Samsung exhibited its first Dolby Atmos-enabled K950 soundbar at CES 2016. It will be available this summer for $1499. The company says that it will also release a more affordable K850 for $899.
More Dolby Atmos soundbars
Yamaha was first to announce a Dolby Atmos soundbar and Samsung was quick to follow up. Samsung refers to its most expensive solution, K950, as a “soundbar” but technically it an audio system since the soundbar is accompanied by two wireless rear speakers and a subwoofer.
The new, more affordable K850 is, on the other hand, a soundbar. There are no rear speakers. Samsung says that it packs a 3.1.2-channel system (left, center, right in soundbar + 1 subwoofer + 2 roof-firing units). It connects wirelessly to the subwoofer.
No photos of the new soundbar has been released. Below you see the more expensive K950 odel.
- ”We are thrilled to bring consumers an unmatched, immersive sound experience with our first Dolby Atmos-equipped soundbars,” said Jim Kiczek, Vice President, Samsung Electronics America Audio Group. “The HW-K950 and HW-K850 provide a next-generation home entertainment audio experience by truly coming alive to surround consumers with rich, deep, and powerful 3D sound and are the ideal systems to complement our line of televisions.”
Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio system that can position sound as “objects” in your living room. You may already have experienced Dolby Atmos in the cinema.
HW-K950 and HW-K850 will be available this summer in the US for $1499 and $899, respectively. HW-K950 has also been confirmed for Europe.