Samsung HT-BD2E 800-W Home Theater System W/Blu-Ray Player: It's A Buy
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: If you are looking for a complete home theater system with a Blu-Ray player, look no further. Samsung has exceeded all expectations with the Samsung HT-BD2E 800 watt 5.1 Channel Home Theater System. It has it all. Samsung includes a FM tuner, Blu-Ray player, a center channel speaker, 4-satellite speakers, a passive subwoofer and enough input/outputs to satisfy the most sophisticated user.
Summary: We think the HT-BD2T’s sleek design looks slick, especially the curvy receiver/Blu-ray player. The system’s gloss black finish completes the impression of upscale componentry. Overall sound quality and dynamic punch are better than average. Then again, judged from a price/performance standpoint you can do better. Consider, for example, Samsung’s very similar but less expensive ($799) HT-BD2ET Blu-ray Home Theater System as an alternative.
Conclusion: If surround sound is your bag, the Samsung is the Blu-ray system for you. With no fewer than seven satellite speakers (four of which are giant floorstanders) and a subwoofer in the box that’s got more woof than a doberman on heat with rabies, it spreads powerful audio effects around your living room with all the accuracy of Phil “The Power” Taylor.
Pros: Samsung hasn’t scrimped on the audio side of this all-in-one home cinema system, and the 7.1 surround setup here means you can experience every audio channel on any Blu-ray movie through its own dedicated speaker, with the active subwoofer providing a bass accompaniment that’s got more bass than a sea bass farm in the Chikugo Estuary (trust us – there are a lot there!).
Cons: Conforming only to Blu-ray Profile 1.0 (tsk!), the HT-BD2 is neither able to connect to the web for BD-Live content nor display picture-in-picture LiveView features (pah!). The build quality feels a little flimsy and lightweight in comparison to rival systems, too (phooey!).