If there is one “flaw” in modern TV technology, it’s the lack of great sound from most sets. More often than not, you end up with some pretty incredible video, and not nearly as awesome audio. The truth is that HDTVs don’t come with great sound. Seriously, not one of them. That’s why we recommend some sort of enhancement if you want more than the practically “mono” sound portrayal you get from the actual TV.
Understand that this is a business decision for manufacturers. When soundbars and surround sound systems began to become readily available, folks were snatching them up to improve the audio in their now popular home theater systems. Basically, they weren’t using the sound (at least not from the TVs’ speakers) but using external speakers to produce a much wider soundfield, and perhaps most importantly more bass punch.
For the first few years of the modern soundbar, you basically paid for sound that was hardly expansive. Early models were louder than what the TV could produce, but at that point struggled mightily with offering expansive audio that came from “different areas” (or at least sounded like it did) of the room.
That’s why we believe that a hot HDTV deal can be more than just a price drop. This one, for example improves your audio the moment you take advantage of the limited time offer below.
Beginning on 4/10 and ending on 4/16, Samsung is offering a free Soundbar with the purcharse of select Samsung HDTV models. No, it’s not a model. The included HW-J355 offered at no extra cost to you is a well-reviewed, 2015 model with plenty of nice features including a subwoofer so you can hear the propellers of that helicopter thumping in the wind. The best price we could find for any of these soundbars from a reputable seller is roughly $150.
Here are your eligible Samsung HDTV models and the free soundbar you’ll get when you buy one.:
Samsung UN60JU6500 60″ Smart 4K TV for $1,199.99 with free shipping. Includes HW-J550 Soundbar at not extra cost.
Samsung UN55JU6700 55″ Smart Curved 4K TV for $1,399.99 with free shipping. Free HW-J355 Soundbar included.
Another great Soundbar deal which features a freebie:
Samsung HW-J8500 Mult-iroom Wireless Curved Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer for $1,099.99 with free shipping. FREE Samsung R5 Radiant360 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker (regularly $299.99) with purchase.