SAMSUNG 3.1 Ch Soundbar (HWM550)

3.55 out of 5
(20 customer reviews)


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20 reviews for SAMSUNG 3.1 Ch Soundbar (HWM550)

  1. 4 out of 5


    Average sound-bar

    Guys, sound-bar is average to improve sound in your living room or game room.
    The SM-M550 soundbar perform excellent but those peoples who is looking for increase Bass then I do not recommend buying this sound-bar.
    This soundbar is fully comes with standards ports of what everyone is looking for. The soundbar is lightweight, compact design, easy setup and inexpensive. The only thing is lacks of bass. The soundbar works very well with rear speakers upgrade to 5.1 channels. sometimes connections between receiver to soundbar is little glitch.

    I purchase this high watts soundbar to increase sound stage and add increase bass but sad to say the soundbar did bring increase the sound stage that I was looking for but subwoofer was not powerful enough. – I have did a replace the soundbar with an same one but lack of bass was same.

    Originally posted on

  2. 4 out of 5


    Good overall sound on the bar but woofer is weak.Good features and easy to set up.

    I am pleased with the sound quality on the bar but not getting much out of the woofer.I spoke with a Samsung rep and she said the woofer was designed mainly to put out sound effects and not voice.She also suggested I check the sound setting on my tv.I made adjustments and it helped.

    Originally posted on

  3. 4 out of 5



    I purchased the sound bar and sub woofer for my 55″ Samsung tv. The sound on the tv was already good quality but when I added the sound bar and sub it was terrific. The sub doesn’t help much unless you are watching an action packed movie. I would definitely recommend this as a good add on for home theater. I plan on adding the rear speakers as well to help even more.

    Originally posted on

  4. 5 out of 5


    Excellent sound

    This is my second TV Sound Bar set up. Very nice clear crisp sound for movies, tv, and music videos.

    Originally posted on

  5. 1 out of 5


    Stopped working after 3 days.

    This is the second Samsung sound bar we’ve had.

    Hooked up this one about a week ago via HDMI through the TV (ARC). Sound was amazing. Then, while we were watching a movie, all the sound and sound from the subwoofer just blew out. Nothing for the sound bar, or the woofer. Sound switched right over to the TV again.

    I looked online for a resolution, tried the various things suggested, and nothing helped.

    Called Samsung…they said it needed service. ??? After less than a week? Ugh. I’m just going to return it to the store.

    Originally posted on

  6. 3 out of 5


    Not Happy

    Bought this product and a set of surround speakers to go with it. Could not get the speakers to connect with the sound bar.

    Originally posted on

  7. 4 out of 5


    It’s a solid performer with both pros and cons

    To be quick, this sound bar is solid for the price. Of course if you get the Atmos one, you’ll get much better sound and bass, but again, if you go cheaper, you’ll hear the difference. This is a middle of the road, high value unit. The sound and volume are great, and bass can be adjusted. It’s not your local XD earth shaking bass, but contrary to some here, the bass is decent.

    The look is sleek, and the connection via BT was easy and has maintained. Using it with a 65″ Q7 and 4K Blue Ray player. Performance is everything I want it to be. I would definitely recommend this unit, especially if you want a great soundbar without going over $500.

    Originally posted on

  8. 5 out of 5


    Love this thing!

    This soundbar is the perfect thing I needed for a projector setup! It works great, sounds amazing, and, my favorite words, ‘The Price is Right.’ Now I did notice something with this item and I’m unsure if its me or if all soundbars do this, but there is a 1/2 to 1 second delay between the sound coming from the soundbar and the TV (for example, with no soundbar connected to a TV/Projector, the sound is on point with the picture, where as if the soundbar is connected to the TV/Projector, then there is a slight delay between the sound and the picture). Is this normal for most soundbars to do this type of thing?

