Sound bars come in all different sizes, designs and even shapes but you pretty much set them up the same way. They are meant to be right in front of your TV stand and that is often enough to get a good sound experience especially if you have a TV with rear-firing speakers. But some of these sound bars introduce a minor issue that involves the sound bar blocking the IR receiver resulting to the TV unable to accept remote control commands. Some sound bars have this workaround that channels the commands from the front to the back so the TV can still get it. Other sound bars take a more unusual route by encouraging people to place the TV right on top of the sound bar. Samsung takes this notion a bit further by giving this type of speaker a specific name – “Sound Stand”. The Samsung HW-H600 is Samsung’s first Sound Stand product and it could be the best in its niche category if you can forgive the price.
Think of a Samsung sound bar measuring about 30 inches wide that gets flattened to the point that the thickness is just less than 2 inches and what you get is the HW-H600. The Sound Stand really looks like it is begging for a TV to be placed on top it and Samsung claims that it can handle up to 60-inch TVs. That should be a pretty accurate estimate if you are dealing with Samsung TVs but for other TVs, you’ll need to make sure the TV doesn’t weigh more than 77 pounds and don’t forget to consider the type of stand the TV uses. Depending on the stand your TV uses, the entire system may or may not look pleasant to the eye but it is safe to say that the speaker is stable providing it is laid flat on a large enough surface. Because the Samsung HW-H600 is designed to be a true space-saver, no external subwoofer is included as it has a 4 built-in woofers.
The HW-H600 obviously doesn’t need to be mounted to the wall so what you get in the package is pretty basic. You get 4 protection pads to prevent the TV stand from scratching the top of the Samsung HW-H600, a remote control, power cord, adapter, USB cable and AUX cable. You can control the sound bar via the volume and power buttons on top or have access to more features found on the remote control. The front panel shows a small display and there’s a remote control sensor that can accept commands from most Samsung TV remote controls. Pressing the “F” button on the top of the sound bar will change the active source and it will reflect on the screen.
The HW-H600 may be thinner than other Samsung sound bars but it didn’t sacrifice any ports. In fact, all 6 ports are laid out horizontally on the same panel making them easier to find. There is both an HDMI out and in jack on the far right while the rest of the neighboring ports include a power supply in, USB port, optical in and AUX in.
Samsung managed to cram in Bluetooth functionality to the Samsung HW-H600 and it is essential for this speaker to have it because if you are going to spend nearly $300 on a strange-looking speaker, you had better make sure you can feed it any type of music from your mobile device. Bluetooth is the answer to that and true to Samsung’s commitment to tightening the integration of their products, the HW-H600 supports TV SoundConnect which lets the Sound Stand wirelessly link up to the TV. With Bluetooth Power On, you can use the remote to turn both the Samsung HW-H600 and its paired TV on or off.
While the model clearly indicates that the HW-H600 is positioned in between the HW-H570 and HW-H750 models, the 20-watt power consumption highlights the weak side of this 4.2-channel speaker. A thin profile means that audio quality has to be sacrificed but average listeners won’t really notice that. What matters most is that the Sound Stand will deliver far better audio quality than the TV’s built-in speakers. Samsung still managed to equip the speaker with Crystal Sound Pro tech to filter out distortion and add multi-directional sound so it sounds a little bit better when the surround sound mode is activated.
The Samsung HW-H600 is a great technological breakthrough that you can consider more of a proof of concept than something that everyone should buy. If you are unable to set up a traditional sound bar due to lack of space, the HW-H600 can be the savior although that $280 you are paying won’t be on the sound quality. In fact, you had better make sure you can use the TV SoundConnect feature with your Samsung TV to really make the most out of this unique speaker.
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