Samsung HT-C6930 - Exclusive - Samsung HT-C6930

By Danny Phillips



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Samsung HT-C6930 front


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We tried out Allshare and it works like a dream. Unlike Samsung’s last generation of Blu-ray systems, setup is child’s play and the on-screen menu system looks utterly classy – folders are laid out in a logical structure and use polished, colourful graphics. File browsing is also slick and responsive, and most of our test files played without any problems.

As well as media streaming and BD Live, the internet connection also grants access to Samsung’s Internet@TV service, which brings a variety of applications to your TV through a smart, approachable interface.

The most useful of these is YouTube, but other apps like Twitter and Picasa are great for keen social networkers, plus the forthcoming Facebook and LoveFilm services will make this feature even more worthwhile.

Samsung HT-C6930 ports

The extensive multimedia support continues with the front-mounted USB port, which will play the formats listed above from USB flash drives, MP3 players, digital cameras and USB card readers. It won’t play back from external HDDs or NTFS-formatted devices though, and our WMV HD files played back with no sound.

Amazingly, we’ve barely scratched the surface. Buried among the usual array of DSP modes (Smart Sound, Power Bass, MP3 Enhancer) and sound effect settings (which have overly descriptive titles like ‘Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava’), you’ll find Dolby Pro Logic IIz. By moving the surround back speakers to the front of the room above the TV, this processing mode adds a height element to the soundstage, which can be particularly atmospheric during scenes with non-directional ambience.

Samsung HT-C6930 remote

Samsung claims that the on-board Crystal Amplifier Pro delivers a total power output of 1330W, which sound pretty impressive on paper, plus it boasts Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoders. Elsewhere there’s 1GB of built-in memory for BD Live downloads and it supports 1080/24p Blu-ray output from the HDMI port.

The vast amount of components and gizmos in the box makes installation more complex than your average all-in-one system – we’d set aside a good hour just to put it all together. You have to connect the speakers to colour coded terminals on the back of the main unit using the supplied cables, as well as rig up the wireless receiver at the back of the room and assemble the two-part tallboy front speakers, which slot together and screw into sturdy square bases.

Samsung HT-C6930

The four matching surround satellites are robustly built, and their compact cuboid cabinets should be easy to accommodate. The centre speaker is similarly styled but elongated to fit under the TV, while the passive subwoofer is surprisingly stylish and compact. In situ, the HT-C6930 will bring a bit of glamour to any living room.

On-screen setup is easy. The gloss-black remote’s button layout is nigh-on perfect, while the menus’ crisp multicoloured graphics, smooth scrolling and logical menu structure makes them a breeze to explore. During playback, the Info and Tools menus provide key details and additional setup options, including picture presets and user adjustments.


May 21, 2010, 12:19 pm

Nice review - looks a good piece of kit! Encouraging to see that (a) its not on offer by Pixmania & (b) its on the Samsung UK website - so not a great import like the HT-C6200 reviewed previously!


May 21, 2010, 1:48 pm

Ooops! for "great import" read "grey import" :(


May 21, 2010, 8:53 pm

That's the price I'd expect to pay for a system like this without 3D. With 3D capability, this is a relative bargain in my eyes!


May 21, 2010, 9:50 pm

Greatt review Danny, and it seems this all-in-one system fits all my bills.

One question though: did you try it with music files and how does it sounds? Is it harsh with trebble or slow/pedestrian with bass?

And most important to me: Since it doesn't support flac files, can I connect multimedia player (like WDTV Live, for example) through HDMI in of this system and play my flac music collection?


May 22, 2010, 1:36 pm

You mention in the review that the reciever has 1 hdmi v4 port and 2 hdmi v3 ports, but the picture of the reciever only shows 2 hdmi outs.


May 22, 2010, 1:45 pm

@fireisdangerous: Looking at the photos, there's one hdmi out and two hdmi in.


May 24, 2010, 9:09 am

It's still quite a lot of money for an all-in-one system. Even though I'm due to audition the Denon 2310 at my local AV store. I can't help but wonder if others can find a separates setup outputting a better picture and sound for a similar outlay.


May 24, 2010, 5:00 pm

hve to say to me, it looks like a waste of time. Seriously are you gonna sit there like a monkey hae to ware heavy uncomfortable glasses all the time.

Take an average family they will need 5 pairs of glasses to watch one of these :s And if the have visitors? just seems like technology for the sake of it, rather than a sensible home application to me. I will definately be ignoring the 3d band wagon.

Alex Sumpter

June 2, 2010, 5:52 pm

Do you know if the tallboy speakers are wall mountable? I have 2 young children and the best thing to do is keep things off the floor where possible !


June 21, 2010, 7:04 pm

What is the startup time between switching on and playing a BR content?

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