If you already own a monster TV, then you are probably on a hunt for a top soundbar and the one of the best additions you can have is the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500. This soundbar for TV is aimed to complement the Samsung’s curved TV series and with its great 57 inch size and curved design is a perfect match for any 55 inch or larger TV. The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is not only a great match for curved TVs, but also for flat ones as it is one of the most versatile top soundbar in regards of connectivity and functionalities that is able to deliver flawless performance.
Sound Bar Size: 57”
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, Wireless Multiroom
Total Power: 350 W
Installation: Tabletop and wall-mountable
The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is the most powerful and robust of the curved soundbars series Samsung has released, including Samsung soundbar HW-J6000, HW-J6500 and HW-J7500. The body of Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 comes in black or silver coloured brushed aluminium with a metal grille wrapped around the front and the sides of the soundbar for TV. The entire body sits on rubber pads in order to minimize vibrations and on top of the soundbar you will be able to find the usual quick buttons that control the power, input and volume levels.
Under the metal mesh at the front an LCD display shows the chosen input and indicates when volume has been changed.
Unlike the other models in the Samsung’s curved series, the LCD display of the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is slightly moved to the left due to the presence of a center speaker incorporated in the soundbar for TV. This is just something you will need some time to get used to, as we all just catched the habit to see the indicators just right in the center.
All the connectivity sockets are as usual found at the back of the soundbar for TV. They include an optical digital input, an ARC-enabled output and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. You will also find a USB Ethernet port, an HDMI socket and a LAN port that is used for multi room setup, although you can also use the built-in WiFi for this purpose. If you are to go with the WiFi multiroom setup, than you will find a WPS button on the back of the soundbar for TV, along with a Speaker Add button.In addition to all the wireless options you have a built-in Bluetooth that allows you to stream music from any bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and also connect wirelessly your Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 directly to the TV (if the model is compatible), thanks to the TV Sound Connect technology.
Of course, as part of the design we do not have to forget the subwoofer. This time the subwoofer comes slimmer and easier to accommodate anywhere in your room. It connects to the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 wirelessly and blends perfectly with it.
The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is a top soundbar packed with features. The sleek design houses a 9.1 channel surround sound delivered by speakers with a dedicated amplifier for each one of them. Of course, the subwoofer has one of its own, in order to deliver a 2.5 dB deeper bass than any other soundbar with subwoofer on the market. What adds to the extraordinary surround sound performance is the way the speakers are placed. Two of the channels are located on the side of the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500, so that you can get expanded surround sound effect. They all use active crossover drivers that direct the frequencies to the respective speaker for greater clarity and audio accuracy.
Although the soundbar with subwoofer doesn’t have an HD audio decoding, it features a High Frequency Audio Restoration technology that allows playing high-resolution audio (up to 96kHz/24-bit) of lower quality compressed files as it is able to restore the data lost during the compression process. It allows you connecting your Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 and getting great audio from almost any TV are the Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 technologies it features and the variety of modes you can choose from, like Clear Voice, Surround Sound Expansion, Cinema and so on. Another great addition to the features of the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is the multiroom setup that allows you connecting other wireless speakers or devices located in other rooms in your home.
The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 does what it you would expect a 9.1 channel top soundbar to do. Although it pushes the LCD display slightly on the side, the addition of a central speaker just adds to a greater clarity of the audio. The sound is properly directed and the dialogues in a movie sound like as if they are coming from the TV, but the at the same time the side-firing surround effect speakers make the scenes way more exciting. Of course, all this is supported by the subwoofer’s rumble. As usual, it might take you some time to adjust the bass level to your likings and room size, as it comes to be quite overpowering, but once you get there you will be amazed how well the soundbar and subwoofer blend in order to get you into that surround sound environment. The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 will deliver an impeccable performance when it comes to audio as well without any distortion as a top soundbar should perform.
Overall, Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 proves to be one of the top soundbars Samsung has released. You are only to be amazed by the flawless performance delivered by the nine speakers and a deep bass subwoofer blended with them. The clarity of the dialogues is perfect and the sound expansion is what you expect it to be.
The only downside is probably the lack of a second HDMI socket, but if you think you are just fine with one, then you have found your winner.