Wanted to voice my opinion on the K950 and ask for help on a couple of things.
Question 1: Why does the sound bar constantly turn itself on and off? This happens when the TV is off. The “hello” and “d.in” messages seem to cycle probably 5-10 times an hour. Why? I thought maybe it was some type of idle power from the TV sending a data through HDMI, so I switched to optical and the same thing happens. Not the biggest thing in the world, but it is annoying.
Question 2: With all of that random on off cycling, is there any way to tell if it is on or off with the remote? I always push the volume button on the remote up or down when I start to watch something, to try to see if the bar is on. If the volume changes, then great - it’s on. But if the volume doesn’t change then you would assume it’s not on, so I push power to turn it on. But half the time when I push power in this case, it turns the bar off. Again, not that big of a deal...but why??
Question 3: My tears and sub disconnect (red light) CONSTANTLY. This happens like every week or so. And it is such a pain to realest - the app is so slow and finicky and the reset buttons on the bar require you to flip it over and mess up your cables. Could there be a reason why they lose their connection so often? I don’t unplug any of the speakers or the bar, I don’t fiddle with the router.
Opinion on the bar after about a year of ownership: It is a cool piece of technology when it works. Dialog is frequently a little hard to hear - but this is almost certainly a personal problem of my own, since I’ve had to heavily tweak the center channel in any system I’ve owned to compensate for dialog. But the limited control over levels makes it tougher to deal with on this system. But overall, the sound from the bar is really great. The sub sounds really good for what it is. The rears are way to quiet and (again) you have minimal control over levels. The app is functional, but slow and not all that intuitive. WiFi connection is a royal pain due to the location of buttons. The HDMI connection problems were so common that I disconnected HDMI entirely and used optical - sacrificing the main selling point of the bar (Atmos) just to have a somewhat stable system.
Short version - speakers are well-built and well-designed, but the firmware, WiFi, handshaking, app, and every other quality of life characteristic are all abysmal. It may be unfair, but this has turned me off of ever considering another Samsung AV component. I even bought a UHD player with two HDMI outs to have some optionality when using the K950...turns out that was pointless.
I largely stopped following this thread a while ago because I’m just treading water/waiting for enough time to pass so that I feel justified in finding something to replace it with. However, since it was so expensive I will be treading for a little while longer. While I wait, I would love for my rears to stop disconnecting.
Sorry for the rant, hope you guys can help me with the questions.