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post #31 of 50
Wow, my experience was completely different.

I just got my CT100 from Amazon, hooked it up and was severely disappointed. Printed the return label that night. Went to Best Buy today and saw the WS1G and, against my better judgement (had already read the reviews), bought it.

I'm pleasantly surprised. It's definitely much better than the CT100 was, even after adjusting the settings per another thread. The sub works great (so far..) and the appearance doesn't make my eyes bleed (unlike the CT100).

Long and short of it is -- if you want to wall mount your sound bar, don't buy a CT100. And while I'm not advocating purchasing the WS1G due to the fact that many people have issues with it -- it is WAY more wall mount friendly and it is heads and shoulders above the CT100 appearance wise. Oh, and it sounds good too.
post #32 of 50
hey whatever you need to tell yourself to make you feel better about your purchase.
post #33 of 50
I too have the HT-WS1R and used the optical hook up. On the remote, there is a button that says 'O/A Input' (I think - I don't have it in front of me) and when I select it nothing happens....I understood the manual to say that pressing the button allows you to switch between Dolby, DTS and PCM. Am I wrong on this?..Does it maybe select the source input mode automatically?
post #34 of 50
well if the samsung or sony soundbars aren't working for you, you can always try vizio. My friend got one last week, we watched The Dark Knight with it hooked up, i was blown away. There was no cutting in and out, it was great quality, plus it looks sleek
post #35 of 50
Hi all,

I may have missed something in the manual. But when using the optical input, the speaker bar will not stay powered down. I will turn it off, only to have it come back on a few seconds later.

While I have your attention I have one more question. I currently have a Samsung 4669F LCD with optical out on the back. Manual says it will only output 2.0 digital, when using HDMI inputs. Does the speaker bar need a 5.1 source to work its magic of virtual surround or can it take a 2.0 source and do it???? If it needs a 5.1 source I will have to get a toslink splitter and use the optical out on the pvr and PS3 I am trying to eleiminate a couple toslink cables.

Thanks
Ken
post #36 of 50
Anyone have some comments about the Vizio? This thread has turned into a Sammy & Sony thread.
post #37 of 50
Can anyone attest to the psychoacoustic ability of the ht-ws1? I had settled on getting the ht-ct500, but I have a 55" samsung LED and getting a clean, simple, matching soundbar really appeals to me. I was planning on just running the tv output to the ct500, so the fact that the samsung is designed to be used that way, and not to mention cheaper, makes it attractive. I'm trying to get my home theater setup as clean and elegant as possible.

My only concern is that I want the virtual surround to actually work. The room I'll be putting it in is ideal, 19'x13' rectangle, hardwood floor, 8' celing, single couch. I'm willing to sacrifice some sound quality for asthetics, but not if the virtual surround doesn't work.
post #38 of 50
I have a Samsung 46" 8000 series LCD/LED with the HT-WS1R sound bar. I'm using the supplied optical cable between the units and have a COX cable Hi-Def HDMI feed to the TV. I wanted a very simple-to-operate system for my elderly parents.

Initially I was able to power both devices ON and OFF through the TV, but after a few days the sound bar will now only power itself ON automatically. I have to manually turn it OFF after turning off the TV. I tried resetting everything by disconnecting them from a power source and starting over, but with no improvement.

I am also having the same problem as "tankcj" in that pressing the "O/A INPUT" button on the remote does nothing. The top LED on the unit stays RED indicating a PCM input mode. From the manual, I'm led to believe it should cycle through 4 different input modes, each with a different colored LED. I was under the impression I could set it to DOLBY and get virtual surround sound.


Has anyone been able to get to the DOLBY input mode?
which would be indicated by the top LED being GREEN.

I haven't had any problem with the woofer except that I find the only way of adjusting the woofer volume, switching between the "sound field modes", EXTREMELY LAME.

Samsung's online support has so far been a 2 hour exercise in futility.

I'm glad I found this forum and appreciate everyone's comments past and future.
post #39 of 50
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Originally Posted by gdwallis View Post


Has anyone been able to get to the DOLBY input mode?
which would be indicated by the top LED being GREEN.

