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Samsung HW R650 Review

True Score

64
62
3

Experts

68
30

Consumers

Expert Rankings

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.

Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

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.

Consensus

our Verdict

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.

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

Reason to Avoid

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

Samsung HW R650 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.4"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels3.1
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight6.3 lbs
WidthWidth41.7"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,184
Max Volume Test (db)95.2
Latency (ms)75
THD @ 80dB0.59

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Product Comparison

Samsung HW R650 Review

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Market Context

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…

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.

The Samsung HW-R650 and the Samsung HW-R550 are almost identical, with both systems featuring a 3.1-channel configuration. However, while the Samsung HW-R650 has a dedicated…

The Samsung HW-R650 and the Samsung HW-R550 are almost identical, with both systems featuring a 3.1-channel configuration. However, while the Samsung HW-R650 has a dedicated center channel, the Samsung HW-R550 doesn’t. Be sure to check out our Samsung HW-R550 review to learn more.

Unlike the Samsung HW-R650, the Samsung HW-T650 supports Dolby Digital Plus, and it has a wider stereo soundstage. That said, the Samsung HW-R650 has a…

Unlike the Samsung HW-R650, the Samsung HW-T650 supports Dolby Digital Plus, and it has a wider stereo soundstage. That said, the Samsung HW-R650 has a more natural sound profile and has a dedicated companion app, unlike the Samsung HW-T650.

Featuring a graphic equalizer, the Samsung HW-R650 is easier to tweak than the Sony HT-G700, which lacks such a feature. It also has a USB…

Featuring a graphic equalizer, the Samsung HW-R650 is easier to tweak than the Sony HT-G700, which lacks such a feature. It also has a USB port. That said, the Sony system supports Dolby Atmos and eARC content, unlike the Samsung HW-R650.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Depth

3.4"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

Height

2.3"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1

Subwoofer

Included

Dig Deeper

Score Card

E

Expert Score

62

*.75

We place a 75% weighted value on Expert Test Scores

C

Customer Score

68

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

64

Any product with a True Score above 70 is a Mixed Reviews

Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    73
    Decent for mixed usage. The Samsung HW-R650 soundbar will perform quite well with different types… Read More

    By:

    Dimitris Katsaounis
  • Consumer Reports
    40.86

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Choice
    38.9

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Unknown

Customer Scores

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