Samsung HW-N950 Review and Specs

Samsung HW-N950How to visit a movie theater without leaving your home? To do this, you need a large-screen TV and an audio system that can transmit all shades of sound described in this Samsung HW-N950 review with all the Samsung HW-N950 specs.

Samsung HW-N950 review

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Features

The total system power is 512 watts. The new HW-N950 soundbar is even more impressive than its predecessor, with an even higher price tag. Featuring new wired front-end drivers for a wider soundstage, Dolby Atmos and DTS: X 3D Surround support, and impressive audio clarity, Samsung's latest audio system paves the way for new surround sound standards.

Design and build

It is not easy to fit 17 speakers into the HW-N950 sound system, and this is clearly seen from its packaging. This is a massive parallelepiped of white-beige color weighing more than 27 kg. Inside, all components are packed in foam, including the soundbar itself, a handsome subwoofer and miniature satellite speakers. All cases are trimmed with shiny black plastic combined with long stripes of wire mesh. To install the soundbar requires a sufficiently wide pedestal, but you can also mount it on the wall.

Samsung HW-N950

Connectivity

As with all new Samsung soundbars (and the vast majority of soundbars in general), the easiest and best way to connect the N950 is via the HDMI-ARC port on the soundbar and on the TV. In fact, this is the only way to get Dolby Atmos from your TV, because otherwise you will not be able to transmit sound without loss. The ARC channel will also allow the soundbar to transfer 4K HDR content (including HDR10, HDR10 and Dolby Vision) to the TV at up to 60 frames per second from any source connected to the panel. In addition, in this case, CEC commands will be available to control power and volume from most television remotes.

Setup

Wireless speakers and a subwoofer are automatically connected to the soundbar, but you just need to follow the order specified in the manual (first the subwoofer, then the satellites, then the soundbar). Therefore, for balancing, you must configure each channel manually. For best results, Samsung recommends, if possible, placing the surround and soundbar at the same distance from your listening position.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Setup was easy and I didn’t run into issues syncing the rear surround speakers to the soundbar
  • Dialogue/speech are crystal clear

Cons

  • I wish some type of demo mode or sound setup was included to highlight the features

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Common features

Product

Samsung HW-N950

Model

HW-N950

Brand

Samsung

Reviews

89

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4

Amplification type

active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0

Headphone output

0

Subwoofer output

0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.8/19.4
Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-N950

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