Wireless Audio Soundbar System: The Samsung
wireless audio soundbar system is a 2.1-channel audio system that lets you
experience a rich, powerful virtual surround sound from just two active
speakers; a soundbar
& wireless subwoofer. The slim, compact Samsung HW-H551
's soundbar can be mounted on the wall or placed on a table-top, while the wireless
powered subwoofer can be
anywhere in the room to achieve maximum audio performance. The system offers
HDMI, optical, stereo minijack, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Active Soundbar: The soundbar is a self-powered, two-channel
speaker which provides enveloping virtual surround sound from a single speaker.
The soundbar includes multiple full-range drivers housed in an acoustic
suspension (sealed) enclosure. The soundbar features a built-in 80 watts x
2-channel amplifier to drive its speakers. The soundbar is designed to be
mounted directly below or above your flat-panel HDTV in a horizontal
orientation. The soundbar can be placed on a shelf or table-top. The soundbar
also includes a wall-mount bracket which allows you to fix the speaker to your
wall. The soundbar offers 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 soundbar 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 soundbar. 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 160 watt amplifier.
Crystal Sound Pro: Crystal Sound Pro amplifies this home audio system
with the latest in sound clarity. It filters out distortion and noise so you can
enjoy near professional sound quality.
Surround Sound Decoding: The Samsung HW-H551
wireless audio soundbar system employs decoders compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, and Samsung's
Sound Effect modes.
- 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.
- Surround Sound: This feature adds depth and
spaciousness to the system for a virtual surround sound effect.
- Sound Effects: The Samsung HW-H551
offers 5 different sound
effects modes (Music, Voice, Sports, Cinema, and Standard), depending on the
type of content you want to enjoy.
HDMI 1.4 Input/Output: The soundbar of the Samsung HW-H551
wireless audio soundbar 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. You should
connect your Blu-ray player or satellite/cable box directly to the HW-H551's
HDMI input and then connect the soundbar system's HDMI output to your flat-panel
TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input.
- 3D: The HW-H551
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
- 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 wireless audio soundbar system or your TV. Your TV must
also be ARC compatible.
Note:The With most televisions, the ARC-enabled HDMI input will pass Dolby
Digital or 2ch PCM from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection or USB
port. However, the ARC-enabled HDMI input can only pass 2ch PCM from devices
connected to the TV via HDMI or analog.
Bluetooth Technology: The Samsung wireless audio soundbar
system features built-in Bluetooth (v.2.0) for wireless audio streaming and Samsung's
new TV SoundConnect function.
- Bluetooth A2DP: You can wirelessly stream audio
from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone (like your iPhone or Android) to the Samsung HW-H551
enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. The HW-H551
does not control your Bluetooth-enabled device; you will continue to
control your music from your Bluetooth-enabled device. Song/artist information
will also still need to be viewed from your Bluetooth-enabled device.
- SoundConnect: You can simplify the installation of the
by eliminating the need for a wired connection between a
Bluetooth-enabled Samsung 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 select Bluetooth-enabled Samsung TVs.
SoundConnect is only available one select 2013 and 2014 Samsung 3D TVs (LED Series
6400 or higher and PDP Series 5510 or higher).
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-H551.
Analog + Digital Inputs: The Samsung HW-H551
wireless audio soundbar system features both analog (3.5mm) and digital (optical) audio inputs.
- Optical Digital Input: The Samsung HW-H551
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 digital optical output terminals of most newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch 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 stereo from sources
connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or
- AUX Input: The
's soundbar features a stereo audio minijack (3.5mm)
input to connect your analog television or other analog audio component.
Note: To get the best audio performance out of the
Samsung HW-H551, use the system's HDMI input and optical digital input to
connect your Blu-ray player and satellite/cable box. Then connect the
system's HDMI output to your TV's HDMI ARC input. By connecting your Blu-ray
player and satellite/cable box directly to the soundbar system, you'll gain
Dolby Digital/DTS decoding from these two sources.
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 soundbar's
rear-panel USB (type-A) port, right-angle USB adapter, and included USB extension cable. The
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
soundbar's USB port.
Audio Settings: The Samsung wireless audio soundbar 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
- 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.
- Tone Control: You can independently adjust the system's Bass &
Treble from -3 to +3.
- 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 active soundbar system when
connected via HDMI.
Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides
wireless operation of the Samsung HW-H551
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
- Smart On: When used with a 2013 or 2014 Samsung LED-LCD or Plasma TV, you
will be able to power on the soundbar and control the volume right from the
- Anynet+: Anynet+ is a convenient feature that offers linked operation
with other Samsung components (up to 12) 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-H551
wireless audio soundbar system to
an Anynet+ Samsung TV using an HDMI cable.
Auto Power On/Off: The Samsung wireless audio 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.
- Auto Off: If a TV or any device connected to the wireless audio soundbar system is off and there is no audio signal, the
system will turn off after 20 minutes.