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3.1 | 37 Reviews

HW-N950 Samsung Harman/Kardon Soundbar with Dolby Atmos

Samsung HWN950

Available in 2 Color(s)

Features

  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Object-based sound from 17 speakers
  • 7.1.4 Channels / 4 upward and 2 side firing speakers

Quick Specs

  • Type: Soundbars
  • Width: 48.27"
  • Height: 3.27"
  • Depth: 5.35"
  • Energy Star Rated: Yes

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Immersive Theater Sound

Feel like you are in the theater without leaving home. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies, plus 17 speakers - including upward and side-firing speakers - move sound naturally around and above you. Integrates seamlessly with Samsung televisions.

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Sound Crafted by Audio Masters

By combining Samsung's innovative mastery in home entertainment solutions with 60 years of Harman Kardon's audio technical expertise, the two brands continue to push boundaries to bring state-of-the-art sound to the home entertainment experience.

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A Different Dimension in Home Theater

True 7.1.4 channel sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies produce dimensional sound that moves naturally in space, putting you in the center of the action. *

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Sound from Around and Above

Sound surrounds you from 17 speakers, including four that fire upward and two that fire from the side.

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Rear Wireless Speaker Kit Included

The HW-N950 includes 2 wireless rear speakers, which include upward firing drivers, to deliver the ultimate home cinema surround sound.

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Sweet Spot Anywhere You Sit

Hear consistently great sound anywhere in the room with the soundbar's wide range tweeter.

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Made for Each Other

Don't get stuck with anything less than the perfect fit. The HW-N950 integrates seamlessly with most Samsung TVs. Enjoy Plug-and-Play connectivity via wired or wireless connections, control both TV and soundbar with a single remote and fine-tune your sound right from the TV menu.

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Works with Alexa

Enjoy your Soundbar hands-free using Alexa voice control * . Ask Alexa to play something by simply saying the title or a few lines of the song's lyrics. No matter what kind of music you're in the mood for, Alexa will find it.

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SmartThings Control

Connect your soundbar to the SmartThings Hub * and use the SmartThings app on your smartphone ** as a remote to control for your soundbar and all of the smart devices in your home.

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A truly seamless 4K experience

With 4K Pass-through, a simple HDMI® connection delivers the best in audio and picture quality. Connect any 4K video source like a game console, through the Samsung Harman Kardon soundbar to your TV for rich sound and 4K picture quality.

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Bluetooth Music Streaming

Your soundbar also acts as a powerful Bluetooth speaker. Easily play music from virtually any streaming service by connecting your smart device to the soundbar via Bluetooth.

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Your Music Comes Alive

Upscale any of your music files up to 32bit UHQ audio for richer, more dynamic sound.

Immersive Theater Sound Feel like you are in the theater without leaving home. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies, plus 17 speakers - including upward and side-firing speakers - move sound naturally around and above you. Integrates seamlessly with Samsung televisions.

Sound Crafted by Audio Masters By combining Samsung's innovative mastery in home entertainment solutions with 60 years of Harman Kardon's audio technical expertise, the two brands continue to push boundaries to bring state-of-the-art sound to the home entertainment experience.

A Different Dimension in Home Theater True 7.1.4 channel sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies produce dimensional sound that moves naturally in space, putting you in the center of the action. *

Sound from Around and Above Sound surrounds you from 17 speakers, including four that fire upward and two that fire from the side.

Rear Wireless Speaker Kit Included The HW-N950 includes 2 wireless rear speakers, which include upward firing drivers, to deliver the ultimate home cinema surround sound.

Sweet Spot Anywhere You Sit Hear consistently great sound anywhere in the room with the soundbar's wide range tweeter.

Made for Each Other Don't get stuck with anything less than the perfect fit. The HW-N950 integrates seamlessly with most Samsung TVs. Enjoy Plug-and-Play connectivity via wired or wireless connections, control both TV and soundbar with a single remote and fine-tune your sound right from the TV menu.

Works with Alexa Enjoy your Soundbar hands-free using Alexa voice control * . Ask Alexa to play something by simply saying the title or a few lines of the song's lyrics. No matter what kind of music you're in the mood for, Alexa will find it.

SmartThings Control Connect your soundbar to the SmartThings Hub * and use the SmartThings app on your smartphone ** as a remote to control for your soundbar and all of the smart devices in your home.

A truly seamless 4K experience With 4K Pass-through, a simple HDMI® connection delivers the best in audio and picture quality. Connect any 4K video source like a game console, through the Samsung Harman Kardon soundbar to your TV for rich sound and 4K picture quality.

