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Samsung HW R650 Review

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With a dedicated center channel and balanced sound profile, the Samsung HW-R650 is a compelling soundbar for enhancing the volume and bass of TV speakers. However, it doesn’t support Atmos or surround, so it’s a poor option for 3D movies.

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Top experts love the connectivity options and loud output of the Samsung HW-R650, approving it for TV shows, music, and limited movie playback.

Editors at Crutchfield love this device’s loud output, which makes it a good choice for gatherings. Reviewers from RTINGS were delighted with this system’s neutral sound profile that produces pleasant movies and music.

Although it has a dedicated subwoofer, it lacks deep rumbling bass. A graphic equalizer and presets enable customizing the sound profile easily.

Unfortunately, this system downmixes 5.1 surround sound to stereo and lacks Dolby Atmos, so it’s not the best option for 3D movie formats. It has a huge range of Wired connectivity options, but only supports Bluetooth as a wireless streaming option.

It doesn’t support voice assistants but has features a mobile app for customizing settings.

However, if you require a more affordable 2.1 soundbar, be sure to check out our Samsung T450 soundbar review, and if you need a more immersive surround soundstage performance see our Samsung HW-S60A review today.

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Reasons to Buy

  • Dedicated center channel is great for TV dialogue
  • Well-balanced sound profile out of the box
  • Excellent build quality
  • Speaker gets really loud and has a graphic EQ/presets
  • Companion mobile app for adjusting settings

Reasons to Avoid

  • Poor surround performance
  • Lacks Dolby Atmos
  • Doesn't support voice assistants
  • Poor extended low bass


  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • Depth
  • Dialogue Enhancement Feature
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Height
  • Subwoofer
  • Surround Sound Supported
  • Voice Assistant
  • Wall Mountable
  • Weight
    6.3 pounds
  • Width
  • Wireless Subwoofer Connectivity


The Samsung HW-R650 is a mid-range 3.1-channel soundbar that made its debut back in 2020, touting a dedicated center channel for crisp TV dialogue.

Unlike more advanced soundbars that support Dolby Atmos and surround soundstage, the Samsung HW-R650 doesn’t support those formats and down mixes surround sound to stereo, so it’s not the best choice for immersive movie content.

You can check out our list of the top speakers for more immersive devices. It boasts an excellent range of connectivity options that include a shared HDMI ARC+Out, a full HDMI In, as well as Optical, 3.5 mm, USB ports.

However, it only supports Bluetooth as a wireless streaming option. Although it has a dedicated subwoofer, it doesn’t manage the sort of deep bass that is needed for action movies.

However, it achieves a top SPL of 95.2 dB, getting loud enough to entertain big gatherings. Read on to learn more about the Samsung HW-R650 and be sure to check out the finest soundbars on the market today.

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