Originally Posted by Jamie Goldsmith
How does this compare to the Yamaha YSP5600?
That's the other great soundbar I've heard. The Yamaha does 7.1.2 instead of 5.1.4, and because it relies on reflections it's more limited in terms of rooms it will work in.
The HW-K950 needs a flat ceiling, the Yamaha needs flat, reflective walls as well as a flat ceiling.
I can say I'm a fan of Yamaha's approach, as well as Samsung's, And, the YSP-5600 has also "fooled" me into thinking I was hearing speakers. But, the Yamaha costs more and does not come with a sub, although it supports adding a sub.
Ultimately, Samsung's system costs less and offers better Atmos overhead sound thanks to its use of four channels, and discrete surround speakers are still better at creating a soundfield than Yamaha's sound projection. But, the Yamaha does an amazing job for a single unit and adds DTS:X support to the mix.
Oh, and think twice about being able to just plop that Yamaha in front of a TV. In most cases it's too tall for that, you'll see the marketing pics all show it wall mounted.