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Samsung launches its first Dolby Atmos soundbar in Europe

29 Aug 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

Samsung recently launched its Dolby Atmos soundbar in the US market and the company is now using the IFA show in Berlin to introduce HW-K950 to Europe. However, if you want the Dolby Atmos experience in the living room you have to dig deep in your pocket.

Dolby Atmos soundbar

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar
Dolby Atmos can be experienced in cinemas but Dolby wants to make Atmos – its object-based audio technology – available in the living room, too. Besides licensing it for use in receivers, Dolby has teamed up with manufacturers, including Samsung, to launch soundbars based on the technology.

The first product from Samsung is HW-950 that has two wireless rear speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Samsung says that it can deliver 5.1.4-channel surround sound. The company has also announced a cheaper HW-K850 without wireless speakers.

- “By combining the HW-K950 soundbar’s surround sound, the premium picture quality of the SUHD TV with Quantum dot display and the latest content available through our Ultra HD Blu-ray player (UBD-K8500), we’re proud to offer our consumers a complete 4K entertainment experience,” said Jurack Chae, SVP of Visual Display Business at Samsung.

Samsung explains that a total of 15 built-in units deliver a combined output effect of 500W. The soundbar can be connected to movie players via one of the two HDMI inputs and to the TV via a HDMI output. In addition to delivering powerful movie sound, it supports music over Bluetooth and WiFi.

 Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar

If you want Dolby Atmos in your living room, you have to have to dig deep in your pocket. HW-K950 carries a retail price of 1500 Euro. Samsung has not announced the price for HW-K850, but in the US the two soundbars were launched for $1500 and $900, respectively.

HW-K950 will be on display at IFA 2016 that starts later this week.

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