Review of Samsung
Samsung HT-BD8200 Home Theatre Sound Bar with BluRay player
OCWorkbench 2 Nov 2009
Samsung HT-BD8200 AV Sound Bar with BluRay
It is always a headache when considering what is suitable for a home theatre
system. Do you want wires running on the floor or a wireless solution that
creates the stunning audio effects in your living room.
Samsung seems to have a almost perfect solution for the AV enthusiasts. Dubbed
the Samsung HT-BD8200, this is a 2.1 sound bar system that replaces your front
speakers of your LCD TV and adds in a wireless connected sub woofer for that 'Ummph'
Integrated within the sound bar is a BD-Live capable BluRay player. With that,
you can download the latest firmware and update it via the Ethernet port hidden
behind or though a wireless Samsung USB dongle which comes seperate from the
package. Also interated into this AV amp sound bar is AUX input and FM Radio. On
top of all these features, it also has support for iPOD docking station. You can
also stream audio from A2DP compatible bluetooth audio devices.
In our test, we threw a few titles to it ranging from Bluray disc, DVDs and Divx.
The first title was "Kungfu" by Steven Chow. The sound effect on the 'Gu Zheng'
assassinators scene is spectacular. Although there is a V-surround button on the
remote which allows shoudl give it a virtual surround sound, the sound seemed to
be very different from what you would get from a true 5.1 speaker system. The
speech became softer and the audio level has to be increased to compensate that.
The DVD titles "The Day After Tomorrow" was put to the test. Although Samsung
did not mention about up scaling of DVD, I suppose that should be a norm. The
quality is as good as HD. You can hear the clarity when the tornado is spinning
and wiping the Hollywood billboard. Another movie we put to the test is the "War
of the worlds". The scene where the city square's floor tumbled and the horning
sound of the tripod is awesome!! The subwoofer is able to deliver the theatre
Most of the titles tested ran without problems until the disc loader rejected
the title "Terminator". That is probably because it is a Code 1 disc. Perhaps we
should have a multicode player instead of being locked down to region.
Video aside, this BDLive capable bluray player is also able to playback Youtube
via the internet. With this feature, you no longer need to power on your PC to
watch your favourite youtube videos. Unfortunately, the client on the bluray
player does not allow you to choose the options of High QUality or HD Quality.
The player is slim and fits nicely with black theme LCD TVs but it blocks the
infra red remote control port of your tv set. So, you probably have to place it
slightly lower to ensure the there is line of sight.
The Samsung HT-BD8200 is definitely worth consideration but it would be nice if
Samsung can have a true 5.1 wireless solution, with 2 speakers wireless
connected and place at the rear to give us a true cinematic effect.
The Samsung HT-BD8200 Blu-ray Home Theatre Sound Bar is now available at a
recommended retail price of $1,499.