Get style and substance with Samsung S-Series soundbar

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The soundbar remains the easiest and most convenient way to get big cinema sound at home, and the Samsung S-Series soundbar range is all about premium performance and luxe lifestyle designs.

There are four different models to choose from, but all four are designed with personalisation and customisation in mind, to let you elevate your personal aesthetic. Just one example: the HW800B and HW-801B can be wrapped in bezels1 to match Samsung’s The Frame TV, for design personalisation that goes further than ever before – with no compromise in audio quality.

In fact, the opposite is true, with the Samsung S-Series soundbar range boasting world-first Wireless True Dolby ATMOS and DTS Virtual:X, giving you the flexibility and options you need to create a truly immersive cinematic experience at home.2

It’s all part of what has kept Samsung’s home theatre range the global number one soundbar brand for eight years running3, and winners of Canstar’s Most Satisfied Customers award for Home Theatre Systems in 2021 and 20224

S-Series Ultra-slim design

The HW-S800B and HW-S801B S-Series are Samsung’s Ultra-Slim soundbars, packing maximum performance into a minimally intrusive chassis. Available in premium black (HW-800B) or white (HW-801B), these soundbars are a smidge under 4cm high and deep, so they slip effortlessly under almost any TV, yet can offer the same level of sound performance as Samsung’s larger soundbars.

As mentioned, these 3.1.2-channel soundbars are equipped with Wireless True Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X connectivity.5 It’s a world first for soundbars, and means you can position the optional SWA-9500S wireless rear speaker kit more conveniently, and still get room-filling sound.6 It also allows you to place the soundbar as you like, whether that’s on top of a console, or mounted with the optional wall-hanging kit for the ultimate in minimalist style.5

Optimised, adaptive audio

Despite their almost impossibly compact design, the HW-S800B and HW-801B are packed with cutting-edge technology dedicated to one overriding mission: Fill your room with rich, natural sound, whether you’re watching the latest movies, streaming your favourite shows, or listening to music on your compatible mobile device paired via Bluetooth. 

When it comes to synchronising sound and vision, the clever Q-Symphony feature works with compatible Samsung TVs to analyse motion on screen and adjust sound accordingly for an even more immersive surround experience.7 Meanwhile, Adaptive Sound keeps an ear on the audio signal to help deliver optimised sound based on each scene.8 The result is crystal-clear sound, no matter what you’re watching.

Sound from above and beyond

The inclusion of True Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X means the HW-S800B and HW-S801B have upward- and side-firing speakers that use your walls and ceiling to help create a stunning 3D-like sound environment, even without rear speakers, while the included subwoofer is designed to provide that cinematic thump of bass, no matter where you position it in the room.

Up-firing speakers help deliver enveloping Dolby Atmos and DTS effects. Beyond the speakers themselves, both soundbars offer Wi-Fi for smart connectivity and wireless connection with a compatible Samsung TV (or you can use the HDMI-ARC connection). There’s also Easy Pairing with the SmartThings app, so you can simply tap a compatible Samsung mobile device on the soundbar to pair. Naturally, there’s support for your favourite voice assistant, whether that be Google, Alexa, as well as Apple AirPlay2 for easy streaming from Apple devices.9 

And finally, we can’t skip the unique aesthetic options you have when you purchase an HW-800B or HW-801B for your Samsung The Frame TV. Depending on which bezels you chose for your Frame, you can get a matching set for your new soundbar, for the ultimate in style.10

S-Series soundbar with all-in-one design

For a soundbar with a timeless look that doesn’t compromise on performance, consider the HW-S60B (all black) and SW-S61B (in white). Curved and textured to emphasise durability, dimension, and natural expression, these soundbars live up to their S-Series designation with an exceptional feeling of room-filling sound.

The HW-S60B and HW-S61B take advantage of their all-in-one design to remove the need for a separate subwoofer. Instead, two horn speakers combine to provide rich and fully-dimensioned sound (including those pounding cinematic basslines we love), while a dedicated centre speaker helps provide crisp, clear dialogue from where we expect it: front and centre.

