If you want to give your ordinary HDTV a home theater makeover and you have about $600 to spare, a pretty obvious decision would be to get those HTiB (home theater in a box) packages and not worry about things like compatibility and setup complexities. Shooting for a sound bar instead puts you in a riskier territory even if you prefer a minimal setup because you know that you’ll be spending money on something that doesn’t deliver the full goods in the audio quality department. But Samsung believes people will buy its Samsung HW-H750 product because it is a powerful sound bar with some features that you won’t find in most sound bars. Now all that’s left is to see how well it performs and if these features are really that important.
Samsung wants to remind you that you paid for a premium product once you start setting up the HW-H750. It is quite massive measuring 37 inches wide and 1.8 inches thick while weighing close to 8 pounds. The premium metal design is a great touch but the main visual of the sound bar is impossible to miss. The top of the sound bar features a small transparent pane that shows off the added Vacuum Tube components. It doesn’t look as attractive as the way Samsung’s audio docks show off these vacuum tubes but it does give the Samsung HW-H750 its own unique identity. Plus, the volume controls, power button and function button can be conveniently accessed just below this pane. Like other Samsung audio products with that “F” button, you can either press it to change the input source or have it act as a mute button by holding it for 3 seconds.
The rear panel doesn’t offer anything special. Having HDMI in and out jacks and USB, optical in, ASC in and AUX in ports are nice but for an $800 sound bar, it would have been great if more HDMI ports were added. Only the ASC input jack is something that you won’t find in less expensive sound bars and that is only reserved for the ASC microphone that comes with the package. You can mount the HW-H750 the same way you would do it with any other sound bar and you shouldn’t need anything else other than the included mounting materials.
The remote control of the Samsung HW-H750 looks as if Samsung threw in a dedicated sound bar remote and a basic Samsung TV remote in a blender. It looks a little bit confusing since you have two sets of volume controls to deal with along with other functions that you probably won’t use often like audio sync. But if you have a Samsung TV, this second remote control can make for a great backup remote to use.
The main role of the HW-H750 is to provide much better audio quality to your TV, movie and gaming experience. But thanks to built-in Bluetooth, the Samsung HW-H750 can serve as a very powerful home Bluetooth speaker that is ready to receive audio streams from any Bluetooth-enabled device. Think tablets, smartphone sand laptops that have big music collections or apps that can conveniently stream online. But the TV SoundConnect functionality has to be the best part although it only works for most 2013 and 2014 Samsung TV models along with a few select 2012 models. These Samsung TVs have this same functionality. It relies on Bluetooth for these components to wirelessly pair, dramatically reducing the time necessary to set up the speaker and you save a cable too. With this pairing, you can actually treat the HW-H750 and TV as one with the TV Sound On feature where turning the TV on or off will turn the sound bar on or off too.
Another nifty feature that is exclusive to the Samsung HW-H750 and higher-end models is Multi-Link support. This allows the sound bar to serve as an extension to Samsung’s new Shape Multi-Room speakers.
As expected from the huge price increase, those embedded vacuum tubes really do wonders in the sound quality department. You get a more lifelike experience when listening to music all while keeping the total power at a solid 310 watts. The speaker won’t exactly blow your mind but considering the fact that this is a sound bar, the HW-H750 is quite powerful. It can also handle a few more technologies including 3D Sound Plus that takes the depth of the 3D image and sync it with the sound and HD Sound, which makes sure every instrument can be heard. You can get even more out of the sound bar if you run the Auto Sound Calibration. This puts this sound bar closer to the home theater receiver category as the sound bar uses this microphone to calibrate the speaker depending on the room size.
Good vacuum tubes are not cheap so you’ll have to forgive Samsung for making the Samsung HW-H750 hit the $800 mark. That money can get you a fairly powerful AV receiver and possibly a pair of speakers. But nothing beats the ease of setting up a simple sound bar and wireless subwoofer especially if it sounds this good. But for succeeding models, Samsung should try to throw in more features.
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