Samsung HW_N950 Cinematic Wireless Smart Soundbar

  • Product code: HWN950XU
  • Colour - Black
  • Number of Channels - 7.1.4 Ch
  • Sound Coverage - Experience immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos and dts:X
  • Wireless Streaming - Connect with ease to your compatible phone or tablet with WiFi or Bluetooth
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Product Specification

Product Manual Product Manuals: View Manual
Type Cinematic Wireless Smart Soundbar
Brand Samsung
Model HW_N950
Also known as: HWN950XU
Note We have a demonstration model of this item on display in our showroom available for you to view
Total Power 512w
Number of Channels 7.1.4 Ch
Number of Speaker 17
Frequency Range 34Hz-17KHz
Speaker Type Sealed Enclosure
Subwoofer Type Wireless
Subwoofer Enclosure Type Bass Reflex
Subwoofer Driver Size 8"
Centre Speaker Yes
Up-Firing Speaker Yes
Side-Firing Speaker Yes
Surround Sound Expansion (Virtual Surround Sound) Yes
Dolby Digital Dolby 5.1 Ch/Dolby DD+
Dolby Dolby True HD
Dolby Atmos Yes
DTS Digital Surround DTS 5.1 Ch
Number of Sound Modes (DSP) 3
Sound Modes SSE, Standard, Games
UHQ32bit Audio Yes
Wireless Rear Speaker Included Yes
Auto Sound Mode Yes
Wide Range Tweeter Yes
3D Video Pass Yes
4K Video Pass Yes
WiFi Yes
One Control Yes
Wireless Frequency Band 2.4/5
Alexa 3PDA Yes
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) Yes
USB Host Only for update
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Version 4.0
Bluetooth Power On Yes
Number of HDMI Input/Output 2/1
HDMI Version 2.0
HDCP 2.2 Yes
Number of Optical Input 1
Auto Power Link Yes
SmartThings App Yes
Wall Mounting Yes
Compatible with SWA-9000S Yes
Stand-by Power Consumption (Main) 4.5W (WiFi/BToff 0.3w)
Operating Power Consumption (Main) 35W
Stand-by Power Consumption (Subwoofer) 0.5W
Operating Power Consumption (Subwoofer) 28W
Remote Controller Yes
Wall Mount Bracket Yes
Battery Yes
Height (mm) 83
Width (mm) 1226
Depth (mm) 136
Height (mm) 400
Width (mm) 203.5
Depth (mm) 415.5
1 year parts and labour
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great "All-in-one" Atmos solution but some issue I've had the HW-N950 for over a month now and have had a chance to play around with it. Make no mistake; for anyone looking for an all-in-one, wireless solution, this product is probably the best available out there. It has genuine 7.1.4 surround compared to other systems which merely reflect sound to give the impression of object based effects. Naturally, ATMOS channels are reflected sound but unless you want to drill holes and place speakers in your ceilings and deal with tricky wiring, then these soundbar solutions are the best alternative. In terms of set-up; it's easy enough. You'll have to make sure you purchase high quality HDMI cables, and make sure that your input sources and media are set to delivery audio content in Dolby/DTS format/ The soundbar can only give you these amazing sound experiences if it is given the right content (you cant get colour prints if you feed your colour printer with black ink). There is one underlying issue that many users are reporting but Samsung don't seem to acknowledge. It is also one that I am experiencing. When playing anything with ATMOS content, the system really comes to life and delivers thunderous bass and rear speaker effects. I haven't quite been able to notice the ariel Atmos overhead effects (despite playing some ATMOS Bluray discs and Dolby's own ATMOS test files) but I suspect this may be down to the physical set up of my room rather than the soundbar itself - you have to have a reflective ceiling within the right height range for the sound to be reflected correctly. However, when playing anything else, such as music from a Bluetooth source, or a 5.1 or 7.1 Bluray disc, I do notice that for some reason, the subwoofer and rear speakers suddenly seem to go into rest mode and the thunderous, punchy bass I was getting with ATMOS content is reduced to about 20% power. And you will have to press your ears to the rear speakers just to be able to hear the whispered sounds coming from the rear speakers. This really shouldnt be the case in a high-end, premium priced product. My older 5.1 system doesnt turn down the bass/rear speakers. This is even more noticeable when playing music from Bluetooth for example; the rear speakers might as well be turned off (even changing to stereo sound or changing the parameters make no difference). I suspect this might be fixed in a future update but Samsung really need to do something about this - yes it could be argued that this is for movies mainly, and as said, when playing an ATMOS movie, it tears the house down - but this is also supposed to be used for other purposes and not just movies - and sadly, although it clearly is capable of punchy bass and rear sound, its performance is a little underwhelming when playing anything other than Atmos.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good performance, but.... I've bought a number of soundbars recently (different manufacturers) trying each one out, and was not happy. There were some fundamentals that they just couldn't get right. Eventually I ended up with the HW-N950 and out of the box it was way better than others. Good front seperation, good height... One issue for me....rear speaker volume. These really need to be enabled to pump up the volume more. I've had to drop the front to pretty much as low as possible, in order to hear the rear speakers. On occasion I can just hear it. I do have quite a large room, but the sales pitch I was given was that this system would be ideal for large rooms...well, for me, it 'nearly' is. I'm hoping a future firmware update can nail this issue...then it would be 5/5!
