Samsung HW-D550 Speaker Bar
|Samsung HW-D550 Speaker Bar|
|Closer Look at the HW-D550|
|Features and Specifications|
|Test Setup and Testing|
|Final Thoughts on the HW-D550|
Over the past few years, we've reviewed quite a few Samsung products, but the last time we reviewed any speakers from them was back in 2005. Back then we took at look at a couple of Home Theater in-a-Box solutions and today we are taking a look at something a little bit different. While some people may think that the HW-D550 is a Home Theater speaker set, Samsung doesn't go quite that far. Instead, they call this a "wall-mountable speaker system that is a perfect compliment to your flat panel TV". This is exactly true. While the HW-D550 provides a good number of features, it is my no means meant to replace a home theater setup.
Samsung has a lot to offer in the way on entertainment experience and the HW-D550 fits nicely in their product lineup. This product is pretty affordable and offers great connectivity options and a better overall experience when it comes to watching TV and movies as well as playing games. It won't revolutionize your home - or take the place of going to the movies to get fully immersed in sound, but they claim it provides a convenient solution for your home.
With all that said, you may expect something less than adequate for the ~$350 asking price, but you'll have to find out how this product works as we continue our review.
The HW-D550 is billed as a "compact speaker solution", but it comes in a box that is about as long as a TV; but only about 33% as tall. I was very curious as to why, then when I opened it up, I realized they needed a long box to hold and protect the sound bar style speaker and some size to fit in the sub-woofer. The box is about 60% empty, but it's hard to ship a long product and a bulky product in a small box.
Samsung has included pretty much everything you need to get up and running and listening quickly. They've included a HDMI-to-mini HDMI cable, as well as analog audio cables, a mounting bracket, remote and some instructions. Setup should be fairly simple and the bracket is useful if you want to go ahead and wall mount the main speaker. What I really love is the fact that there won't be any cables running to the sub-woofer.
The remote is very Samsung. What I mean by this is that it has a familiar shape, look and features that we've come to expect from Samsung products. The remote features enough buttons to operate basic TV functions as well as your HW-D550 speakers and this is a nice plus for sure.
As you can see above, the remote has extra buttons specifically for speaker controls. It has dedicated sub-woofer volume controls as well as A/V Sync (more on that in a bit) and well as support - of course - for Samsung's Anynet HDMI. Thankfully, there is a dimmer on the speaker display. Also on the remote are controls to enable auto-power on/off, input selection, 3D Sound, Sound Modes and more. It's a very easy to use remote and makes the system easy to setup and use in almost any situation.
On the next page, we'll continue with our tour around the product before we jump into specifications and then on to testing.