Bluetooth Music Streaming Your soundbar also acts as a powerful Bluetooth speaker. Easily play music from virtually any streaming service by connecting your smart device to the soundbar via Bluetooth.

Your Music Comes Alive Upscale any of your music files up to 32bit UHQ audio for richer, more dynamic sound.

Features

  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Object-based sound from 17 speakers
  • 7.1.4 Channels / 4 upward and 2 side firing speakers
General
Color Black
Number of Channels 7.1.4 Ch
Total Power (W) 512W
Frequency Response (amp) 34Hz~17kHz
Packing Type One Packing
Model Code HW-N950/ZA
Special Features
Smart Things App Yes
Features
Smart Sound Mode Yes
Wide Range Tweeter Yes
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) Yes
Wireless Rear Speakers Yes
Audio Processing
Dolby Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital Dolby 5.1ch / Dolby DD+
DTS-HD Yes
DTS Digital Surround DTS 5.1ch
Audio Features
Number of Sound Modes (DSP) 3
UHQ 32bit Audio Yes
Video Features
3D Video Pass Yes
4K (60Hz) Video Pass Yes
HDR Yes
Speakers
Number of Speakers 17
Subwoofer Type Wireless
Speaker Sealed Enclosure
Tweeter Wide Range Tweeter
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Rear Satellite Speakers Yes
AV Decoding Format
WAV Yes
MP3 Yes
OGG Yes
FLAC Yes
AAC Yes
ALAC Yes
AIFF Yes
Connectivity
One Control Yes
Alexa 3PDA Yes
Optical Inputs 1
USB Host Only for update
Bluetooth Version 4.0
Auto Power Link Yes
Bluetooth ® Power On Yes
Battery
Battery Yes
Power Consumption
Stand-by Power Consumption (Main) 4.5(Wi-fi/BT off 0.3w)
Stand-by Power Consumption (Subwoofer) 0.5w
Operating Power Consumption (Main) 35W
Operating Power Consumption (Subwoofer) 28W
Free Voltage Yes
Dimensions & Weight
Product Dimensions (W x H x D) 48.27" x 3.27" x 5.35"
Product Weight (lb.) 19.4 lbs
Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D) 50.87" x 10.31" x 23.86"
Shipping Weight (lb.) 60.63 lbs
Spk (Rear for 7.1 Ch) Net Weight 8.8 lbs (Left: 4.4 lbs; Right 4.4 lbs)
Spk (sub woofer) Net Dimension (W x H x D) 8.01" x 15.75" x 16.36"
Spk (sub woofer) Net Weight 21.16 lbs
Accessory
Remote Control Yes
Wall Mount Kit Yes
HDMI Cable Yes
Key Features
Dolby Atmos Yes

Quick Specs


  • Appearance

  • Type: Soundbars

  • Dimensions

  • Width: 48.27"
  • Height: 3.27"
  • Depth: 5.35"

  • Features

  • Energy Star Rated: Yes

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3.1 out of 5

51% of reviewers recommend this product.

5 Stars

Amazing system

RAM73 7/19/2019

I've owned the N950 for one month and all the complaints and issues I've read from less-than-satisfied customers seem to be user error bc I've experienced nothing but pleasure with this system. Shows and movies encoded with Atmos or DTS:X sound incredible. Nothing will beat speakers in the ceiling but this is the next best thing. There have been several times I've been fooled or incredibly impressed with helicopters seemingly overhead or jumped at the crack of thunder from a storm. I have DirecTV and Xbox One X passing through the soundbar via Ultra High Speed HDMI (2.1) and then another new UHS HDMI running from tv to the soundbar, and although switching sources can at times be clunky, overall I'm not complaining. Small price to pay for amazing apartment theater sound. And my wireless connection to rear speakers or sub rarely turns off. I've told friends, I'm more impressed with this soundbar than my new LG C9 65" OLED, and I love that TV! In the end, and so long as you hook up connections right, you will love these speakers.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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1 Stars

Terrible performance

Bryan1234 6/30/2019

Purchase this expecting it to be better than my three-year-old Sony HTNT5 I was wrong I have returned it and will stick with my Sony in my opinion this sound bar is garbage.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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2 Stars

Great Sound, when and if it works!

