Samsung Goes After Sonos With A New Wireless Soundbar System

Wireless whole-home audio is a tough nut to crack. Only a few folks – primarily Sonos – have cracked it but Samsung is hot on the whole-home kick with the HW-K950, a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar that includes three forward-facing and two upward speakers. The HW-K950 can connect to subwoofers and rear speaker units wirelessly which means you don’t have to drag speaker cable all over your living room.

The new speakers connect to Samsung’s Wireless Audio 360 system which allows you to control the entire system from your tablet or PC and even tweak settings from your Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S smartwatches.

Dolby Atmos is a proprietary sound technology that is supposed to improve audio. Sadly not many services stream Atmos-compatible audio and there are only a few movies with Atmos support. The technology is more prevalent in movie theaters right now but rest assured that Dolby will probably try to shoehorn it into our homes this year.

No pricing yet but it’s fun to see Samsung trying to keep up with big bad Sonos.


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