The HT-WS1G surround bar is a 2.1 channel system also known as the Crystal Surround Air Track. It comes at around $400, which makes it one of the lower priced units around. Even so, you shouldn’t imagine that this is a low quality system because this is not the case. Samsung has managed to create a low budget sound system which doesn’t lack quality in any department.
The volume levels are indicated through a series of blue lights which are placed vertically on the left side of the sound bar. On the opposite side, you will notice two LEDs which will show you the current audio format and sound mode by lighting up in a different color. The only buttons included in the sound bar are touch-sensitive and they can be used for adjusting the volume and or switching the power on and off.
The subwoofer is wireless, which is great if you are trying to keep the number of cables to a minimum. You can place it wherever you like and it will still deliver the same sound quality. While other subwoofers are easy to hide, you will probably want to keep this one somewhere where you can see it, thanks to its great design.
The remote control is one of the best looking ones around. Instead of getting a large remote which can easily be confused with the one from your TV, you will receive a smaller, rounded one which gets the job done. There are only a few buttons on it and each one of them is placed in the perfect location. Besides basic things like volume, source and sound mode, you can also turn on your TV with a separate power button.
Setting up the HT-WS1G
The unit can easily be mounted on the wall with the included bracket. After you’re done with this, the system will be ready to go; you just have to finish the connections. If the subwoofer isn’t functioning at first, you simply have to push the reset button and everything will work perfectly.
The addition of a subwoofer is certainly a good move from the people at Samsung, but the fact that you can’t modify the sound levels of this unit is a disappointment.
The system should offer 260W, but this won’t be that impressive, especially if you have a large room. If you turn the volume up to maximum, you will still get clear and clean sound, but you will also notice that the HT-WS1G lacks the punch you’d expect from such a system.
When watching movies, you will receive everything you can expect from a 2.1 channel system and the HT-WS1G won’t let you down, as long as you are not expecting any type of surround sound.
The system performs admirably when listening to music and it can hit the notes perfectly without any drawbacks whatsoever.
Pros and cons
This sound bar is not particularly loud and this is can be a serious disadvantage to some. The lack of surround sound is also a downside, but most people didn’t expect impressive results in this category because of the low price.
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