With the Samsung HW-J355 2.1-channel soundbar, you can bring the audio in your home viewing centre to the next level. The soundbar itself has great range and with the added subwoofer, you get an audio experience that is pretty impressive for the price. Add in some nice features like Bluetooth and wireless connectivity and this makes for system that should please most buyers.
This is a 2.1-channel sound system that delivers a total of 120W of power. The soundbar enclosure has four speakers, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers, then you have the 60W subwoofer to fill out the low end. This arrangement makes for sound that is well defined and very clear. It may not have the power of some of the more expensive systems, but most users will find that this model delivers more than enough for their purposes.
The HW-J355 from Samsung comes with some nice audio features that should work for the purposes of most users. This soundbar comes with Dolby Digital sound processing, a virtual surround feature and it offers the user four preset sound modes that include sports, cinema, music and voice. In addition to that, it has controls for bass and treble, plus the ability to independently control the volume of the subwoofer.
As nice added features, the user also has the ability to connect mobile devices through Bluetooth and it has a USB port for playing music files from an external drive. Devices pair nice and easy for music streaming and it can play a variety of different formats from the USB. With these two features, it makes the HW-J355 good for use as a home music player.
On installation, this soundbar is pretty easy to get set up. It can be set on the TV stand and it comes with the mounting hardware for homes where the TV is on the wall. If you have a compatible Samsung TV, then you can use the Sound Connect feature to connect the soundbar wirelessly. If not, you can either connect through the optical audio connection or use the headphone-style audio connection. One connector that is notably missing is the ability to connect through the L/R audio connection.
Beyond positioning the unit and connecting it to the TV, you will also have to connect the power supply and the subwoofer. The subwoofer does connect with a wire, so that is a cable that you will have to run, but it does connect easily and it does not add a lot of work to the process.
This model comes with operation that is pretty user-friendly. The remote is easy to use and it allows good access to all of the features. If you have your TV connected wirelessly to a Samsung TV, then the soundbar will power on with the remote from the TV and you will be able to control the volume from the TV remote. However, you will still need to keep the remote handy for some of the deeper options like the subwoofer volume and for controlling soundbar when it is in use as a music player.
• 120W 2.1-channel soundbar • External subwoofer • Front panel display • Stream music from mobile devices through Bluetooth • USB media playback • 4 preset sound modes • Connects wirelessly to compatible Samsung TVs • Comes with wall mounting hardware • Works with Samsung audio remote app • 1-year limited warranty from the manufacturer
• Missing the L/R auxiliary inputs could be a problem for some users