Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar overview: Nice for music, however you’ll need the non-obligatory sub for films

    Samsung’s flagship soundbar, the MS750 Sound+, knocked my socks off with its musicality. It sounded so completely spectacular for the value—lower than $450 on Amazon on the time of my overview—that I puzzled why Samsung bothered to ship its non-obligatory wi-fi subwoofer together with it. However then I watched a couple of films. The deeply satisfying bass response the speaker delivers solo is far much less spectacular with films.

    On the intense aspect, Samsung is at present providing an excellent deeper low cost on its companion sub: The SWA-W700/ZA is at present on sale for just $299.99—a $200 low cost off its common MSRP. The mixture is nearly adequate to knock Yamaha’s YAS-706 ($800 at Amazon) off its perch on the excessive finish, however Yamaha has the superior multi-room ecosystem in MusicCast.

    The MS750 is a large speaker. Measuring 45.three inches extensive, it’s a great companion for a 55-inch TV, and wouldn’t look misplaced with a bigger set. It comes with the brackets wanted for wall mounting, however at simply three.1 inches tall, it received’t obscure the entrance of most TVs for those who set it in entrance in your leisure middle (I paired it with a 55-inch Panasonic Viera TC-55LE54).

    It’d, nevertheless, block your TV’s IR receiver—it did in my case—and the speaker doesn’t have have an IR repeater or pass-through. In the event you personal a appropriate Samsung TV, you should buy an non-obligatory mounting equipment (Samsung half quantity WMN300SB, $50) that hangs the speaker from the TV and makes use of a single cable for each indicators and energy. When paired with a appropriate Samsung TV, one distant can management each units.


    Mounting and cabling options render the HW-MS750 an particularly good match for Samsung TVs. 

    What’s music like on the Samsung MS750 Sound+?

    Enjoying the CD model of “I Dug Up a Diamond,” from the Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris collaboration All of the Roadrunning, I may virtually really feel in my chest the three bass notes that are available in on the second downbeat. The low frequencies had been pleasantly palpable, however they didn’t overwhelm Knopfler’s guitar work or the stunning vocal harmonies the Dire Straits frontman produces with Harris on this monitor—and on your complete album.

    I had comparable experiences with a few of my different favourite music, together with Bruce Cockburn’s “Mango,” from his Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu album; and the title monitor to Lucinda Williams’ “Automobile Wheels on a Gravel Street.” Guitars, cymbals, and pianos sparkled, vocals sounded stellar, and bass response was greater than satisfying. I had ripped every of these tracks from CD and encoded them in FLAC. The MS750 may decode AAC, ALAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, and WMA information.

    Samsung says the MS750 upconverts lower-resolution (Eight- to 24-bit) audio information to 32-bit decision earlier than changing them to analog, nevertheless it doesn’t go into any element past that. I do know that upsampling can eradicate digital artifacts, however with out realizing extra in regards to the elements within the sign path or how the sign is processed, it’s arduous to say if that declare is extra than simply advertising and marketing fluff. As a lot as I like the way in which the MS750 reproduces music, I’m leaning towards fluff.

    The MS750 has on onboard digital sign processor (DSP) with 5 presets: Commonplace, Music, Clear Voice, Sports activities, and Film. There’s additionally a mode that fires up an audio remix algorithm and permits its upfiring tweeters (extra on that in a second).

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