Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Awesome unit, plus I got it on sale! Sounds amazing and has tons of power!
California customers: click here for your Proposition 65 warning.Please
Item # 305HWN850 | MFR # HW-N850/ZA
Instant savings: -$100.00
$1,099.99 or 3 payments of $366.66 Details
Our VA-based experts can help.
Up-firing and side-firing drivers deliver three-dimensional Atmos and DTS:X sound to your living room.
Samsung's HW-N850 is a great option for those of us who want immersive cinema sound at home, but don't have the space or desire to fill our living room with speakers. Thanks to a pair of cleverly angled up-firing drivers, you can enjoy the heightened soundstage of both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content from one modestly sized sound bar.
I can't call it particularly slim, because it's wide and deep enough to include dedicated left-, center-, and right-channel speakers, along with a pair of side-firing drivers for surround effects. A wireless subwoofer provides the low-end rumble that can really make a movie come alive.
Whether you want to stream your favorite Spotify® playlist, shuffle all your Pandora® stations, or listen to your downloaded songs, this sound bar has you covered with both Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® capabilities built in. It even supports high-res files like FLAC and ALAC.
Awesome unit, plus I got it on sale! Sounds amazing and has tons of power!
Torrie, Columbia, SC
Average Customer Review(s):
Awesome unit, plus I got it on sale! Sounds amazing and has tons of power!
|Enclosure||Sealed (bar),Ported (sub)|
|Pieces in System||2|
|Surround Sound Decoding||7.1ch, 7.1.4ch|
|4K Video Compatible||Yes|
|HDR Video Compatible||HDR 10|
|Audio Return Channel||Yes|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||Yes|
|Voice Control||Alexa optional|
|Control by App||Apple iOS, Android|
|Bluetooth Connectivity||Built-in 4.0|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||No|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|System Frequency Response||34-17k Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||210|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||162|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||3-1/4H x 48-1/4W x 5-7/16D|
|Sound Bar Weight||19.4 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||15-13/16H x 8-1/16W x 16-7/16D|
|Subwoofer Weight||21.2 lbs|
Samsung & Harman/Kardon 5.1.2ch System: The HW-N850 combines Samsung's home entertainment expertise with Harman/Kardon's audio technical expertise to deliver Dolby Atmos/DTS:X surround sound from an active soundbar and wireless subwoofer system. Now, you can experience sound that comes alive from all directions, including the side and overhead, to fill your home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail and depth - without having to install over-head ceiling speakers or running wire for rear speakers. The HW-N850 is capable of delivering up to 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X surround sound.
Active Soundbar Speaker: The HW-N850's active soundbar speaker incorporates 13 total drivers that include forward facing center, front left, and front right channels, along with side-firing rear channels and upward firing Dolby Atmos enabled channels. The soundbar speaker's dedicated center, front left, and front right channels each consist of one wide-range tweeter and two midrange drivers. The rear channels each consist of one side-firing driver, while the two dedicated Dolby Atmos channels each consist of one upward firing full-range driver. All 13 drivers are powered by a built-in 210W amplifier (18W x 10Ch [mids] + 10W x 3Ch [tweeters])
Wireless Powered Sub: The wireless subwoofer is outfitted with a side-firing 7" woofer inside a bass reflex enclosure with rear-firing port that is powered by a built-in 162 watt amplifier. You can independently adjust the volume level of the subwoofer without interfering with the system's overall volume level. The wireless powered subwoofer receives its audio signal wirelessly from the soundbar via 2.4GHz transmission. There are no cables to connect, except the AC power cord for the sub. You can place the wireless powered subwoofer up to 32.8' away from the soundbar. The wireless subwoofer is automatically connected to the soundbar through auto-pairing.
Immersive Surround Sound: The Samsung & Harman/Kardon HW-N850 is capable of delivering up to 5.1.2-channel surround for Dolby Atmos & DTS:X. It also supports Dolby Digital (5.1ch), Dolby TrueHD (7.1ch), Dolby Digital Plus (7.1ch), and DTS (5.1chch only).
- To enjoy Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, you most connect your Blu-ray player's and satellite/cable box's HDMI outputs directly to the HDMI inputs on the HW-N850, because the soundbar's HDMI ARC Output jack and most TV's HDMI ARC Input jacks will not support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.
- The soundbar's optical (toslink) digital input only supports Dolby Digital (5.1ch), DTS (5.1ch), and 2ch PCM
HDMI 2.0a: The Samsung & Harman/Kardon HW-N850's soundbar is fitted with two HDMI 2.0a inputs and one HDMI 2.0a output (ARC compatible). The two HDMI inputs allow you to connect your Blu-ray player and cable/satellite box directly to the soundbar and then from its HDMI ARC output to your flat-panel TV. The HDMI 2.0 inputs and output support 4K Pass-Through, HDR video, 3D video, and ARC.
ARC: The unit's HDMI output also supports the ARC function. This allows you to connect your Blu-ray player and satellite/cable box directly to the system's HDMI inputs and connect the system's HDMI output to your television for audio from the wireless audio soundbar system or your TV. Your TV must also be ARC compatible.
Note: 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 with the best overall sound performance
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.
Sound Enhancements: The Samsung HW-N850 offers a variety of audio adjustments to enhance the system's sound and your listening experience.
Optical Digital Input: The Samsung & Harman/Kardon HW-N850 wireless audio soundbar system's soundbar is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital input to connect your television, Blu-ray/DVD player, or satellite/cable box. The optical (toslink) digital input supports Dolby Digital & DTS (both up to 5.1ch), as well as 2ch PCM. *There is not analog audio input on this soundbar system.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of many flat-panel TVs only send a Dolby Digital or 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).
