Samsung HW-J7500R 4.1-Channel Soundbar – Complete Review
If you are frustrated with your flat-screen TV’s poor sound quality, we recommend using a soundbar. A soundbar is a comprehensive speaker system for your home entertainment. It comprises of a slender cabinet which houses several drivers specialized in processing different frequencies of sound. A soundbar essentially takes over your TV’s audio system and make sound more detailed, impactful and immersive.
Most soundbars are shaped like straight flat elongated bars. They are meant for TVs with slim flat screens. Others are curved and are designed for TVs with curved screens.
Here we will discuss a top-rated curved soundbar from Samsung, the HW-J7500R. It is a high-end speaker bar with 4.1 channels and a max power output of 320W. Let us now analyze the sound profile, features and technology of this soundbar in greater detail.
Let’s Check The Features of Samsung HW-J7500R In Detail :
Design and Technology :
The Samsung HW-J7500R is a 4.1 channel Multi-Room-compatible curved soundbar. It was designed by the company to match its 2016 line of 55-inch and 65-inch curved-screen Ultra HD 4K TVs. The soundbar has a sleek shallow-profile body. It accommodates six front-firing and two side-firing speakers. The front speakers deliver intelligible dialogues, preserving the realness of dramatic and emotional scenes. The side speakers simulate surround sound and spread it far and wide. The bar has a space-efficient design. It sits comfortably under the curved display of your TV. You can mount it on the wall under the TV or place it on a table underneath it. The bar has a pure-aluminum frame. A metal grille covers the front panel of the soundbar. An LED display screen just behind the grille provides important information like selected input and volume. The top panel has discrete buttons for power, volume and input selection.
The HW-J7500R Samsung curved soundbar has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is accompanied by a wireless active subwoofer with a peak power output of 320W. The sub and the bar connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. The bar also connects with the TV via Bluetooth thanks to TV SoundConnect. This feature is available only on select Samsung TVs. Please check compatibility before buying. The soundbar comes with a remote control with subwoofer level controls. However, you can also control the bar through the Samsung Audio Remote App via Bluetooth. The app works on compatible Android smart phones. The HW-J7500R has Bluetooth Audio Streaming and supports streaming platforms like Spotify and Pandora. It can be accessed through the Samsung Wireless Multi-Room App on all Apple and Android phones. From live streaming music and downloading songs to adjusting volume and changing tracks, the app lets you do it all and more.
The HW-J7500R soundbar is Wireless Surround Sound Ready. This means you can connect it to additional rear satellite speaker to expand the soundstage and upgrade it to a multi-channel sound system. You can, for example, connect the bar to your home Wi-Fi network and pair it with Samsung Radiant 360 speakers (optional) serving as satellite speakers. This is an excellent way to create a multi-room wireless home entertainment system. The amazing thing about the HW-J7500R Samsung curved wireless soundbar is that it is works on all iOS and Android devices including smart phones, iPods, laptops and tablets. If you have friends over at your place and they want to play their own songs, all you have to do is connect their Bluetooth-enabled sound source to the soundbar and fire up their playlist. The HW-J7500R has HDMI input and output with Audio Return Channel. It also has optical input, USB port, Ethernet for LAN connection, 3.5mm AUX input and Auto Power link. Anynet (HDMI-CEC) function lets you control the bar with your Samsung TV remote. A remote with subwoofer level controls is also included in the package. The soundbar has 3D Video Pass and HD audio. There are five sound modes namely, Movie, Music, Clear Voice, Sports and Night Mode. The box contains the soundbar, the sub, one remote control with battery, an HDMI cable, a complete wall mount kit, AC power cord and adapter and a user manual. Dimensions of the soundbar are: 48.4” x 1.9” x 6.7”. It weighs 8.8 lbs. Dimensions of the subwoofer are: 17.8” x 13.2” x 6.1”/ It weighs 15 lbs.
Sound Quality :
When it comes to audio quality, very few soundbars can compete with the Samsung HW-J7500R. It is a premium multi-room compatible soundbar with six speakers for the front soundstage and two for the sides. Together with the active wireless subwoofer, it pumps out spacious and resonating home theatre sound for the ultimate home entertainment experience. The HW-J7500R speaker bar uses Surround Sound Expansion technology to increase the sound field’s depth and reach. SSE spreads sound sideways and upwards so that all seating positions are equally surrounded from the sides and two feet overhead. The soundbar has Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio processing with High Frequency Restoration (HFR). It is a 5.1 channel audio format that works with surround speakers. HFR recovers and restores the notes and details of the audio file lost during digital file compression. It maintains the file’s integrity and delivers sound in its original form fully intact.
The soundbar also has Digital Theatre Systems (DTS) 2 channel which is another audio format that offers 5.1 channel surround sound. The Samsung HW-J7500R has real no-nonsense HD Audio. It uses 96kHz/24bit without down-sampling to maintain the original quality of the incoming audio. The bar is Wireless Surround Sound Ready. This means you can connect additional speakers and subwoofers to the soundbar without the use of cables. It’s a great way to upgrade your soundbar to a multi-channel multi-room sound system. It reduces clutter and keeps your house neat and organized. The soundbar has five sound modes for accurate and balanced sound. Night mode prevents sudden fluctuation in volume. The bass-reflex subwoofer has a ported enclosure which is necessary for producing ground-shaking bass. All in all, the HW-J7500R is a quality product with a bunch of cool features and an impressive sound range.
Key features :
- 1 channel 320W curved soundbar with wireless active subwoofer
- Inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Multi-Room compatible
- Surround Sound Expansion
- Wireless Surround Sound Ready
- Can be controlled via Samsung Wireless Multi-Room App
- Can be controlled via Samsung Audio Remote App
- TV Sound Connect
- Dolby Digital 5.1 channel, DTS 2 channel
- 5 sound modes, HD Audio
- Supports Anynet (HDMI-CEC)
- HDMI input and output with ARC
- Wall and shelf mountable
For small TV you can buy smaller soundbars. Check our recommendations.
Passive soundbars are good option if you want to enhance your already installed soundbar setup.