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Samsung HW-N650 2.1 Soundbar with Acoustic Beam Technology Review

I shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Samsung, the world's #1 TV maker, has a lot invested in making good soundbars as well. A few years back, the company built a state-of-the-art audio research facility in California that has been producing quality work since then. The HW-N650 has the DNA of the audio lab inside, including the novel acoustic beam technology. The good work done by the lab is borne out by measurements plus listening that reveal a soundbar that provides the same well-behaved frequency response regardless of which of its three listening modes it's in.

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Thanks for the review. I have the same setup with the wireless surround speakers and really enjoy it except for one issue I'm having.

My only issue so far is that my TV won't go into game mode (the soundbar's game mode works fine) with the Xbox 1X connected to the HDMI input of the soundbar. I ended up rerouting the Xbox back to the HDMI input of the TV for game mode. However, my issue with the Xbox hooked up directly to the TV is that I lose DTS output with apps because the TV won't passthrough DTS to the soundbar of course. The elimination of DTS passthrough of the TVs this year really hurt me.

If the TV could somehow detect the console and what it's doing through the soundbar though I would be set.

Display: Samsung 75Q8FN f/w 1260.8
Sound: Samsung HW-N650 soundbar + SWA-8500S surround speakers
Console: Microsoft Xbox One X OS 10.0.18362.4050

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does this or any soundbar accepts an external sub? Would love to buy a good sound bar and use my existing subs to work together.
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Mark,
When are you posting your review of the flagship HW-N950?

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50 Hz? LOL!
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Mark, Thanks for the review. I've been thinking about upgrading my inexpensive LG 2.1. It's not bad, though I have some issues pairing it with my TiVo remote, and the bass is just okay. Based on things you have written, I have the idea that 30 Hz is a good target. I had been considering the Samsung MS 650 you reviewed highly last year, coupled with their subwoofer, which they claim can reach 27Hz.
https://www.samsung.com/us/televisio...s-swa-w700-za/

Have you reviewed that sub? Have you any advice for someone who wants to reach the 30 Hz goal, but also would prefer to keep the system fairly simple?
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Mark, Thanks for the review. I've been thinking about upgrading my inexpensive LG 2.1. It's not bad, though I have some issues pairing it with my TiVo remote, and the bass is just okay. Based on things you have written, I have the idea that 30 Hz is a good target. I had been considering the Samsung MS 650 you reviewed highly last year, coupled with their subwoofer, which they claim can reach 27Hz.
https://www.samsung.com/us/televisio...s-swa-w700-za/

Have you reviewed that sub? Have you any advice for someone who wants to reach the 30 Hz goal, but also would prefer to keep the system fairly simple?
He talks about the sub quite a bit in the review for the MS750. It's the same sub, and should perform just as well with the 650.
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does this or any soundbar accepts an external sub? Would love to buy a good sound bar and use my existing subs to work together.
Seems like the traditional high end companies frequently allow for you own external subs. The Focal Dimension or the BlueSound Pulse Soundbar allow for 3rd party subs I believe.
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many companies do but many also use proprietary wireless subs. The least expensive one to have an external sub connection is probably the Yamha ATS-1070 at Costco for $140.
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He talks about the sub quite a bit in the review for the MS750. It's the same sub, and should perform just as well with the 650.
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