Samsung HT-D5500

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Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Dynamic, detailed sound quality
  • Loads of features

Cons

  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Slightly hesitant main menu
  • 3D conversion not great

Key Features

  • Review Price: £339.00
  • AllShare DLNA networking
  • Smart Hub
  • 3D Blu-ray playback and 2D-to-3D conversion
  • Supplied iPod cradle
  • 3D Sound

They might make audiophiles wince, but all-in-one systems provide

the perfect way for buyers on tight budgets to bring a full home cinema system

into their home for a fraction of the price of separates. And when you buy a

Samsung system, you’re guaranteed to get a plethora of cutting-edge features

into the bargain. The 5.1-channel HT-D5500 is no exception, boasting a

tantalising spec sheet (including 3D Blu-ray support) and a stylish design

that’ll bring a touch of hi-tech pizzazz into your living room.

When choosing an all-in-one system, one of the main

considerations is the size of the supplied speakers. Where the HT-D6750W was

designed for larger rooms with its four huge tallboy towers, this system comes

with a set of five compact bookshelf satellites and subwoofer, all of which are

considerably easier to accommodate on and around your existing furniture. HT-D5500

The satellites for the front channels measure a diddy 90(w)

x 207.5(h) x 68.5(d)mm, while the rear pair is slightly shorter at 141.5mm high

and the sub stands just 350mm tall. Not only are they compact, they are also easy

on the eye – the gloss black finish so synonymous with Samsung’s home cinema

kit is again used to delightful effect, and their boxy shape works well.

Unusually, there are no table-top stands, you just plonk them down as they are.

You also get a 360mm-wide centre speaker styled identically to the other

satellites.

As for the Blu-ray player/receiver unit, the design is the

same as that of the HT-D6750W. It’s an all-black affair with fairly slim

dimensions (60mm high), but it’s the little embellishments that really catch

the eye. The display panel at the front features built-in touch sensitive

controls and a neatly integrated disc slot. On the right are touch-sensitive

volume controls placed on a little hump, with a USB port and setup mic input

under the flap below. All-in-all, this is a great-looking system.Rear connections

It’s also well-stocked on the connections front. Being a

3D-capable system, the HDMI output is specified as v1.4, but even more welcome

are the two HDMI inputs, which allow you to channel other AV kit through the

system and listen to them in surround sound if you like.

The rear panel is packed with other intriguing sockets – there’s

a slot for Samsung’s transmitter card, which means this system supports

‘wireless’ rear speakers, but you’ll need to buy the optional £100 kit (the SWA-5000,

which is supplied with the HT-D6750W). There’s an interface for the supplied

iPod cradle – another example of Samsung’s generosity – plus optical digital

and analogue stereo audio inputs. On the networking front, there’s no built-in

Wi-Fi like the HT-D6750W but there is a second USB port on the back that lets

you connect Samsung’s optional wireless LAN dongle, as well as an Ethernet port

for those who’d rather go down the wired route.