The Samsung soundbar HW-J450 is often compared to the HW-J550 as they both are 37 inch soundbars for TVs accompanied by a subwoofer and they look nearly the same, but there is a substantial $100 difference in the price in favour of HW-J450. Of course, everyone would ask why and is this model of lower quality in comparison to the HW-J550 also released by Samsung in 2015? So in this Samsung soundbar HW-J450 we will have a look at the design, features and performance of this budget soundbar and will answer these questions.
Sound Bar Size: 37”
Sound Pressure Level: 102 dB
Sound Bar Frequency: 20Hz~20KHz
Audio Decoding Technology: Dolby Digital®, DTS 2 CH
Sound Enhancement Technology: ANYNET+(HDMI-CEC), Crystal Amp Pro, Audio Remote App
Total Power: 300 W
Installation: Tabletop and wall-mountable
At first sight you would think that the Samsung soundbar HW-J450 is just a regular 37” soundbar with all the front side covered in metal mesh and you will be almost right. On one hand the simplicity of it’s design makes it so easy to fit to anyone's taste of room decor, but on the other hand you will find a bunch of nice little touches that make the Samsung soundbar HW-J450 a great choice of a budget soundbar.
Behind the metal mesh you will find a LCD screen that indicates when you change the volume or you pick a different input. Just on top of the screen indicator there are quick buttons that also allow you to control the volume and input source as well as power on and off the soundbar.
So far no difference with the more expensive HW-J550. But where we will find one is in the connectivity options placed at the back of the soundbar. The Samsung soundbar HW-J450 has the standard ARC output, a 3.5 mm mini jack, an optical digital input and a USB port. Unlike its upper end sibling that is equipped with HDMI in and out, the Samsung soundbar HW-J450 has only one HDMI input.
The HW-J450 is another configuration of soundbar with subwoofer and in this case the subwoofer is 6.5 inch one with sleek cloth grille design to fit anywhere in the room as it connects wirelessly with the soundbar for TV. The HW-J450 is a soundbar with subwoofer that share the 300 watts of power in 160 watts for the soundbar (2 channels by 80 watts each) and 140 watts for the subwoofer. So in regards of our comparison with the $100 more expensive HW-J550 this one wins over the HW-J450 with additional 20 watts of power added to the subwoofer.
One of the great features that the Samsung soundbar HW-J450 has is that the 2.1 channel surround sound is also reinforced by the powerful subwoofer that connects wirelessly to the soundbar for TV, so that you can enjoy richer audio when watching your favourite programs or movies. If you happen to have a Samsung 3D TV made after 2013 then you can also connect the Samsung soundbar to it wirelessly with the help of the Sound Connect technology and this way go completely wirefree. Well, if you do not have a compatible Samsung TV, you have few options to connect the Samsung soundbar HW-J450 to your TV, like HDMI, optical or AUX cables.
Of course, you can also stream music to the soundbar for TV wirelessly from any of your mobile devices that is Bluetooth enabled and if you have an Android smartphone you are also able to control your Samsung soundbar via the Audio Remote App. The Samsung soundbar HW-J450 is also able to reproduce a whole variety of audio files, thanks to the Dolby Digital and DTS technologies it is featuring. You can play MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, OGG and FLAC files without any troubles.
If you think that a budget soundbar would perform worse than any top soundbar, then you might be wrong. The Samsung soundbar HW-J450 is capable of not only boosting the audio from your TV, but also immerse you in a surround sound environment.
The sound is crisp and the subwoofer will deliver just the right oomph. Thanks to the different audio modes you can choose from, you will be able to hear clear dialogues in movies and at the same time be amazed by the attacking sound effects. When playing music, you will enjoy crystal clear audio no matter the source you are streaming it from and the lack of distortion even with the volume up nearly to the maximum is just adding to the reasons why would you chose to go for Samsung soundbar HW-J450.
Overall, the Samsung soundbar HW-J450 delivers great performance and it is one capable and versatile budget soundbar. When compared to the Samsung soundbar HW-J550 it is only missing 20 watts of power and an HDMI output, but with a price tag of a $100 less. It is really up to your personal preferences to decide if you want to go for a bit more powerful soundbar with a second HDMI or get the Samsung soundbar HW-J450 that delivers the same performance and offers quite a lot of features and options to tweak to make it your own fantastic budget soundbar.