    Originally posted on

  9. 3 out of 5


    Great sound paired with rear speakers but broke after 4 months

    Loved this soundbar when I first got it and hooked it up to the subwoofer and rear wireless speakers but then one afternoon it just stopped working. I only had the soundbar for 4 months. I was able to ship it to their support center to get it repaired but really surprised that it would just quit working. Thankfully it was still under warranty.

    Originally posted on

  10. 5 out of 5


    Works as expected!

    I’ve had the soundbar for a few months and it works exactly how I would expect. Great product

    Originally posted on

  11. 3 out of 5

    Akira Kelly

    Great soundbar. Sub lacks bass.

    Well like others have said in other reviews it does lack bass. I went from a high end Onkyo to this unit trying to save space and having wires running everywhere. That being said after playing with several settings I finally got it to where I am happy and don’t have the feeling like I need to return it. I will share what I figured out.
    I also have the rear wireless speakers connected. Like many I had changed my settings to sub +6 Treble -6 Bass +6

    First I reread the specs.

    I noticed that if you have your audio set to PCM the unit thinks it is receiving DTS. In the specs it says for DTS it will only give you 2.0 stereo. For 5.1 it says to use Dolby Digital.

    Change TV audio output

    I changed the output of my TV to Dolby Digital and noticed an increase in volume about 1/4 more and noticed bass response also increased. Again referring to specs PCM was only 2.0 NOT 2.1 so sub was only receiving stero input. I then played Jurassic Park and hugh difference in the surround sound especially the rear speakers and there was a noticeable thump in the bass with the T-rex . Now knowing that I had it set to PCM before the back speaker were just stereo copying the front left and right with Dolby Digital the back speakers now are really working in surround mode.

    Re-position Sub

    Another thing I noticed is the sub is very directional. Which I would not believe at first thinking bass shakes and is a low should hear it no matter where the sub is placed. I had mine to the side and behind my cough. When I walk over to where it was there was a noticeable difference standing in front of the sub. So I moved it next to the tv and pointed it towards the couch. Again noticeable difference. To the point now I was able to reset the speaker settings to sub +6 Treble 0 Bass 0 and retest the speakers with several movies. I was happy with the results. Again the bass was not body shaking bass but there was the deep thump in the movies where it is suppose to be.

    One final note when watching DVD or blu rays double check the movie audio settings to make sure that DTS is not selected and Dolby Surround is.

    Originally posted on

  12. 4 out of 5


    Great Sound Bar

    Not My Best Speaker Sound But Overall Very Happy To Have It.

    Originally posted on

  13. 1 out of 5


    Sounds not so good after a while

    I had the soundbar for about 9 months now. The first 3 months they worked perfect but after that it lost the volume. It gets to a decent volume at 50 but after that it is all the same. Look at getting something better.

    Originally posted on

  14. 2 out of 5


    Horrible connectivity

    Bought this soundbar at best buy with a new Samsung tv. Was told they seemlessy connect. Didnt. Also bought the rear speakers that consistently disconnect every few minutes and go silent. Return policy was up by the time best buy figured out what speakers were the proper ones were (took 3 trips). Buyer beware. Multiple calls to Samsung tech support has not helped.

    Originally posted on

  15. 5 out of 5


    Exceeded my expectations

    The sound is incredible. I am not an audiophile, and have tinnitus, am partially deaf (my wife calls it selective listening) so I can’t hear a pin drop much less people whispering. I am very impressed by the bass this little sub puts out. Too bad the Samsung 7 series TV I just bought has less than desirable audio output, they almost require you to buy a soundbar to get the sound you expected in the beginning (plus some booming bass). We bought this at a club store -there were 5 in stock. We went back 2 days later and they were all gone.
    I lost one of the round plastic mounts (they should make them square so, if dropped, they don’t drop into the realm of the never to be found dimension).
    These are $8.00 from Samsung. I ordered two because I am prepared if my gorilla hands fumble again.

    Originally posted on

  16. 2 out of 5


    Decent soundbar/poor subs

    I had these for almost a year and my subs started shutting off during use repeatly for no reason. This soundbar sounds great with working subs, but with no subs it sounds to empty as if something is missing.

