Summary: Samsung have gone a long way to ensure that this out of the box home theater can give a basic user shopping for a home theater exactly what they need to get them up and running. Some additional capability in the form of network connectivity would be ideal, but the value for money that is in this package gives first time home theater buyers a worthwhile option that assists in taking out the guesswork of choosing individual components.
Pros: Plain 'box like' speakers, Great value, No network inputs, 3x HDMI inputs, Auto Sound Calibration
Samsung HT-AS730ST Home Theater Receiver with 5.1 Speaker System Review
21 May 2009
Conclusion: As a value proposition, for consumers looking to add the last piece of the puzzle to their Blu-ray home theater, the HT-AS730ST is a sound investment (pun intended). Performance of the system was solid (though not exceptional) on a variety of tasks, and with a variety of software. For small- to medium-sized home theaters, for use with wall-mounted flat-panels, or for easy day-to-day enjoyment without breaking the bank, this little home theater system might just do the...
Pros: Extremely versatile, generous connectivity: Just add Blu-ray!, Convenient interoperability of connected devices, Can be upgraded to 7.1 - just add speakers!, Useful accessories included (iPod dock! Auto Calibration mic!)
Cons: Despite impressive design/build, subwoofer maxes out way too soon, Compact satellites don't always add up to a unified soundfield