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Samsung's flashy HW-C450 soundbar is designed to complement its own glossy black TVs with glowing touch-sensitive controls and a narrow profile. There's no grill so, hopefully, you won't mind the drive units being on display. What's more, Samsung has solved the problem of trailing cables with a subwoofer that operates wirelessly. It's also reasonably well connected, with three digital and analogue inputs and a mini jack for an MP3 player. It's very easy to set up, too. Just run an optical cable from your receiver to the system and plug both into the mains and you're away. The soundbar will switch itself on when it detects a signal, and in turn automatically send a wireless signal to the sub. The two units had no problems pairing up or dropping the signal. With the slick touch controls on the bar and an ergonomic remote control, this bar could only be improved by auto source select so you don't have to scroll through the inputs. In fact, the HW-C450 does a fine job of replacing feeble TV speakers. With the help of the sub, the scale, volume and projection of the sound from our V+ box were impressive. The tweeters provide plenty of detail, giving dialogue much better definition, while the sub adds atmospheric warmth to music and special effects.
Unfortunately, though, when resources are spread this thinly, it's hard to offer excellent quality in every area. We had hoped that a company that makes both TVs and Blu-ray players would have included a whole array of inputs on its sound bar, but the truth is the exact opposite. The HW-C450 is the sound bar with the fewest connectivity options that we've tested so far. Of course, when all you have to connect is a simple pair of optical audio inputs, then setting it up is childs' play. But if you have several audio/video sources, you'll have to hope that your TV doesn't have any problems with passthrough (see inset), otherwise things will be a lot harder. Obviously, without more advanced inputs, there is very little information to be shown-which is the case. You get the volume, levels for bass and treble and a few spatialisation options. A wall mount is included. Unsurprisingly, the C450 produces mediocre sound, but given its physical dimensions, we weren't really expecting it to work wonders. Forget about any hope of spatialisation, which is incredibly dodgy.
Photo gallery:Samsung HW-C450 Sound bars aren't as thin as the slimmest HDTVs yet, but the Samsung HW-C450 ($300 street price) is getting close. It is less than 2 inches thick, which seems almost impossibly thin, considering the fact that it houses six drivers and built-in amplification. Even more impressive is that Samsung manages to get some impressive sound quality out of those cramped quarters (plus a wireless subwoofer), with better-than-average sonic detail on movies. Music, on the other hand, sounds a little disappointing, and JVC's somewhat heftier TH-BA1 is a better pick if you plan on listening to more than TV and movies. Our other main knock against the HW-C450 is the lack of HDMI connectivity, especially when the competing Sony HT-CT150 ($300 street price) has three HDMI inputs, all capable of 3D video pass-through. If the lack of HDMI connectivity doesn't bother you, the Samsung HW-C450 is one of the sleekest sound bar home theater systems we've tested, making it a good pick for style-minded buyers who mostly watch movies. Design The HW-C450 is one of the most decor-friendly sound bars we've tested. At only 1.77 inches deep, its slim profile makes it easy to fit on even the most crowded TV stands.