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Got the N950 a few days ago. It sounds amazing. Setup is pretty straight forward. Extremely satisfied with this purchase. The subwoofer is tuned nice and low and a lot more powerful than I ever expected from an 8" woofer. The sound quality of the mids and highs is fantastic. I'm using the ARC hdmi connection from the sound bar to the TV for the video pass through and running the sony x800 UHD player to one of the hdmi inputs. To get the atmos sound mode I had to adjust the settings on the UHD 4k player (basically turning off all the sound assist features on the player, and rate to 192khz) doing this displays "dolby atmos" across the sound bar screen on media coded with atmos and disables the other sound modes. It took me a day to figure this out but it was not soundbar related as it was from the audio settings on the player itself. Tip during setup that is not really "exactly" noted in the manual: plug in the subwoofer and rear speakers, press and hold the bottom on the back of the rears and subwoofer until the slow blue flashing light. THEN plug in the sound bar and turn on, hold up on the remote for approx 5 seconds until the message is displayed on the soundbar screen. This connects ALL wireless speakers. In the beginning I had plugged in the soundbar sub and rears, turned the sound bar on, the sub was linked from turn on but the rears were not, and could not get the rears to connect doing the steps in the manual. Its not rocket science it just does not note the exact steps i outlined in the manual. So if anyone is having rear wireless connection just do the steps exactly as I noted. Hope that helps anyone struggling on setup.
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good sound; nightmare to contol I have this set up with a Samsung Q9 (2018) and Panasonic UB9000; trying to get it to do what I want is a nightmare. Constantly discounts the ARC connection and switches to DIN which has nothing connected, no user interface for setup and the app does nothing. Now connects to my TV via wireless and I can’t stop it meaning no ARC control of volume or Blu-ray, my 10 year old Yamaha system was far easier to set up and control. Also no calibration options for setup
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Avoid: hidden 5min power off kills this product Having been pleased by this product, I find it has a hidden feature that it turns off if the content is paused! The time it takes is a few minutes, you can't even make a cup of tea without having to get the remote and turn it back on. I found some forums complaining about this and they seem to have been ignored. Well I am now gutted to have paid £1500 for this product to find that it has this stupid "feature", it makes it not fit for purpose and with no option to change it and it being ignored by Samsung I would no longer recommend this product and I am upset to recently have spent nearly £6000 on Samsung products to discover this and that Samsung don't seem to care!
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sound I have had this soundbar now for 4 weeks and was reluctant at first because of the cost but as soon as I brought it home and set it up it blew me away. The sound that this soundbar creates while watching movies or listening to music is nothing but awesome. Its worth every penny. The Dolby atmos is amazing the way it fills the room with sound. The bass from the subwoofer shakes the settee which is 6 metres away from the subwoofer. My friends and family have come round to listen and their reaction is always the same WOW. My only Criticism is I am find it difficult to tweak the speaker levels on all the speakers which I have read will improve the sound quality even further.
Date published: 2018-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingly expensive but worth every penny This soundbar is big, in every sense! To hear it is like you were deaf before, you can tell where every penny went. Dolby Atmos is like 3d sound and even mp3s sound superb, it makes you want to turn it up to the point where you damage your house foundations. If you are considering buying this, don't hesitate.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loud and exciting. Atmos is tremendous Had this for nearly a week and it's really superb. The biggest issue of the week was finding a pair of 1/4" UNC 20 thread screws to attach the rear speakers to my existing speaker brackets on the wall. The soundbar is really well put together. Lovely finish and is loud. Very loud. Atmos and DTS:X works wonderfully well. Fantastic Beasts Atmos soundtrack has been a standout so far along with Jurassic Park's DTS:X soundtrack where the T-Rex made the room shake. Added bonus the Nintendo Switch's LPCM surround works when it's connected directly into the soundbar.
Date published: 2018-09-01
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