Samsung normally headlines the Consumers Electronic Show held annually every January with cutting-edge TV displays. But the Korean giant also announced a plethora of speakers with a handful tackling the multi-room category while their sound bar products exist to add a little bit more audio kick to TVs. The Samsung HW-H570 is priced in the upper-midrange category with similar specs to the HW-H550 model. But the HW-H570 adds a little bit of emphasis to the bass, which is great because there is a growing crowd that appreciate deeper bass levels.
Both inside and out, the sound bar component of the Samsung HW-H570 system is completely identical to the HW-H550 so you get that nice slick black sound bar design with a minimalistic front panel and its very small display. You won’t see a Samsung logo or anything other than the current status of the sound bar until you look at the sound bar from the top. Also found on the top are four subtle buttons including the power button, volume buttons and an “F” button, which has the same role as other Samsung audio products that have this button. You can press it multiple times to cycle through sources or you can hold it for a couple of seconds to mute the sound bar.
The remote control that comes with the HW-H570 is the same as the HW-H550 as well and it might look a bit confusing at first because there are far more buttons present than the remote control that comes with lower-priced Samsung sound bars. Samsung not only added several exclusive buttons that adjust specific settings of the sound bar but it also crammed in some TV controls. Each of these buttons are clearly labeled and the user manual describes each button well but Samsung could have done a better job with the layout. It is also worth noting that these buttons only work with recent Samsung TV models so you could end up working with an unnecessarily complicated remote control for your sound bar if you own a different TV.
Fortunately, setting up the sound bar is pretty simple as there is both an HDMI input and HDMI output along with auxiliary and optical inputs. This allows all modern TVs to connect to the sound bar as well as external components such as media players and gaming consoles. Even flash drives and MP3 players are invited thanks to the USB port also found on the rear of the Samsung HW-H570. You can mount the HW-H570 to the wall too as the required materials to do so are included.
What makes the HW-H570 different from the HW-H550 is the included subwoofer. It is a “Wireless Active Subwoofer” just like subwoofer included in the HW-H550 but it is about 5 pounds heavier and a little bit larger making it pretty obvious that the Samsung HW-H570 is better positioned to handle more demanding bass.
Bluetooth is the main feature of the HW-H570 and being such a universal standard, it makes the sound bar a whole lot more useful allowing mobile devices to effortlessly stream their audio sources to the sound bar. It could be Spotify or any music track being played by any music app so the possibilities are endless. If you prefer the more traditional flash drive, the Samsung HW-H570 can still read an impressive variety of formats including the popular MP3 and AAC formats as well as the lossless ones like FLAC and WAV.
Going back to the Bluetooth, this wireless connectivity is a lot more special if you own a Samsung TV released in 2013 or 2014. Connecting to the TV via HDMI or other physical means is optional as the TV Sound Connect feature will suffice. It uses Bluetooth for establishing the connection and it can truly make the home theater system wireless. It also opens up some useful features like Auto Power Link, which you can turn on so the power state of your TV reflects the sound bar, and vice-versa. You can use sound bar remote as your main TV remote too.
The subwoofer of the HW-H570 is still rated at 160 watts (total power remains at 320 watts) but because the cabinet is larger, the bass is more powerful and tests really show that. On default settings, the sound bar should produce great sound thanks to distortion-reducing Crystal Sound Pro technology. It is a great sound bar for movie lovers because of its support for Dolby Digital Plus and DTS 2.0+ Digital Out. The remote can be used to change the way the subwoofer behaves too so it might take a little trial and error with the S/W level buttons and other functions before you get the best results.
The Samsung HW-H570 costs above $400 depending on the store so it is still significantly cheaper than the high-end HW-H750 model that actually comes with a slightly smaller subwoofer. Therefore, the HW-H570 is the sound bar package to get if you require great bass and have a compatible Samsung TV. Of course, other TVs should work well with this sound bar too but you’ll be paying for features you cannot take advantage of.
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