When it was launched in 2016, the Samsung HW-Ok950 ($1,199.99 at Crutchfield) was a little bit of a shock. Not solely was it essentially the most “reasonably priced” Atmos sound bar in the marketplace to that time, it additionally sounded improbable.
The Samsung audio lab, which designed that product, did not have as giant a hand within the HW-MS750 reviewed right here. That may assist clarify its a lot much less spectacular sound.
The HW-MS750 is Samsung’s try at taking up the four-year-old Sonos Playbar, and begins its sally with extra options than Sonos can muster. Samsung consists of HDMI switching, a greater music app than Sonos, and Bluetooth built-in. It fails an important problem, nevertheless, falling in need of the Playbar’s audio high quality.
The HW-MS750 retails for $699, £799 and AU$999. Within the US the Samsung is at present accessible on particular for $550 — however even at that worth we might advocate different fashions, such because the Zvox SB500, as an alternative.
‘Meh’ meets mesh
For a corporation that prides itself on design, the boxy HW-MS750 is a bit of pedestrian, particularly in comparison with merchandise such because the egg-like WAM7500 or the sausage-like DA-E650. (What’s it with the meals obsession? Do they even feed these audio lab guys?)
You may be forgiven for pondering the MS750 is the newest model of the Dolby Atmos-toting HW-Ok950. Type-wise it’s just about similar — an elongated bar with a gunmetal end. At 45 inches huge it is significantly suited to 50-inch TVs and, if you happen to personal a 2017 Samsung TV, the corporate additionally gives a bracket that connects the 2 collectively.
The legibility of the show’s scrolling textual content is impaired by mesh.
On the fitting finish of the sound bar you get a set of quantity and energy controls. The entrance and high are lined in a thick wire mesh. On the entrance’s proper aspect there is a small LED show, however because it’s just a few characters lengthy, the textual content has to do a number of scrolling. If considered at sufficient of an angle the show turns into illegible behind the mesh.
The resemblance to the Ok950 continues with the upfiring drivers — however because the MS750 just isn’t an Atmos sound bar, it would not have discrete Atmos top channels. These additional drivers are wide-range tweeters that activate when you choose sure modes, together with Film. The sound bar additionally features a Sensible mode, which is designed to alter the sound profile based mostly on what you are listening.
Regardless of what a consumer evaluation on the corporate’s personal web site may indicate, Samsung confirmed this sound bar is not going to be made Atmos-compatible with a future software program replace.
The distant that comes within the field is a clone of the corporate’s TV remotes. It is enticing and comparatively straightforward to make use of, however you’ll be able to safely use your TV distant as an alternative as soon as setup.