Samsung BD-DT7800 review

Product of the Year, Awards 2011. Superbly simple Freeview HD and Smart TV upgrade for older or more basic TVs Tested at £250

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Our Verdict

Product of the Year, Awards 2011. A superbly simple Freeview HD and Smart TV upgrade for older or more basic TVs

For

  • Excellent picture and sound
  • supremely flexible specification
  • great to use
  • good value

Against

  • Can’t record two channels at once, or record while using Smart Hub
  • naff 3D feature

Samsung’s BD-DT7800 is a Freeview HD recorder with a difference. Not only does it deliver reception and recording of Freeview free-to-air HD and SD channels, this box brings you Samsung’s online entertainment portal, as found on the latest Smart TVs.

Add in some extra streaming features and this promises to be an instant TV upgrade.

The Samsung sports 500GB of hard-disk space, enough to record around 250 hours of SD or 100+ hours of HD TV.

Its two tuners – you can watch one while recording from the other – are excellent, ensuring crisp, involving images and fine, hiss-free sound from both live broadcasts and recordings, especially (of course) with HD channels.

If that’s impressive, the BD-DT7800’s inclusion of Samsung’s Smart Hub
online portal (as found on the company’s best televisions) is nothing short of revolutionary.

It transforms your viewing choice, allowing the Samsung to stream from a great range of catch-up and on-demand services, including BBC iPlayer, Acetrax, LoveFilm and YouTube.

A social animal, to boot
You’ll also find plenty of apps to explore, including games, BBC News, Google Maps, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter and more. Thanks to a neat, smartphone-style interface and built-in wi-fi, it’s all very accessible, too.

On top of all that, the BD-DT7800 is also a very serviceable network streamer. It supports DLNA (which Samsung dubs AllShare), will stream high-quality file types such as MKV, and its USB socket can be used to replay from external hard-disks.

Quibbles? We wish Samsung had added the ability to record two channels at once, rather than a rather naff 2D-to-3D converter.

Otherwise, this smart Samsung is an awesome box of tricks for the money.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeSatellite Receiver
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberBDDT7800
Product NameSamsung BD-DT7800
Product ModelBD-DT7800

Technical Information

Number of Tuners2
FeaturesElectronic Program Guide, Favorite Channel List
Maximum Recording Time240 Hour

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Component VideoYes
USBYes
Network RJ-45Yes
Composite VideoYes

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, AAC, WMA
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Power Description

Standby Power Consumption1 W
Operating Power Consumption45 W

Physical Characteristics

Width36 cm
Depth27.3 cm
Weight Approximate2.70 kg
Height5 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions5 cm (H): 36 cm (W): 27.3 cm (D)

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T2
Video Signal StandardHDTV, SDTV
Video FormatsMPEG, MP4, WMV, XviD, MKV, DivX HD, ASF, FLV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4

Service Information

Service TypeBBC iPlayer, Freeview HD, Freeview +, Freeview

Display and Graphics

Display Screen TypeVFD

Storage

Hard Drive Capacity500 GB