kampoboy2 6/25/2019

Bought this Soundbar thinking I was getting top notch sound since the price was so high. Joke was on me since the amazing sound only lasted a month and a half. After a month of being installed the subwoofer has been loosing connection consistently on every use. It has gotten so bad that now the sub spends more time without any sound. Tried all posible troubleshooting solutions with agents, nothing fixes it. They even made me reset my TV loosing all my calibration settings to no avail, that was fun. Not even new HDMI cables fixed the issue. STAY AWAY from this product. I wish I could've returned it for something that actually works. Now my shiny new Soundbar is waiting to get service, let's see how many hoops I'll need to jump through to get it looked at. Even my cheap Soundbar on the other room is able to maintain connection with its sub although it does not have the great sound this one has, when it works.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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1 Stars

Stupid

quaan 6/7/2019

After the firmware update that got installed automatically. The rear speakers stop working. Light is blue on both. To make them work I had to unplug the power of the sound bar for a few seconds and plug it back and they were working fine for a few days, and then unplug again coz they stopped. How stupid are these speakers!
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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3 Stars

ARC keeps going out and have to reset.

Pnoty96 5/7/2019

ARC has stopped working three times in a month. I am hoping is a glitch however from reading the reviews this seems to be a common problem.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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3 Stars

decent

movado 4/30/2019

bought this 2 weeks ago, the sound is ok but alot of the functions they say it can does in the ad and specs im not seeing it does
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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2 Stars

Awesome when it works...

climbcrazy 4/27/2019

I've been using the HW-N950 for about 2 months now and have very mixed feelings. When the sound bar works, it is incredible! Playing a Dolby Atmos track at high volume truly immerses you in the movie or show and shakes the room (in a good way). Additionally playing Youtube over ARC makes background music at parties easy and great. Like I said, when the soundbar works as designed I have no complaints. However, since I've had it there has been an on going issue that makes it tough to recommend right now. When I am playing a Non-Dolby Atmos track occasionally the sound will just drop out (with the video still being passed through). I've had this issue with both an Apple TV 4K and a PS4. Changing the source on the sound bar will fix the issue but having to stop a show or movie 1-3 times during a 1 hour play back with a $1500 sound bar is unacceptable. All I am getting from Customer Service is a hard reset, which didn't fix it. If this inconsistent sound issue is fixed it would be a 5 star sound bar but until a firmware update fixes the likely software issue its hard to justify the price.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

Awesome sound very easy to set up

Republicans1 4/18/2019

Recently purchased this i was waiting to get this sound system for a while now, a little early Christmas gift for myself
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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2 Stars

Poor Bass, Can't get ATMOS from QLED TV

SteveR19 4/18/2019

I bought this Samsung HW-N950 paired it with the Samsung QLED TV thinking that I would get to enjoy Dolby Atmos since both product are Samsung w/Dolby ATMOS. Well that's not the case. The only way I could get ATMOS from TV to Soundbar was to load a USB Drive with a DolbyATMOS.mp4 video. All the APPS, like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon can't/don't support ATMOS. This is a real disappointment since I don't want to use an external video source connected to soundbar. I bought a smart TV and Soundbar with ATMOS so those would be a clean setup without a bunch or wires and disparate electronic products. Also, I agree with other comments that the bass is not as deep as expected, even with BASS and Subwoofer set to maximum.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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1 Stars

Auto powers down and rear speakers are problematic

akkas 4/12/2019

I received this sound bar with new TV Q80R. I connected this sound bar through Hdmi ARC, it works ok however after 5 minutes of in activity sound bar powers itself down. This is very annoying. I am thinking returning this product back. I need to power on using sound bar's remote. Year 2019 and these people don't know how to make things right. Btw I tried using optical cable, BT and wifi. Same issue. Unfortunately there is no way of disabling this auto power down feature according to docs and internet search.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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4 Stars

Good Sound Bar!

MikeyTN 4/10/2019

The only poor part is the bluetooth connection as it would blank out for a second and come right back on. I resolved that issue by hooking up with HDMI and the sound is incredible. So far no complaints regarding the system.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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3 Stars

Great Soundbar, not so great rear spearkers!

