RM3500 Cinema Hero

We’re a bit out of our depths here. Samsung was gracious enough to lend us their flagship soundbar for a week for us to test in the comforts of our own home, and needless to say we were blown away by the clear, room filling sound with rich, deep bass that came out from a seemingly unassuming metal bar. We delve into why you should seriously consider Samsung’s new flagship instead of a full blown hi-fi system.

So what is it?

In essence, the Soundbar is your all-in-one solution for a 5.1 surround sound system with a party trick of its own. 11 drivers make up the system: 6 of which are woofers, and the rest are tweeters, where 2 are upward firing (read: positioned on top of the soundbar) and 2 wide dispersion units for horizontal space.

The thing is also packed to the brim with features. There’s Bluetooth support, and sample upscaler built-in on top of the standard equipment list.

Size?

Do the maths, my friend. 11 speakers tightly packaged in one metal chassis still takes up a lot of space. In comparison, it’s about as wide as a Honda Jazz. The sound bar just about fits on a tv screen at least 55” wide, anything smaller and it’ll look a bit off. The minimalist block design doesn’t protrude and remains visually hidden if you place it inside the tv cabinet or even out in the open. Build quality too is not skimped; a metal frame encases all the electronics inside, surrounded by metal grilles in the same colour, rounding off a nicely weighted feel to it. Very clean.

What about the features though?

The soundbar comes equipped generously when it comes to connections, 2 HDMI inputs and 1 ARC output, optical and aux in are thrown into the mix, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities for streaming. All of this is tucked neatly behind the soundbar, for a mess free look. A USB-C port is also available to add a wireless dongle for the optional W700 subwoofer, in case you find the already substantial bass power not enough.

On top of that, the soundbar also comes equipped with distortion cancelling technology, where an algorithm predicts when distortions may occur and counters it, allowing bass to stay tight and crisp during bouts of high-intensity usage.

Apart from strong bass, the soundbar also features 2 upward firing tweeters that adds height to the soundstage, giving the illusion that the sound is not coming from the device, but the tv screen, which is pretty neat.

Given that the MS750 is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi equipped, the soundbar is capable of streaming music on both channels using Samsung’s multiroom app, connecting to other streaming services like Spotify, Tidal and Deezer, really enabling ease of use and not restricting the soundbar’s use to just movies or tv shows.

The MS750 also supports 24-bit/96 kHz files, which the software will automatically upscale to 32-bit when it deems necessary. While this may put some people off due to forced upsampling, most wouldn’t be able to tell the difference anyway, so it’s not a big issue to fuss over about.

What does all this yip-yap mean to me bro?

What all of this means, is that the soundbar delivers a very forward, authority driven sound. It immediately catches you with its clarity, that’s not monotonous and dry, but rather exciting, and dynamic. Conversations are sharp and precise, and coupled with the upward firing tweeters, give off a very room filling sound that’s immersive as it is entertaining.

And if you don’t feel like using it for movies, the soundbar also doubles as a damn good hi-fi system, delivering hits in all the right tones and frequencies, but what still amazes us is that the bass response is incredible, given the tightly packaged space the driver has to work in.

Should I buy it though?

We understand that the MSRP (RM 3500) is a bit steep, but once you’ve heard the capabilities of the soundbar, you’d be hard pressed to find anything else that can match it at the price range. For a full, uncluttered movie experience, you should definitely consider this soundbar instead of a hi-fi system.

4/5

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