Samsung HT-WS1G Wall-Mountable Speaker System - Samsung HT-WS1G

By Danny Phillips



Our Score:


Rigging up the system is a piece of cake. Obviously some DIY is required for wall-mounting but the bespoke bracket makes the process straightforward. Once installed all that's left to do is connect the optical cable from your player and plug both components into the mains. The wireless sub should pick up the wireless signal from the box straight away, but if not there's an ID set button on the back to reset the connection. There isn't any way of tweaking the levels, so you have to take the sound as it comes.

The system is supplied with a decent remote control, which is short and stumpy yet ergonomic, and boasts good button placement and foolproof labelling. Most of the zapper's buttons are actually designed to control a compatible Samsung TV, which is an added bonus if you're suffering from remote overload.

To check out the HT-WS1G's audio chops, we rigged up our DVD player via the optical input and let it rip with Independence Day's 5.1-channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. It delivers a swift, stirring performance with the movie's raucous action scenes, expressing high frequencies with plenty of snap and mustering a respectable but not foundation-shaking amount of low-end rumble.

As the alien spaceships obliterate Earth's monuments, the explosions sound solid and meaty, while other sudden effects like gunfire and smashing windows sound sharp but not abrasive. The dramatic score is conveyed with drive and urgency too, and the decent midrange handling results in clearly articulated dialogue.

The trouble is, to get the full impact you need to turn the system's volume up to the maximum, but when you do it still feels like it's holding back - there's no way of pushing it to truly wall-shaking levels. With a claimed 260W blasting into the room, the sound is certainly a lot more powerful than your average TV speakers, but it doesn't get as loud or dynamic as other soundbars we've tested. Also, there's absolutely no surround presence at all despite the supposed inclusion of a virtual surround mode, but that's not unusual for a soundbar.

The HT-WS1G feels right at home with music material. The retro-soul of Daniel Merriweather's Love and War on CD is treated to a vibrant and rhythmic rendition, dripping in crisp hi-hats, sharp brass and punchy beats.


We immediately fell in love with the HT-WS1G's unique design, in particular the touch-sensitive controls and wireless subwoofer, which makes for a neat, cable-free installation. It's supremely stylish as most Samsung products are, and while its sound quality is generally impressive, it's not quite powerful or expansive enough to challenge the more potent movie performance of soundbars from B&W, Denon and Marantz. It could also do with a few more connections on the back, but if you can live with these drawbacks then this is a great-value way of upgrading from your TV's speakers.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 7
  • Design 9


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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