Excerpt: The Samsung HT-X810 was one of the coolest soundbars announced at CES 2008, mostly because of the 5.8GHz wireless subwoofer. That plus Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, HDMI output, and an on-board DVD/CD player put it ahead of most competitors, and the glossy black styling matches Samsung’s HDTV line (especially our 40-incher) perfectly.
Pros: Excellent audio and video quality; good connectivity options; easy setup
Cons: Slow input switching; confusing audio settings; remote is not universal
Excerpt: The Samsung HT-X810 is clearly styled to match their TVs, the bottom curve matching a number of their models. We tested it with a 40in M87 model with which it partners nicely. The dimensions are not the smallest at 998mm wide (slightly more than the TV), whilst sitting 190mm high and 165mm deep, so would perhaps look out of place with any screen smaller than 40in. The unit is also bowed across the back, so when wall-mounted has that slimming effect.
Pros: Slick design: looks great, good quality DVD playback, versatility: plenty of connection options
Cons: Can be overly bassy, slow to switch inputs and load discs, standby hum