Samsung HT-C6930 - Exclusive - Samsung HT-C6930

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
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The system also removes the stress of sound setup with the Musical Auto Calibration (MAC). Using the supplied microphone, it measures speaker distances, levels and frequencies and sets the parameters for you. A word of warning though – the test tone is a blast of orchestral music that will drive you insane if you stay in the room.

Onto 3D, and there’s very little to set up – the Auto mode detects whether a disc is 3D or 2D, or you can choose to output a disc in 3D or 2D at all times. You can also input the size of your TV screen to optimise the appearance of menus and subtitles.

Given the amount of other accessories bundled in the box, it’s surprising that Samsung doesn’t supply the most important one of all – Active 3D glasses. These are available separately for around £60, but for a limited time Samsung is currently offering a voucher with all of its 3D TVs that allows you to claim a free pair.

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Thankfully Samsung sent us a pair, as well as a copy of Monsters Vs Aliens (currently the only Full HD 3D disc doing the rounds) and a UE46C8000 3D-ready LED TV. Settling down to watch the movie, there’s no denying that the 3D effect is initially captivating, drawing you into the picture with its increased depth and impressive layering, the key elements that set it apart from 2D.

Testament to this is the response of my five-year-old son, who after donning the glasses kept instinctively reaching his hand out to grab the objects and sat glued to the screen for the rest of the movie, transfixed.

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The beauty is that the images are delivered in gorgeous, pristine Full HD, which allows the movie’s beautifully rendered CG detail to be revealed in all its glory, in turn heightening the impact of the 3D picture.

It does, however take a while for your eyes to grow accustomed to the picture. At first we weren’t sure which part of the picture to look at – certain moving objects drift in and out of focus, while camera moves can be disorientating. It took a while for our eyes to settle into the ‘rhythm’ of a 3D picture, and the constant adjustment made them feel tired fairly quickly.

Monsters Vs Aliens Blu-ray

And as John first pointed out in his review of the UE55C8000, there’s some significant ghosting along edges, particularly noticeable where dark objects are set against bright backgrounds. It also occurs with thin lines, such as the supports and cables on the Golden Gate Bridge in chapter 12 - a faint ghostly image can be seen alongside each one, clouding the clarity of the image.

And some 3D tricks simply don’t work at all, like the guy in the observation outpost at the start of the movie batting a ball towards the camera. As it juts forward, the ball gets so blurry that it never really feels as though it’s coming out of the screen. In fact, scenes with prominent foreground activity like this are the hardest for the brain to process, and the best 3D content keeps it to a minimum.


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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