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Samsung's Dolby Atmos sound bar coming for $1,499Samsung's HW-K950 Atmos sound bar features dedicated wireless rear speakers and an attractive design.
Dolby Atmos is the next big thing in home theater. It brings with it the added dimension of overhead audio effects. But it usually requires a whole new set of speakers and a receiver to take advantage of it. Samsung's new HW-K950 sound bar though is designed to take some of the pain out of upgrading to Atmos. It's a 5.1.4 surround set, which includes wireless rear speakers with ceiling-facing drivers on the front and the back. Compared to last years curved plastic sound bars the K950 looks like it belongs in another universe. This is a solid aluminum sound bar with a wire grill and a pretty spiffy design. The remote looks better than most credit card style models too. In addition to the wireless rears, the set also includes a wireless subwoofer. The Samsung offers a number of inputs, including two HDMI and an optical port. Pricing though is $1499 and it will be available in mid-2016. However, if that price is a little rich for your blood, HW-K850 is under $1000 and does without the wireless rears. This system also gives you the option to add a couple of Samsung's multiroom speakers as rears if you want to as well.