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Samsung HW-F550

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

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Our take on the Samsung HW-F550

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..."

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-550 sound bar features a powerful 150-watt subwoofer

The Samsung HW-F550 sound bar features a powerful 150-watt wireless subwoofer.

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-F550, a powered sound bar bar that looks as good as it sounds, and comes complete with a wireless 150-watt subwoofer. 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 'F550 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-F550 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
    • 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
    • 37-3/16"W x 2-1/8"H x 2-1/2"D
    • weight: 4.9 lbs.
    • 150 watts (peak)
    • wireless design allows for placement anywhere in the room
    • adds bass punch to movie soundtracks, TV shows, and music
    • requires AC power
    • 11-1/2"W x 14-5/8"H x 11-1/2"D
    • weight: 18 lbs.
    • 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
    • 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

    What's in the Box:

    • AudioBar (HW-F550)
    • Wireless powered subwoofer (PS-WF550)
    • AC power adapter (w/ attached 5' DC cord)
    • 5' AC power cord
    • Remote control (AH59-02546B)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Wall-mount bracket
    • 2 Wall-mount holders
    • 2 Screws
    • Right-angle USB adapter
    • 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

    This sound bar sounds amazing. I was kind of doubtful because of the low price. Once it was set up I was happy that I purchased it. The sound and bass is amazing!! I recommend this product.

    Jon, Los Angeles


    Samsung HW-F550 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (36 Reviews)

    Bang for your buck

    Jon from Los Angeles on 3/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This sound bar sounds amazing. I was kind of doubtful because of the low price. Once it was set up I was happy that I purchased it. The sound and bass is amazing!! I recommend this product.

    Pros: Easy set up, Stylish, Great sound and fast shipping.

    Cons: none


    Drew from San Antonio TX on 1/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy setup and good sound. Replaced a sony sound bar that was stolen. This one cost less and sounds better than the sony. Fuller and less tinny.


    Cons: Blue tooth with the iPhone is a little hit or miss with drop out/connectivity.

    Easy install

    Anonymous from Olney MD on 1/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Simple install. Blue tooth audio works super with my Ipad. And Cutchfield buying experience was superb, as always.



    No regrets for my first soundbar

    Jon from North Carolina on 1/27/2014

    Before buying, went to a retail store to listen to various brands. After reading dozens of reviews on several models, I purchased this unit. Some of the set up was delayed because of myself, but was easy overall. The instructions did leave some to be desired. But when it came alive, WOW !!. A little tweaking of the sound, and now shows/movies COME ALIVE. This review may not be typical in ways. Sound is, like beauty, in the ear of the beholder. What may sound great to one person may sound otherwise to someone else. I found what I liked and am not disappointed. I will say to the TV manufacturers, SHAME ON YOU. Proudly touting the latest gizmos and hi tech, but PATHETIC sound. There is a switch on the remote to go to TV speaker only, and, during my first Blu ray (Man of Steel) the difference was obvious. So much of the sound track was lost, subdued & flat on the TV speaker, but revealed, amplified & balanced on the sound bar. In the day of bigger & better for TV's, that OBVIOUSLY doesn't apply to the sound. Soundbars, in general, make TV's sound the way you WISHED the TV would sound. It astonishes me how many people want 5.1 or 7.1 experience from a soundbar. As a former owner of an Onkyo 7.1, not gonna happen, folks, no matter what the ad / salesperson says. Let your ear be the judge. Soundbars will fill the needs of most who want better sound without the expense and engineering of tru surround. Have been a Crutchfield customer for 25 years. They are the BEST

    Pros: sleek looking, RELATIVELY easy hook up. Pairs nice with my Samsung 6000 LED smart TV and Sony Blu Ray. Sound eq settings help

    Cons: the bass will not amaze you, but gives adequate low range coverage when is called for, unless you want the windows to rattle

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    Toad from Chelan Wa on 1/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is not surrond sound but very good audio .Please, with the bass be patient it grows on ya, its not intence but it there i didn't want booming bass in my home. Very easy hook up and works well with my nano.

    Pros: Price is reasonable,simplicity and sound is pleasing


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    TimS. from Pisek,ND on 1/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product, had trouble hearing dialogue, now very clear. Easy to setup and excellent sound quality.



    Excelente Sonido

    MIke from Miami, FL on 1/7/2014

    Cero quejas, el mejor sonido que haya tenido. No complaints, the best sound that I have had.



