Samsung HT-BD1255 review

This system from Samsung looks the part and has some great plus points, although its price stands against it Tested at £600.00

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Our Verdict

For spacious rooms and the style-conscious home cinema fan, the Samsung is well worth a look, but we wish that centre was better

For

  • Massive, three-dimensional delivery
  • taut, musical, seamlessly-integrated subwoofer
  • great looks
  • very good pictures from DVD and Blu-ray

Against

  • Comparatively weak centre speaker
  • tallboy speakers feel flimsy
  • a bit expensive

This Samsung is a truly impressive-looking system. The slim, speakers are stylish, and the head-unit has touch-sensitive controls and a premium-feeling volume wheel.

Set up isn't as quick as some – there's no mic-driven calibration – but once up and running, the '1255 produces a sound that's brilliantly large-scale and room-filling.

Playing the Slumdog Millionaire Blu-ray, the Samsung is clearly bigger-sounding than its peers. There's fine depth and scale to the delivery, lending a three-dimensionality to the audio performance.

This feeling is further enhanced by the excellent dispersion of the tall satellites, which creates a seamless surround field that extends right behind the listening position.

Spacious delivery
Switch to a music Blu-ray and the size of the delivery enhances the spaciousness of an open-air venue.

This is also the point at which you start to appreciate the taut, punchy subwoofer. It's tonally accomplished and brilliantly integrated with the satellites.

The Blu-ray picture is also very accomplished. Insight into blacks isn't quite the best, but the overall image is sharp, detailed and balanced, and the same can be said of upscaled DVD.

But the Samsung has its flaws, too. That small centre speaker sounds thinner and weaker than the floorstanders, leaving voices without fullness or definition.

Weak centre channel
It also means sound effects that fill the whole surround field have a weak spot right in front of the listening position.

Switch to stereo music and the centre isn't involved, so the tallboy speakers and musical sub are free to create a solid, taut and punchy soundstage.

Of course, this is a surround system, so we can't let the centre's shortcomings slide, but more significant to the Samsung's final score is its price: at £600 it doesn't quite make it to the top.

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Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

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

Physical Characteristics

Center Speaker Depth4.8 cm
Front Speaker Width26 cm
Front Speaker Depth26 cm
Weight Approximate330 g - Centre Speaker, 2.90 kg - Front Speaker, 5.40 kg - Subwoofer
Center Speaker Height5.7 cm
Center Speaker Width30 cm
Front Speaker Height120.2 cm
Width44 cm
Depth34.5 cm
Height6.5 cm
Dimensions6.5 cm (H): 44 cm (W): 34.5 cm (D)

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

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

General Information

Product NameSamsung HT-BD1255
Product ModelHT-BD1255
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-BD1255/XEU

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DivX, DVD Video, XviD

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • HT-BD1255 Home Theater System
  • Remote Control
  • iPod Cradle

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Receiver TypeA/V Receiver
Internet StreamingYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year