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Samsung HW-A550 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer (2021)

MSRP 280 USDNEX score 37%

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Product Overview

HW-A550 is a 2.1-channel soundbar with wireless subwoofer in Samsung's 2021 lineup. It is essentially a power upgrade over the HW-T550 from 2020 from 320W to 410W.
Compared to the HW-A450, which is a more affordable 2.1-channel option, the HW-A550 supports DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Digital 5.1 for surround sound processing, just like its predecessor. It also adds HDMI connectivity.
The HW-A550 can be complemented by Samsung's new SWA-9100S wireless rear speakers to provide a surround sound experience.
Samsung also markets the HW-A650, which further adds a center channel driver.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Very neutral sound profile
  • Lots of sound customization features
  • Supports Dolby Digital and DTS content
  • Good for dialogue-centric content
Cons
  • Poor center channel performance
  • Poor surround performance

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 37% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good for dialogue-centric content
  • Graphic EQ and presets
  • Bass and treble adjustments available
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass
  • Doesn't support Atmos
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Specifications

Variants:
Subwoofer

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x HDMI | [Output] 1x HDMI + 1x Optical
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth

Construction

Colors
Black
Drivers
5 speakers
Form Factor
Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
3.3 inch
SubwooferSize | Depth
11.4 inch
Size | Height
2.2 inch
SubwooferSize | Height
13.9 inch
Size | Width
33.9 inch
SubwooferSize | Width
7.9 inch
Weight
4.6 lbs
SubwooferWeight
11.7 lbs

Function

Audio
Dolby 2.0, DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Channels
2.1 channel

Performance

Power Consumption
25W (bar) + 45W (sub)
Power Output
410 W

Production

Accessory
Wireless Rear Speaker: SWA-9100S, SWA-9000S
Debut
2021

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External Reviews

rtings[1]

Sentiment Score 37%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Samsung HW-A550 is good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Though it lacks a discrete center channel, its balanced mid-range can still reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately. There's a graphic EQ and presets as well as bass and treble adjustments available to help you customize its sound, and it gets pretty loud.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets
  • Bass and treble adjustments available
  • Good for dialogue-centric content
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass
  • Doesn't support Atmos

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung HW-A550 Soundbar Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/reviews/samsung/hw-a550. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-06-13.

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