Samsung HW-J8500 Curved 9.1 Channel Soundbar – Complete Review

It is no secret that flat-screen TVs have weak built-in speakers. Their low-profile design does not leave enough room for high-definition drivers. This results in the tinny and sharp sound flat-panel TV owners often complain about.

The best way to solve this problem is to buy a soundbar. A soundbar is a dedicated speaker system with specialized drivers that process different frequencies of sound. It makes the TV’s sound more detailed and realistic. It also broadens the sound stage and improves bass.

Soundbars could be straight or curved. Among curved soudbars, one product which is making waves right now is the HW-J8500 Samsung curved soundbar. It is a massive 9.1 channel speaker bar with a wireless subwoofer. Let’s not waste any more time and straightaway go to its features and sound performance.

Let Us Check Why Samsung HW-J8500 Curved 9.1 Channel Soundbar is a Compelling Buy ?

Design and Technology :

The HW-J8500 is a formidable 9.1 channel multi-room wireless curved speaker bar with vented enclosure from Samsung. It has an 8-inch wireless active subwoofer with a peak power output of 350W. The bar has a sleek, elegant and minimalistic design. It is specially developed for, but not limited to, 2015 Samsung Curved Ultra HD TVs with a screen size of 65 inches to 78 inches.

This soundbar best fits these Samsung TV models: UN55JS9000, UN65JS9000, UN65JS9500 and UN78JS9500. Available in black and silver, the soundbar has a pure aluminum construction with rubber pads at the base to minimize vibrations. A top panel features buttons for power, volume and input selection. The front panel has a metal grille stretching its entire length. An LED display screen just behind the grille provides important information like selected input and volume. The information disappears after a few second leaving the bar front nice and clear. The HW-J8500 has Bluetooth and is internet-ready. Connect the bar to the internet through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet hardwire connection to enjoy unlimited songs and movies. The soundbar has TV Sound Connect which means you can connect the bar and the sub to your Samsung TV (check compatibility) without using cables.

The soundbar is compatible with Samsung Wireless Multi-Room App. Download the app on your iPhone or Android phone to wirelessly stream music from apps like Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Pandora and many more. The soundbar can be connected with other speakers to widen the sound arena. You can pair it with the Samsung WAM250 Wireless Audio Hub (optional) and Samsung Shape speakers (optional) to bump it up to a multi-room wireless Wi-Fi sound system fully controllable through your smart phone.

The HW-J8500 Samsung curved soundbar has Anynet+ (HDMI – CEC) technology which lets you control all the devices in your home entertainment system with a single remote. For instance, you can use your existing Samsung TV remote to control the TV and the soundbar together with the sub and any satellite speakers that might be connected to the bar. The soundbar has four sound modes: Clear Voice, Movie, Sports and Music. It also has a Night Mode for reducing intensity at night. The soundbar has a digital amplifier and 3D Video Pass. It can be mounted on walls and flat surfaces like home theatre consoles and tables. It comes with a remote control with battery.

For connectivity, the soundbar has HDMI input and output, optical input, USB port, Ethernet, 3.5mm AUX input, ALL Share DLNA and Auto Power link. The Ethernet port is for wired connections between the soundbar and your Wi-Fi router. Dimensions of the soundbar are: 57.1” x 2.4” x 7.3”. It weighs 11 lbs. Dimensions of the subwoofer are: 19.7” x 13.1” x 7.1”. It weighs 23.4 lbs. The package includes the speaker bar, the sub, remote control with battery, an HDMI cable and a complete set of mounting hardware. The HW-J8500 supports the following AV decoding formats: WMA, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, WAV, OGG and AIFF.

Sound Quality of HW-J8500 Curved 9.1 Channel Soundbar :

The Samsung HW-J8500 has seven front-firing and two side-firing drivers. It has a max power of 350W and RMS 190W. Geared with Surround Sound Expansion technology, the soundbar effectively expands sound laterally and in the upwards direction to surround the viewer(s) from the sides and two feet overhead. This adds depth and impact to the bar’s sound profile and creates genuine home theatre sound.

The Samsung HW-J8500 soundbar has Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio processing. It is a 5.1 channel audio format playable through surround speakers. Its uses High Frequency Restoration to recover and reinstate notes and nuance lost during digital file compression. The result is cinematic brilliance beyond compare. The soundbar also has Digital Theatre Systems (DTS) 2 channel which is another audio format that offers 5.1 channel surround sound.

The bar has Crystal Amp Plus Pro technology which filters invasive sound distortions and interferences to makes sound clearer and more distinct. The subwoofer has an 8-inch woofer inside a Bass Reflex ported enclosure for maximum-impact bass. The sub can handle 160W power (RMS), and since it is wireless, you can place it anywhere you like to get the best bass cover. The soundbar has HDMI connectivity. This is a huge advantage because HDMI cables preserve and maintain the highest quality of digital audio without affecting picture quality. Additionally, the Multi-Room feature allows you to keep speakers in different rooms of the house for creating genuine multi-channel home theatre surround sound.

Features :

  • 1 channel Multi-Room curved soundbar
  • 8-inch Bass Reflex ported enclosure wireless subwoofer
  • 7 front-firing and 2 side-firing speakers
  • 350W max power, 190W RMS
  • Surround Sound Expansion
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 channel, DTS 2 channel
  • Crystal Amp Plus Pro
  • Anynet+ (HDMI – CEC)
  • HDMI input and output
  • TV Sound Connect
  • Can be controlled via Samsung Wireless Multi-Room App


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