Samsung HW-E551 review

A 2.1 Air Track TV audio system that's a soundbar and hi-fi

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The Samsung HW-E551 is arguably the most sophisticated 2.1 system currently available. The hybrid design is neat and the wireless sub behaves impeccably, shutting down when required.

We liked

The versatile 'transformer' soundbar design is excellent, and Bluetooth compatibility for mobile phone streaming is extremely useful.

The system's feature roster is good too. Purely from a convenience standpoint, the inclusion of Bluetooth has to be considered a plus, and the user display on the soundbar is also a welcome convenience.

We disliked

However, while fun with Drive and Dexter, a lack of genuine depth on the subwoofer means it doesn't really pull off more complicated audio. Not only does it fail to deliver anything of note below 50Hz, it's not exactly whistle-clean at the higher registers, either.

There is some unwanted hash around 10kHz, which undermines wider clarity, and the 3D surround sound mode is unconvincing.

Final verdict

As a sonic upgrade for a TV, the Samsung HW-E551 represents fine value, and the punchy sub is a crowd pleaser. Sonically it's not perfect, but for general TV viewing these caveats are unlikely to prove an issue.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Speaker Configuration2.1
RMS Output Power310 W
Subwoofer TypeActive
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
ColourSilver, Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital, 3D Sound Plus, DTS, Virtual Surround
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorStand Mountable, Wall Mountable, Surface-mountable, Table Mountable
Power SourceAC Adapter
Subwoofer Height290 mm
Subwoofer Width290 mm
Subwoofer Depth370 mm
Satellite Speaker Height55 mm
Satellite Speaker Width1038 mm
Satellite Speaker Depth55 mm
Product ModelHW-E551
Product NameHW-E551 Speaker System
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz
Manufacturer Part NumberHW-E551/XU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Satellite/Speaker Weight (Approximate)1.70 kg
Limited Warranty1 Year
Subwoofer Weight (Approximate)7.70 kg