Samsung HT-BD1250R review

It's got appeal in terms of its lack of space, but we found this Samsung to be wanting in its sound and image handling skills Tested at £450.00

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Our Verdict

You get plenty for your money with the HT-BD1250 – but if you can rustle together an extra £150, there are better alternatives

For

  • More compact than its rivals
  • plenty of functionality for the money

Against

  • Satellites found lacking at the bottom end
  • black levels could be better
  • sound is average

There's a key difference between this package and some of its closest peers. This Samsung system uses four standmount-style, compact satellites (alongside a hefty subwoofer and conversely, a particularly slim and wand-like centre channel).

There are intrinsic advantages to a package like this: if you're pushed for space it's easier to accommodate and four identical satellites should aid cohesion, but by the same token we wouldn't expect the same dynamic power or scale as floorstanders.

Certainly the main receiver unit seems to fit the bill. 1080p/24fps video can be displayed no problem, and there's HD audio, too. There's an FM receiver and an iPod dock – though the latter has to be connected to the back of the unit.

There's an Ethernet port for a wired internet connection or you can add the optional wireless dongle. There's a USB input, too.

Lacks a little sonic muscle
The welcome addition of a built-in test tone is tempered by the inability to adjust speaker levels at the same time.

Once we get this sorted we put on the Gladiator Blu-ray. where it becomes clear that this Samsung lacks a little sonic muscle.

That centre channel sounds as weedy as it looks, while the satellites also lack much involvement anywhere near the bottom end of the frequency range, relying on the subwoofer more than they should to provide some solidity.

However, as Dead Snow illustrates nicely, there's a smooth handover between sub and satellites, while the four speakers do a good job of delivering a cohesive surround sound ‘whole', with atmospheric sweeps and slashing knives successfully and speedily swishing around the room.

Struggles with black levels
Visually, the Samsung's not too happy dealing with deep, dark black levels – it struggles to discern differences and details in blocks of dark colour.

DVD content especially displays some noise, while lacking the insight and sharpness of the best. This is illustrated by the vast landscape shots in No Country For Old Men.

For the technical specification this Samsung represents decent value – there's a lot here for relatively little outlay – and it's compact for a small room.

But £450 is £450, and when it comes to performance per pound we think you would be best saving for something a little more capable.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-BD1250
Product NameSamsung HT-BD1250R
Product ModelHT-BD1250

Physical Characteristics

Rear Speaker Depth9.9 cm
Center Speaker Width30 cm
Center Speaker Depth4.8 cm
Front Speaker Height21 cm
Front Speaker Width10 cm
Width44 cm
Rear Speaker Width10 cm
Front Speaker Depth9.9 cm
Rear Speaker Height21 cm
Depth34.5 cm
Height6.5 cm
Center Speaker Height5.7 cm
Dimensions6.5 cm (H): 44 cm (W): 34.5 cm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs2
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
iPod SupportedYes
USBYes

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Media FormatsBD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW

Audio

RMS Output Power1000 W
Speaker Configuration5.1
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DivX, DVD Video