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Samsung HT-WS1G Wall-Mountable Speaker System review



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If we're being blunt, most flatpanel TVs provide terrible sound quality, but not everyone has the cash or the space to upgrade to a full home cinema system, while others simply don't like the thought of cables messing up their carefully planned interior decor.

Dilemmas like these have created a strong demand for single-unit, wall-mountable speaker systems (or 'soundbars') that deliver powerful sound quality without making unreasonable demands on your living environment, or in the case of Samsung's HT-WS1G, your wallet.

This 2.1-channel system (oddly dubbed 'Crystal Surround Air Track') can be yours for under £260, but even at this tempting price Samsung hasn't compromised its usual design principles and aesthetic attention to detail - the HT-WS1G is pure eye candy and covered in clever touches.

The soundbar itself is incredibly slim and compact - much more so than most rivals - which makes it a breeze to wall-mount. Its one-metre width is exactly the same as a Samsung 40in TV, and the lustrous Platinum Black finish matches the company's sets perfectly, so when mounted below one the effect is stunning. But if you'd rather place it on a flat surface then it comes with a transparent stand that clips onto the bottom.

Samsung clearly didn't want to ruin the look by plonking a bright display panel on the front, so instead the unit features an array of subtle lights that disappear when idle. On the left side is a vertical row of blue lights that indicates the volume level, while on the right are two small LEDs that light up either red, green or blue depending on the audio format being received and the selected sound mode. Also on the right are touch-sensitive volume and power controls.

Also in the surprisingly large box, which contains more polystyrene than AV kit, is a subwoofer. Not only is this bass box powered (always preferable from a performance point of view) but it's also wireless, which minimises the amount of cables needed and lets you place it anywhere in the room regardless of where the soundbar is installed. But this is one sub you won't want to tuck away in a corner - its gloss-black top panel and curved edges make it easy on the eye, while its build quality is admirably robust.

On the back of the main unit are just two inputs, which keeps things simple but doesn't provide much flexibility if your player's outputs don't match. You get an optical digital audio input that accepts Dolby Digital, DTS and PCM streams, but you're screwed if your deck only sports a coaxial output. An analogue minijack serves your other stereo sources, for which you'll need an adapter cable. Needless to say the lack of HDMI inputs and HD audio decoding is a shame, but a bit much to ask at this price.

To spice up stereo sound, there's a selection of three sound field modes - News, Cinema and Music - which lend different characteristics to the sound depending on the content, or you can bypass them.

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August 7, 2009, 6:03 am

OK, you may think I'm being a bit picky here but I'm on this site everyday because I think that it's well run but when I see things like 'Click to enlarge' on a picture of an item like this one I expect to see a larger picture, not just the same one opened in a new window exactly the same size. It may seem like a minor point but it just smacks of lack of editorial vigilance. I know you probably think that I'm a bit sad but for devotees of this site these small points do matter because I wanted to see the item close up. Believe me - things like this make you jump to Amazon or the like and maybe next time go to Amazon straight away believing that that's a reliable site. Small, picky point maybe, but maybe important in these days of technology site competiition.


August 7, 2009, 6:23 am

"..but you're screwed if your deck only sports a coaxial output."

To put it bluntly :-P


August 7, 2009, 6:49 am

What about the power output of this system? Does anybody know how it compares to the Yamaha YAS-71? I know its a bit more but is the Yamaha system considerably better?


August 7, 2009, 1:47 pm

@ xenos

or just buy one of these....


Jay Werfalli

August 7, 2009, 4:22 pm

@ducati900fe - Not sure what you're talking about? In fact, you're wrong. All the click to enlarge photos open up as larger versions of the original. No lack of editorial vigilance here I'm afraid. Are you sure it's just not your browser automatically resizing the larger photos to fit into your window?


August 7, 2009, 6:23 pm

For a spanner like me, I have a TY with a load of devices attached. Will the audio from all of these run through the optical out on my Tv to the sound bar?


August 7, 2009, 8:16 pm

@bg - I know about those I just thought the wording in the article was amusing :-)

Anybody know anything about the Yamaha YAS-71? How about a review please :D ??

Andy 2

September 30, 2010, 9:18 pm

Same question as Marko, I would like to connect the soundbar via optical straight to my Samsung TV. I have sky + HD box & PS3 connected via HDMI, will I get surround sound from these devices ???

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