If you take a look around our office, you’ll notice a lot of headphone action. Unless we are in a meeting or chatting, many of us will have earphones or an earpiece hanging randomly from one ear.
You’ll usually find me doing the same while I work, with a range of classical music, showtunes, lo-fi beats or even K-pop playing in my headphones at all times.
When we’re not listening to our own music, we chat, and in pockets of silence, the clatter of keyboards fills the office.
That changed when the Samsung Ultra Slim S801B Lifestyle Soundbar graced our console that sits below our 75-inch Samsung QLED 4K Q60B TV, livening up the desk even more.
One of the main features of this Samsung soundbar, which only comes in sleek white, is that it supports Dolby Atmos/DTS Virtual:X, which recreates sound to be more 3D and immersive.
Plus, it’s able to connect wirelessly – the first time a Samsung soundbar with Dolby Atmos has been able to.
Without the usual tangle of wires (beyond its main charging cable), you have more flexibility when choosing where to place the soundbar and you don’t have to worry about compromising sound quality. his.
The soundbar also features true 3.1.2 sound, which refers to a setup that includes three channels, a subwoofer channel, and two up-firing or up-firing speakers.
This allows for immersive acoustics, with these two channels producing airy sounds for a complete audio environment.
Meanwhile, the subwoofer, a speaker component, reproduces low frequencies such as bass and subwoofer for added depth.
For something so powerful, this soundbar is incredibly slim with its 39.9mm thick profile.
It certainly lives up to its Ultra Slim name. Even the accompanying subwoofer has a rather small footprint.
The Lifestyle S801B soundbar can be wall mounted for the ultimate minimalist setup or placed on a console, which we did.
Either way, its wireless and slim nature makes it unobtrusive, leaving plenty of room for our other devices and decor pieces.
However, note that the Q-Symphony feature requires an HDMI, optical or Wi-Fi connection to the TV (meaning Bluetooth won’t cut it).
Speaking of which, let’s talk a bit more about Q-Symphony.
Create a symphony with our TV
Q-Symphony works by synchronizing the TV speakers with the soundbar so they can both play sounds at the same time.
Our TV’s dual speakers pair well with the soundbar, delivering an enhanced surround sound experience that’s great for movies (and actual symphonies, if that’s what you’re into).
Although the Q-Symphony is fantastic, only the soundbar can do a lot of work to deliver excellent sound quality.
The standard soundbar setting is much more amplified compared to the TV speakers. The Adaptive setting, which analyzes the sound signal to automatically produce optimized sounds, further enhances this.
But the Dolby Atmos stands out above all. As one of my colleagues said, it has more “substance”. He also said the Dolby Atmos setting “gives the bass an extra boost and a crisper quality.”
Easily stream the sound of music in our office
Since our TV and soundbar are housed in the common area of our office, some of our co-workers opted to forgo their headphones and earbuds in favor of some tunes to liven up the space.
So far, we’ve had soft piano and space-filling jazz for a cafe atmosphere (adjusting our seating area in front of the TV), and lo-fi beats for more focus on work.
Our desk layout is quite long, but with the setup’s central placement, even those seated at opposite ends can hear the music playing, boosted by the soundbar’s adaptive capabilities.
Of course, we also regularly used the soundbar when watching shows over lunch or watching webinars.
The soundbar particularly impressed me with the latter use case. This may be due to its active voice amplifier, which makes dialogue sound clearer. Compared to my laptop speakers, the host sounded much clearer through the soundbar.
Music with Dolby Atmos also sounds much better. With the surround sound feature, we all hear the same audio quality no matter which direction we’re sitting in relation to the TV.
In short, the soundbar is versatile, working perfectly for both dialogue and music.
The ability to quickly switch between sound settings (whether from TV speaker to soundbar or from standard to adaptive mode) is also useful, depending on how loud you want to project a specific sound.
Even for those of us who aren’t audiophiles, the enhanced audio quality delivered by the RM2,999 Samsung Ultra Slim S801B Lifestyle Soundbar was clear.
The soundbar alone already gives significant value to your audio setup. If you have a Samsung TV that supports Q-Symphony, I think the soundbar makes an even more fantastic addition.
- Learn more about the Samsung Ultra Slim S801B Lifestyle Soundbar here.
- Read the other articles we’ve written about Samsung here.
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