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Samsung HW-C450 review

A glossy black soundbar that is designed to compliment Samsung TVs

Our Verdict

For

  • Smart design
  • Conveniently wireless subwoofer
  • Room-filling ambience

Against

  • Slightly metallic tone
  • No HDMI inputs

Samsung's flashy HW-C450 soundbar is designed to complement its own glossy black TVs with glowing touch-sensitive controls and a narrow profile.

There's no grill so, hopefully, you won't mind the drive units being on display. What's more, Samsung has solved the problem of trailing cables with a subwoofer that operates wirelessly.

It's also reasonably well connected, with three digital and analogue inputs and a mini jack for an MP3 player.

It's very easy to set up, too. Just run an optical cable from your receiver to the system and plug both into the mains and you're away. The soundbar will switch itself on when it detects a signal, and in turn automatically send a wireless signal to the sub. The two units had no problems pairing up or dropping the signal.

With the slick touch controls on the bar and an ergonomic remote control, this bar could only be improved by auto source select so you don't have to scroll through the inputs. In fact, the HW-C450 does a fine job of replacing feeble TV speakers.

With the help of the sub, the scale, volume and projection of the sound from our V+ box were impressive. The tweeters provide plenty of detail, giving dialogue much better definition, while the sub adds atmospheric warmth to music and special effects. Cinema mode adds a little extra depth.

An attractively textured finish disguises the sub's slightly flimsy construction. It doesn't have the power or punch of an MDF sub, but it's enough to produce the essential room-filling ambient bass.

A slightly metallic tone from the speaker array reminds you that this is a budget speaker solution, but it's a vast improvement on any TV speakers we've heard.

Like the Sharp HTSB400, this speaker likes to play loud, only this time it has the bass channel to back it up.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Speaker Configuration2.1
RMS Output Power280 W
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS
Brand NameSamsung
ManufacturerSamsung
Height45 mm
Width955 mm
Depth91.9 mm
Product ModelHW-C450
Product NameHW-C450 Audio Bar Speaker System
Manufacturer Part NumberHW-C450
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Amplify your listening pleasure with the slim, compact Samsung HW-C450 Audio Bar Speaker System. Difficult room configurations are not a problem, the C450 can be mounted on the wall, with the wireless subwoofer placed anywhere in the room to achieve maximum audio impact.