Samsung HT-TXQ120 review

This Samsung is no shrinking violet and has all the quality to match its size Tested at £900.00

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Our Verdict

A fine system from Samsung, offering real home cinema thrills in a convenient, affordable package

For

  • Styling
  • build
  • excellent performance for both sound and vision

Against

  • Too hefty for use in smaller rooms

Samsung's home cinema in-a-box systems have done rather well recently: its latest range has tended to blend impressive performance, neat looks and competitive pricing.

And this package, the HT-TXQ120, is the flagship of Samsung's current range: before we get onto a detailed description, let us just say that means two things, either of which could be seen as a downside. It's relatively expensive, and it's... big.

This Samsung is no shrinking violet
That's right: if discretion is your obsession, you should probably look elsewhere. This system sits loud and proud in your living room with four tall, tower speakers and a matching big, shiny black head unit that sits alongside them on its own vertical stand. The sub, also, is a proudly sizeable beast.

But the whole package is wonderfully built and looks stylish, so if you like black and you have a large enough room to accommodate the HT-TXQ120, then read on because you'll like what you're about to hear.

The Samsung offers a host of features you won't normally see on such an ‘all-in-one' system: full upscaling to 1080p; HDMI input as well as output; plus a hefty 1000w of power. It also boasts a USB input for digital media players or a PC, and a wide range of disc compatibility including both SACD and DVD-Audio – should you care. Setup is very quick and easy, with a series of simple, straightforward menus.

Great sound and vision
When you do get it into action, boy, does the Samsung do the business. This is a large system that won't suit a small lounge, but in the right space it proves that its punch is at least equal to its weight. The sound is vast, detailed and very hard-hitting.

The Samsung is no brute, however. It's subtle, realistic and controlled, with voices sounding natural and being locked closely to the centre of the screen.

Pictures are also extremely good. Upscaled to either 720p or 1080p, the Samsung's picture is rich, solid and detailed, with good contrast and an impressive grasp of dark details.

OK, the Samsung won't suit every room, and it won't disappear into the background like a shrinking violet. But if you like the shiny black styling and want a hefty, powerful movie performance, it's a very fine system.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-TXQ120
Product NameSamsung HT-TXQ120
Product ModelHT-TXQ120

Interfaces-Ports

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

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeDVD Player
Media FormatsDVD-RW, CD-RW

Audio

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

Physical Characteristics

Width272 cm
Depth71.9 cm
Weight Approximate57.02 kg
Height160 cm
Dimensions160 cm (H): 272 cm (W): 71.9 cm (D)

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, Video CD