Summary: Installed and works ok. We use TIVO w/ cable service & Samsung smart tv's but after adding these sound bars, when we turn the tv on, it comes on briefly and HDMI displays on the sound bar's panel, then the display changes to D-IN and the tv goes off, "searching for signal". So you have to take the sound bar's remote and press the source or input button until you scroll thru the options of AUX, BT, etc. until you come to HDMI again. Then everything works fine.
Summary: I would probably offer a 3.5 rating if available, but settled on 3 since this sound bar is closer to average than very good or excellent. I purchased the version from Costco, which is identical to the E450 with the exception that "C" version included HDMI and Optical audio cables (one each). My opinion is also based on the fact I have a built-in surround sound system in the main TV room with some quality Polk Audio ceiling speakers and a nice Onkyo receiver.
Summary: I bought this product because it was cheaper that the advertised one at best buy. I am overall pleased with the product for the price. Expect what you pay for. There are a few things that I dont like about it. 1. there are only two hdmi hookups. One for inbound and one for outbound. 2. I have to switch the input source every time I turn it on.
Buy only if its the cheapest thing you can find ...
6 September 2012
Summary: The Samsung HW-E450 has decent sound, but it's plagued by buggy features. The unit will Turn off with the TV (I have Samsung Plasma), but it will not turn on with the TV ... causing you to have two remotes in hand. Also, the thing can't seem to figure out if it has HDMI in or not ... all I have is HDMI connected, yet when the unit is powered on it will start out on HDMI, and then swith to D.IN!! Again, causing me to grab the remote and change it back to HDMI.
Summary: Ordered this after Best Buy ran a promotion to get this sound system for free with the purchase of one of their higher end Samsung televisions. Amazon was very good about getting this sound system. I was worried about the On/Off and volume control issues which I had seen mentioned in many other peoples reviews. I do not want another friggen remote laying around to deal with. Why wouldn't all Samsung products work together as you would expect?
Economical choice with oddly poor integration with a Samsung TV
1 July 2012
Summary: You would assume that if a single manufacturer like Samsung produces a high quality LED television, they would tightly integrate the soundbars they intend to sell with them right? That is, assuming they are both current models. I can forgive two products from the same manufacturer not playing nicely together if one of them is a really old model, that's understandable, but this product seems like it was designed by multiple engineering teams that didn't speak the same...
Pros: Sound is decent for just $250. Price negotiation can be easier or promotions may apply with the purchase of a Samsung TV. HDMI IN/OUT & TOSLINK
Cons: Integration with even a Samsung TV is poor. For half the price of a low end JBL sound bar, you get half the sound quality.
Summary: The sound from this unit is excellent. The installation is quick amd easy. I would have given it 5 stars but for one problem. It can only be controlled by the supplied remote. I have it connected to a Dish receiver and a Samsung TV and neither of these remotes can be programed to operate the volume, mute, or power on/off functions. Calls to Dish and Samsung customer support only resulted in "it's the other guy's problem".
Summary: Hmm. I did quite a bit of research before I bought this and it came Down to a fight between the hwe450 or the Yamaha yas101. The reason I went with the Samsung is twofold, the Samsung has a separate subwoofer and my telly and blue ray are Samsung so wanted the benefit of Anynet. The instructions are crap and I had to rely on another review to find out how to connect it up. The remote has a very cheap feel and look to it whilst the rest of it looks great.