Optional Rear Speakers: The Samsung SWA-9000S Wireless Surround Kit (sold separately) lets add rear speakers to the HW-N850 system without all the wires. Together, the SWA-9000S kit and the HW-N850 system, can create a 7.1.2 channel system for a true surround sound experience. Enjoy an immersive, clutter-free experience and get great sound all around by simply connecting a wireless rear module, dongle, and two rear speakers. It will bring a new dimension to your favorite movies and TV shows.
Wireless Network Connection: The Samsung & Harman/Kardon HW-N850 offers a wireless (WiFi) network connection which allows you to stream Internet radio from TuneIn and connect an Alexa-enabled device for hands-free access to select online music service. WiFi setup will be done using the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS and Android).
Note: The system is not equipped with an Ethernet jack for a hardwired network connection.
TuneIn Internet Radio: Get access to more than 100,000 free internet radio streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn radio service. Just select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 100,000 stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that appeals to your mood.
Alexa Music Services: Connecting an Amazon Alexa device (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Spotify Connect. You can also upload your personal music collection from iTunes, Google Play Music, and more to your music library on Amazon and then stream your music through the Samsung & Harman/Kardon system. Simply ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you.
Note: The HW-N850 is limited to music functionality only through Amazon Alexa. Other services provided by Amazon (such as news and weather) can only be accessed through your Amazon Alexa device.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP): Thanks to built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with supports for wireless audio streaming, you can wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, desktop computer, or laptop) to the Samsung & Harman/Kardon HW-N850 and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound. The included remote control will provide Play/Pause & Previous/Next functions. Advance music browsing and song/artist information will still be handled from your Bluetooth source device.
Note: The HW-N850 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.
Wireless TV Connection: You can simplify the installation of the HW-N850 by eliminating the need for a wired connection between a Bluetooth-enabled TV from any manufacturer or a WiFi enabled Samsung TV (2014-2018 models) and the soundbar. Simply plug the soundbar and the subwoofer into AC power and follow the simple pairing instructions to wirelessly connect the soundbar and your compatible TV. When a TV is connected using Bluetooth or WiFi, audio is transmitted in stereo (not Dolby Digital or DTS). Only one TV can be paired and connected at a time.
SmartThings App: Use the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) to turn your compatible smartphone or tablet into a remote control for the HW-N850 system. You can also use the app to access internet radio and select online music services, as well as music libraries on your Apple iOS or Android device. In addition, the SmartThings app is used to connect the HW-N850 system to your WiFi network and enable Amazon Alexa compatibility with an Amazon Echo device (sold separately).
Optional SmartThings Hub: Install the SmartThings Hub (sold separately) and use the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS and Android) on your mobile device as a remote control for the HW-N850 system, as well as all of your Samsung SmartThings and other smart devices in your home.
Alexa Voice Control (Optional): Use Amazon Alexa and an Amazon Echo device (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to control the soundbar system with your voice. You can ask Alexa to turn on/off the system, change the input source, select an online music service, set the volume level, mute the volume, and stop playback. In the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS and Android), you will need to change the Soundbar's name to one that can be recognized by your Amazon Echo device.
Remote Control with HDMI Control (Anynet+): The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Samsung & Harman/Kardon HW-N850 system. Support for HDMI Control & Anynet+ offers linked operation with other Samsung Anynet+ components (up to 12) and other HDMI-CEC compatible components from one remote control. All components will need to be connected via HDMI and support either HDMI-CEC or Anynet+.
TV Remote Control: When the HW-N850 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-N850 soundbar system.
Auto Power On/Off: The Samsung wireless audio soundbar system offers Auto Power On/Off functionality.
Network Standby On Function: The Network Standby On function is available if a wireless connection has been properly established between a smart device and the soundbar. This function turns on the soundbar automatically when a smart device attempts to connect to the system via Bluetooth or WiFi. If you turn the system on via a Bluetooth connection, its input mode is set to BT automatically. To turn the Soundbar on via WiFi, you must have the Samsung SmartThings app installed on your Apple iOS or Android device.
Firmware Updates: Firmware & software updates are done through the SmartThings app (for Apple iOS & Android).
Wall-Mount or Tabletop Mount the Soundbar Speaker: The soundbar is designed to be mounted directly below or above your flat-panel HDTV in a horizontal orientation. It should be placed directly in front of your main listening position without any obstructions around the front, side, and upward firing drivers. The soundbar can be placed on a shelf or table-top. The soundbar also includes wall-mount brackets which allows you to fix the speaker to your wall.
Wireless Powered Sub Placement: Thanks to its 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, you can place the powered subwoofer up to 32.8' away from the soundbar. There are no cables to connect, except the AC power cord. It is recommended that you placed the wireless powered sub along the same front wall as the soundbar speaker.
Power Requirements: The active soundbar speaker and the wireless powered subwoofer will both have to be plugged into an AC power outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner. The active soundbar speaker and wireless powered sub include a detachable 5' AC power cord.
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.
Brand compatibility with the TV, bundle savings [ Edward Oct 15, 2018 ]
5.1.2-channel powered sound bar and sub with Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X
Powered sound bar with wireless subwoofer, Dolby Atmos®, and Wi-Fi®
Powered 5.1.2-channel sound bar/sub with Meridian Technology and Dolby Atmos®
7.1.4-channel powered sound bar with wireless sub and rear speakers, Dolby Atmos®, and DTS:X