Samsung HW-N850 Review and Specs

Samsung HW-N850Samsung HW-N850 comes at a high level from the flagship HW-N950 "Cinematic" from the manufacturer, and in fact Samsung HW-N850 specs are the same, but without wireless rear speakers. This means that you still get up front and side speakers in front, a wireless subwoofer, and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. More info in this Samsung HW-N850 review.

Samsung HW-N850 review

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Features

The HW-N850 is a simplified version of the HW-N950. This system has a configuration of 5.1.2; The set includes the main module and subwoofer. Novelties provide high quality sound. Declared support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X technologies. The drivers are individually powered by a built-in amplifier with a total power of 372 watts, and the soundbar and auxiliary module are reported to have a frequency response from 34 Hz to 17 kHz.

Design and build

The Samsung HW-N850 uses an identical case for the top of the N950, so you get the same minimalist design and the same excellent build quality. You also get the same black finish, with metal grilles at the top, front and side, as well as matte metal edges and a rear panel. The size and weight of the N850 are clear when you consider that 13 drivers are built into the chassis. These drivers consist of seven speakers with three front channels, two width channels and two upstream drivers for the front high-rise channels.

Samsung HW-N850

Connectivity

The provided remote control is ergonomically designed and comfortable to hold with all the necessary buttons intelligently laid out, which allows you to control the N850 efficient and intuitive process. If you connect using HDMI ARC, you also have the option of using the TV remote as a controller. In the recessed area below the soundbar, you will find connections that include two HDMI inputs and an HDMI output with ARC (Audio Return Channel). All HDMI connections support 4K / 60p, 4: 4: 4, Rec.2020, High Dynamic Range (HDR10 and Dolby Vision), 3D and HDCP 2.2.

Setup

The soundbar and subsystem should automatically connect, creating a 5.1.2-channel system. Then you need to set the levels for the front, center, side, top and auxiliary channels using the SPL counter. If you don’t have one, there are many free applications with SPL meters.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • I have to point out that build quality is really top notch, and is very heavy for a sound bar
  • It would eliminate all the complication of setting up multi speakers and wiring them all over the place

Cons

  • Heavy front sound

Common features

Product

Samsung HW-N850

Model

HW-N850

Brand

Samsung

Rating

3.8 of 5

Reviews

27

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Amplification type

active

Built-in channels

5.1

Supported channel quantity

5.1.2

Separate speaker (in package)

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

HDMI input/output

2/0

HDMI ARC

1

Optical digital input/output

1

USB

1

Coaxial digital input/output

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

0

Features

Voice control

Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast, Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

7.6 x 121.9 x 12.7/3.2 x 48.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

8.1/18.7
Samsung HW-N850
Samsung HW-N850

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