High-end sound bars are a tough sell especially if you are expecting above average sound quality. If you do enough research, you could possibly stumble across a sound system for your TV that sounds much better than any sound bar today while being priced a bit less. However, sound bars are primarily marketed towards people that want the space-saving benefits that are associated with sound bars. Of course, those that really need to save some space can go for a sound bar priced in the $200 to $400 range. Anything north of $500 can be considered excessive to the average consumer even though the sound quality is noticeably better. Samsung faces the challenge with their Samsung HW-F750 sound bar and it hopes to tempt customers into considering it by adding extra connectivity features and some innovative sound improving technologies.
Sound bars priced more than the average will also look more attractive if they have premium look and feel. Fortunately, the HW-F750 has that with its clean slim look and nice curves on the corners. The idea of covering the front panel with speaker grille isn’t exactly original but Samsung saw it fit to extend that speaker grille to the top of the sound bar giving it its own unique appeal. Unlike the lower-end models, the Samsung HW-F750 features an info display both on the front and top of the panel so you can stand the sound bar in 2 different ways. But what really gives the HW-F750 that distinctive look is the small window on the top center that flaunts the internal vacuum tubes. It might not be a huge deal once you finally take the sound bar home and set it up but Samsung does want to point out that the Samsung HW-F750 is the first sound bar with vacuum tubes and this approach does its job in showing just that to potential buyers. Just below the window features 4 buttons that are easy to press and represent the basic sound bar controls.
The back of the sound bar features an adequate set of ports for its price. You get an HDMI input and HDMI output along with the standard optical and audio inputs. A USB port is featured other side and it supports decoding for WAV, MP3 and WMA files as well as FLAC, AAC and OGG.
You can mount the HW-F750 in such a way that the vacuum tube window and buttons face the front. A bracket-wall mount and pair of screws and holder-screws are included so you shouldn’t need anything else to mount the sound bar on the wall. An AUX cable and even a USB cable is included as well.
There is nothing so special about the subwoofer comes with the Samsung HW-F750 but it does match the sound bar and it is wireless so you aren’t restricted when it comes to placement. It also comes with a toroidal ferrite core for the subwoofer power cable.
Other than those internal vacuum tubes which improve audio performance, the HW-F750 features its own audio calibration system called Auto Sound Calibration. Through the use of the included microphone, you can have the sound bar automatically optimize the speaker settings based on your preferred listening spot. The rest of the features are the same as the HW-F550 including the SoundShare feature which you can only use with compatible Samsung TVs. If you are able to take advantage of this feature, you won’t have to use a separate cable to connect the sound bar to the TV. It simply works wirelessly without any noticeable loss in performance. Bluetooth functionality is featured as well so today’s mobile devices can stream music to the Samsung HW-F750 wirelessly as well. This is a handy feature if your TV doesn’t feature any wireless features and it eliminates the need to buy a Bluetooth speaker for your living room. No matter how the Samsung TV is connected to the sound bar, you can also take advantage of the Smart Volume feature which allows volume adjustments through the Samsung TV remote. Exclusive for the Samsung’s 2013 TV models, powering on the Samsung TV automatically powers on the sound bar too.
Most of the internals featured in the lower priced Samsung HW-F550 are the same as the HW-F750 (160-watt sound bar and 150-watt subwoofer) making those internal vacuum tubes the main focus. When it comes to the audio quality, those vacuum tubes give minor contributions to the audio quality. But the good news is that the audio quality is much better when you use the Auto Sound Calibration presets. Mids and highs sound great and the subwoofer does an adequate job in handling bass. Audio quality can be improved even further with the 3D Sound Plus technology which takes the depth of 3D visuals into account when synchronizing the sound.
The Samsung HW-F750 can be found online for around $650 and that could be a bit disappointing for audiophiles that really want amazing sound quality in a small package. But when you take the other features and auto calibration into consideration, the HW-F750 makes more sense and can actually be worth considering over other competing sound bars especially if you have a Samsung TV. Plus, if you find the black design to be too generic for your tastes, you can also consider the Samsung HW-F751 which has the same features but both the sound bar and subwoofer have a nice silver finish.
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