Ranti 3/31/2019

I bought this soundbar to go along with my QLED Q7. It is a mixed bag. When I first set it up, I had nothing to test out Dolby Atmos. When watching cable TV, the soundbar itself sounds good, but the subwoofer and rear speakers are almost inaudible. I literally had to put my ear to the rear speakers to hear anything (even when turned up to the max). I didn't even think that the Subwoofer was working. After a ton of research, I placed the subwoofer in the appropriate spot and finally got some bass. I watched some Netflix on 5.1 (Netflix Atmos DOES NOT WORK on Samsung TV), and things sounded better (the rear speakers are still static, but better). After days of research, I went out and got an XBOX and I stream Netflix via my XBOX and I finally have Atmos.The Soundbar and sub sound really good when using Atmos but the rear speakers are very underwhelming. Please note that I had previously bough the Bose 700 and that sounded better than this system (of course my Bose would not work well with my Samsung TV - so I returned the Bose because I love the TV). I don't understand why Samsung doesn't fix the rear speaker volume problem. The problem is well documented. Please let us increase the volume of the rear speakers, even when using Atmos, the rear speakers are just OK. When watching anything other than Atmos, the rear speakers are inaudible. If they would just fix that issue, this sound system would be great. It was also really difficult to get Atmos Content. You have to do a ton of research before you figure out ways to obtain that content (literally hours of research).
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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2 Stars

Great product but!!

Cisco47 3/31/2019

Sadly I only owned the products for 3 weeks and I love everything about it but sadly the product after 2 weeks after receiving it it became unresponsive and would not work! I tried everything and then called the support and they had me send the product in for inspection and I'm sad because I didn't have it for even a month and it started to act up. Sadly the return shipping gat delayed due to bad weather but I'm sad because I paid so much for this product and I'm not satisfied with my service with how much I paid!
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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1 Stars

Does not work as advertised

jeffaudio 3/3/2019

When the system works, it sounds good. Unfortunately, it almost never works. The wireless speakers will often disconnect. Sometimes the video doesn't work. The front display is too small. It doesn't have a way to directly set the source via IR (meaning Harmony integration is poor). It's difficult to determine what audio mode is being used. There are only two HDMI inputs and they are hard to get to. It is difficult to wall mount. Frankly, this is one of the worst purchases I've ever made. I got it for the 7.1.4 configuration, dolby atmos, and great sound. But the hours I've spent getting the sound bar to work are simply not worth the hassle. At this point I could have run wires to separates, patched and painted the drywall, and had a better sounding, more reliable system. I do not recommend buying this system.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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2 Stars

HMDI issues prevent this from being great

TruthFromChicago 2/26/2019

TLDR short version: If you don't own a Samsung TV, this sound bar will probably cause you headaches. Extremely powerful was the experience I got when it worked. I was able to get the device to function while using a non-Samsung TV, however, I had to disable full color UHD to make this work. This means no HDR. Dolby Atmos sounds great on this. The rear speakers are very powerful and the sound bar is incredible. It's big at about 48 inches, so make sure you have space. my 65 inch tv's legs were barely wide enough to support this. If you have a low profile tv, this may block the bottom part as it is about 8 centimeters(3.1 inches) tall. The HDMI plugs are in this little cubby-hole and are a bit cumbersome to plug in. Some bugs I encountered: 1. When using HMDI ARC to pass television antenna sound from the tv to the soundbar, there was a hiccup in sound every 2 seconds. It was intermittent but didn't go away. 2. When using HDMI video pass through, the video did not work at all the first couple times I tried. It was finally identified that when using the full color UHD setting on the tv's inputs, that causes the HDMI signal to completely fail. My ratings below explained: 1. Features: this sounds bar has more features then at other sound bar on the market. It's the leader of the pack and deserves 5 stars. 2. Performance: Due to the sound bar not working, the performance was tested with video settings turned down. This allowed the sound to pass through. HDMI pass through and ARC should be easy things to get right today. 3. The sound bar looks a sound bar, and the wireless design(one cable) makes it excel in this area. 4. For the price you are paying at $1600 - this sound bar should work flawlessly in all setups. It didn't do that for me, so it's not worth the money. Pros Section: The choices selected here are a bit strange, but I'm choosing the best fits. Cons: The only con is that this device did not meet my expectations.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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1 Stars

Sounds great but too many cutouts

nguyening 2/18/2019

The system sounds amazing and exceeded expectations on that front. However, despite hours troubleshooting on my own and with tech support, I was not able to resolve an issue where the audio/video cuts out. This was intermittent and seemingly random, but would occur on average every 10 minutes or so. Not only was it annoying, but you'd miss key audio/video during these cutouts for seconds at a time. It occurred with streaming apps through my TV, a separate Roku device, and a Bluray players, connected to the TV or directly to the sound bar. I ended up returning the device.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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2 Stars

Bad rear speakers, wont advise

Jelmer 2/16/2019

Happy with the soundbar, not with the rear speakers , went for repair because of low sound rear speakers. returned to me with the same problem, almost no sound from rear speakers, while the motherboard been replaced. I believe its the soundbar itself that have not got the future to use all speakers to listen music..
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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1 Stars

