As last year’s HT-D6750W is already one of the most advanced Blu-ray systems on the market, we struggled to imagine what could possibly be added to its successor, the Samsung HT-E6750W. But as always the Korean innovator has dreamed up a bunch of new features that take this year’s version to the next level.
As before, this 7.1-channel Blu-ray system is a complete entertainment hub, offering 3D Blu-ray playback, DLNA media streaming, plentiful web content and excellent multimedia support. But one of the big talking points is its use of valve and digital amplifier technology, which is said to add extra warmth to the sound.
The main unit of the HT-E6750W boasts a sleek gloss-black finish that’ll look good in any living room. Modern and stylish without going overboard, it’s classic Samsung. It’s chunkier than your average Blu-ray deck, but still easy to slot into a rack.
The eye is immediately drawn to the round window on top allowing you to glimpse those newly added valves (more on those later), accentuated by red lights. This see-through section creates a curved section on the fascia that houses the volume controls. Elsewhere the combined display panel and touch-sensitive controls are a great way of consolidating the clutter into one area, not to mention looking very cool indeed.
On the back is a healthy selection of sockets. To start, there are two HDMI inputs, which combined have two benefits – you can listen to external sources through the system, plus the HT-E6750W becomes a switcher, taking up just one HDMI input on your TV.
Analogue stereo and optical digital inputs let you connect even more external sources, while Ethernet provides an alternative to the built in Wi-Fi. With the supplied transmitter card plugged into the slot on the back, the system beams surround sound info to the rear speakers, in turn linked up to the supplied wireless receiver. That does away with messy cables trailing to the back of the room.
The iPod connections (front USB or rear slot) are another massive bonus, allowing quick, convenient hook-up of Apple devices directly or with a dock.
The HT-E6750W’s 1200mm-tall tower speakers look modern and elegant in their gloss black finish, while the exposed drivers are an eye-catching aesthetic feature – particularly with their newly-added silver phase plugs. The top driver can also be tilted, angling the sound upwards into the room. These top drivers have their own dedicated channels, giving you a 7.1-channel system without having to find room for physical surround back speakers.
However, a closer manual inspection reveals disappointing build quality. There’s a plasticky, hollow feel to the front and rear cabinets which raises questions about their ability to resist detrimental vibration. But no doubt this is a cost-driven decision.
The passive subwoofer shares this plasticky build quality, although the supplied centre speaker feels a lot more solid.