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Samsung HW-E450

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer

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Item # 305HWE450

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Overview

Our take on the Samsung HW-E450

The picture quality of today's HDTVs is fantastic. But frankly, the sound can be about as flat as the panel. Samsung's HW-E450's dynamic, full-bodied sound will dance pirouettes around your TV's tiny speakers. This sound bar uses virtual surround sound processing to create a wraparound effect that draws you into the action. You'll love the way it brings the soundtracks of DVDs, Blu-ray movies and high-def TV shows to life. You won't even need a receiver or amplifier — this sound bar has built-in amplification to power its six drivers for clear dialogue and spacious, lifelike effects.

The picture quality of today's HDTVs is fantastic. But frankly, the sound can be about as flat as the panel. Samsung's HW-E450's dynamic, full-bodied sound will dance pirouettes around your TV's tiny speakers. This sound bar uses virtual surround sound processing to create a wraparound effect that draws you into the action. You'll love the way it brings the soundtracks of DVDs, Blu-ray movies and high-def TV shows to life. You won't even need a receiver or amplifier — this sound bar has built-in amplification to power its six drivers for clear dialogue and spacious, lifelike effects.

Add a little boom to your room

A separate subwoofer rounds out the sound, adding depth to music and bass punch to your favorite action movies. And its wireless design means you can position this sub anywhere in your room. Place the sound bar on a TV stand or cabinet, or mount it on your wall using the included bracket for a neat, finished look. At just 2" deep, it'll look great below today's ultra-slim flat-panel TVs.

Not just for television

You can also play music through the HW-E450. Built-in Bluetooth® lets you stream your playlist directly from your compatible smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. You can also use the back-panel USB input to enjoy music files from your thumb drive.

What's in the Box:

  • AudioBar (HW-E450)
  • Wireless powered subwoofer (PS-WE450)
  • Remote control (AH59-02434A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Wall-mount bracket
  • 7" USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
  • 5' Stereo mini-to-RCA cable
  • Large ferrite core
  • 2 Small ferrite cores
  • User Manual
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Online Product Registration information

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 2" midrange drivers
    • two 3/4" dome tweeters
    • built-in 5.8 GHz transmitter sends audio signals to wireless subwoofer
    • built-in Bluetooth® for audio streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops
    • wall mounting bracket included
    • requires AC power
    • weight; 4.3 lbs.
    • 35-11/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 2"D
    Subwoofer:
    • 120 watts (peak)
    • wireless design allows for placement anywhere in the room
    • adds bass punch to movie soundtracks, TV shows, and music
    • 6" side-firing woofer
    • requires AC power
    • weight: 12 lbs.
    • 7-1/16"W 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
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    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure Speaker(sealed)/Sub(port)
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Gloss Black
    Tweeter .75 Dome (2)
    Midrange 2.0 Cone (4)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6" Cone
    Features
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
    Wi-Fi No
    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
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs 1
    HDMI Outputs 1
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 2-3/4H x 35-11/16W x 2D
    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

    Crystal Surround Air Track (Active Speaker System): The Samsung HW-E450 Crystal Surround Air Track System includes an AudioBar and a wireless powered subwoofer. The Samsung HW-E450 is a 2.1-channel audio system that lets you experience a rich, powerful virtual surround sound from two speakers (AudioBar and wireless powered subwoofer). The slim, compact Samsung HW-E450'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 2" midrange drivers and two 0.75" soft-dome tweeters housed in a bass-reflex, gloss-black cabinet with two rear-firing ports (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 Audio Bar includes analog audio and digital audio/video connections.

    Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The wireless powered subwoofer receives its low-frequency audio signal wirelessly from the AudioBar via 5.8GHz 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-E450 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-E450 provides a more realistic surround sound with normal stereo audio source. The Samsung HW-E450 offers 7 different sound field modes (News, Drama, Sports, Game, Cinema, Music, and Off/Original Sound).

    3D Depth Sound: The 3D sound feature adds depth and spaciousness to your listening 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 wireless 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-E450 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-E450 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 Input/Output (with ARC): The AudioBar of the Samsung HW-E450 Crystal Surround Air Track System is fitted with an HDMI input 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-E450 Crystal Surround Air Track 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-E450'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 MP3 players or USB thumbrives, using the AudioBar's side-panel USB (type-A) port and included USB extension cable.  The HW-E450 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 for wireless audio streaming. You can wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or MP3 player to the Samsung HW-E450 and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. The HW-E450 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-E450.

    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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