The samsung 8000 series doesn't pass through a surround sound signal from the hdmi inputs. You have to use the built in hdtv tuner to get surround from the tv audio out.
post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by voisine View Post

The samsung 8000 series doesn't pass through a surround sound signal from the hdmi inputs. You have to use the built in hdtv tuner to get surround from the tv audio out.


Thank you for the info concerning the Samsung deficiency. I guess I'm left with the dilemma of either having either Hi-Def picture quality or surround sound, but not both at the same time, at least from Cox Cable. To get Cox's Hi-Def I'm told you have to use their cable box/tuner. If I lose the Cox Hi-Def I'm told I can use the Samsung's tuner and then I should have surround sound.

What an unpalatable choice I have.
post #41 of 50
It might be possible to hook the spid/f out on the cable box directly to the soundbar, and the hdmi to the tv, but you have to physically swap it whenever you want to switch to another source like a dvd or bluray player.
post #42 of 50
Has anyone hooked up the HT-WS1R to a 6000-7000 Series Samsung TV? If you hook a DVR and BluRay to the set via HDMI does the TV pass the digital sound via TOS-Link to the bar?? I can't find a definitive answer to this. Samsung tech said yes but I was explaining too much to her to feel comfortable with her answer. Thanks!!



post #43 of 50
So far everyone says no. Samsung tvs don't passthrough a surround signal from hdmi inputs, only the internal tuner.
post #44 of 50
I got a Samsung tech, this time in the USA and he said it absolutely does. God I hate conflicting answers.
post #45 of 50
I just bought a UN40B6000 edge-lit Samsung panel and was curious how anyone with the Samsung sound bar is liking it...

I'm a little concerned about the fact that there is no way to adjust the subwoofer level relative to the overall volume. I despise "booming" subs and prefer that it not sound like I have a sub.
post #46 of 50
Has anyone noticed a problem with the Samsung system interfering with home networking??

I am looking to buy either the Samsung or the Vizio.... I need something better than the TV speakers and my wife doesn't want speakers all over the living room.

Just an FYI, B-Buy has the Samsung (with the subwoofer) for $199 and Wally World has the Vizio (without woofer) for $128.

I want to hook up one of these to a Samsung PN50A400 TV.
post #47 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by jjfeo View Post

Has anyone noticed a problem with the Samsung system interfering with home networking??

I am looking to buy either the Samsung or the Vizio.... I need something better than the TV speakers and my wife doesn't want speakers all over the living room.

Just an FYI, B-Buy has the Samsung (with the subwoofer) for $199 and Wally World has the Vizio (without woofer) for $128.

I want to hook up one of these to a Samsung PN50A400 TV.


I bought the Vizio sans sub for $128 @WW and it sounds far better than my UN40B6000's built-in speakers and should tide me over for a while. I have my Velodyne sub connected via RCA cable right now and while the Viz's sub-out doesn't give it much to work with, after some tweaking of the volume and crossover point it is filling in the low-end ok.
post #48 of 50
Does the HT-WS1G work with any universal and/or learning remotes? It would not initially work with my Tivo HD remote so I bought the Tivo Glo remote for its learning function but it still did not work. What is Samsung using for their remote interface that is causing issues and is there any work around.
post #49 of 50
Has anyone figured out how to turn off the Display light that turns on when the unit is powered off?

Can Samsung be any more stupid? I guess they want to advertise their name too much.

At least on the TVs, there's an option to turn OFF the display light.
post #50 of 50
Hi every one

I got today Samsung soundbar HT-WS 1, which looks very nice, with usb, 2 HDMI and 1* AUX, I spent all my day to make it work with samsung LED, but yet non of my 4 HDMI could get sound to the Samsung soundbar HT-WS 1, I bought a new 2 HDMI, even so I coldn't make it work with TV, the soundbar play the MP3 using USB which gives a very nice sound except that nothing could work, this Samsung soundbar HT-WS 1 not userfriendly, which mean whenever it is plugged should play Tv sound using HDMI or AUX, it's your choice!!: mad:
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