Summary: The Samsung HT-BD8200 packs a Blu-ray player into a sound bar for unparalleled simplicity, but disappointing sound quality and operational glitches limit its appeal.
Pros: One-of-a-kind sound bar with built-in Blu-ray player; sleek design; Wi-Fi capable with included USB dongle; Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, and Blockbuster streaming; wireless subwoofer; image quality and disc-loading speeds comparable with standalone Blu-ray players.
Cons: Too many operational glitches; so-so sound quality; tall design may block TV when placed on a TV stand; limited connectivity; lacks expandable Samsung Apps platform on other newer Samsung home theater products.
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?