Awards

  • Recommended by TR

Summary

Our Score

9/10

Review Price £1,699.95

Samsung HT-C9950W - Music Playback and Verdict

Finally we turn to music playback, and although its performance isn’t quite as assured as movie playback, the quality of CD reproduction is still a cut above most one-box systems. We auditioned a range of jazz CDs, including Miles Davis, Astrud Gilberto and John Coltrane, and the Samsung gets close to the refinement and neutrality needed to do justice to these beautiful recordings.
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That said, there’s some slight colouration and brightness to the sound it doesn’t completely convince in the same way as a decent separates system. But that will only worry discerning audiophiles at whom this system isn’t necessarily aimed – most regular users will be more than happy with the smoothness, balance and detail afforded by this system.

Verdict

With its astonishingly stylish design, superb performance and cavalcade of features – surely the most comprehensive line-up ever seen on an all-in-one – the HT-C9950W is a very special home cinema system. It’s the sort of product that could restore your faith in one-box systems, or home cinema in general, and with its 3D and network functionality it’s as cutting-edge as they come.

It’s not perfect though, as there are a few operational issues and minor sonic shortcomings that might be sidestepped with separates, plus at close to £2k it’s a hugely expensive proposition by typical one-box system standards – luckily the glorious design and features go most of the way to justifying it. If that’s too pricey, then check out the HT-C6930W as a cheaper but less glamorous alternative.

Scores In Detail

Design
10/10
Features
10/10
Performance
9/10
Value
7/10

Our Score

9/10
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