Ease of Learning: 3 / 5
Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Enjoyment: 5 / 5
Design: 4.5 / 5
Value for Money: 4 / 5
Samsung Electronics is known to dabble in almost anything in the electronics field; everything from TVs, laptops and smartphones to hard-drives, RAM, chips and vacuum cleaners. This subsidiary of Samsung Group was established in the 1960s and currently the world’s largest mobile phone and second largest semiconductor chip manufacturer. The company is also known for producing high-quality home entertainment systems. The Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD HT-E6750W is a Home Entertainment System including 7.1 surround sound speakers and a 3D Blu-Ray player.
As with most of Samsung flagship devices, it’s hard to conjure up areas of improvements. The 2012 upgrade of the HT-E6750W fits into this category, but as always, Samsung has added just enough additional features and specs to make this a worthwhile upgrade. The HT-E6750W is a 7.1-channel Blu-Ray surround sound system that offers 3D Blu-Ray viewing, DLNA media streaming, Web content via Smart Hub and numerous other multimedia support.
The 1.2m, glossy black speakers have a modern and elegant design, which is complimented by the wireless receiver, subwoofer and centre speaker. The silver-lined speakers are exposed, which adds to the aesthetic appeal. The top speaker mounted on each of the front stands can be tilted, allowing an additional element of personalisation. In addition, there is a rounded, transparent opening in the front of the Blu-Ray player, which houses the vacuum tube amplifier. Although the transparency is an aesthetic design feature, the amplifier plays a more important role in achieving great sound quality.
The HT-E6750W has a number of available ports to use, which include 2 HDMI input ports, 1 HDMI output port, RCA in (analogue), video out, FM radio, Ethernet LAN, wireless dock connector (as well as built-in Wi-Fi), USB, and an iPod dock for good measure. The contents include a transmitter card, which enables you to wirelessly connect to the rear speakers via the wireless receiver, removing the annoyance of cables running along the living room floor.
Although labelled as a 7.1-channel surround sound system, you could argue that it’s an enhanced 5.1-channel setup. Sound quality, thus, is more suited to those watching movies than listening to music. The surround, although not true 7.1, picks up many effects from movies like cars driving by, and voices coming solely from the rear, making the experience as if you’re in the middle of it all. For music lovers, however, the surround sound loses the really intricate sounds that you can always pick up using a good set of headphones. It may be a harsh comparison, but labelled as a 7.1 surround sound system, you would expect better.
Although the HT-E6750W has a host of great features, it also has a number of drawbacks; the biggest being the price. With costs starting around R9,000 this entertainment system isn’t cheap. In addition, the speaker stands have a hollow, plastic feel to it, increasing the likelihood of vibrations when volumes and bass levels are raised. The combination of these two drawbacks is hard to understand, as the choice of plastic stand is a cost-saving design element, which isn’t reflected in the pricing.
The negative aspects of the Samsung HT-E6750W play heavy on my judgement as an all-round entertainment system. Despite this, however, there is a host of features, design characteristics, and Smart Hub components to soften the blow you will ultimately feel on your pocket. The sound quality is great (although not studio quality) with a multitude settings to personalise your experience. The HT-E6750W is one of the more complete systems you’ll find readily available in stores, and if not for the price will easily be a must-have addition to any home.
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