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    Great Soundbar

    Laambo from Rutland, MA on 1/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Samsung HW-F550.Very nice sound bar with no problems setting it up. Sub sounds just right.

    Pros: Easy to set up.

    Cons: The bar could be a little longer.

    Good (not gerat) soundbar

    Joe J from NYC on 1/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this at the Black Friday price so I was happy about that. Crutchfield has been awesome with their customer service for sure. Received the unit promptly, set it up according to instructions and some things I read on the web ... and the sound was pretty terrible. The soundbar did not pair with the subwoofer, so there was little mid and no low frequency sound. I had turned off my local wifi router even before plugging in the soundbar, but it still did not pair. Used the instructions to manually pair the sounbar with the sub at least 10 times - no improvement. Called Crutchfield - still no pairing. They promptly mailed out another unit to replace mine. Somehow, the subwoofer paired by itself over the next couple of days. Sound was MUCH better. I've decided to keep the unit. Works great with Bluetooth, my TV, and I like the little display on the soundbar itself to let you know you've switched outlets. Initially used the HDMI in/out with my Anynet+ Samsung plasma, but found it easier to just use optical - the soundbar turns on automatically with optical input only. With HDMI input and Anynet+ it will turn on automatically only with 2013 and newer Sammys apparently.

    Pros: Price, display, bluetooth

    Cons: Pairing issue. Remote should have DEDICATED input buttons, rather than cycling through the SOURCE button until the desired input is reached. Annoying.

    Great sound

    Annette from New York on 1/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We have a large living room with cathedral ceilings so we wanted something to fill the room with quality sound, this sound system was nice for the price. It has a great sound and set up was fairly easy...just a little patience and it all worked out. Connects with your other devices easily.

    Pros: Quality sound without costing a fortune. Nice set up/ design


    Pleasant surprise

    JD from Carmichael, CA on 1/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There is no doubt that this sound bar is an immense improvement over the stock speakers on my 2012 Samsung 55" television. I no longer have to crank the volume up to understand the dialogue in movies, and the drama equalization setting helps greatly to emphasize voices. My only complaints are that the sound bar doesn't come on with the TV remote, although once it's on the tv remote controls the volume and shut-off just fine. So you still need the sound bar remote to turn on the sound. But this is a minor hassle. A bigger concern of mine of is the lack of "punch" in the bass. It's not that you can't hear the bass, it's that it needs a boost in my opinion. The only time the subwoofer seems to contribute is during movies with rumbling sound effects or extremely low frequency music. I'd like to feel the bass a little more. My two minor complaints aside, I am more than happy with this product.

    Pros: Clear sound, sounds great with movies or music. Equalization presets make movie dialogues clearer and music sounds great too. The Bluetooth capability makes it easy to stream music from my phone, and the wireless subwoofer can be placed nearly anywhere in the room.

    Cons: Not quite full interoperability with tv remote functions. Would like the ability to crank the bass up a little more.

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    Shaun from LI, NY on 1/1/2014

    Just for the ease of setup and no wires is nice. Used with a 51" 8500 (2013), soundshare bluetooth picked it right up



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    Roger.B from VT on 12/31/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good Item.Worked well with my Samsung tv.Very easy to hook up with HDMI cable and works with anything hooked up to my tv such as my Blu-ray player etc.Also tried it without cable and used the blue tooth option worked well first try.But I recomend using the HDMI cable if you have a Samsung tv.As far as how the unit sounds it is heads above the tv speakers and it has more than enough power to fill our tv room and make watching a movie much more enjoyable.Like everybody says you can't compare it to a true surround system but it does a nice job for what it is.Some of the modes you can set on the soundbar such as sports and news to me don't sound that good but you can experiment and find what sounds best to you.

    Pros: Easy hook up to samsung TV. Much much better than tv speakers. Easy to use remote. Very low profile on soundbar. Blu-tooth hook up to sub woofer works great

    Cons: Some of the modes you can set soundbar to are not very good

    Good Soundbar

    SoundMaster from Princeton, NJ on 12/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This soundbar is excellent to connect wirelessly with Smasung TVs. Setup is very easy and sound is great for small to mid-sized rooms.

