In addition to ushering in its 2016 SUHD TV class this week, Samsung staged a sendoff for some of its most innovative soundbars to date.

The highlight was the $1,499 Dolby Atmos-equipped HW-K950 that comes with included wireless back/height-channel speakers and wireless subwoofer to deliver a 5.1.4-channel object-based surround experience.

The Dolby Atmos system implements height-channel speakers, among other things, to simulate the sound of objects in the picture moving around, through and above the listener.

The HW-K950 (pictured at top) was an HD Guru Best of CES 2016 award winner in the best soundbar category.

Samsung also introduced a scaled-down version in the $999 HW-K850, which delivers a 3.1.2 surround setup with included wireless sub. Wireless rear channel speakers can be added as an option. Both soundbars are slated to hit retail shelves this summer, Samsung said.

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Both soundbars have a straight-across design for the front-channel bar section and are equipped with the company’s wireless multiroom-audio technology to listen to music on various connected compatible devices throughout a home.

Samsung has elected to support only the Dolby Atmos object-based surround system in the new soundbars out of the box, the company said. The possibility of any future plans for firmware updates to support other object-based surround formats, like DTS:X, were not announced.

Both soundbars are equipped with HDMI 2.0a inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection to pass through 4K HDR video to a connected 4K UHD TV. Both also feature HDCP 2.2 4K copy protection.

The HW-K950 measures 2.1-inches-tall and includes a wireless subwoofer and a pair of 2.4Ghz wireless surround speakers with integrated front-firing drivers and top-firing height drivers. The bar incorporates front-firing left, center and right channels, plus two top-firing speakers for height channels. The left, center and right channels each have 2, 2.5-inch woofers and one 31mm wide-range tweeter. The wide range tweeters were designed to push the cross-over frequencies down lower to minimize globing. The height channels are 2.5-inch full-range transducers. Each transducer in the bar is powered by a 20-watt amplifier. All of the drivers in the bar are driven by a total of 200 watts.

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The wireless subwoofer is powered by a 160-watt amplifier and the rear surrounds use 2.5-inch transducers (one forward-facing and one height) driven with 35-watt amplification.

The HW-K850 bar incorporates a similar left-, center- and right-channel driver configuration, including height transducers, and an included wireless subwoofer. A pair of wireless surround speakers can be added on as an option.

The new Dolby Atmos wireless soundbars are part of Samsung’s 12-model soundbar assortment for 2016, including both straight and curved design configurations.

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By Greg Tarr


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