Samsung is promising to deliver a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos sys with its HW-K950 soundbar, that has been designed and built entirely by Samsung’s Californian audio laboratory, and it’s clearly been a labour of love.
The HW-K950 debuted at CES 2016 in Las Vegas includes a soundbar, wireless subwoofer and wireless rear speakers in a 5.1.4 setup for overhead effects from Dolby Atmos. The new Samsung HW-K950’s main unit is 2.1 inches tall and features ceiling-facing drivers as well as three forward-firing drivers.
Hidden in the low-profile sound bar are three front-firing arrays of speakers, supporting left, right and center channels, and also two up-firing channels for the first half of the Atmos surround experience. The sound bar has two 2.5-inch drivers paired along with a 30 mm tweeter each of the three front channels, while the Atmos array up top is made up of the two 2.5-inch drivers. Each driver in the sound bar gets its own 20-watt amplifier. The sound bar also has a user-facing LCD display, one HDMI output, and two HDMI inputs.
The K950 also stands out from the pack with its connections, as it is the first Atmos-capable soundbar to support 4K pass-through via HDMI. So you can attach 4K sources such as Xbox One S, the Ultra HD Blu-ray players, and a cable box to its two HDMI inputs, and have the Ultra HD (and HDR if available) picture part of the feed passed on to your 4K TV via the K950’s HDMI output while the K950 deals with the audio.
The HW-K950 soundbars featuring Dolby Atmos will be available in the U.S. for $1499.