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This soundbar model from 2016 really impresses us for a lot of reasons. First of all, at just over $200 (though you can find it refurbished for even less), you get a full-featured soundbar without the need to rack up your credit card bill. At 200W, the total system power isn’t as substantial as the step-up models, but we are surprised to see so much power from the system. The frequency response covers the expected spectrum (around 43Hz–20kHz), and there is an included 6.5-inch, 130W subwoofer that will cover the rest of the range.
There’s Samsung’s slightly dated Surround Sound Expansion feature, that attempts to virtually localize the sound spread. It seems that this isn’t quite as powerful as the Sound Beam technology on the nicer Samsung models, but it’s really great to see it as an option. There’s Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream audio from your phone or other devices without the need to cue it up on your standard entertainment center.
The unit is also capable of establishing a wireless connection to your compatible Samsung-branded TV, and you can even use the included OneRemote (or the Android apps) to add further control to the unit. The I/O and connectivity here does leave something to be desired, but overall it’s a solid unit for a great price.
The HW-N450 has some few key feature upgrades from other models that might be important to you, depending on your priorities in a soundbar. There’s 320W of power, with four speakers and their own dedicated amps, plus a core frequency spectrum of 42Hz to 20kHz, and with the included wireless sub, the coverage is carried down to the bottom. In fact, with this unit, Samsung has included their Bass Reflex enclosure, which adds good body to the 6.5-inch driver on the unit.
Like the 360 unit, you’ll get Bluetooth connectivity for streaming audio from your smartphone, plus there’s Sound Expansion virtual surround sound tech here, too. What you do get that you won’t get on the cheaper models is more I/O capabilities. There are the requisite audio and optical inputs, plus HDMI 1.4 ins and outs for solid video pass-through (though without 4K capabilities), and there’s even USB playback here. That added functionality makes it a more powerful, more versatile unit to include in your setup.
Samsung offers many of their soundbars with an included subwoofer, mostly to round out the lack of low-end sound you normally see in these units. But, if you’re buying a soundbar for a small space — like a dorm room or a small bedroom setup — our pick goes to the MS750 here for a few reasons. First of all, the MS6500 curved option, while full-featured, is a bit overkill for a small space. That curved setup widens the sound field a lot, but you just don’t need that in a small area.
The MS750 gives you the room-filling audio you get from Samsung's Sound+ tech, meaning it’s a great choice if you want to bolster a small movie setup. There are 11 speakers as well, two of them firing upward, which means you’ll get a solid virtual surround vibe without the need for a bunch of speakers crowding your space. They’ve included their impressive Distortion Cancelling technology so that you can get a full, detailed bass response without all the ugliness of lesser options. Samsung has included Amazon Alexa capabilities for voice control, wireless connectivity to compatible Samsung TVs, the OneRemote control functionality, Bluetooth for streaming audio from your phone, and even 32-bit audio upscaling from Samsung’s UHQ. If you’re looking for a single, all-in-one soundbar, this could just be it.