With movies, the HT-E6750W delivers a dynamic and exciting sound that’ll easily satisfy home cinema newcomers. The sound seems more coherent and well-balanced than equivalent Samsung systems from previous years, and beats out some rivals too.
It goes suitably loud, generating an impactful, room-filling noise when turned up to between half and two-thirds of the full volume. But that power comes with a pleasing level of control and restraint by all-in-one system standards – it’s a little rough here and there, but high-frequencies don’t sound unreasonably harsh or resonant and there’s a better overall depth to the sound, presumably brought about by the use of valve amp technology.
This new system helps the tower speakers reproduce low-frequencies with greater warmth and depth than expected, even without the support of the subwoofer. That leads to a punchy sound with a more seamless crossover between the satellites and the subwoofer – they’re not separate, disjointed entities.
The scene from Thor on Blu-ray (DTS HD Master Audio 7.1) in which our titular hero and friends battle the Frost Giants of Yodenheim is a blast. The HT-E6750W’s tower speakers project the barrage of effects with considerable force, such as the sound of Thor’s hammer smashing through rocks, or the ground cracking open. Towards the end of the scene a huge alien creature chases them to the edge of a cliff, and when it roars the sound is powerful and raspy without hurting your ears.
It’s a loud and gratifying sound with plenty of energy. Also impressive is the wide and spacious soundstage created by the satellites, with accurate effects placement and seamless steering. The ‘front top’ speaker arrangement is no match for real surround back channels, but does add an extra sense of immersion over conventional 5.1 systems. The sats are acoustically matched, which eliminates tonal differences between channels, and the centre speaker generally makes dialogue audible.
Those are the positives, but there are a few negatives to report – most notably a lack of finesse and polish. The sound is a bit too brash and ‘crunchy’ to attract the attention of the more discerning audiophile market, lacking the smoothness in the high frequencies that you’d get from a decent separate speaker system.
We also feel the HT-E6750W’s speakers could pick out subtle background detail a little better, although to achieve the level of transparency and clarity we’re alluding to would require significantly more expensive speakers, which defeats the object.
And although the subwoofer does a reasonably good job of underpinning the low frequencies, it could be tighter and punchier. There’s a lack of variation or subtlety about its performance – it’s either rumbling or it’s not. But this is a common trait with passive subwoofers.
Surprisingly, music playback is very good, benefitting from crisp top-end frequencies, solid timing and pleasing purity with vocals and instrument solos. There’s inherent warmth to the sound that you don’t always get from all-in-one systems. A clip in Dolby True HD of Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli performing They Can’t Take That Away From Me sounds delightful, with standout features being the smooth, mellifluous tone to Monheit’s voice and the chunky reproduction of the double bass.
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We can’t fault the system’s picture quality. Blu-ray images are crisply defined, punchy and rich in colour. It handles subtler aspects of the picture like skin tones, textures and shading with great competence and it passes 3D pictures to our TV without any glitches. The result? Deep, absorbing stereoscopic images that you can dive right into.
Overall, the Samsung HT-E6750W is a Blu-ray and surround sound system designed to offer maximum bang for buck, and on that score its gratifyingly powerful sound does the job. Although there are certain sonic shortcomings, it’s an improvement on previous models and the vast array of features on board makes any foibles easier to swallow. There’s very little this system can’t do, marrying the usual networking, multimedia and web features to fun new tricks that will keep you entertained for hours on end.