Samsung HW-N400 review: An excellent entry-level Samsung soundbar

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Samsung HW-N400

I also love that Samsung left branding to a minimal. This really makes the piece stay subtle in your entertainment space.

TA-ratings-95There is one simple way to up your sound on your TV, add a soundbar or a surround sound system. A full surround sound system will probably offer the best experience but a soundbar is a good middle ground if you don’t want to go all out. But there are also plenty of soundbar choices and it’s not easy to settle once you start researching. The Samsung HW-N400 is an excellent entry level soundbar that shouldn’t break the bank. Read on for the full review of the Samsung HW-N400.

Specifications

The Samsung HW-N400 has the following features and specifications:

  • Frequency Response (amp): 55Hz~20KHz
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Number of Speakers: 4
  • Dolby Digital: DTS 2ch
  • Amp: Digital Amplifier
  • Sound Modes: 2 DSP
  • Supported Formats: WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, OGG
  • Connectivity: Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, 2x HDMI, HDMI Out, Optical, Auto Power Link, Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 25.20″ x 2.80″ x 3.95″
  • Weight: 10.14lbs (shipping weight)

What’s In The Box

  • Samsung HW-N400 soundbar
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Wall Mount Kit
  • Batteries
  • Optical Cable
  • Instructions and Manuals

Design

Most sound bars look very much alike with some small distinguishing features. The Samsung HW-N400 has an industrial design, not unlike its bigger and more expensive brother the MS750. I rather enjoyed the look of the MS750 and like that Samsung has carried the look over to this more affordable soundbar. Looks are a subjective thing but I do think that most people should enjoy the way the HW-N400 looks.

Samsung has gone with an all-metal design here, leaving out black mesh cloth. As I said in my MS750 review, I like that Samsung did this. The cloth covers tend to rip easier and gather dust easier than the metal design Samsung has gone with here.

Samsung HW-N400

The design is wonderful.

I also love that Samsung left branding to a minimal. This really makes the piece stay subtle in your entertainment space. The controls are located to the right of the unit. These controls are for volume up/down, power, and source. The front of the unit also has an LED indicator to let you know volume level and source. This is not on all of the time but will come on when you use the remote.

Around the back of the Samsung HW-N400 is the I/O which isn’t bad for an affordable soundbar. You have optical and HDMI ARC which is what I prefer to use.

Overall, the design is in line with what Samsung has been doing with their soundbar lineup and I am a fan. Love that industrial and minimalist design.

Samsung HW-N400

The rear of the HW-N400.

Ease of Use

Most soundbars are super simple to use and that’s the case with the Samsung HW-N400. You can connect via HDMI ARC or optical cable and once you have that done, you’re ready to go. If you happen to have a Samsung TV like the Q8F, you can use the TVs remote to control the soundbar. The included remote is easy to operate though and is pretty basic.

You do have a Bluetooth option with this soundbar so if you wanted to stream your smartphone’s music through the speaker you could do that as well.

Overall, most anyone should be able to get this soundbar set up and working within minutes.

Samsung HW-N400

The controls on the side.

Sound

I would consider this soundbar to be at the high end of entry-level, so you need to take that into consideration. There is no dedicated subwoofer here, though you could buy one and add to it, so don’t expect the sound to be as good as the MS750.

That being said, I love the sound the Samsung HW-N400 produces. Movies, TV, and gaming all sound great on this entry level bar. There is Dolby on board here but you won’t be getting the same surround experience more expensive models offer. That’s just to be expected. Some may be disappointed with the thinner bass response, especially with movies where you want that low rumble. I would say that the HW-N400 is more than a significant improvement over stock TV speakers so if all you’ve ever heard are your tinny TV speakers, this soundbar will satisfy.

Overall, the four speakers, 2 channels, and wode-range tweeter on this soundbar deliver exceptional sound given the price point of the soundbar.

Samsung HW-N400

The sound this soundbar produces is really great for its price point.

Price/Value

The MSRP of the Samsung HW-N400 is $229.99USD but you can nab it at Samsung’s website for $199.99USD and Amazon had it for $197.99USD. I really think there is a lot of value here and it’s worth your time to consider this soundbar.

Wrap Up

The Samsung HW-N400 is a well-built, nicely designed, great sounding and affordable soundbar that will elevate your TV sound for the better. I like the price of this guy and it is well worth your efforts to take a closer look at it.

*We received a review unit of the Samsung HW-N400 for the purposes of this review.

Samsung HW-N400

$229.99USD
9.5

Design

9.5/10

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Sound

9.0/10

Price/Value

9.5/10

Nailed it

  • Wonderful design
  • Great sound quality
  • Easy set up
  • Integrates nicely with Samsung Smart TVs
  • Great price and value

Needs work

  • Bass is a bit thin but you could always add a subwoofer
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