Typically, we don’t say a lot of good things about curved TVs until they have reached a size around 75-inches or larger. All because without size, there isn’t much for effect (benefit). Most of us here agree that curved is best for IMAX-size atmospheres. However, it doesn’t mean they don’t sell none-the-less. They don’t clear the shelves nearly as fast as the normal flat alternatives, but someone somewhere, prefers to have one in their living room.
Ok, but what about sound? If you have a multi-speaker solution installed, then you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you are limited on space or prefer a small footprint, you may have found that the typical soundbar doesn’t exactly blend in as well. It may look ok if everything is mounted on the wall, but most curved setups we have ever seen in a home has been on its stand.
Samsung offers the solution to that, with a curved soundbar that matches the curve of their TVs. They actually began selling them as of last year, now offering a new version of those models for 2015. They range from 6.1 to 9.1 and have been getting some surprising reviews from users. Not every soundbar can pull off the audible feeling of being surrounded by speakers, without having a few rear speakers that add into the mix (generally plugging into a wireless subwoofer). These however come solely with a sub and nothing else.
It also has the capability of linking to other wireless Samsung speakers throughout the house to share and play music simultaneously using Samsung’s Multiroom app, available for select iOS and Android devices. All speakers have to support the Multiroom capability.
Until we sit down with one ourselves, we can’t give you our opinion of it directly, but at least it’s good to know that the option exists. The soundbar packages will run you anywhere from $450 to $1299 depending on the model and current sale price. The price is a bit high, so hopefully the consumer feedback is solid, as the soundbars will have to sound just as good as they look in order to justify the price.
Here is a list of models for more information:
- Samsung HW-J6500 Curved 6.1 Channel (300 Watts)
- Samsung HW-J7500 Curved 8.1 Channel (320 Watts)
- Samsung HW-J8500 Curved 9.1 Channel (350 Watts)
In order to make sure you get the right one for your curved TV, you will want to measure the width of your screen from left to right (horizontal), which would also be listed in the TV’s specs online or in its manual. Always keep in mind that the advertised size of your screen is determined by its vertical width and not horizontal. Your horizontal will always been shorter than what the TV is sold as (ie, 50″, 60″, etc).
- Stream music wirelessly to multiple speakers with Multiroom link.
- Curved Soundbar designed to fit compatible Samsung Curved UHD TVs.
- 6.1 to 9.1 channel sound system with 300-350 watts of total power (depending on model).
- Side-firing speakers for a surround-sound-like experience.
- Wirelessly connect to your compatible Samsung TV with Sound Connect.
- Bluetooth connectivity for one-touch power on and audio streaming.
- Wireless subwoofer for vibrant bass.
- Surround Sound Expansion adds depth and power to movies and shows.
- Dolby Digital 5.1 audio for a cinematic home theater experience.
- HDMI input and output for optimal digital sound and video; as well as optical, USB Ethernet, and AUX.
- AV decoding for MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, and AIFF formats.
What’s in the Box:
- Samsung Wireless Multiroom Curved Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer
- Remote control with battery
- Wall-mount kit with screw
- User manual
I needa tv jesus yes.