    Pros: Connectivity Features Sound quality


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    JAGACM from PR on 12/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound

    Pros: Value priced, only two cables


    Awesome Samsung Product

    Zulaika from Aguadilla, PR on 12/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the product is exactly what I was looking for in the market. I can connect my iPAD Air, Samsung Galaxy S3, and iPOD touch to this device easily without turning on my Samsung Smart TV to listen Pandora. The quality of the sound is excellent. I am so happy with this product because it met my expectations as a customer.

    Pros: Bluetooth feature awesome, easy set up and you will love it.

    Cons: None

    A sound value.

    BD from Chicago, IL on 12/10/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This piece is a solid value. Great sound for basic tv/movie watching. (We have it in an 18 x 18 area within an open floor plan.) Set up is effortless when pairing with Samsung Smart TV. Especially appreciate the minimal design.

    Pros: Value priced. Easy set up. Simple minimal design.

    Cons: None yet.

    Big SOund in a SMall Package

    HerbMD from Laurel, MD on 12/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this product along with a Samsung UN60F7500 HDTV and the pair is awesome together. Connection is wireless and very easy to set up. Much better than the internal low wattage speakers in most TVs. Spending a little more on quality sound makes your HDTV a much better buy.

    Pros: Crutchfeld service is superb and so is this product. It delivers big quality sound at a small price. Seamlessly integrates with high end Samsung HDTV 7100 and above series wirelessly via Bluetooth.

    Cons: Bass can be a bit much if you don't turn it down a bit.


    Paul from San Jose on 11/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a good purchasing experience, and the delivery was on schedule with no hiccups. Given that I was using a voucher, I was expecting some snags (there always seems to be snags when getting sometime without using straight cash).....but everything went like a dream. The product itself is great -- good clear quality sound. On my first Saturday night after installation, my neighbours knocked on my front door at 11:30pm to tell me that their house was shaking -- I was watching Man of Steel, with the sound set for 15 (out of a scale of 50), and the sub-woofer at +6. The volume did not appear excessive. :-)

    Pros: Excellent Service. Quality Product.

    Cons: Need to buy a house in the countryside, so the neighbours dont complain. :-)

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    MJ from New Bern, NC on 11/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Samsung / Crutchfield should offer as a package with Samsung LED TV's. Advisor recommended optic cable connection which made setup easy and improved sound.

    Pros: sleek design

    Cons: wireless subwoofer very subordinate to system.

    Great sound from a name you can trust for innovative products

    DavidM from Rahway, NJ on 11/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Samsung HW-F550 from Crutchfield when I felt my beloved Samsung UN60ES8000 sound was lacking when watching some movies and television dramas. After some due diligence on the internet, I felt that the SoundShare capabilities of the HW-F550 was the feature that sold me to integrate wirelessly with my LED TV. I really loved the sleek look of the HW-F550 and how it complimented the looks with my TV. The manual on using SoundShare was easily to understand and worked right away. The sound quality is amazing and I particularly like using Pandora on my TV with these new speakers. Movies and TV shows now have the depth and in your face effect that sound is supposed to deliver to the viewer. The only qualm I had with the setup was the Sub-woofer is a bit overpowered for regular everyday use. I just dialed it down a bit so that my kids don't complain that I am rattling their teeth watching my favorite movies.

    Pros: Sleek and simple design, integrates well via SoundShare with Samsung televisions, Sub woofer delivers deep booming bass. Sound bar offers different modes for TV, Music, News, etc.

    Cons: Sub Woofer is a bit over powered right out the box and had to tone it down to my liking for everyday use and tolerance of the rest of the folks in the house. USB connectivity is a bit hit & miss.

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    DaveG from NH on 10/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent sound quality, a bit hard to set up to other controls though, I only tried for a few minutes so still hopeful.

    Pros: Superior Sound

    Cons: Not east to set up additional controols

    Great product

    Sound bar and wireless sub from Honolulu, Hi on 9/15/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Crutchfield was faster than light in getting the product to me.

    Pros: Full sound, easy to to hook up

    Cons: None

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    Rnick from Hydes, md on 9/3/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to set up. One of your customer service reps did not realize that the TV I purchased had Soundshare and I went out and bought a cable I didn't.t need.



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    John W from Cinti, Oh on 8/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've never used a sound bar before. I have a 7.1 system on my main TV. The sound bar is for my secondary TV. It's better than the TV speakers but I would use it for my big main TV.

    Pros: Better than TV speakers. Easy to hook up.

    Cons: Sound bars can't begin to compare to big surround systems.