    Originally posted on

  17. 5 out of 5


    Great and if paired with rear speakers – Perfect!

    I decided to give this soundbar a try despite the bad reviews and because I owned a Samsung tv and also lots of this brand’s stuff. I think the bad vibe comes because the soundbar manual can be a bit vague when it comes to setting it up. I must say up front that if you pair this soundbar with the SWA-8500S rear speakers you will have a great surround sound system without the hustle of moving wires around. Yes, the rear speakers are not entirely “wireless” , they are wired to a true wireless receiver where they also get their power from! A lot of people are not happy with that but think if you will have them truly wireless, than you need to charge them since they will need to have a battery to work, right? And if you forget to do it, well you may run out of juice right in the middle of your movie! Now, back to setting the bar: the initial part with the powering off the subwoofer and soundbar connections is easy and straight forward. Adjusting it to get the most of it is the tricky part: I used a HDMI cable to the ARC connection because the tv remote control will work best this way, while with the optical cable will power on but not off somehow!? The best sound for my ears will come out if you setup your TV SOUND on PCM than DTS 2.5, although is a very little difference from the Dolby Sound. Next I worked up my levels of subwoofer to +6 and treble to +5, set the sound mode to STANDARD and went to YouTube to give it a try: “music to my ears”! If you expect the live tv to sound awesome than you can wait for a long time. The greatness of this soundbar will shine on your movies, Netflix, Prime etc or music either streamed or through your bluetooth! But the BEST SETUP is if you add the rear speakers for surround and believe me for just under $350 all together you got yourself a GREAT HOME SOUND SYSTEM!! Since I been writing this long review (my first, that’s why :)), I will add here also the QUICK SETUP for the SAMSUNG REAR SPEAKERS SWA-8500S: 1. Power OFF TV 2. Power OFF SOUNDBAR 3. Power ON REAR SPEAKERS with flashing blue light 4. On Soundbar remote control press MUTE ( right in the middle of volume +,- button) for more than 5 seconds until the Soundbar shows the ID SET message. Now take your finger off Mute and Power On the Soundbar and that should be it. 5. Now go to Settings button on Soundbar remote and press until you get to “Rear Speakers” and now press the UP on the Middle Circle to get the level up to +4 or +5, up to +6. Next press Surround on your remote to ON and that should be it! Good luck and hope you will enjoy your sound system as much we have!!

    Originally posted on

  18. 2 out of 5


    Experience may vary

    Bought this a year ago and I’ve used it almost every other day. I can say that on my Vizio TV, this soundbar is horrible. No bass at Max sub and bass volume, set to supported formats, everything. Even tried using DTS on it and made no difference. Surround would come out at random, it was just a bad experience. I couldn’t return it because of billing issues because of Best buy. As of now, I decided to give my parents the soundbar on their Samsung 8000 series TV. It works a whole lot better and actually sounds great. That’s where the problem is. It’s one of those products that “function better” in the Samsung ecosystem. It’s scummy to have a product perform considerably worse on a competitors product than your own. Also, plastic subwoofer enclosure? Really? For 400$?

    Originally posted on

  19. 4 out of 5


    Good sound quality

    Great sound and quality for my bedroom…………..

    Originally posted on

  20. 5 out of 5


    So Good I Bought Another One

    I already owned this soundbar with the rear speakers. Just purchased another TV and was looking to upgrade the sound with a soundbar. My first choice was this unit based on how great the first one was. I thought about holding off and waiting for the Atmos units to drop in price. Only the newest content is Atmos capable so why pay extra for that feature. There are a couple of things that make this soundbar stand out versus many of its competitors. First is that it has 2 speakers per channel instead of a single speaker which give better clarity. The second is that it has the center channel which delivers great dialouge allowiing the the outer speakers to deliver a better stereo experience. The soundbar is well made. The subwoofer may not shake the lamps but does give sufficient rumble as needed. The overall volume is very good for watching movies.

    Originally posted on

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