Have you ever faced the dilemma of settling in to watch a movie, and you’re unable to understand the dialogue—possibly over the chips you’re crunching on—so you turn up the volume on your TV to no avail? It makes sense. Our thorough research into the best TVs usually reveals one area that is always lacking: the sound.
The subpar built-in speakers that accompany most TVs these days just don’t cut it; they are often too small and are not well-placed on the TV, resulting in poor sound projection and quality. And here at Reviewed, we don’t want you to settle for closed captions, which is why we were excited to find an amazing deal on Massdrop for a Samsung soundbar that is bound to deliver an immersive audio experience while you binge episodes of your favorite shows cough cough (Game of Thrones).
The Samsung HW-N650 Panoramic Soundbar usually retails for around $400 on Amazon, but is available on Massdrop for $289.99 until April 24. This limited-time deal offers the best price point we’ve seen for this model, which was released in 2018 to great reviews. We tested the base model for the Samsung HW-N series this year in our roundup of the best soundbars under $500, and found that it was a reasonably priced, sound choice (pun intended), especially for Samsung TV owners.
Why should you consider this soundbar
Ultimately, TV junkies have a choice when it comes to the type of external speaker they choose. Though surround sound systems have their own merits, soundbars can be much more cost-effective and can handle the job perfectly well, especially the Samsung HW-N650. In fact, our home theater expert, Lee Neikirk, had this to say about it:
“The HW-650 is a step up from the 550 we tested, and the key difference is that it has more speakers and better sound quality. Both are soundbar/subwoofer combos, but the 650 (should be) better because it uses speakers that fire in a variety of directions to create a more authentic surround sound.”
What makes it special
In terms of features, Samsung incorporated what they like to call “acoustic Beam technology” into this soundbar, which basically promises a panoramic sound that travels in sync with the visuals on screen. The soundbar also serves as a useful speaker for playing music, with built-in Bluetooth capability that allows you to stream songs from your smart device. It comes with a separate subwoofer too, which will boost the bass and thus is perfect for delivering all the explosions and gunshots in your favorite action flicks. Additionally, for all the gamers out there, the HW-N650 comes with a "Game Mode" setting that is specifically designed to bring video games to life with enhanced sound effects.
Another benefit is that if you’re a Samsung TV owner, it's super easy to set up this soundbar. No wires are required for connectivity, as the soundbar can receive wireless sound from any compatible Samsung TV. Better yet, for the lazy oaf in us all, you can even use your Samsung TV remote to operate the soundbar.
At the end of the day, this is an impressive deal on an equally impressive soundbar. If you’ve been considering an upgrade to your home theater, we think this is a great opportunity to do so and save some money while you’re at it.
To access this sale pricing, simply sign up for a free account with Massdrop. Just keep in mind that the soundbar will not ship until around May 7, so your home theater will not be immediately complete. But, as they say, good things come to those who wait, right?
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.