***HERE IS A LINK TO THE FIRST USER IN THIS THREAD WHO HAS ONE IN HAND FOR REVIEW: READ ON FROM THERE.****
I didnt see a dedicated thread for the 2018 HW-N950 soundbar yet, so lets start now! Not to be confused with last years model HW-K950. The new N950 adds side firing drivers to the cabinet, MPEG-H and DTS-X support to the Dolby Atmos from the previous generation. Still includes a wireless sub and surrounds like its predecessor.
AVS Forum news link
Samsung Press release
"The flagship HW-N950 employs front-firing, up-firing, and new side-firing speaker drivers to provide 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos sound."
Color: Midnight Black
Next Gen Wide Range Tweeter - inversed dome-type aluminum tweeter for wider sound stage -600Hz-20Khz
High Linear Excursion Tranducer - Linear excurious up to 3.6mm enhancing low frequency performance (K950: was 1.9mm)
- Co-Developed with Harmon Kardon
- 4k Video Pass-Through (HDCP2.2) for both HDR 10, Dolby Vision at UHD 4K/60p, 4:4:4, Rec.2020, & also 3D video pass-through.
- 1 optical Toslink(input)
- Dual Band 2.5/5GHZ Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0
- HDMI (HDMI 2.0a) 2 input/1 output with ARC & CEC
-Alexa 3PDA voice control
-Wall Mount available
- TV One Remote
-UHQ 32-bit audio upsscaling, Dolby Atmos Upmix, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, MPEG-H, DTS:X, DTS 5.1, MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF
Size: "Matched with 55" TV "
Power: 512 Watts
1) This bar CAN accept Dolby Atmos via HDMI ARC from your TV (if your TV can output Dolby Atmos). I just loaded up Lost in Space on Netflix and Atmos was triggered and sounds FANTASTIC.
2) HDMI inputs does it pass Dolby Vision and HDR 4k60hz or 4k30hz? ANSWER 4k60hZ
3) Please check LPCM, Bitstream whether its limiting to Stereo or multi channel. ANSWER: "outputs multi channel when Oppo udp-203 was set to output LPCM"
. NOTE: DTS:X and Dolby Atmos aren't "triggered" in the soundbar when my Oppo is set to LPCM, it but does when set to Bitstream
4) "The wireless coverage has also been enhanced, improving the rear speaker connection and directly addressing the connection issues that some owners experienced with the K950. "
5) "surround sound expansion mode upmixes the audio to use all the available speakers (ie Upmixes 5.1 to 7.1.4), and the smart mode analyses the incoming signal, choosing the best available processing"