And once you’ve tamed the subwoofer, it does a terrific job at making the rousing explosions of the Pearl Harbor attack sound full-bodied and menacing, blending seamlessly with the fronts to create a very pleasing sonic balance between the low-, mid- and top-end frequencies.
The system also does a stand-up job with the picture basics – rich colour saturation, sensitive handling of subtle colours, sharp fine detail reproduction and a lack of MPEG noise. However upscaled 1080i images do exhibit some jagged edges and a touch of noise around some moving objects, but these artefacts only slightly detract from what is generally a solid picture performance.
Like most 2.1-channel systems with virtual surround processing, the HTS6600 is no substitute for a proper 5.1-channel system, with Ambisound failing to throw those all-important effects into the necessary areas of the room. It’s a terrific stereo widener, but as a ‘surround effect’ it’s no great shakes.
But if you’re simply looking to improve upon the sound quality from your TV’s speakers, then we reckon this system is just the ticket. Its three-channel sound output is powerful and classy, and from a superficial perspective it’s one of the most attractive systems of its type.
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