Samsung HW-E450 Soundbar

4/23/2013 6:44:10 PM

Samsung livens up your living room listening with a stylish sound bar and wireless subwoofer

Along, thin sound bar such as the Crystal Surround Air Track HW-E450 is ideal for placing on the same surface as your TV. This bar can also be fixed to a wall thanks to the supplied bracket, and its subwoofer can be positioned across the room if desired thanks to a 2.4GHz wireless connection.

Samsung HW-E450 Soundbar

Samsung HW-E450 Soundbar

To allow for wall mounting the rear connections face sideways in to small recesses. You’ll have no problem with the digital optical or mini-jack inputs but the HDMI sockets (one input and one output) cannot accept thickly braided cables. For TV and optical disc viewing DTS and Dolby Digital decoding is provided, but despite HDMI sockets, compatibility sadly doesn’t extend to the hi-res variants of either format, which are commonly found on Blu-ray movies. Sky customers should use the optical input to enjoy Dolby Digital decoding, as well as the bar’s handy auto on-off feature.

On the right end is a USB input for playing MP# and WMA files stored on flash drives. The other input is wireless, providing Bluetooth audio streaming. Power output is a claimed 280W, comprised of 80W per channel plus 120W from the sub and should be plenty enough for most living rooms.

Aesthetically, both the main bar and subwoofer are attractively styled, and finished in gloss black. The ported sub had no controls on it, sporting only a discrete LED that glows a faint blue when pairing (which should happen automatically) and when in use.

Dimensions (main unit): 906x45x70mm (W x H x D), Dimensions (subwoofer): 175x362x295mm (W x H x D)

Dimensions (main unit): 906x45x70mm (W x H x D), dimensions (subwoofer): 175x362x295mm (W x H x D)

There’s no grille on the sound bar but the drivers (four mid-range/ woofers and two tweeters) look neat enough. In the center is an LED display which displays status information, working in conjunction with the palm-sized remote control.

The handset is littered with buttons and is able to control other Samsung devices. It makes it easy to alter the volume of both bar and sub, dim the LED display, switch speaker back to the TV (using ARC over HDMI) and change source.

There are six DSP modes but annoyingly you have to scroll through them, which is a bore if you want to revert to a previous setting in the list. The only other operational irritation is that you can’t use the screen to navigate through files stored on a USB drive, but it does display the name of the track name.

The handset is littered with buttons and is able to control other Samsung devices

The handset is littered with buttons and is able to control other Samsung devices

In use the HW-E450 unquestionably improves the aural experience when watching TV over many a flat screen’s built-in speakers, lifting the performance of all sources connected to it. Conversations between connected to it. Conversations between Don Draper and Peggy during Mad Men on Sky Atlantic are rich and resonant and you can clearly hear the atmospheric sounds of Firth Avenue traffic in the background, sounds which are normally lost on a TV’s built-in speakers. When Pete Campbell slams down the phone, the bell sound is emphatic and impactful. Despite the absence of DTS HD MA decoding, Blu-rays are highly engaging. A major firefight in Band of Brothers proves how well the HW-E450 creates a broad and dynamic soundstage with rumbling tanks, disparate gun fire and exploding mortar all ably produced. The sub has plenty of power, but is a little sensitive, requiring constant tweaking according to the source. With music, such as Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense there’s a good balance between vocals, percussion, guitars and drums.


The HW-E450 combines elegant looks, user-friendliness and a rewarding level of performance. The lack of hi-res decoding aside, it’s a versatile unit capable of vastly improving your listening enjoyment with more or less the greatest of ease.



§  Number of channels: 2.1

§  Total Power: 280W (80W x 2 + 120W subwoofer)

§  Connectivity: Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC), ARC (Audio Return Channel), Bluetooth

§  Sockets: HDMI in, HDMI out, digital optical audio in, line-in

§  Dimensions (main unit): 906x45x70mm (W x H x D)

§  Dimensions (subwoofer): 175x362x295mm (W x H x D)

§  Weight (main unit): 1.94kg

§  Weight (subwoofer): 5.3kg

§  DSP Sound modes: Music, News, Drama, Cinema, Sports, Game, Off

§  Surround sound decoding: Dolby Digital, DTS

§  Additional playback features: Smart Volume; 3D effect; DRC; audio sync, auto power link

§  Power consumption: 0.2W standby; 45W in-use

§  Multimedia playback: MP3, WMA



§  Stylish, low-profile design

§  Impressive sound quality

§  Bluetooth audio streaming


§  No hi-res audio decoding

§  Over-sensitive subwoofer

§  Build: 9/10

§  Setup: 8/10

§  Performance: 8/10

§  Features: 8/10

§  Value: 7/10

§  Overall: 8/10


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