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Samsung HW-A650 Review

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Featuring a dedicated center channel and remarkably neutral sound profile, the Samsung HW-A650 is great for TV shows and music, and casual movie watching. It doesn’t support Dolby Atmos or surround sound, so there are better options for movies.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-A650 is a mid-range 3.1 channel sound bar that was released in 2021, intending to provide excellent virtual surround sound. This system has a dedicated center channel, standing out among the best-rated speakers on the market today.

It gets remarkably loud, featuring a maximum stereo SPL of 93 dB, and boasts an Adaptive Sound Lite feature, which enhances the clarity of voices. With a shared HDMI ARC+ Out port, full HDMI input, Optical port, and USB connector, this device offers a range of connectivity options and can act as a hub for connecting to other devices.

However, wireless streaming options are limited to Bluetooth only. With a neutral sound profile and graphic EQ, this device is great for music.

Movie performance is subpar because it downmixes surround sound to stereo and doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, so the soundstage is not very immersive. Continue reading our Samsung HW-A650 review and check out the most-popular soundbars on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Experts adore the neutral, balanced sound profile and dedicated center channel of the Samsung HW-A650, endorsing it for TV shows, music, and casual movie watching.

Analysts from Choice love its dedicated center channel and dialogue enhancement functions, saying that it produces crisp audio for TV shows.

Reviewers from Tech Hive love its neutral out-of-the-box sound profile, although it doesn’t accurately reproduce extended low bass (despite a dedicated subwoofer).

The speaker has a graphic EQ for simple customization period. This system gets remarkably loud, providing room-filling sound in large spaces. However, it doesn’t support surround sound and lacks Dolby Atmos, so it has a very narrow soundstage that might not impress movie fans.

Editors were also disappointed that it only streams wirelessly via Bluetooth and has high audio latency, and sensitive users might detect a discrepancy between the audio and video feed during dialogue. This model also lacks mobile apps or voice assistants.

If you need a device with lower latency, check out our Samsung HW-B450 review.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Incredibly natural sounding sound profile
  • The discrete center channel offers excellent dialogue
  • Graphic EQ and presets for customizing audio
  • The system gets remarkably loud, filling large rooms easily
  • Bass and treble sliders for customization

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor low bass despite the dedicated subwoofer
  • Doesn’t support Dolby Atmos and downmixes surround sound to stereo, offering a poor soundstage performance
  • Doesn’t support Wi-Fi, Chromecast, or Airplay
  • Lacks smart features like voice assistants and a mobile app

Samsung HW-A650 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARC
HDMI Inputs1
HeightHeight2.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels3.1
SubwooferSubwooferYes
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDTS Virtual:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight33 lbs
WidthWidth38.6"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithRemote Control

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)61.688
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,248
Max Volume Test (db)93
Latency (ms)80
THD @ 80dB0.46

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

The Samsung HW-A650 is a mid-range 3.1 channel sound bar that was released in 2021, intending to provide excellent virtual surround sound. This system has…

The Samsung HW-A650 is a mid-range 3.1 channel sound bar that was released in 2021, intending to provide excellent virtual surround sound. This system has a dedicated center channel, standing out among the best-rated speakers on the market today.

It gets remarkably loud, featuring a maximum stereo SPL of 93 dB, and boasts an Adaptive Sound Lite feature, which enhances the clarity of voices. With a shared HDMI ARC+ Out port, full HDMI input, Optical port, and USB connector, this device offers a range of connectivity options and can act as a hub for connecting to other devices.

However, wireless streaming options are limited to Bluetooth only. With a neutral sound profile and graphic EQ, this device is great for music.

Movie performance is subpar because it downmixes surround sound to stereo and doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, so the soundstage is not very immersive. Continue reading our Samsung HW-A650 review and check out the most-popular soundbars on the market today.

With a discrete center channel, the 3.1 Samsung HW-A650 produces clearer dialogue than the 2.1 channel Samsung HW-A550 soundbar, which doesn’t have a dedicated center…

With a discrete center channel, the 3.1 Samsung HW-A650 produces clearer dialogue than the 2.1 channel Samsung HW-A550 soundbar, which doesn’t have a dedicated center speaker. Apart from that, the two speakers are very similar, featuring a graphic equalizer and presets. Both devices also boast a full HDMI In and shared HDMI ARC+Out ports. You can learn more in our Samsung A550 Soundbar review today.

Featuring a more neutral sound profile out of the box, the Samsung HW-A650 is better for most usage scenarios than the LG SN6Y. It also…

Featuring a more neutral sound profile out of the box, the Samsung HW-A650 is better for most usage scenarios than the LG SN6Y. It also comes with a graphic EQ, unlike the LG device. However, both are 3.1 systems with a similar dedicated center channel.

Equipped with a 5.0.2 configuration, the Sonos Arc produces better surround sound and supports Dolby Atmos, unlike the Samsung HW-A650. It also has built-in voice…

Equipped with a 5.0.2 configuration, the Sonos Arc produces better surround sound and supports Dolby Atmos, unlike the Samsung HW-A650. It also has built-in voice assistants, unlike the Samsung model. However, the Samsung device comes with a graphic equalizer and presets, unlike the Sonos soundbar.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

3.3"

3.4"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

HDMI Inputs

1

Height

2.3"

2.2"

2.2"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1

2.1

3.1

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True Score

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  • Rtings
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    Category Trust Rating

    74
    The Samsung HW-A650 is satisfactory for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a pretty neutral… Read More

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    John Panoryios
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    58.66

    Category Trust Rating

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