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Samsung HW-F751 review:

Samsung HW-F751

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Typical Price: $799.00
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The Good Beautiful design. Great sound. Easy set-up.

The Bad Slight distortion at high volume. Better in smaller rooms.

The Bottom Line A superb sound bar and subwoofer combo that offers great sound, with a truly beautiful design.

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CNET Editors' Rating

9.1 Overall

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Sound bars are a great alternative to a surround-sound system for anyone with limited room or concerns about the aesthetics of having speakers and cables littered around the lounge room.

If the latter is your main concern, then you'll love the Samsung HW-F571, which not only sports a rather beautiful design, but also has a wireless subwoofer to boot.

Design

The sound bar itself is made from aluminium that's been perforated across its top and front face. The F751 incorporates the valve amplifier that Samsung has been putting into some of its premium range of devices, and there's a window on the bar that lets you see the vacuum tubes glowing away when the device is operating. It doesn't serve any real purpose, but it looks great. The subwoofer is a little more unobtrusive — it's basically a silver box on legs.

Like most sound bars, the FW-751 is simple to set up. The sound bar itself only weighs 3.5kg, and the sub is just over 7kg, so you don't need Charles Atlas to help you unpack the unit.

There's optical in, a USB port, plus HDMI in, HDMI out and a standard auxiliary audio jack — it's really that simple. We'd note, however, that the cutaway where the ports are located isn't huge. HDMI cables that sport the large plugs we've seen on some might be tricky to get set up. It does, of course, support audio return channel (ARC).

One of the cleverest elements of the sound bar is the orientation options. You can lie it on its flattest side, with the valve amps facing up, and the sound will blast from the speaker facing the front and the display (which sits under the aluminium and is visible through the holes) will face out.

However, you can sit it on its narrower side (or wall mount if you prefer) so the valve amps face forward. In this case, the FW-751 switches to a second set of speakers so the sound is still coming from the front and uses a second display on the same orientation. It's really quite clever.

(Credit: Samsung)

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