Samsung’s Harman unveils its new premium soundbar lineup


When Samsung acquired Harman International Industries last year, it was pretty obvious the tech brand had eyes on the Harman Kardon audio division. The pair has worked together on a few projects since —smartphones and tablets featuring Harman-owned AKG-tuned audio, for example — but now the collaboration is taking Samsung further into the premium audio sector. Two new co-branded premium soundbars developed with Harman, the Samsung HW-N950, and HW-N850, will go on the market later this month.

Both feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for a rich, three-dimensional sound, plus up- and side-firing speakers. The HW-N950 is the more premium of the two, with four speakers and two wireless surround sound speakers with 7.1.4 channels — the largest number of channels available in a soundbar. The HW-N850 is a more pared back version, with the main unit speaker, woofer, and a 5.1.2 channel.

Both will be available from September 1 in the Netherlands. Details on other launch regions and specific pricing is yet to be confirmed, but European figures suggest the HW-N950 will retail for around €1,500 ($1,700) and the HW-N850 for €1,000 ($1,130) — certainly not the cheapest soundbars on the market, but a fair price for kit that’s got both Samsung and Harman expertise squeezed into it.

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