Samsung HT-X200 review

A great solution if you don't want lots of speakers and wires cluttering up your front room Tested at £350.00

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Our Verdict

A good-looking two-channel alternative to surround sound, with picture quality that’s highly impressive for the money

For

  • Styling
  • build
  • fine picture performance

Against

  • Sound lacks body
  • not enough picture detail in blacks

This 2.1 channel system is a highly glossed, attractive, piano-black sliver of home cinema sexiness. Samsung is so proud of its looks that it provides a cloth to keep it fingerprint-free.

The main unit can stand proud or lay on its belly, in which state it has more than a hint of the PS3 about it. However, while this makes it easier to slip into an equipment rack, you won't be able to check the otherwise-clear but over-sized display.

Wiring up is quick and simple, with colour-coding to point the way. Connectivity is good, too, and a USB input – suitable for playing files from an MP3 player or PC – supplements the HDMI output.

From the HDMI out you can send upscaled DVD pictures at 720p or 1080i to good effect. The picture is very impressive for the cash, and is never less than bold, colourful and solid with the deep, dark blacks of the second Pirates of the Caribbean romp. However, it doesn't give up the detail from the shadowy depths as more expensive kit would.

Two speakers can't envelope you in sound
The loudspeakers, including the passive subwoofer, are just as shiny and well finished as the main unit, and for such slender flowers they're highly capable. The X200 sounds poised and collected, and is capable of some serious oomph, without straining or sounding harsh.

Unfortunately, the system lacks the ability to truly envelope you in the action. To attain a wide soundstage the speakers need to be positioned quite a way from the edge of the screen, at which point you lose the solidity in the centre needed for the intense dialogue of The Departed.

These shortcomings aren't enough to dampen our spirits, though, and for the money the Samsung HT-X200 package is a highly appealing alternative to a budget surround sound 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-X200
Product NameSamsung HT-X200
Product ModelHT-X200

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
Component VideoYes
USBYes

Technical Information

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

Physical Characteristics

Front Speaker Height27.7 cm
Video Player Height31.5 cm
Front Speaker Width9.1 cm
Video Player Width45.7 cm
Front Speaker Depth15.7 cm
Weight Approximate1.41 kg - Front Speaker, 6.62 kg - Subwoofer, 5.22 kg - Video Disc Player
Video Player Depth19.1 cm

Audio

RMS Output Power300 W
Speaker Configuration2.1
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, DTS, Virtual Surround

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video