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Samsung HT-X810 2.1 Channel Home Theater System - Review

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Samsung HT-X810 2.1 Channel Home Theater System - Dual View

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The Bottom Line

The Samsung HT-X810 offers an attractive, compact, self-contained, easy-to-use system that can complement a flat panel television and create an intimate home theater viewing and listening experience. The system consists of a main unit that combines a 2.1 channel audio system with an upscaling DVD player. To make this system more practical, it also comes with a wireless subwoofer. The Subwoofer receives audio signals from the main unit without the need for an unsightly audio cable. The system is very easy to set up and use. For a close-up, visual, look, at the HT-X810, also check out my Photo Gallery.
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Pros

  • Straight forward setup.
  • Non-intrusive slot-loading upscaling DVD player.
  • Wireless Subwoofer and Bluetooth capability reduces cable clutter.
  • Good sound quality from both main sound bar unit and subwoofer.
  • Wall mount bracket included.

Cons

  • 2.1 channel Virtual Surround processing not as effective as 5.1 channel surround sound.
  • DVD upscaling quality just average.
  • Remote control has small buttons and is not backlit.
  • No video inputs .
  • No XM/Sirius connection options.

Description

  • Home Theater system features main sound bar unit housing 2.0 channel amplifier, FM Tuner, and single disc DVD player.
  • Wireless 150 Watt Powered Subwoofer - 5.8 GHz band transmission.
  • DVD player provides 1080p upscaling via HDMI output. Component video connection provides 480p output.
  • DVD player compatible with with most recordable DVD formats, DVD Audio Discs, CDs/CD-Rs/-RWs, MP3, WMA, Divx, and Jpeg.
  • Virtual surround sound processing of two-channel, Dolby Digital, and DTS source signals.
  • Bluetooth compatibilty.
  • USB host connectivity for still images, as well as video and audio files.
  • Power output: 75x2 WPC for main unit, 150 watts for powered subwoofer.
  • Sound bar is wall mountable - Wall mounting bracket provided.
  • On screen user interface, wireless remote control provided.

Guide Review - Samsung HT-X810 2.1 Channel Home Theater System - Review

The Samsung HT-X810 delivered good audio performance, keeping in mind that it is a 2.1 channel system, and not a typical 5.1 channel surround sound system. The audio quality was good for both film and music sources. However, since this system is a 2.1 channel system with virtual surround, 5.1 channel source material is not reproduced at its best. The perceived surround sound field is limited to about a couple of feet beyond the physical borders of the main TH-X810 unit. However, for a small room environment, such as a bedroom or office, the total audio experience is perfectly suitable.

The included upscaling DVD player is a nice touch, and provides acceptable image quality from DVDs, when used in its 1080p upscaling mode with an HDTV. However, digging deeper with the Silicon Optix HQV DVD Benchmark Test Disc, it was obvious that the video processor in the HT-X810 was not up to Samsung's usual standards.

With the Silicon Optix tests, the HT-X810 had trouble with jagged edges, progressive scan stability, film cadence detection, and, to a lesser extent, noise reduction. Check out some of the test results. If you have a 1080p HDTV, and are a stickler for good upscaling performance, you might consider using your TV to upscale your DVD output rather than the HT-X810.

Despite some drawbacks, Samsung deserves "kudos" for an innovative and practical design. The wireless subwoofer makes physical setup very easy and flexible, while the inclusion of a slot loading design DVD player is a space saver. The side mounted USB port and Auxiliary input add flexibility for accessing content off of flash drives or digital audio devices. I did not have a Bluetooth source component, so I was unable to test the Bluetooth function. Also, all wall-mounting hardware is included.

The HT-X810 is not perfect, but provides acceptable performance.

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 5 out of 5
Samsung HT-X810 - Getting There!, Member FoyleFlyer

Pros: Looks great with my piano black Samsung 42"" Plasma, very neat with no wires, S/W is wireless and was picked up first time when switching it on. DVD Upscaling is quite a bit better than my ordinary Samsung DVD/VHS Recorder which I still have connected. Playing MP3's from my Samsung G600 Mobile phone via Bluetooth is quite cool for visitors to see and very easy and handy to do. It has dropped the signal a few times, but not too many to annoy me yet. I have connected an optical cable from the soundbar to my Samsung 42"" Plasma TV and the sound is fantastic, you feel as if the sound was all around you. Cons: S/W can be a bit overpowering but by using the sound edit button on the remote it can be adjusted and this can be annoying. I set the S/W to ""0"" when listening to the FM Radio. Remote control is poor compared to other Samsung remotes, buttons are too small and it is easy to press the wrong button. Overall: It really surprised me, didn't think it could be as good as my old 5:1 system but I am really happy with it except for the bother of adjusting the S/W and the remote. I haven't connected my iPod Touch yet but it shouldn't be a bother. I have quite a few USA DVDs & got the Region Free code online and it plays the THX mastered DVD's really great. Gets 5 stars from me for invention, wireless S/W, bluetooth and USB connectivity and looks.

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