There's no denying that Samsung knows how to create a decent Blu-ray player and, indeed, an all-in-one Blu-ray home theatre system; the BD-P3600 and HT-BD2 prove both of those points, respectively. You will hopefully forgive me, therefore, for having my eye caught by the HT-BD3252 5.1-channel Blu-ray home theatre kit.
The HT-BD3252's Blu-ray player is Profile 2.0 (BD Live) compliant, and as such has an Ethernet port for connecting to the Internet, although a Wi-Fi dongle is available if cables aren't really your thing. And in 'net content isn't your thing the HT-BD325 will also stream files over a local network or a USB storage device.
Delivering 1,000W of power in total, the HT-BD3252 will cope with all the important audio codecs, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. The system's rear speakers are wireless out-of-the-box and the system will auto-calibrate on install, using a bundled microphone.6
Two HDMI inputs and a digital optical input should be sufficient for using the kit's speakers in most home cinema set-ups, with video passed through via either a HDMI or Component output. As is becoming ever more common recently, an iPod/iPhone cradle is also included.
The HT-BD3252 Blu-ray system will be available in the US from August for $799. No UK pricing yet, but it seems unlikely Samsung won't try to undercut the likes of LG's HB954PB and Pansonic's SC-BT205 the Â£550-600 mark seems a reasonable guess, assuming we're treated to the system at all.