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Samsung HW T650 Review

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The Samsung HW-T650’s low latency, dialogue clarity, customizable EQ presets, and hassle-free Bluetooth pairing makes it a superb mid-range soundbar for TV shows and music listening. However, Bluetooth connectivity has some lag, and the flat soundstage and underemphasized sub-bass lack immersion for movie buffs.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung HW-T650 is a 2020 model entry-level 3.1 channel soundbar that boasts a dedicated center channel speaker to provide a wide stereo soundstage inside large living rooms.

Similar to some of the best-rated speakers out there, it features an extremely low frequency response slope to reproduce crystal clear vocals and dialogues and to deliver a highly neutral and balanced sound profile.

However, unlike the highest-ranked soundbars, it does not have Dolby Atmos. If you need a soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos, be sure to take a look at our Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar review.

The soundbar also comes with a dedicated wireless subwoofer that connects via Bluetooth, which is the only available wireless streaming mode, meaning it lacks Wi-Fi, Chromecast, or Apple AirPlay.

And in terms of wired connectivity, this soundbar features a full-speed HDMI passthrough, an optical audio jack, and a USB port to play back audio files through a thumb drive.

In addition, it touts an exceptionally low audio latency over HDMI, which is very useful to those sensitive to audio delay.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Samsung HW-T650 connects through HDMI ARC, while the subwoofer features quick wireless Bluetooth pairing.

There are no audio disturbances, and wired connections (ARC, Optical, Full HDMI in) ensure remarkably low latency (tested at 20ms via ARC and 16ms via Optical), but you’ll notice some lag while watching videos via Bluetooth.

With a slightly wide soundstage and downmixed surround sound performance, the movie-watching experience isn’t thoroughly immersive, and the sub-bass isn’t punchy enough for gripping action scenes.

Nonetheless, the center channel ensures accurate dialogue delivery while the sound profile is well-balanced for listening to a variety of audio content.

Samsung’s sleek OneRemote lets you control the volume and EQ settings. You also get responsive input commands, five customizable EQ presets, and an app for convenient smartphone control.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Smooth connection
  • No audio disturbances
  • Low latency with a wired connection
  • Clear dialogue
  • Easy-to-use remote
  • Five EQ presets
  • Smartphone app

Reason to Avoid

  • Lag with Bluetooth
  • The soundstage is not wide enough
  • Subpar surround sound performance
  • Less extended sub-bass

Samsung HW T650 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.5"
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, DTS Virtual:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight5.3 lbs
WidthWidth38.6"
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)12,177.48
Max Volume Test (db)94.9
Latency (ms)20
THD @ 80dB0.43

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The Samsung HW-T650 is a 2020 model entry-level 3.1 channel soundbar that boasts a dedicated center channel speaker to provide a wide stereo soundstage inside…

The Samsung HW-T650 is a 2020 model entry-level 3.1 channel soundbar that boasts a dedicated center channel speaker to provide a wide stereo soundstage inside large living rooms.

Similar to some of the best-rated speakers out there, it features an extremely low frequency response slope to reproduce crystal clear vocals and dialogues and to deliver a highly neutral and balanced sound profile.

However, unlike the highest-ranked soundbars, it does not have Dolby Atmos. If you need a soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos, be sure to take a look at our Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar review.

The soundbar also comes with a dedicated wireless subwoofer that connects via Bluetooth, which is the only available wireless streaming mode, meaning it lacks Wi-Fi, Chromecast, or Apple AirPlay.

And in terms of wired connectivity, this soundbar features a full-speed HDMI passthrough, an optical audio jack, and a USB port to play back audio files through a thumb drive.

In addition, it touts an exceptionally low audio latency over HDMI, which is very useful to those sensitive to audio delay.

Both the Samsung HW-T650 and the Samsung HW-A650 soundbars feature similar 3.1 channel speaker setups and, as a result, have identical overall performance in most…

Both the Samsung HW-T650 and the Samsung HW-A650 soundbars feature similar 3.1 channel speaker setups and, as a result, have identical overall performance in most aspects. The Samsung HW-T650 does have a slightly wider stereo soundstage than the HW-A650 soundbar, with better localization, vocals, and dialogue reproduction, and a more natural-sounding neutral sound profile.

Thanks to its more comprehensive 3.1-channel speaker setup, the Samsung HW-T650 delivers a much wider stereo soundstage than the 2.0-channel Sony HT-S350 soundbar. And thanks…

Thanks to its more comprehensive 3.1-channel speaker setup, the Samsung HW-T650 delivers a much wider stereo soundstage than the 2.0-channel Sony HT-S350 soundbar. And thanks to its dedicated central channel speaker, the Samsung soundbar reproduces much clearer vocals and dialogues with a more balanced and true-to-life sound profile. In addition, the Samsung model sports a full-speed HDMI passthrough port and bass and treble adjustments, both of which the Sony soundbar lacks.

The 3.1-channel Samsung HW-T650 soundbar has a better stereo soundstage than the 2.1-channel Yamaha YAS-209, and it also touts a better build quality. And thanks…

The 3.1-channel Samsung HW-T650 soundbar has a better stereo soundstage than the 2.1-channel Yamaha YAS-209, and it also touts a better build quality. And thanks to its dedicated center channel speaker, the Samsung soundbar delivers better vocals, dialogues, and a more neutral sound profile than the Yamaha model. However, the Yamaha soundbar does have Wi-Fi for Spotify and Amazon Prime music casting, which the Samsung model lacks.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

3.5"

3.5"

4.3"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

na

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

na

Height

2.3"

2.3"

2.5"

2.5"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1

3.1

2.1

2.1

Subwoofer

Included

Yes

Yes

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