Samsung HT-BD8200 2.1-Channel Blu-ray Home Theater System (HTiB) Review
11 December 2009
Conclusion: It's a Blu-ray player, and a speaker system, and a wireless streaming media device. In fact, there's little the Samsung HT-BD8200 can't do. But I believe that its substantial price tag reflects the esthetics, the convenience and the underlying technology more than its audio/video performance in typical use.
Pros: Well-designed hardware--with integrated Blu-ray!--ready to hang on the wall, Remarkably quick, easy setup of wireless features - both the wireless sub and wireless networking, Enjoyable if not entirely convincing faux-surround
Cons: Video quality of online streaming leaves something to be desired, DVD upconversion could be stronger, Still no onboard memory for BD-Live? For real?
Excerpt: The HT-BD8200 system is a 2.1 Blu-ray soundbar system with a neat design. One part of its appeal is its Blu-ray disc compartment, mounted between the soundbar's kelp fibre-coned speaker arrays.
Excerpt: The Samsung HT-BD8200 offers a 2.1 home theatre experience, bringing with it the benefits of a Blu-ray drive and the convenience of a wireless subwoofer. Soundbars offer a simple out-of-the-box home cinema solution with minimal setup and configuration required by the user.
Pros: Great design, great picture quality, sounds great
Cons: Lacks connectivity, networking a little hit and miss, bass can be brutal at times
Excerpt: Home cinema is more affordable than ever, yet it's easy to see why some remain hesitant to embrace it: installing even the most modest surround set-up involves wires, complexity and a willingness to put up with the aesthetic challenge of having at least one set of speakers crammed into an unlikely corner of your living room. Hence the appeal of the single-speaker soundbar.
Pros: Stylish, effective design, good picture, decent sound, comprehensive spec
Cons: Can be a little shrill at higher volumes, no real surround information on offer
Excerpt: Trustedreviews.com skriver bl.a.:
Not content with bringing out the world’s first wall-mountable Blu-ray player and the first decks with Wi-Fi and PC streaming, Samsung has beaten its rivals to the punch yet again with the first Blu-ray soundbar system.