Great soundbar horrible subwoofer and rear speaker

Joeskee 2/12/2019

If you really listen to the rear speakers and subwoofer you'll hear a weird static like noise coming from them. I bought the n950 from best buy and returned it 7 times with each set having the same problem. Finally I sent it in to Samsung and its currently being worked on. Will update once I get them back. Other than that problem I will say that overall it has great sound but if you put your ear to the rear speakers for a few minutes you'll hear the sound and eventually you'll hear it no matter where you are in the room.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

Excellent Surround Sound, top of the line Soundbar

tomsdiner39 2/2/2019

I was skeptical about going from a AV receiver to a sound bar, hearing them in the store just isn't what you will hear at home. That being said, this was the best decision I have made to buy this bar, it is even better than my AV system. the sound is outstanding and the perfect surround sound for my room, Very happy and I highly recommend.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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3 Stars

nice sound

GTSIMPSON 1/10/2019

bought sounds nice.. smarthings will not connect so can not upgrade firmware use with my home apps...so sad.. been on forum others with same prob and they havent had prob resolve either... knowing this would have not bought..
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No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

Awesome Soundbar

Atmos Fan 1/6/2019

I was initially worried about a few negative reviews and "issues" but decided to give the N950 a shot. For a soundbar, it's OUTSTANDING! Once you have the settings on your TV (Arc, proper surround and Dolby) it performs beyond expectations. Issues that you may read about are likely related to improper tv/cable settings or HDMI cables. Perfect for our 15x20 room. A few more adjustments to each channel would be nice but using Dolby Atmos demos allows you to tweak through trial and error.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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2 Stars

Lots of glitches and issues - Don't buy!!

Betesami 12/31/2018

The sound bar sounds good when it works. But too often it doesn't. Here are the issues that I experience often: 1. It changes the source from HDMI 1 or 2 to TV ARC on its own while watching a content. This cause the loss of both audio and video. 2. The rear speakers and the subwoofer disconnect too often. The blue lights stay solid blue indicating that they are connected, but they won't work. It takes a full power down and restart to get them to work for a day before they do it again. 3. While playing a regular song from iPhone or Spotify or YouTube, the rear speakers won't generate ANY sound. I have videos of all of this which I will upload to YouTube shortly as evidence. I would not recommend anyone buying this system until Samsung fixes them. Many others are reporting the same issues.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

You no longer need a receiver with wires all over!

Pawly 12/29/2018

When I moved into my new apartment, it was important to keep things clean and simple. So, I decided to sell my old audio gear and renovate to a wireless home theater. I originally bought a former soundbar device with wireless speakers, but it didn't do Dolby Atmos or DTS, just plain Dolby Digital. I was quite happy for awhile, but when Apple TV released the new Apple TV 4K with Dolby Atmos, I knew I had to get a new updated soundbar. So, after a lot of researching, I decided on the New Samsung harman/kardon N-950 soundbar. I owned harman/kardan receiver in the past, so I knew this soundbar would have a great solid sound to it. It took me awhile to get a good clean connection, because I didn't realize it was important to enable the HDMI-CEC on my Samsung Smart TV, in order to get the proper "handshake" connection. I found that enabling the "Smart" setting on the soundbar, really brings the center speaker and the sound effects to life than on "Surround" or "Standard". Although, "Surround" brings the surrounds louder on regular TV broadcasts. Listening to Dolby Atmos and Blu-Ray discs with a DTS master shows how powerful the N-950 can be. You feel like you're watching a movie with a regular receiver connected, and not a soundbar. I found that listening to Dolby Atmos on Amazon Prime can sound just as amazing as a regular Blu-ray with DTS-X. That's what makes the Samsung N-950 shine!
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

Top Notch Soundbar

LaMontia402 12/27/2018

I purchased this soundbar a few weeks ago to test this bad boy out! When the delivery driver dropped it off, I was stunned by the size of the box. This should bar is huge and weighs a good 20lbs. The setup is super easy and controls from a digital panel on the front of the soundbar. After getting a chance to listen to TV versus Movies versus Music, I was extremely pleased by the quality of sound from this setup. This surround sound setup is versatile and can be fit anything from a Theatre room to a regular family room. The price tag is big, the soundbar is huge, but this won't be a purchase you'll regret. Check a few things, make sure you have enough space and if you are planning on mounting this to your wall, make sure its something that supports more than 15lbs.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

It's almost like being in the movie!

