Active Soundbar Speaker: The soundbar is a self-powered,
speaker with dedicated left, right and center channels to provide enveloping virtual surround sound from a single speaker.
Each channel consists of a tweeter and midrange driver for a total of three
tweeters and three midrange drivers - all housed in an acoustic suspension
(sealed) enclosure. The soundbar features a built-in 180 watt amplifier to drive
its speakers (30 watts to each driver).
Wireless Powered Sub: The 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 7" woofer inside a bass-reflex cabinet with a
front-firing port. The woofer is powered by a built-in 160 watt amplifier.
Surround Sound Decoding: The Samsung HW-M550 soundbar system
employs decoders compatible with Dolby Digital (5.1ch) & DTS (2ch), as well as
Samsung's proprietary surround & effect modes.
- Surround Sound Expansions: The Surround Sound Expansion
delivers a more realistic and immersive audio experience by adding depth and
spaciousness to the movie soundtrack.
- Sound Effects: Select from 5 different sound effects
modes (Standard, Music, Movie, Clear Voice, & Sports), depending on the type
of content you want to enjoy. The Clear Voice mode enhances dialog & vocals.
- DRC (Dynamic Range Control): A Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic
range is compressed making it easier to hear at lower volume levels.
Audio Settings: The Samsung HW-M550 soundbar system provides
various audio adjustments to customize your listening experience.
- 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.
- Equalizer: You can independently adjust the system's
Bass & Treble (-6 to +6), or you can go a step further and adjust the
system's 7-band EQ (150, 300, 600, 1.2k, 2.5k, 5.0k, 10.0k Hz) from -6 to
- Subwoofer Level: You can independently adjust the
volume of the wireless powered subwoofer from -12 to +6, using the system's
Mounting Options: The slim, compact Samsung HW-M550's soundbar can be
mounted on the wall with the included wall-mount brackets (wall screws not
supplied) or simply placed on a table-top, while the wireless powered subwoofer
can be positioned anywhere in the room (up to 32.8' away from soundbar) to
achieve maximum audio performance.
Optional Wireless Surround Kit: The optional SWA-8500S Wireless
(305SWA85KS, sold separately) lets you add rear speakers to the HW-M550 soundbar
system without all the wires. Together with the HW-M550, you can create a
4.1 channel system for a true surround sound experience. The SWA-8500S Wireless
Surround Kit consists of a wireless receiver module and two rear speakers. The wireless receiver module
receives a wireless audio signal from the HW-M550 soundbar, so you don't have to
run speaker wire from the soundbar to the rear speakers. The wireless receiver module does have to connect to an AC wall outlet via its power cord and to the rear speakers via two speaker cables.
HDMI Input/Output: The soundbar of the Samsung HW-M550
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 1080p and 3D-video pass-through. The HDMI output also
supports ARC (Audio Return Channel). You should connect your Blu-ray player or
satellite/cable box directly to the HW-M550's HDMI input and then connect the
soundbar system's HDMI output to your flat-panel TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input.
- 1080P Pass-Through: The HDMI jacks support up to 1080p
video pass-through (not 4K).
- Dolby Digital & DTS Compatible: The HDMI input/output
support Dolby Digital (5.1ch) and DTS (2ch).
- 3D Ready: The HW-M550 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.
- 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: With some televisions, the ARC-enabled HDMI input
will pass Dolby Digital/DTS 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.
Digital & Analog Audio Inputs: The Samsung HW-M550 soundbar system
features both digital (optical) and analog (3.5mm) audio inputs.
- Optical Digital Input: The Samsung HW-M550'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 (5.1ch) & DTS (2ch). The optical digital output
of some flat-panel TVs only send a Dolby Digital audio signal when receiving
Dolby Digital 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).
- Aux Input: The Samsung HW-M550 's soundbar also
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-M550, 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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Samsung HW-M550 features built-in
Bluetooth for wireless connection between the soundbar speaker system and your
Bluetooth-enabled mobile device for wireless music streaming, as well as a
wireless connection between the soundbar speaker and select Samsung TVs with
SoundConnect. The HW-M550's Bluetooth function has a wireless range of
- Bluetooth Music Streaming: You can wirelessly
stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device; like
your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop to the Samsung HW-M550 and
enjoy music with high quality stereo sound, all without wires. The HW-M550
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.
You can only pair and connect one mobile device at a time.
- SoundConnect (for Samsung TVs): You can simplify the
installation of the HW-M550 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 on select 2012-up Samsung TVs.
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: 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-M550.
microUSB 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 microUSB port and a microUSB-to-USB adapter (sold
separately). The HW-M550 supports playback of a variety of music files loaded
onto a compatible USB device formatted in FAT16/32. 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. Compatible music files include -
- MP3: 80-320kbps; 16-48kHz
- WMA: 56-128kbps; 16-48kHz
- AAC: 48-320kpbs; 16-96kHz
- WAV: up to 3000 kbps; 16-48kHz
- FLAC: up to 3000 kbps; 16-96kHz
- OGG: 50-500kbps;16-48kHz
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 includes a 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 microUSB): 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 microUSB port using adapter
cable (sold separately) for update.
Remote Control w/ Anynet+: The included IR remote control
provides wireless operation of the Samsung HW-M550 system. 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-M550 wireless audio soundbar system to an Anynet+ Samsung TV using an
TV Remote Control: When the HW-M550 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.
Bluetooth Control: The Samsung HW-M550 soundbar system
offers an Android compatible Bluetooth remote app and incorporates a Bluetooth
Power On feature.
- Bluetooth Remote App (for Android): Download
Samsung's Audio Remote app onto your Android (OS 3.0+) smartphone or
tablet to control the HW-M550 soundbar system wirelessly from your mobile
device over Bluetooth. This convenient app lets you control all the
Soundbar's basic functions such as power, volume, and the media controls,
plus lets you control customizable functions such as the surround modes &
- 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 Power On/Off: The Samsung HW-M550 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
HW-M550 soundbar system is off and there is no audio signal, the soundbar
system will turn off after 5 minutes.