Having a sound bar in your living room is a very good idea. If you are up to date with what televisions offer today, surely you already know that most are cut by the same pattern: very good image quality, but sound is its Achilles heel. Therefore, more and more people choose to buy a sound bar to improve this section. Today we are going to talk to you about the Samsung HW-A550 , a model from the South Korean company with 410W of power and Dolby Audio / DTS Virtual: X surround sound.
Design of the Samsung HW-A550
This Samsung model is available in black and preserves the classic lines of this type of peripheral. It is composed of a sound bar + a wireless subwoofer. One of its peculiarities that we really liked about the Samsung HW-A550 / ZF is that you can put it on a surface or hang it on the wall.
Its dimensions are 860 x 85 x 55 mm with a weight of 2.1 kg (bar) and 20.1 x 29 x 35.3 cm and a weight of 5 kg (subwoofer). It is quite forceful, as you can see, although in the right line so that it does not clash in your living room and is elegant.
Their connections appear on the back. We will review them in the following sections.
Sound technologies in the Samsung HW-A550 / ZF
The highlight of this sound bar is that it offers us a three-dimensional surround sound. The objective of this technology is to bring the viewer as much realism as possible in his films and to feel an atmosphere as similar as possible to that of a cinema. Always saving the differences, of course, since the “magic” of cinema is based on many other factors, but rest assured that with this type of technology you will enjoy your movie sessions or series on the couch much more. There’s a big difference between watching a movie with mediocre sound or watching it with one of these accessories. The 5 speakers included in the soundbar achieve this effect.
Another of its advantages is that it includes the Bass Boost mode , which works on the bass to achieve an even greater immersion. The subwoofer plays a prominent role here, as it is responsible for filling our living room with these powerful bass.
In this model, the intelligent sound Lite also stands out , consisting of sensors that the bar brings and that is able to adjust the parameters to obtain a better experience. It is also compatible with Surround Kit , in case 2.1 falls short, you can create a channel system based on your needs. This point is very interesting and not all sound bars on the market support it.
And if you are one of those who can spend hours and hours addicted to a game, this model incorporates a Game Mode that is capable of introducing you to the game thanks to its automatic parameter setting. You will not have to configure anything, the TV will do it as soon as it detects that you are playing.
Supported audio formats and One Remote Control
Three other aspects that we want to highlight about the Samsung HW-A550 / ZF are those that we mention below. On the one hand, the option of direct USB playback , which allows you to click on a USB and start listening to your content stored on it without having to do anything else. The supported audio formats are AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV .
As for One Remote Control, if you are somewhat involved in the world of Samsung televisions, surely you have already heard about this function. And if not, we will explain it to you. One Remote Control offers the user the possibility of controlling all their TV-connected devices with a single remote , including the sound bar. This is really useful and avoids the hassle of having several controls always on the table or getting confused between one and the other.
Soundbar ports and connections
This Samsung HW-A550 has Bluetooth wireless technology . Keep in mind, yes, that it does not have WiFi or NFC, but in normal conditions they are with Bluetooth is more than enough. In addition, it is also very important in this type of device to review the available ports. Take note: 2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Optical digital audio input and 1 Power.
Technical characteristics of the Samsung HW-A550
|Dimensions (bar)||860 x 85 x 55 mm|
|Weight (bar)||2.1 kg|
|Dimensions (subwoofer)||201 x 290 x 353 cm|
|Weight (subwoofer)||5 kg|
|Possibility of hanging it on the wall||Yes|
|Three-dimensional surround sound||Yes|
|Surround Kit Compatible||Yes|
|Direct USB Playback||Yes|
|Supported formats||AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV|
|One Remote Control||Yes|
|Ports||2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Optical digital audio input and 1 Power|
Is a sound bar a good investment? The answer is clear: yes. Although, obviously, it depends a lot on your needs, what you are looking for and also, of course, on your pocket. This model is not one of the most expensive, but we understand that the investment can sting in most pockets and that it is something that is worth thinking about a couple of times. If what you are looking for is a sound system that is easy to install, with very good results, good power and that leaves you satisfied with both movies and games, this model is for you. If, on the contrary, you are looking for a totally premium device, we recommend that you take a look at the LG GX .
Sound bars, even the cheapest ones, offer us a plus over the sound that our television gives us. Don’t lose sight of them!
- Elegant design
- Subwoofer + bar with five speakers
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Surround Kit Compatible
- Supports USB direct playback
- Compatible with One Remote Control
- Game mode
- Surround sound
- Excellent sound quality
- Only available in one color
- Could include more ports