jjh082571 12/26/2018

Wow, I was pleasantly surprised on the quality and power of this soundbar! I am a total movie nut and I must say, this was a great upgrade from what I had before for my 75" Samsung TV and I thought I had something pretty awesome before! Obviously the Dolby Atmos is a large part of the difference I noticed and it was crazy good! It seemed like sound was coming from all around and above me at times and was just a wonderful experience for the whole family. Streaming music from my phone was a snap, what a great feature! The quality of the soundbar is top notch and very well made and strong, it should last a very long time. It looks fantastic as well. I am having a hard time finding something i do not like about these speakers but as for now I give it an A+. If you are loooking for a good quality Soundbar at an affordable price that wont break the bank this is your unit.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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4 Stars

Great Soundbar with ATMOS

Ikancu2 12/22/2018

I've had this for a couple weeks now and this is a great soundbar with ATMOS support. Unfortunately, limited number of inputs, and lack of "upscaling" when ATMOS input is detected cause it to fall short of an excellent recommendation. Positives: - Extremely easy to set up. Unpack, plug in, and you're good to go. - Wireless rear (surround) and subwoofer - Smart things integration - Works with Alexa (via another alexa device and some setup) - ATMOS sounds great - "Surround" and "Smart" mode when available makes music and any audio input "full" sounding. - Side firing speakers is cool Negatives: - Lack of ATMOS content - XBox One issues: -- not triggering "auto on" (is working with Apple TV) -- cannot set to upscale audio to "surround" or "smart mode" - Something was "loose" inside the subwoofer (but it still works) - Should have more HDMI inputs (only has 2) - Expensive Unpacking and setting this up was straight forward. I liked the lack of wires (as compared to the previous setup with wires to each of the 5 speakers and subwoofer). After installing the Dolby App on my XBox One and following the directions on how to setup ATMOS with the Xbox, I watched some of the demos available in the app and the sound (and placement of sound) was absolutely amazing. When using "surround" or "smart" mode, the sound is amazing. Unfortunately, when the XBox outputs in ATMOS, the soundbar did not allow me to change the modes, this causes non ATMOS audio to sound less than "full". I was able to connect it to Alexa and play music (Amazon) on it, however, a couple weeks into it, this feature stopped working. I could still control the soundbar (turn it on / off / switch inputs), but could not use Alexa to play Amazon music (radio stations still worked). After taking to Samsung support, I reset the soundbar and redid the setup, which fixed the issue. Connecting to it via bluetooth worked well and the sound was awesome. It is hard to justify purchasing this expensive product as there is not a whole lot of ATMOS content available and certain connected features can just randomly stop working. However, when everything works, the sound produced by this setup is amazing.
Originally posted on Samsung.com

Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

Samsung out does the competition again

EricaP 12/21/2018

First of all when we first got it, it was all stuffed in boxes. So at first I had my doubts. With its array of speakers, the Samsung HW-N950 stands a good chance of delivering on that. There are 18 speakers in total across the multi-box package, comprising a soundbar (with six drivers and three tweeters along the front, a side-firing speaker at each end, and two upfiring speakers); a wireless subwoofer (20cm bass unit); and two rear wireless modules (each with an upward-firing and front-facing speaker). So enay could go wrong with that many su s m tweeters. For a multi-box system, the Samsung HW-N950 is remarkably straightforward to set-up. That's thanks to the seamless automatic connection between the bar, subwoofer and rear modules. Power them on and everything pairs up in seconds. And your house or apartment will rumble on anything you watch. It's a great system. Voices are solid. In fact, everything about the Samsung's presentation is. And even when the soundbar is pushed to its higher volume potential.HW-N950 soundbar combines excellent Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support with a genuine 7.1.4-channel performance, thanks to a wireless subwoofer and rear speakers. Solid build quality and a decent set of features help justify the price tag, with only a lack of room equalisation and the number of HDMI ports worth criticising. Samsung has also embraced voice control using Amazon Alexa (note, it's not Bixby, as found on Samsung phones). All you need to do is setup the N950 via the Skills in the Alexa app, enable Samsung Wireless Audio, then select devices in Smart Home and discover the N950. This will enable the 3PDA skills and you can start controlling your N950 by simply using your voice. Voice control is still developing, but it does work as long as Alexa understands the nature of your command. We haven't had any trouble with Alexa connecting or using voice it's a great feature. Probably one we will see more of. HW-N950 houses all of its physical connections in a recessed section on the underside of the soundbar. Theres two HDMI ports (four would of been nice!). There's also an optical digital audio input, along with a USB port for service updates, and a connector for the two-pin power cable. If you love music like my family does ( still waiting on the n700 hint hint) then these will blow you away, TV or movies are something else with Samsung's HW-N950 and the QLED . So in conclusion I whould recommend this to anyone out there who is looking for the best.
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5 Stars

this is awesome sound bar ! very clean sound

mkms 12/21/2018

zero white noise and extreme sound quality ! especially dolby atmos and upscaling must be great feature
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2 Stars

Many bugs!

