A STAGE FOR SOUND

Sam­sung HW-H600 SoundS­tand

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Bryan Chan

One of the main is­sues with us­ing sound bars is that plac­ing them in front of your TVs may block the sig­nal from your re­mote. Sam­sung's new HW-H600 SoundS­tand may just be the per­fect so­lu­tion for this par­tic­u­lar prob­lem. We'll give you a tour of this de­vice's fea­tures in this re­view.

In all hon­esty, the Sam­sung HW-H600 is ba­si­cally a slab that looks like an ex­ten­sion of a TV stand. This is great, be­cause it blends in well with any dé­cor you may have and al­lows you to have a game of “Guess Where the Sound is Com­ing From” when­ever you have guests come over. On a more se­ri­ous note, the HW-H600 ac­tu­ally looks re­ally unique, to the point that you wouldn't have guessed that it's a full speaker sys­tem at first glance. In case you're won­der­ing, yes, this sound stand is able to sup­port the weight of TVs, up to those that are 60-inches in size.

This unique look does more than help with aes­thet­ics ac­tu­ally. Its de­sign ac­tu­ally helps fun­nel the sound to the front, al­low­ing it to pro­vide loud au­dio, with min­i­mal ef­fort. Speak­ing of sound, the HW-H600 has a set of four speak­ers, as well as an in­te­grated sub­woofer. This means that the HW-H600 is more than ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing sound that fills an en­tire liv­ing room. Another no­table fea­ture of this sys­tem is that it has in­te­grated Blue­tooth func­tion­al­ity, al­low­ing you to eas­ily pair it with Sam­sung TVs that sup­port Sound Con­nect tech­nol­ogy, as well as any other mo­bile de­vice.

In terms of sound qual­ity, the clar­ity that this sound sys­tem has to of­fer is amaz­ing. In Adele's 'Love Song', the gui­tars at the begin­ning sounded ex­tremely clear, while the rest of the song sounded great, with plenty of pres­ence and a re­spectable amount of sound­stag­ing. We rec­om­mend lis­ten­ing to mu­sic with the Sur­round Sound mode switched off, as this will make for a more bal­anced lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

We then plugged it into a TV, en­abled Sur­round Sound and its Movie au­dio pro­file, and watched Pa­cific Rim. With Sur­round Sound en­abled, the sound­stage ex­panded a lit­tle, and the bass was in­creased tremen­dously. This pro­vided a de­cent cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence, but like many sound bars, di­rec­tional sound is just good and not su­perb.

To sum­ma­rize, the Sam­sung HW-H600 SoundS­tand is a unique of­fer­ing from Sam­sung that's able to out­put very good au­dio. It's also priced rel­a­tively cheap com­pared to sound bars, so it makes for a de­sir­able op­tion for any­one look­ing for a full home the­ater sys­tem re­place­ment.

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