptive Sound Lite adjusts your sound settings based on each scene of the content you're watching, keeping voices clear even at low volumes
    • Game Mode adjusts your audio settings to improve directionality, helping you keep track of important sound cues
    • Bass Boost mode for enhanced low-end impact
    • two-channel Dolby® and DTS decoding
    • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming from compatible devices
      • Bluetooth Multi Connection allows two devices to be paired simultaneously for more convenient music streaming
    • 33-15/16"W x 2-5/16"H x 3-1/16"D
    • weight: 4.6 lbs.
    • 5-1/2" woofer
    • 160-watt built-in amplifier
    • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure delivers powerful bass response
    • connects wirelessly to sound bar for easy placement
    • AC power connection required (power cable included)
    • 7-5/16"W x 13-5/8"H x 11-15/16"D
    • weight: 11.2 lbs.
    Connections and general info:
    • 1 HDMI input, 1 HDMI output
      • supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
    • USB port for audio playback from a thumb drive
    • optical digital audio input
    • wall mount kit included
    • One Remote function lets you control sound bar with your Samsung TV's remote
    • connect to compatible Samsung TVs with Bluetooth
    • includes remote control
    • total system power: 410 watts
    • ENERGY STAR® certified
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # HW-B550/ZA

    No A/V receiver required.

    What's in the box:

    • Active soundbar speaker (HW-B550)
    • Wireless powered sub (PS-WB65D)
    • AC power adapter (attched 58" DC cord)
    • Two 5' AC power cords
    • 58" Optical digital cable
    • Remote control (AH81-15047A)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 2 Wall-mount brackets
    • 2 Screw-holders
    • 2 Screws
    • Wall-Mount Guide
    • User Manual
    • Remote/Wall-Mount Instructions

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    More details on the Samsung HW-B550

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    Features & specs

    Design Bar
    Amplification Self-powered
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Wireless Surrounds Optional
    Number Of Channels 2.1
    Surround Formats
    Dolby Digital Yes
    DTS Yes
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS:X No
    Audio Enhancements
    Dialogue Enhancement Yes
    Auto Volume No
    Night Mode Yes
    Virtual Surround Surround Sound Expansion
    Auto Calibration No
    Audio Connections
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs None
    HDMI ARC Input Yes
    HDMI eARC Input No
    3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs None
    RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
    USB Type-A Input Yes
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Audio Specs
    Tweeter None
    Midrange Cones (4)
    Woofer None
    Subwoofer Driver 6" Cone
    Enclosure Sealed(bar), Ported(sub)
    System Frequency Response Not Given
    Sound Bar RMS Power 160
    Subwoofer RMS Power 250
    Video Connections
    HDMI Inputs 1
    HDMI Outputs 1
    Video Specs
    HDMI Version 1.4
    HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution 1080p
    HDR Video Compatible N/A
    Includes Remote Yes
    Voice Control No
    Control by App N/A
    HDMI CEC Yes
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Learns TV Remote Yes
    Audio Streaming
    Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
    Bluetooth Audio Playback Yes
    Bluetooth Transmitter Mode No
    Online Music Sources None
    Apple AirPlay No
    Chromecast built-in No
    Amazon Music No
    Apple Music No
    Pandora No
    SiriusXM No
    Spotify No
    TIDAL No
    TuneIn No
    YouTube Music No
    Files on Your Network No
    Wi-Fi Networking
    Built-in Wi-Fi Version None
    Bands N/A
    Other Info
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-5/16H x 33-15/16W x 3-1/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 4.6 lbs
    Subwoofer Size (inches) 13-5/8H x 7-5/16W x 11-15/16D
    Subwoofer Weight 11.2 lbs
    Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    The Samsung HW-B550 replaces these items:

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    Active Soundbar Speaker: The HW-B550's active soundbar speaker houses a total of four drivers in a stereo configuration and is powered by a built-in 160W amplifier (40 watts to each driver) for dynamic, room-filling sound from your movie and music soundtracks. The soundbar can be mounted on the wall with the included wall-mount brackets (wall screws not supplied) or simply placed on a table-top.

    Wireless Powered Sub: The included wireless powered sub receives its low-frequency audio signal wirelessly from the soundbar via 2.4GHz transmission. There are no cords to connect, except the AC power cord. The wireless powered sub features a front-firing 6" woofer inside a bass-reflex cabinet with a rear-firing port. The woofer is powered by a built-in 250 watt amplifier. The wireless powered subwoofer can be positioned anywhere in the room (up to 32.8' away from soundbar) to achieve maximum audio performance.

