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Samsung's curved soundbar does multiroom audio but it's priceyThe Samsung HW-J7500's very decent sound quality is impressive, but you'll be paying a pretty penny for this curved design.
If you're the owner of a curved TV, you will have quickly noticed that conventional AV equipment looks kind of weird sitting underneath it. But never fear, Samsung has come to your rescue with its HW-J7500 sound bar, which features a curved look designed to complement your new TV. At $800 though, this is a premium unit, and it offers some nice design touches Including a brushed aluminum top in addition to a bunch of features such as wireless multi-room music. At 48 and a half inches across, the sound bar is designed to accompany Samsung TVs between 48 inches and 65 inches. The main unit houses eight drivers including side-firing surround speakers. Plus it's accompanied by a large wireless subwoofer. The system comes with a cute remote control which offers a lot of options, but it's still relatively easy to use. If you don't need to change settings, that is. Unfortunately, there's no onscreen display despite the system offering both HDMI IN and OUT. And just be aware that if you're setting up WiFi, get a paperclip. We're not kidding. It's worth doing though because Samsung's multiroom system offers plenty of streaming options including Spotify Connect and sounds a lot better than bluetooth, which it also offers. Sound quality overall is pretty good, especially if you tweak it with the onboard EQ. But some rivals like the Sony HT-SC5 and even cheaper systems like the Yamaha YAS-203 Do offer better performance. But the problem is, they do look funny sitting in front of your television. So, if you want something that does that, and performs decently, the Samsung is a good choice. This is Todd Pendlebreef for CNET.com.