BrandonPaul 11/24/2018

I bought this yesterday. Had it up and running great, except after upgrading the firmware to 1003, the screen goes black and the the movie completely stops no matter what app or source I use. This will happen 10 - 15 times during a movie. Tried several different movies, and several different devices and I get the same results. 1003 Firmware broke my soundbar completely. I will be bringing this back to today and purchasing a competing system.
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5 Stars

Awesome Soundbar

TyDolla 11/15/2018

I love most everything about this soundbar. I've always had nice 5.1 or better systems with receivers. I recently moved to a new house and purchased a 4k TV. My receiver was missing many newer features that I now wanted (4k pass-through, Atmos). I was debating purchasing a new receiver and Atmos capable speakers, but didn't want to spend the money on gear that would take up more space in the living room and require wiring. I'd never been much of a fan of soundbars, but read reviews on the HW-N950 and was hooked. Pros--- Setup was super simple---plug the soundbar, sub, and surrounds into power, then connect the soundbar to TV ARC via HDMI. You can also connect two HDMI cables to it and pass through to TV, which I tested and had no issues with. Design is beautiful. It's heavy (in a good way) and is a perfect look for me. I love that when Atmos is detected, it scrolls across the little display on the front-right. Sound is incredible. Anything in Atmos is beautiful. I've literally closed my eyes and listened to sections of movies multiple times because I could not believe how great it sounded. Music sound really good as well...instruments are much clearer than with my old system. Acoustic, EDM, and country music all rock through the soundbar. Bass is strong and most always well balanced. Video pass through had no issues. HDR in general comes through as does Dolby Vision. Once I tested these features I switched to only using the soundbar connected to ARC on my TV, so I can't say I've used pass through extensively. Price---this one will be debated, but this is a good price for what you get. To replace my receiver with an Atmos 4k pass through equivalent and buy Atmos capable speakers would cost twice as much. I have no cables running around the living room (wife happy), great performance, and saved money overall. General use is simple and I love it. I turn my TV on, soundbar comes on, and vice versa. I've connected my phone via Bluetooth and haven't had any issues. Some people may want more than 2 HDMI ports, but using with ARC means there is no real need...it would also add to cable management issues (more on that below). Cons--- Cable management is a bit tough if you are going to use the two HDMI-in ports on the soundbar. There is not much space, causing less-flexible HDMI cables to put pressure on the HDMI ports. In-wall rated HDMI cables, for instance, are rigid and have to bend awkwardly out of the back of the soundbar. I'm not sure why they don't have the HDMI ports sticking straight out of the back...that would help. It would also be helpful if the power and input cables weren't on opposite sides of the soundbar, but that may be to reduce the chance that power would interfere with or degrade input/output signal. Price---not really a con for me, as I think the value of this product is so high, but it is still the cost of a decent laptop or mini vacation. Calibration---for this price, I really wish a calibration/configuration tool was provided. The last few receivers I've bought have come with microphones and apps that auto-calibrate sound based on your room and seating position. This thing sounds amazing out of the box without any changes, but I'd appreciate an automatic way of optimizing. Other thoughts--- I've read complaints about the Samsung app that people are using to connect to or manage the soundbar from their phones. I looked up the app from my iPhone and it had bad reviews, so I didn't download it and don't plan to. I'm not sure why you'd want or need an app for this, as it's so simple to setup and use without. Maybe if it offered auto-calibrate or other cool features, but AFAIK it does not. It is unfortunate that people base some of their review on Samsung's app and not on the soundbar itself. I have not connected it to WiFi, as I do not want it to auto-update firmware. If I see an update that contains features I want, I'll give it a shot, but no need right now. If you want a clean, minimalist look, crazy-good Atmos, 4k pass-through, and overall great sound.... this soundbar is for you. Buy it!
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1 Stars

Samsung HW-N950 no subwoofer with LPCM or 2.0 chan

hwn950 11/14/2018

I bought this before 7 days and now I am going to return it. The WH-N950 works without problems only with Dolby Atmos sources. All other sources are not correctly upmixed and the rear columns and sub-woofer are now working.
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3 Stars

