Throw everything you know about soundbars because the Samsung HW-S801B 3.1.2ch Soundbar with Wireless Dolby Atmos/DTS:X is going to blow your mind. First thing first. If the size of the current soundbars puts you off, then the Samsung HW-S801B is your savior.
Finally, you can upgrade your flat-screen TV sounds without an intrusive bar. How small? The Samsung HW-S801B is impossibly slim. So slim that you didn’t think it will have sound, let alone a huge sound.
To put things in numbers, it measures 1,160 mm long, 39.9 mm deep, and a mere 38 mm high (45.7 x 1.6 x 1.5 inches), and the includes wireless sub (and yes, it has a sub – that’s the “1” in 3.1.2 is), measures a tiny 238 mm wide, 240.8 mm tall, and 238 mm (9.4 x9.5 x 9.4 inches).
In case you are wondering, the “2” in 3.1.2 are the 2 upfiring channels for simulating sound from above.
Notwithstanding its slender stature, it has a rated peak power output of 330W delivered through no less than 10 drivers. Oh, did also mention that it is the world’s first built-in wireless Samsung Smart TV-to-soundbar Dolby Atmos connection? Yup. It is.
But there is a catch (obviously). Wireless Dolby Atmos transmissions are via WiFi and only work with select 2022 Samsung TVs.
Other key features include DTS Virtual:X, virtual 5.1-channel sound, HDMI ARC and CEC, auto audio calibration (Spacefit Sound), voice control with Alexa built-in, auto-adjusting dialogue to room noise, support Apple AirPlay2, and Chromecast built-in.
When synced with compatible Samsung TVs, the soundbar can leverage the TV’s speakers for a new level of acoustic immersion.
P.S. I have seen the product in person and believe me that it is ridiculously slim. If I can be perfectly honest. It totally blew my mind how ultra slim a soundbar can get without sacrificing audio oomph.
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