samsungsoundbarWHAT: Samsung 2.1 Ch Soundbar Home Theater System (HT-WS1G)

COMPARE TO: Philips Soundbar

PRICE: $349

FUN FACT: If grey is too plain, you can also get the Soundbar in Red.

So you blew a paycheck on a sick HDTV. You then got an HD cable box and set up your Xbox to stream Netflix movies in HD. Around this time you think you're set, right? Nah, not quite. You maybe enjoying high quality visuals with your new set up, but what about the audio? We know your pockets are hurting after dropping all that dough on a new TV, but you don't have to drop a stack to get your movies sounding as good as they look. Yes, a 5.1 surround sound system would be awesome, but if money's tighter Tyga's jeans, a system like Samsung's Soundbar is perfect. It's small, inexpensive and will perform well enough to make you think twice about ever going to a movie theater again...

DESIGN: The design here is pretty straight forward. Nothing too fly or flashy. And that's a good thing. You don't want your audio system drawing attention away from the TV. It's very minimal in design—depending on how your TV is set up, you can throw it in a stand, or throw it on the wall using the including wall mounts.


FEATURES: The Samsung Soundbar is basically a 2.1 channel system. Meaning there are two speakers and a subwoofer. That may not sound like much. But wait until you listen to it. Samsung, using virtual surround sound processing, was able to create a small system that sounds like ones double its size. That's all done using a Dolby Digital audio processor. We wish it had more processors, and connectors: There's no USB connection, one audio input and no radio features. But even without all that, its still a good system. Especially with its wireless subwoofer. Using a 5.8 Ghz wireless connection, you can put your subwoofer anywhere in the room and have the sound signal reach it.

SUMMARY: If you're looking for a low-priced home theater solution, the Soundbar is perfect. Just don't expect it to do much more than deliver good sound from your movies and TV, as there's limited inputs and outputs and no radio.