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    Vic B. from Olney, MD on 8/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this sound-bar as a bonus when I purchased the Samsung UN60F7500 TV. It provides more clarity and depth of sound and is a huge improvement over the sound system built into the TV. It was easy to hook up and works great with Samsung's AnyNet link. The wireless sub woofer adds just enough base to make movie watching more enjoyable. Please note that this not surround sound but is a great improvement over the standard TV sound.

    Pros: Better than the standard TV sound.

    Cons: None

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    Craig S from Poughkeepsie NY on 8/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have not used this sound bar enough to give a thorough review, but preliminarily it seems to be a good unit. Although The construction is solid and the sound is more than acceptable, there does seem to be a drop out in the spectrum in the transition from the sub to the mid/high bar. Again this is only an initial opinion, for I have not yet run the system through a variety of sources. The hook-up was simple enough, but I ran into an issue linking it through Blue Tooth to my recently produced Samsung TV only to find out the TV is not Bluetooth. Moronic on my part for the assumption, but solved with a supplied audio cable. Samsung is slightly unclear on the "Easy Share" hook-up in the TV's manual resulting in me calling Samsung and their help line was useless, with Associates reading off paper refusing to let you get a word in until they had finished reading. I then called Crutchfield and in five minutes was advised my TV was not Blue Tooth and I had to use the cable I have the sound bar in a 300 Sq. Ft. room and the sound seems to be full enough for all to enjoy, but I would not use this unit as an "all audio" solution unless you are looking for a compact device for multiple audio needs, with it's almost all inclusive connectivity options. I will add that I run Pandora from my phone through Blue Tooth and it works great. Once again I have purchased a "Scratch and Dent" item from Crutchfield and it there ids nothing wrong with it. This is a great program!!! Enjoy!

    Pros: Solid Construction, compact, good sound (so far), and multiple connectivity options.

    Cons: Possible "hole" in the transition form the sub to the mid/high frequencies.

    Amazing Soundbar !

    BrianM from New York on 7/30/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Samsung Soundbar is great! Really creates a nice surround sound effect and it gives you options to choose different sound modes for whatever you are listening to (Music, Cinema, etc..). The bar comes with a wireless subwoofer, which sound amazing together. This system really cranks and has more than enough loudness for any room in the house! I would highly recommend

    Pros: Loud, good sound quality, light-weight, Dolby Digital

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Central, NJ on 7/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent speakers for the money; used with Samsung 55" LED television. Slim profile allows it to fit inconspicuously below the flat screen pedestal. With both HDMI and optical inputs, hook-ups to TV and blue-ray is simple and quick. Sound is significant improvement over flat screen rear projecting speakers, although will not satisfy demanding audiophiles. Great order processing and delivery from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Slim profile, easy hook-up and sound improvement over flat screen.

    Cons: None; meets expectations.

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    Sound seeker from Media PA on 7/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound. Easy set up.

    Pros: Low profile, good sound, low price. Works well with Samsung TV

    Cons: None that I have seen


    JWalker from Northern, CA on 7/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When I told people I was getting a 55in Plasma HD3D TV and was going to purchase a sound bar instead of a HT I got all kinds of negative feedback which didn't deter me from my decision. I checked out a lot of sound bars in my price range and read a lot of reviews and decided on the HW-F550. Compared to other sound bars i looked at and listened to, this one blows the others away. It took about 10 minutes to set it up in front of the TV...When turned on all I could say was OMG. It's also very sleek and classy looking in black and the perfect size.. My whole setup (TV, bluray 3D player and stand ) is all black. and just totally compliment each other. I'm glad I don't have a HT clutteringr up my somewhat small living room and can get such amazing sound along with the wonderful wireless subwoofer.. What a bonus!! .The bass is great. Watching Avitar in 3D was just like being in the theater. I am extremely happy with this purchase. So, to all you naysayers, you don't know what you are missing.

    Pros: Wireless subwoofer , looks, and really really great sound.

    Cons: None

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    Gerald from Haverhill Ma. on 6/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product is giving me the best sound i haveever had in a sound bar



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    CarlS from Phoenix, AZ on 5/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I miss my receiver already. Wife is happy with the minimalistic look. Sound is a step down from what I had. Much better than TV's sound.

