Aside from 3D playback, the HT-C6730W does everything you could ever hope for from a Blu-ray system, with an enviable list of out-the-box talents. Firstly, it comes with Wi-Fi and local storage for BD Live content built in, so there’s no need to fork out for pricey USB dongles or Flash drives. And with built-in wireless access, it’s ultra simple to access the system’s range of networking features, which include All Share – Samsung’s DLNA networking function that allows you to stream music, video and photos from networked PCs – and Internet@TV, a range of online applications.
These are both terrific features that add a lot of value to the overall proposition. All Share works smoothly, accessing your remote files using a familiar, friendly folder system and great-looking graphics, while Internet@TV’s layout is bright, colourful and easy to follow. It also provides a wider range of content than Panasonic’s Viera Cast and LG’s Net Cast, hosting popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as LoveFilm, YouTube, Picasa and Google Maps. Still no sign of BBC iPlayer but even without it this is a strong offering.
Elsewhere there’s tons more to keep you entertained. The system supports Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby Pro Logic IIz, which enables you to put the surround back speakers above the TV and give movies a front height effect. This is backed up by a range of Samsung’s own DSP modes, including Smart Volume, MP3 Enhancer and Power Bass, plus a range of sound effects designed to replicate different environments, such as ‘Hall’ and ‘Church’. The system also handles digital media formats such as MP3, WMA, WMV, JPEG, DivX HD and AVCHD – that’s a decent line-up by anyone’s standards.
Using the HT-C6730W is a blissfully simple experience, mainly thanks to the remote which takes a leaf out of Panasonic’s book with its large, chunky buttons laid out in a way that a five-year-old could understand. The keys are nicely separated by colour and clearly labelled, plus all of the system’s regularly-used functions have been given their own buttons. This top-drawer zapper design is complemented by onscreen menu that use full colour graphics and a clear structure.