Samsung HT-X30 review

This Samsung offers a discreet presence, but does it have the scale and punch for real home cinema? Tested at £200

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Our Verdict

A worthwhile small-room system, but you get more living room oomph from some rivals


  • Great build and design
  • decent performance
  • wireless upgrade options


  • Lacks the power, scale and punch of the best in class

Samsung has been making a habit recently, of creating products that offer a lot of class for the money.

The HT-X30 is a case in point: the product's build quality is superb throughout, from the stylish and well-designed main unit, to the five compact satellites that can be placed on stands or shelves and form an attractively discreet presence in the room.

Upscaling player not the be-all and end-all
The HT-X30 features an upscaling DVD player, so you can scale your standard-def discs from their native resolution of 576i to either 720p or 1080i.

That said, if you have a high-quality display, you may find that its internal scaler is better than that on offer here, in which case best results will result from setting the Samsung to output 576 lines and let your TV do the scaling. In any case, the Samsung's picture is respectably stable and vivid, with good control of motion and decent insight.

Decently detailed sound with Samsung HT-X30
Samsung offers an optional wireless receiving module, allowing you to connect the rear speakers without cables. Whether you do this or not, the speakers produce a detailed sound, though it lacks the scale and the punch of rivals.


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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeHome Theater System
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-X30R
Product NameSamsung HT-X30
Product ModelHT-X30R


Package Contents
  • HT-X30R Home Theater System
  • Remote Control

Physical Characteristics

Rear Speaker Depth9.5 cm
Center Speaker Width25 cm
Center Speaker Depth9.5 cm
Front Speaker Height16.8 cm
Front Speaker Width9 cm
Rear Speaker Width9 cm
Front Speaker Depth9.5 cm
Rear Speaker Height16.8 cm
Center Speaker Height9 cm


Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeDVD Player
Media FormatsCD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RW


RMS Output Power800 W
Speaker Configuration5.1
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS


Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, WMV, XviD


Limited Warranty1 Year