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Samsung HT-C6730W – Blu-ray home cinema system
Samsung’s HT-C6930 was the world’s first 3D-ready home cinema system, but not everyone wants to play a premium for 3D functionality. For that reason, Samsung also offers a version of the system that lacks 3D support but retains the wealth of other features that made the 6930W such a superb proposition.
One of the HT-C6730W’s main selling points is that it’s a full 7.1-channel system – a real bonus given how tricky and expensive it can be putting one of these together yourself. What’s more, this is no ordinary 7.1-channel system – in the box is a transmitter/receiver kit that enables the surround back speakers to be enjoyed wirelessly, which means fewer cables cluttering up the room.
It’s an exceptionally good-looking system too. The main unit, which houses the Blu-ray player and 1,330W amplifier, is a sleek, black box with chic embellishments like illuminated touch-sensitive controls and a disc tray window that gently pulsates with light. The centrally-placed display panel is large and clear, and there’s a flap below the volume controls on the right hand side that hides a USB port and 3.5mm minijack input.
Around the back is a plentiful array of sockets, most significant of which are the two HDMI inputs and one output. Finding HDMI inputs on an all-in-one system is not something to be taken for granted, as we’ve tested several of late that don’t provide them, and their inclusion makes it a lot simpler to enjoy other hi-def sources through the system. Sadly though, it doesn’t support the Audio Return Channel feature so you’ll need to hook up your TV or digibox to the optical digital input. You’ll also find component and composite video outputs, analogue stereo input, an Ethernet port, an FM aerial input, a slot for the supplied TX card that beams surround information to the receiver and a socket for the supplied iPod/iPhone dock.
Turning to the speakers, the fronts are of the tallboy variety and each stands 1,300mm high. They’re styled in a snazzy gloss-black finish with exposed drivers, and from a distance they look sturdy enough, although up-close inspection reveals slightly lightweight build quality. Also in the box are a long horizontal centre speaker and four compact bookshelf speakers for the surround and surround back channels. These are also styled in gloss black and don’t let the side down aesthetically. The subwoofer is a passive model and thanks to its discreet dimensions (168(w) x 350(h) x 295(d)mm) and alluring black styling it won’t stick out like a sore thumb in your living room.
Setting it all up is simple enough – the two parts of the tallboys screw together and connect to square bases, while all of the speakers connect to colour-coded plugs on the back of the main unit and springclip terminals at the other end. It took us no more than ten minutes to get everything rigged up, which is the level of simplicity you look for in a one-box system.