    Pros: Wireless Subwoofer

    Cons: Step down from what I had. (Receiver, Left,Center,Right speakers) My univeral remove (Harmony) need delay to be tweaked to work. Still use a dedicated button for each "Actiivity" to power on bar because it doesn't work 100% Wall mount allows bar to slide in at an angle. Be aware when you center the mount under the TV, your bar will be off.

    Great Bar. Little Package

    Fitz from Colorado Springs, CO on 5/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have to admit I'm not a huge A/V equipment guy. I expect things to run out of the box and just... work. Thankfully this sound bar from Samsung fit that bill beautifully. Sounds great. The 3D effects help fill the room. And it takes up VERY little room on our dresser, sitting right in front of the TV. Great suggestion from the Crutchfield folks and I really appreciated the simplicity of product setup.



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    Hollywood from Beaverton, Or on 4/21/2013

    Simple install. Heavy duty sound bar well put together no cheap plastic, which gives for better sound. At volume level 20 which maxes out at 50 already sounds a whole lot better than tv speakers. Was skeptical at first as its my first since I have a 7.1 in my man cave. This was just an upgrade to my living room since I don't have space for true surround system. However the case this is a great surprise buy an worth it, sounds clean with pop a must have if you're just looking to upgrade tv speakers an on a budget.

    Pros: Simple set up Heavy duty feel an look Sounds great, won't disappoint

    Cons: None really, always better if price was lower, was looking to spend no more than $300, but paid a little extra.

    Great Sound - Easy to Install

    Marc L. from Boca Raton, FL on 3/28/2013

    I bought the HW-F550 from Crutchfield and it arrived in only 4 days. I was skeptical about the sound quality. I was shocked that the speaker and sub woofer came with everything needed to set it up on the wall (horizontal) or in two pieces on the wall on each side the TV, and with stands if I wanted to just put in on the floor. The setup was SIMPLE. Cable box HDMI plugs into the Sub Woofer. Out of the Sub Woofer is an HDMI to the TV. The sub woofer is wireless to the sound bar. I turned on the TV and the sound was AMAZING! So good in fact, I bought another 550 and install it in their Penthouse condo. It was so easy to install, I never needed to call Crutchfield for assistance. This is a product I would recommend to anyone who wants good sound from their LCD or Plasma TV.

    Pros: Great Sound and easy installation.



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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Speaker(sealed)/Sub(port)
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter 1" Soft dome (2)
    Midrange 3.5"x1.5" Cone (4)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6.5" Cone
    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
    System Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 80 x 2
    Subwoofer RMS Power 150 x 1
    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
    Sound Bar (inches) 2-1/8H x 37-3/16W x 2-1/2D
    Sound Bar Weight 4.85 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 14-5/8H x 11-1/2W x 11-1/2D
    Subwoofer Weight 17.97 lbs

    Product Research



    Crystal Surround AirTrack (Active Speaker System): The Samsung HW-F551 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-F551 '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 two 1" soft-dome tweeters and four 3.5"x1.5" midrange drivers housed in an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure. 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 rear-firing 6.5" woofer inside a bass-reflex cabinet with a rear-firing port. The woofer is powered by a built-in 150 watt amplifier.

    Surround Sound Decoding: The Samsung HW-F551 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-F551 provides a more realistic surround sound with normal stereo audio source. The Samsung HW-F551 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.


    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-F551 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-F551 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.


    HDMI 1.4 Input/Output: The AudioBar of the Samsung HW-F551 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-F551 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-F551 and enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. The HW-F551 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-F551 .
    • Sound Share: You can simplify the installation of the HW-F551 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-F551 Crystal Surround AirTrack System features both analog (3.5mm) and digital (optical) audio inputs.

    • Optical Digital Input: The Samsung HW-F551 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-F551 '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 rear-panel USB (type-A) port, right-angle USB adapter, and included USB extension cable. The HW-F551 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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    I don't have specific information on the 55C (and it's not listed on the Samsung website), but after looking at some information online it would appear that the two are very similar. I did not see any differences between the two units. It may simply be that the model number difference is because of it being sold in a warehouse style store rather than an electronics retailer. [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff
    Thanks for your question Ben. With only one HDMI input you could disconnect each time you want to use a different source. If your TV has multiple HDMI inputs, and an HDMI output, then you could use it to switch sources, or you could purchase a separate HDMI switching unit. Feel free to reach out to an Advisor by phone or chat to help determine if there might be a better fit for your set-up. [ Jeff  Nov 19, 2013 ]  Staff