Samsung HT-C6930 - Exclusive - Samsung HT-C6930

By Danny Phillips

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  • Recommended by TR
Samsung HT-C6930 front

Summary

Our Score:

9

Despite our reservations, the overall sense of spectacle offered by this 3D system makes it worth the investment, especially if you’ve got young kids who’ll be too entranced to notice the flaws. And in any case, it’s still early days for 3D, and any problems are certain to be addressed as the technology matures.

As a 2D player, the HT-C6930W is magnificent, thanks to its faultless handling of the 1080p digital signal. Avatar on Blu-ray is simply breathtaking, positively exploding with rich, vivid colours and scintillating sharp detail. It also does well with the Silicon Optix HQV disc – test cards are clean and stable, while moving diagonals are smooth and free from stepping. What’s more, it loaded the stubborn Terminator Salvation Blu-ray in a comparatively fast 50 seconds.

Samsung HT-C6930 3D glasses

Although the HT-C6930W’s sound performance lacks the subtlety and foundation-shaking power of decent amp/speaker separates, its crisp, dynamic rendition of Terminator Salvation’s DTS HD Master Audio track is as good as we’ve heard from a Samsung system.

Shutter 3D glasses

The front speaker tweeters dig out plenty of delicate high frequency detail but deliver loud high-pitch sounds without excessive harshness, and it attacks snappy sounds like gunfire with satisfying zeal. The subwoofer does a reasonable job too, rumbling away heartily during zesty action scenes, but it lacks the tautness and control you’d get from good-quality powered sub. Speech from the centre is projected with purpose and clarity while the surround speakers flood the soundstage with immersive ambience and effects – although auto calibration left them a little low in the mix.

Samsung HT-C6930 front angle

Next we moved the surround back speakers to the front of the room, activated Dolby Pro Logic IIz and selected chapter 3 of Terminator Salvation, in which a helicopter zooms though the driving rain. The height speakers definitely add an extra sense of envelopment to the soundstage, and gave us the sense that rain was coming from above, although the effect is a lot more subtle than we found on the Onkyo TX-SR607. Although you wouldn’t base your buying decision on this feature, it’s certainly a nice bonus if you can accommodate the speakers in this unorthodox position.

Verdict

If you’re looking to join the 3D revolution and bag yourself a decent 7.1-channel sound system in the process, the HT-C6930W is the perfect place to start. 3D capability is the star attraction, but even if you don’t take advantage of it straight away (after all, those TVs don’t come cheap) then there’s plenty to keep you entertained in the meantime. As well as the phenomenal feature list, it’s stylish, easy to use and provides superb 2D hi-def pictures. And while some people may be reluctant to pay over £500 for an all-in-one system, that price tag is actually quite reasonable for such a feature-packed system, making it a very compelling home cinema proposition overall.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 8

PaulW

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!

PaulW

May 21, 2010, 1:48 pm

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

PoisonJam

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!

Gok

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?

fireisdangerous

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.

Ed

May 22, 2010, 1:45 pm

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

ffrankmccaffery

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.

Brian

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 !

goore

June 21, 2010, 7:04 pm

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

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