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Samsung A550 Soundbar Review

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With generous audio profile customization tools and a huge variety of ports, the Samsung HW-A550 soundbar provides versatility and pleasant music performance. However, movie enthusiasts will be concerned that it doesn’t support surround sound and Dolby Atmos.

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Top product testers were pleased with the graphic EQ equalizer and the natural-sounding profile of the Samsung HW-A550 soundbar, recommending it for music and TV shows and saying that it is just adequate for movies.

Reviewers from Product Review adore its natural sound profile, making it ideal for music and podcasts. Editors at RTINGS are delighted with its seven-band graphic equalizer and presets, which simplify customizing this soundbar.

Reviewers were also pleased that it has Bluetooth tech, although it lacks wireless streaming technologies like Chromecast. However, this system has mediocre audio latency, and sensitive users may notice some delay between the audio and video feeds during TV dialogue.

Although it has a dedicated subwoofer, this device is able to reproduce that extended low bass that most movie enthusiasts love. It also downmixes surround sound to stereo and doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, so it doesn’t provide a wide movie soundstage.

Reviewers were disappointed that it doesn’t have a mobile app and doesn’t support any voice assistants.

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Reasons to Buy

  • Pleasant out-of-the-box sound profile
  • Built-in graphic equalizer and presets
  • Gets remarkably loud
  • Dialogue enhancement feature is great for TV shows
  • Has a huge selection of where the connectivity options

Reasons to Avoid

  • Doesn't support surround sound or Dolby Atmos, providing a narrow movie soundstage
  • Dedicated subwoofer produces sub-par bass
  • Doesn't have a mobile app and doesn't support voice assistance
  • Lacks Wi-Fi, Chromecast, or Apple airplay


  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • Depth
  • Dialogue Enhancement Feature
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Height
  • Subwoofer
  • Surround Sound Supported
  • Wall Mountable
  • Weight
    21 pounds
  • Width
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Wireless Subwoofer Connectivity
  • Works With


The Samsung HW-A550 is an entry-level 2.1 soundbar that made its debut in 2021, touting Dolby 5.1 and DTS virtual X for televisions. This soundbar joins our list of the highest-rated speakers on the market today.

It boasts incredible customization options, including bass and treble adjusters. Music lovers will be pleased with its natural-sounding sound profile, and settings can easily be adjusted through the integrated graphic equalizer and presets.

However, this system doesn’t support surround audio or Dolby Atmos, so it has a very narrow 3D soundstage, which is not ideal for movies. Although it comes with a dedicated subwoofer, it lacks a deep rumbling bass.

With a combined HDMI, ARC+Out port, and a full HDMI port, 3.5m connector, and USB port, this system provides quite a number of connectivity options, although its wireless streaming options are limited to Bluetooth only.

Read on to learn more about the Samsung HW-A550 below and see how it compares with the finest soundbars on the market today.

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  • Rtings

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    The Samsung HW-A550 is decent for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, it has a pretty neutral sound… read more
  • Which?

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    The Samsung HW-A550 soundbar is an affordable model that doesn’t support Dolby Atmos. Does this… read more
  • Consumer Reports

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