Being one in every of Samsung’s prime fashions, the HW-J650 is a really glossy four.1 soundbar with a wi-fi subwoofer, whereas additionally supplying you with the chance to increase the system utilizing wi-fi audio system for the encompass channels.
Sound High quality – 80%
Options – 80%
Ease of Use – 80%
Construct High quality – 90%
With a contemporary design, an honest subwoofer and a really engaging worth, the Samsung HW-J650 is a wonderful selection.
Just one HDMI enter
The HW-J650 is similar to the 651 aside from the 650 being black and the 651 having a silver end. With dimensions of 41.73″ x 2.0″ x 2.82″ the HW-J650 looks nice with TVs of 40 inches or larger, and as it’s only two inches high it also offers minimal obstruction of the TV if placed on a bench. The slim design looks nice with a clean look, no visible buttons when you’re seated in the couch, and sides in aluminum.
Hidden on the front behind the grille is a LED display to show you things like selected input and volume level. The display only lights up when you give the soundbar commands to let you know what’s going on, but remains turned off the rest of the time. This is actually a nice feature as a bright display can be distracting when you watch movies in a dark room.
The subwoofer that comes with the soundbar is wi-fi and in the identical shade because the soundbar. It is outfitted with a 7-inch driver and has a bass reflex port on the aspect. This makes it attainable to put it near a wall for instance, with none vital impression on bass efficiency, though a rise in quantity is predicted when the subwoofer is positioned in shut proximity to a big boundary. If so, the quantity degree can simply be adjusted utilizing the distant.
In response to Samsung the HW-J650 is a four.1 channel encompass system, which technically signifies that they’ve omitted the middle channel, however in follow this gained’t pose any vital issues because the soundbar does a reasonably good job with the centered audio (like dialogue for instance) – it sounds very clear and targeted whereas the general sound picture stays giant and spacious.
Now, you will not get a correct four.1 channel audio out of a soundbar with sound truly coming from the rear, however we’re nonetheless very happy with the general efficiency. For apparent causes the subwoofer will not play extraordinarily deep bass, however the cohesion between the soundbar and the subwoofer is fairly good because of a comparatively low crossover frequency, making placement simpler because it principally performs non-directional bass, which in the long run leads to a extra fulfilling film and music expertise.
Being Wi-fi Multiroom Suitable, the HW-J650 can be utilized as part of an prolonged multiroom system with different suitable Samsung units. However earlier than we delve into that, we take a better take a look at the inputs and outputs in addition to a few of the foremost options of the soundbar.
The in and outputs are positioned in recesses on the again and could be a bit tough to succeed in relying on the way you place the soundbar and what forms of cables you are utilizing. There’s just one HDMI enter and one output (ARC), so you possibly can solely join one HDMI supply system, in our case a Blu-ray participant, and it might have been good with a minimum of another HDMI enter for a gaming console or a set-top field for instance. In case you have multiple HDMI gadget the choice is to attach these to the TV and use that because the audio supply utilizing the Audio Return Channel or the optical digital enter.
Aside from the HDMI enter and the already talked about optical digital enter you will additionally discover a community port, a USB port for enjoying audio information from a USB drive, and an analog auxiliary enter (three.5mm) for analog music gamers, for instance.
Bluetooth can also be obtainable, offering a fast and straightforward solution to take heed to audio utilizing your telephone or different Bluetooth units, and when you occur to personal a more moderen Samsung TV (TV Sound Join suitable, 2013 or newer) you may also ship audio out of your TV to the soundbar by way of Bluetooth. This function reduces the necessity for an additional cable, however the draw back is that it solely works with audio, not video,
You are Surrounded!
Thus far the Samsung HW-J650 appears to be a run-of-the-mill soundbar, each when it comes to appears and options, however in comparison with most of its rivals it truly has a pleasant little perk; the power so as to add an additional pair of wi-fi audio system for the rear channels to get a bit nearer to a real 5.1 expertise.
