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- Russ Andrews
This 3D Blu-ray all-in-one system from Samsung works wonders with high frequencies, but it should drop the '7.1' tag
Expensive it may be, but we think this ultra-stylish 7.1-channel all-in-one system is worth saving the pennies for
Samsung is pushing the 'designer' envelope with its latest creation. The HT-X715 is a 5.1 cinema system, but not as we know it. The organic shape of the centre unit and speakers looks otherworldly, especially with the crystal-like ruby-red plastic around the speaker bafﬂes. The subtle colouring is what Samsung calls its 'touch of colour' design in the US, 'Crystal Design' over here and it's meant to match the company's TVs.
The home-cinema-in-a-bar category is a relatively new phenomenon that comes in a wide variety of flavours, from Yamaha’s sophisticated multi-driver Sound Projectors to more simplistic affairs, such as this variation from Samsung.
Unboxing Samsung’s HT-BD2 is much like making love to an Eskimo; there’s an awful lot of unwrapping to be done before you get to the tasty bits. It’s 7.1, you see, equating to eight speakers in total, with one being a meaty subwoofer. Plus, the main unit is a combination Blu-ray player and receiver. And its massive! You’ll certainly need to reserve some considerable real estate under your TV, round the back of your sofa and, er, everywhere else really.
The HT-X200 is quite possibly the most gorgeous 2.1-channel system we've ever come across. The main unit, which can be mounted horizontally or vertically, boasts a sleek curvy black design and displays text in large blue letters - all of which makes it stand out from the crowd.