    Dolby Digital + DTS Virtual:X: The Samsung HW-B550 soundbar system employs decoders compatible with Dolby Digital (2ch) & DTS (2ch), plus offers DTS Virtual X surround. DTS Virtual:X uses proprietary audio processing techniques inside the soundbar to create spacious 3D sound (including the sensation of height) from any content, and without the need for up-firing or in-ceiling speakers. You'll enjoy a wider, higher, more immersive audio experience from your favorite TV shows, movies, music, and sports.

    Sound Modes: The Samsung HW-B550 soundbar speaker system offers 5 different sound modes that can be used with a variety of content.

    • Adaptive Sound Lite: The soundbar automatically analyzes your sound sources to optimize the audio track for your specific content. Whether it's a loud sports match or a drama with quiet dialog, you can count on the soundbar to provide clear sounds for optimized TV viewing.
    • Surround Sound Expansion: The Surround Sound Expansion mode delivers a more realistic and immersive audio experience by adding depth and spaciousness to the movie soundtrack. From nearly any corner of the room, Surround Sound Expansion blankets the listening area both sideways and up to screen level for a more immersive surround effect. 
    • Bass Boost: When you want to turn up the bass for maximum immersion, activate Bass Boost mode on the soundbar. The included subwoofer takes the powerful, deeper bass to the next level, surrounding you with a fuller sound.
    • Game Mode: Connect your gaming console (Xbox one, PS4, Nintendo Switch) and compatible Samsung QLED TV to the Samsung A-Series soundbar to boost your gaming experience. Game Mode delivers optimize sound, while offering clear directional sound to gain the advantage.
    • Standard: Select Standard mode if you simply want to enjoy 2ch stereo playback.

    Audio Enhancements: The Samsung HW-B550 provides various audio adjustments to customize your listening experience.

    • Voice Enhance: Voice Enhance amplifies dialog and vocals in movie and music soundtracks so they can heard better over sound effects and instruments.
    • Night Mode: Night Mode compresses the dynamic range of the movie or music soundtrack, so there is less volume difference between soft and loud passages when watching late at night.
    • Bass & Treble: You can adjust the soundbar's Bass & Treble from - to +6 to tailer the sound more to your preference.
    • Auto AV Sync: Auto AV Sync can be used to help sync video to audio when connected to a TV. Video may look slower than the audio if it is connected to a digital TV. If this occurs, you can activate the Auto AV Sync.

    Optional Wireless Surround Kit: The optional SWA-9100S or SWA-9200S Wireless Surround Kit (sold separately) lets you add rear speakers to the HW-B550 soundbar system without all the wires. Together with the HW-B550, you can create a 4.1 channel system for a real surround sound experience. The Wireless Surround Kit consists of a wireless receiver module and two rear speakers (the wireless rear module is built into one of the speakers in the SWA-9200S kit). The wireless receiver module receives a wireless audio signal from the HW-B550 soundbar, so you don't have to run speaker wire from the soundbar to the rear speakers. The wireless receiver module for the SWA-9100S or SWA-9200S does have to connect to an AC wall outlet via its power cord, and be wired to the rear speakers using the included speaker cables.


    HDMI 1.4: The Samsung HW-B550's soundbar is outfitted with one HDMI 1.4 input and one HDMI 1.4 output (ARC compatible). The HDMI input allows you to connect your Ultra-HD Blu-ray player or cable/satellite box directly to the soundbar and then from its HDMI ARC output to your flat-panel TV. The HDMI 1.4 input and output support 1080p Pass-Through, Dolby Digital (2ch), DTS (2ch), and ARC.

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): The unit's HDMI output supports the ARC function. This allows you to connect your Blu-ray player or satellite/cable box directly to the soundbar system's HDMI input and connect the soundbar's HDMI output to your television for audio from the soundbar system or your TV. Your TV must also be ARC compatible. The Samsung HW-B550 only supports Dolby Digital (2ch), DTS (2ch) and PCM (2ch).

    • Because with some televisions, the ARC-enabled HDMI input will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, we recommend that you connect your Blu-ray/DVD player and Satellite/Cable box to the soundbar directly; and then connect the soundbar's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input. This setup will give you the best overall sound performance.
    • The HDMI ARC out is not eARC compatible and does not support Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby True-HD, Dolby Digital Plus, or DTS-HD.

    Optical Digital Input: The Samsung HW-B550's soundbar is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital input to connect your television, Blu-ray/DVD player, or satellite/cable box. The optical digital input supports Dolby Digital (2ch), DTS (2ch) and PCM (2ch). The optical digital output of some flat-panel TVs only send a Dolby Digital/DTS audio signal when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch PCM from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

    Note: The HW-B550 is not equipped with an analog audio input.

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Samsung HW-B550 features built-in Bluetooth for wireless connection between the soundbar speaker system and your Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices for wireless music streaming, as well as a wireless connection between the soundbar speaker and Bluetooth A2DP enabled TVs. The HW-B550's Bluetooth function has a wireless range of approximately 32.8'.