To do that, all you want is Samsungs Multiroom App (Android, iOS). Within the app you merely choose the HW-J650 and designate two separate audio system for the rear channels. We used Samsung’s Radiant360 R1 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Audio system for this, however any Wi-fi Multiroom Speaker from Samsung can be utilized. Clear directions and voice prompts from the audio system ensures that the set up and setup is completed shortly and simply.
In an ideal world you’d place the rear audio system at an equal distance from the listening place for optimum efficiency, however for lower than good conditions the Multiroom App provides you the power to regulate the quantity of every speaker to compensate for any distinction in distance. In our pretty giant and considerably irregularly formed listening room we needed to improve the quantity barely to realize a balanced degree between the soundbar and the rear audio system.
Though the HW-J650 soundbar and subwoofer handles digital encompass sound fairly nicely and does a great job at offering an honest encompass sound expertise, including the additional rear audio system makes a big distinction. Spatiality and placement of sound results is in fact improved, including to the general environment of any given film scene, whereas nonetheless dealing with the pin-point results pretty precisely – voices are firmly centered whereas results like flying bullets, explosions, rain and thunder supplies a really dynamic and pleasurable film expertise.
The HW-J650 is finally fairly spectacular within the encompass sound division, particularly contemplating the modest worth, however it could possibly’t actually attain the efficiency degree of a totally fledged 5.1 encompass sound system, however that’s nevertheless not anticipated.
Let The Music Play
The Multiroom App not solely provides you a chance so as to add additional rear audio system and arrange a multiroom system, it additionally provides you the power to stream music out of your native community.
Nearly all of the most typical and common music providers can be found, however this could range relying in your area. You may as well play information from a USB drive or your native community, and the HW-J650 can deal with nearly any file format there’s, together with excessive decision.
The Multiroom App has a pleasant design, is intuitive to make use of, and works rather well. Choosing and enjoying music labored kind of flawlessly with none lag or hiccups.
The HW-J650 performs music with a pretty big soundstage, have loads of readability and element, though it will possibly sound a bit small-ish in comparison with a correct two channel music system, however then once more we used it in a comparatively giant room, and a smaller room might present a unique end result. Nonetheless, the soundbar and subwoofer mixture works rather well with music, giving voices a transparent and good fullness and in addition managed to maintain devices separate and avoiding muddying the soundstage. Finally, it offered us with a pleasant ‘reside’ feeling, though at a smaller scale. It isn’t typically we come throughout such a musical soundbar at a worth of lower than $500 – spectacular.
With a contemporary design, an honest subwoofer and a really engaging worth, the Samsung HW-J650 is a wonderful selection for anybody trying to enhance upon the puny sound from their TV audio system.
Add to this a properly designed app that’s straightforward to make use of, and the choice to increase the system with further audio system, and it seems like a good higher discount.
The one actual weak spot, though a minor one, is the subwoofer. Do not get us flawed, it does a very good job, however it might do with a bit extra velocity, agility and class. However that is simply us nitpicking…
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• Wi-fi Multiroom Suitable
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• Samsung Audio Distant App
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• 320 Watts: 160W Sub, 160W Soundbar
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DIMENSIONS (INCHES WxHxD):
• SOUNDBAR: 41.73 x 2.00 x 2.82
• SUB WOOFER: 17.80 x 13.19 x 6.06
• SHIPPING: 43.90 x 18.94 x eight.11
• SOUNDBAR: 5.29
• SUB WOOFER: 14.99
• SHIPPING: 25.35
POWER CONSUMPTION (WATTS):
• SOUNDBAR STANDBY: zero.45
• SUBWOOFER STANDBY: zero.45
• SOUNDBAR OPERATING: 43
• SUBWOOFER OPERATING: 28
• MP3: YES
• WMA: YES
• AAC: YES
• OGG: YES
• FLAC: YES
• WAV: YES
• ALAC: YES
• AIFF: YES
• 7” PORTED BASS REFLEX SUBWOOFER: YES
• four DSP SOUND MODES: YES
• REMOTE CONTROLLER: YES
• OPTICAL CABLE: YES
• USB CABLE: YES
• WALLMOUNT KIT: YES
• SCREW: YES
• BATTERY: YES