Great soundbar BUT has issues with Dolby Vision

FlyGuy1250 10/17/2018

In general this is a very high quality soundbar with top-of-the-line construction. It's actually quite heavy, and feels nice and rugged. Good looks too. The sound is crisp and clear and voices are not muddled or muted. We have HDMI drop-out issues with our AppleTV 4k using Dolby Vision. After about 30 minutes to 1 hour, the audio will totally drop out and/or the video will go all pixelated. Thinking this was a problem with the HDMI cables, we purchased the highest quality 18 Gbps cables from Monoprice and that didn't solve the problem. Just replaced the AppleTV with a brand new one and it's still happening. TV is a 2018 LG OLED C8 65". Seems like there is a firmware glitch with the soundbar that needs addressing ASAP. If you're planning on using Dolby Vision beware. Hopefully Samsung will address this soon!!
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3 Stars

Great sounding bar, but with lots of glitches

George K 10/14/2018

Excellent sounding soundbar with outstanding clarity on dialogue & low-volume sounds even in quiet scenes. Incredibly wide soundstage (I assume the side-firing speakers may have to do with this) that make you feel enveloped in sound. And for the best cinematic effect, play Atmos-encoded movies from iTunes (I feel that the Atoms Netflix shows leave a lot to be desired, although Lost in Space is easily one of their best - unclear if they are still working on their Atmos game) or Atmos / DTS:X trailers you can easily download from the web. Set up was a breeze, although all cords (for the bar itself, sub & surrounds) are too short & bulky (you can't thread them through speaker stands). Now it looks like I am having the same issue as other reviewers have noted, with the sound dropping out of the blue when watching content from my Apple TV 4K (This inputs to the N950 via a high speed 48Gb Belking HDMI, and the bar is connected with the supplied Samsung HDMI cable to a 2016 65" 4K HDR Samsung). Haven't had issues with sub & surrounds getting unpaired (also seems to be a common complaint), but frequently the bar seems to have a mind on its own, and keeps switching back to the ARC source, even though a Netflix show is playing on the Apple 4K TV (on the HDMI bar input). Hope these glitches can be resolved soon, so I won't have to return mine.
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4 Stars

My only gripe...

tommyloan 10/9/2018

Overall a great system, my only gripe is the lack of listening mode options, there are only 3. I purchased the HW-N950 because there are two additional rear speakers, unlike most other soundbar systems. Problem is, there is no "stereo" listening mode to get the full range of sound to fire from the rear speakers. For example, when watching the news, I want the vocals to also come from the rear. Not going to happen with this system!!! Such a simple feature wouldn't take much more work from their software engineers. Thinking of returning it and getting a traditional AV receiver that doesn't short-change me on the listening modes.
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2 Stars

Tricky set up

Ale3to 9/24/2018

Tricky and complicated to master. Difficult to setup properly and to calibrate
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5 Stars

The best soundbar out there!!!

Samsung guy 9/15/2018

I purchased the long awaited HW-N950 sound bar as soon as it was available and I have to say I am very happy with it. It is definitely addicting and I look forward to come home to watch movies/series for an immersive sound experience. Samsung has definitely step it up with Harman/Kardon now part of the family. Dialogue/speech are crystal clear even during scene with lots of dynamic such as explosions and/or loud background music. Movies like Jurassic World definitely make you feel like you're in a theater with the up firing channels and rear speakers as well as the sub-woofer shaking the couch. Even TV series on HBO gave me goose bumps and jump from unsuspecting ghost/demonic voices that came out of nowhere. The sounds are so realistic that my dogs keep barking each time a door bell ring in a movie/TV scene. They have never done that before with my previous sound bar. Last but not least, the sound bar is able to get loud even on low settings especially at night. I had to turn the volume down below 10 while watching Jurassic World to test it out. Overall, it is the best Atmos/DTS:X sound bar out there that you'll find. There is no competitor. I definitely recommend if you want to get a real home theater experience if you're looking for a simplistic look without the hassles of running speaker wires all over your house. It is definitely an elegant system that is powerful enough to rattle your windows but so clear that you're able to hear whispers in quiet scene.
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5 Stars

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soundbarfanatic 8/23/2018

I am a huge fan of Harman and Kardon. It is amazing to know that Samsung and H&K made a partnership together to release an amazing soundbar. Hooray! It will never disappoint. Expertise (H&K) plus innovation (Samsung). This is a bomb!
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