Audio enhancements

The all-in-one design doesn’t mean you have to compromise on massive sound though. There’s also wireless connectivity with optional rear speakers, and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X content.11 

As with the HW-S800B and HW-S801B, the HW-S60B and HW-S61B also feature Samsung’s Q-Symphony technology, which matches audio with movement on compatible Samsung TVs for more immersive entertainment12. Adaptive Sound13 is common to all too, so whether you’re watching sport, the news, a favourite movie, or something new and experimental from your preferred streaming service, you have peace of mind that your soundbar is working to have it sound its best.

Also, taking advantage of the HW-S60B and HW-S61B’s dedicated built-in centre channel, there’s Active Voice Amplifier, which analyses the soundbar’s environment and boosts those parts of the signal that carry dialogue, which helps make speech in movies and TV easier to understand.14

Music and smart connectivity

The HW-S60B and HW-S61B aren’t just a support act for your TV. They can also be placed independently to act as a pure music speaker, whether connected to a source via optical or paired with a compatible mobile device via Bluetooth. Simply set the soundbar to Music Mode and playback is optimised to make your music sound its best and take your audio quality to a high level.

Clever connectivity via devices and the SmartThings app helps make setup a doddle too. You can simply tap a compatible mobile device to pair it with the soundbar, and with a compatible TV you can connect an S-Series via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to cut down on unsightly wires and enable control of the soundbar via your TV’s remote. 

More is… more

When you need a speaker to do so much more than play sound, the Samsung S-Series soundbar range is engineered to meet high expectations. From world-first wireless surround technologies5 to leading audio enhancements, easy connectivity and flexible ultra-slim or all-on-one designs, these soundbars represent more in just about every measure.

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1. Bezels sold separately. Currently available in Teak and Brown colour options.

2. Source content must be Dolby Atmos® or DTS:X enabled for Dolby ATMOS® or DTS:X playback. Sound effect may vary depending on environmental characteristics (including ceiling). Samsung define “True Dolby Atmos” as featuring an upwards-firing directional speaker for three dimensional sound. Requires Wi-Fi connection. Only available on compatible Sound bar models.

3. According to Futuresource Consulting based on global market share & units sold from 2014-2021.

4. For more information visit: https://www.canstarblue.com.au/technology/home-theatre-systems/

5. Source content must be Dolby Atmos® or DTS:X enabled for Dolby ATMOS® or DTS:X playback. Sound effect may vary depending on environmental characteristics (including ceiling). Samsung define “True Dolby Atmos” as featuring an upwards-firing directional speaker for three dimensional sound.

6. Sound effect may vary depending on source content and environmental characteristics (including ceiling).

7. Samsung Q-Symphony is compatible with all 2021 AU8000 and above and 2022 BU8000 and above Samsung TVs and 2020 Samsung QLED Q80T TV with Object Tracking Sound and above. Sound effect may vary depending on source content and environmental characteristics (including ceiling).

8. Adaptive Sound must be activated via sound mode button on the remote. Sound quality will vary depending on source content.

9. Voice commands recognise English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese and Korean. Not all accents, dialects and expressions recognised. Supported languages may differ between Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

10. Bezels sold separately. Currently available in Teak and Brown colour options.

11. Source content must be Dolby Atmos® or DTS:X enabled for Dolby ATMOS® or DTS:X playback. Sound effect may vary depending on environmental characteristics (including ceiling). Wireless Dolby Atmos transmission via Wi-Fi, works with 2022 Samsung TVs the BU8000 and above.

12. Compatible models available at: https://www.samsung.com/au/support/tv-audio-video/q-symphony/

13. Compared to Samsung B650 soundbar and below. Sound quality will vary depending on source content. Adaptive Sound must be activated via sound mode button on the remote.

14. Sound effect and performance may vary depending on environmental characteristics. Feature cannot be used in conjuction with Q-Symphony.