Samsung HW-N850 Soundbar Review & Comments

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    1. Steve Withers

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      Not a totally overwhelming review to my mind with a few negatives so why does it get 9/10?
       
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      Probably because it's situational, the lack of atmos over ARC pretty much kills this and the N950 for me, I wonder if it's just a software issue Samsung can fix, but that alone (for me) really harms this, but if you're going entirely off a a player or your using a streaming box it would be fine.
       
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      Would you recommend this over the Sony HT-ST5000?
       
    5. Steve Withers

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      Obviously this only affects owners of LG TVs that support Dolby Atmos, but I'm sure it can be fixed with a software update. After all there's absolutely no reason why Dolby Atmos shouldn't work over ARC, it did with the SK10Y and HT-ZF9 and the N850/N950 supports both DD+ and Atmos. If any N850/N950 owners out there get either soundbar working with Atmos from an LG TV over ARC, please let me know. Thanks.
       
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      Yes I would, for a start the N850 supports DTS:X as well.
       
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      Steve, the Sony added DTS-X via update over a year ago:

      Sony HT-ST5000 Updates
       
    8. Steve Withers

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      Fair enough, but it didn't when I reviewed it. Anyway, I still prefer the N850.
       
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      Hi Steve, I have the N950 coupled with a C8 and I have no issues getting Atmos over ARC from Netflix. Cannot find any Atmos content on Amazon so not been able to test that.
       
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      That's good news. I actually fed my findings back to Samsung a while ago, so maybe they sorted the problem out. If you want to test Atmos on Amazon, check out Jack Ryan in 4K.
       
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      Thanks for that - I’ll try and find it. It’s always a bit of a mission trying to find the UHD versions on Amazon....
       
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      Samsung is a joke of a company that milk their customers money.

      Their last high-end flagship HW-K950 doesnt support DTS-X and dolby vision passthrough. Full of forums with complains about handshake problems etc. why bought this?
       
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      Because it does support DTS:X and pass Dolby Vision.
       
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      Yes but that technology where there when they realesed k-950 also?
       
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      This isn't a review of the K950, or even a review of the N950, it's a review of the N850, so I'm not sure what your point is. Just for the record I criticised the K950 for its lack of DTS:X support when I reviewed it two years ago, but in the interests of fairness there were absolutely no soundbars passing Dolby Vision back then.
       
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      Fair enough. My bad. Keep up the good work!
       
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      Just to add, the HT-ST5000 has a much higher wattage than both the N850 and N950 (Samsung at 372w vs Sony at 800w).

      The frequency response for the Samsung N850 and N950 is also worse on both the low and high frequency ranges.

      Frequency Response (amp) = 34Hz~17kHz

      Compared to Sony's HT-ST5000

      Frequency Response (amp) = 30Hz~24kHz

      What this means is that the HT-ST5000 can pump out a lot better sound with the range of bass, mids, and treble being a lot better both for lower and higher frequencies than the Samsung N850 and N950.

      If your just looking at having a soundbar up front, comparing the N850 and HT-ST5000 is no comparison. Sony hands down has the better higher quality, higher wattage soundbar.
      Even if you bring in the rears of the N950, but the actual quality of the sound is much better on the Sony.
       
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      I haven't read a single review of the N950 that would seem to support what you're saying. Steve is one of the best reviewers out there; I trust his opinion over yours.

      Personally, I'm waiting to hear how the Sennheiser Ambeo shapes up in the new year, but the N950 looks like a better bet for Atmos if you're buying right now.
       
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      Just read the specifications, wattage and frequency response is worse on the N850/N950 over the Sony. You don’t need a review to tell you that.

      Also to add, HT-ST5000 review even on this site is outdated, as Sony has eArc, DTS:X through firmware updates. Some reviews appear to be ignorant of that fact too.

      I would challenge Steve to re-review the HT-ST5000 given all the firmware update it has received recently. I like his reviews too, but updates to Sony appear to have been overlooked.
       
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      The quality of a sound bar is more than just its specs, though.

      That said, I do agree that Sony appear to have been much better at updating their kit. Samsung are notorious for abandoning their customers and not issuing firmware updates. Just look at how they've left the KW950 owners out in the cold.
       
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      I can't agree more. I invested in their cameras and expensive lenses, and they abandonned them without notifying. I rarely saw a big company to act that way with customers. The fact is they make good products but their design and support have a lot of flaws. And they really don't care about customers.

      I own the HW-N950 as well but i have big problems with this soundbar and their support seem to know nothing about their products. This is the last Samsung product i will buy.
       
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      I had the first Galaxy phone they ever released. They promised to update to the latest Android version that just game out.. it took so long for that update to be updated that the next Android version came out. Samsung said they would make an update available for that newer version, but then nothing happened.

      Quality is one thing, but there are some things that specs really are very clear cut about. In the digital camera world, assuming top companies the specs say the sensor is smaller vs a larger full frame sensor... the larger full frame sensor always wins out. Technologically for a speaker, worse frequency response values mean less detail you make out. Less wattage means less power to the speakers to drive the sound behind it. Plain and simple. Now if there was crackling or something else outside of spec that makes it low quality, so be it, but Sony isn't one known for that.
       
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      Can I ask what problems you are having with the HW-N950? It would be useful to share your experiences, so others can make more informed choices.
       
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      The subwoofer doesn't work when i connect the soundbar with my computer or my TV receiver. It works very well with my Xbox One X and my PS4 though. After some research on the net, it seems the HW-N950's subwoofer doesn't works with LPCM sources.
       
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      Can I ask if you have an ARC HDMI connection do you also connect the 'optical' cable or is this not needed?
       
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      I use the HW-N950 HDMI 1 and 2. The subwoofer is not totally silent but almost inaudible.

      This is really strange because it works great with Wifi music streaming or with my Xbox One X for movies, and gaming.
      For exemple, if I stream (Wifi) music between my computer and my HW-N950, the subwoofer works great, but if I play the same music directly on my computer connected to the HW-N950 HDMI, the subwoofer is almost inaudible.
       
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      There will be a firmware for n850 to add eARC support ? In comparrison with sony st5000 , samsung have some minuses in firmware and hdmi arc compatibility with dolby atmos issues. I want to buy a soundbar , but i can't decide, samsung n850 or sony st5000?
       
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      Don't know if there will be an eArc update but since there's no broadcast lossless Atmos I don't really see this as a problem. I have no trouble getting Atmos over ARC from Netflix on my C8 (lossy DD+)

      I've also not experienced any of the subwoofer issues mentioned. Works perfectly over all inputs.

      Overall very happy with the performance and concur with Steve's original review. I actually downsized from a full size 5.1 set up and this doesn't disappoint.
       
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      Evening All! Just a heads up that this is available from Crampton & Moore for £774 :)
       
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      Heyo!

      Picked up an N850 over the holidays and would like to get it up and running, however I do not wish to mount it to the wall; rather to the wall mount tv bracket.

      I've tried a could of different brackets (basic pair of curved metal or 90 deg arms) the tilt/bend due to the weight of this bar.

      Does anyone have any advice or experience in this area?

      Or success in this endeavour for that matter?

      Thanks in advance!
      -J
       

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