Review Price £289.99
The HW-D570 is supplied with a wireless cradle for iPod and iPhone, which beams music to the soundbar – a very appealing feature.
The HW-D570’s audio decoding capabilities haven’t been designed with Blu-ray in mind, however. It can only handle regular Dolby Digital and DTS and not True HD or Master Audio. But you won’t miss out on the extra sonic resolution these formats deliver because the unit can handle multichannel PCM – you’ll just need to set your Blu-ray deck to decode the formats beforehand though.
Samsung has piled loads of DSP sound modes into the unit, including Sports, Game, Music, News, Drama, Cinema, as well as Samsung’s proprietary 3D Sound Plus processing, which improves the depth and width of the soundstage to heighten the impact of 3D pictures. Power Bass does what it says on the tin.
Additionally, Virtual Surround is on hand to mimic real surround sound from the two speakers, while Smart Sound levels off audio peaks and troughs to prevent big jumps in volume. An AV Sync function allows you to sort out dialogue discrepancies – the delay can be set from 25 to 300ms, increasing in 25ms increments.
Setup and operation is blissfully simple. Sure, it’s a tad tricky get your HDMI lead into the sideways-facing sockets, but once you’ve plugged it all in the rest of the setup process is hassle free. Pairing between the soundbar and sub is done automatically, with a small blue light indicating a connection has been made.
A lot of the credit for this simple operation goes to the remote, which boasts a compact, ergonomic shape and large chunky rubber buttons. It’s complete child’s play to use, whether you’re toggling through inputs and sound modes or tweaking the levels. There are dedicated controls for the subwoofer volume and AV Sync, plus buttons for 3D Sound and Smart Volume. Excellent labelling eliminates confusion.
Without onscreen menus, all audio tweaking is carried out on the front panel but that’s not a problem as the informative display makes everything crystal clear.