    • Bluetooth Audio Streaming: You can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop to the Samsung HW-B550 and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires (SBC and AAC codecs are supported). You can even connect two different Bluetooth source devices at the same time and seamlessly switch between both devices. The HW-B550's remote can be used to control Play/Pause and Skip functions (advanced music navigation is still handled from your Bluetooth source device. The HW-B550 does not display song/artist information (song/artist info is still viewed on your Bluetooth source device).
    • Wireless TV Connection: You can simplify the installation of the HW-B550 by eliminating the need for a wired connection between a Bluetooth-enabled TV and the soundbar. Simply plug the soundbar and the subwoofer into AC power and follow the simple pairing instructions to wirelessly connect the soundbar to a Bluetooth A2DP enabled TV. When a TV is connected using Bluetooth, audio is transmitted in stereo (not Dolby Digital or DTS). Only one TV can be paired and connected at a time.

    Note: This system does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

    USB Port: You can connect and play music files from external USB mass storage class devices (such as a USB thumbdrive) using the soundbar's rear-panel USB-A port. The HW-B550 supports playback of a variety of music files (including Hi-Res) loaded onto a compatible USB device formatted in FAT16/32. You can control basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat. The system will also charge (5V/0.5A) your connected USB device. Compatible music files include -

    • AAC: 32-48kHz; 32-320kbps
    • AIFF: 32-192kHz; 1024-9216kbps
    • FLAC: 32-192kHz; 162-8100kbps
    • MP3: 8-48kHz; 8-320kbps
    • OGG: 32-48kHz; 32-320kbps
    • WAV: 32-192kHz; 1024-9216kbps
    • WMA: 32-48kHz; 32-320kbps

    Note: The USB port does not support USB hubs, card-readers, computers, Apple iOS devices, or Android devices.

    Power Requirements: The active soundbar speaker and the wireless powered subwoofer will both have to be plugged into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately). The active soundbar includes an AC power adapter with an attached 58" DC cord and detachable 5' AC power cord. The wireless powered sub includes a detachable 5' AC power cord.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): Samsung may offer updates for the soundbar's system firmware in the future. If an update is offered, you can download the firmware update from Samsung's Support website onto a USB thumbdrive inserted in your computer. Once the firmware is downloaded on your USB thumbdrive, plug the USB device into the soundbar's USB port for update.


    Remote & Top-Panel Controls: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Samsung HW-B550 system. There are also top-panel controls (including Power, Source, and Volume) on the soundbar speaker.

    TV Remote Control: When the HW-B550 system is connected to a Samsung Smart TV (released in 2017 or later), the soundbar can be controlled using the TV's remote control. This function also allows you to use the TV menu to adjust the soundfield and various settings, as well as the volume and mute. You can also program Sony, LG, Vizio, Sharp, Panasonic, and Toshiba TV remotes to control Power/On Off, Volume Up/Down, and Mute functions of the HW-B550 soundbar system.

    Auto Power On/Off: The Samsung HW-B550 soundbar system offers Auto Power On/Off functionality.

    • Power Link (Auto On): The wireless audio soundbar system is automatically turned on when you turn on your TV or any device connected to the wireless audio soundbar system with an optical cable.
    • Bluetooth Power On: If a previously paired Bluetooth device (including a Samsung SoundConnect compatible TV) tries to pair with the soundbar when the Bluetooth Power On function is activated and the soundbar is turned off, the soundbar turns on automatically.
    • Auto Off:  If a TV or any device connected to the HW-B550 soundbar system is off and there is no audio signal, the soundbar system will turn off after 5 minutes.

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    Can I use this sound bar with another tv brand, for example, LG?
    [ Alyssa  May 27, 2023 ]
    1 answer
    Greetings Alyssa, and thank you for your question. If your TV has HDMI ARC, or an optical out, you can use this bar. It is not proprietary to just Samsung TVs.
    [ THOMAS  May 27, 2023 ]  Staff
    Is this soundbar system compatible with the Samsung TU690T Crystal UHD 50" TV?
    [ JP  Nov 19, 2022 ]
    1 answer
    Absolutely, Jeff. This Samsung HW-B550 bar is a great addition to an already great TV! Since the Samsung TU690T does have an audio return channel function over HDMI (I confirmed it was listed in the specs on Samsung's site) you can connect this bar with an HDMI cable for the best possible sound, but the HDMI cable is not included in the box. Make sure to grab one of these Crutchfield Premium 2.1 rated HDMI cables in the link below for a smooth install. You can even pair the SWA-9200S wireless surround kit in the second link with the HW-B550 Bar for a full surround sound setup if you want, pretty cool!
    [ Bo  Nov 19, 2022 ]  Staff

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