Samsung HT-F9750W review

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Samsung HT-F9750W – Sound Quality

Playing movies like The Hobbit and Troll Hunter on Blu-ray, we soon realised that the Samsung HT-F9750W is a wildly entertaining performer, tackling HD audio soundtracks with superb clarity and aggression.

Samsung HT-F9750W

Skipping straight to The Hobbit’s Stone Giants battle in chapter 21, the HT-F9750W easily makes the scene feel epic in scale. Not only is it capable of going insanely loud with only a couple turns of the knob, it also conveys effects with effortless force – rocks crash together with a sharp crack and a thunderous boom, and there’s a sprightly whoosh as debris tumbles past the camera.

It’s not always the smoothest listen, getting a little edgy with the volume up high, but on the whole it’s more composed than most all-in-one systems.

But what really stands out is the Samsung’s meticulously crisp detail presentation. Every scene is peppered with high-frequency textures, which makes the action feel open and airy.

For example, as Troll Hunter’s camera crew flee the three-headed beast through the woods, the crunch of leaves and twigs underfoot is remarkably crisp. Similarly, shots of Radagast tending wildlife in The Hobbit are accompanied by delicately chirping birds and snuffling animals.

Admittedly not everyone will enjoy this precise and fussy sound, but there’s enough presence in the midrange and bass departments to balance it out – plus you can always tweak the sound using the equaliser in the setup menu.

As for sound processing, DTS Neo-Fusion does a wonderful job of spreading the soundstage both upwards and outwards. This is clearly demonstrated in The Hobbit as the group traipses through the rain – switching 3D Sound to ‘High’ makes the hissing precipitation seem like it’s coming from above you. If you find it too full-on, the ‘Low’ setting has a more natural effect.

Samsung HT-F9750W

Our only issue with 3D Sound/Neo-Fusion is that it seems to boost high frequencies, making the sound even more treble-heavy. And music lovers shouldn’t touch it with a barge pole, as it makes songs sound odd and unfocused – stick to straight 2.1 and music is very enjoyable indeed.

But back to the good stuff, and the HT-F9750W’s thrilling performance is bolstered by stellar work from the sub, which injects tight bass into the soundstage without overpowering the speakers or lingering longer than it should. And dialogue comes through clearly, whether it’s the booming vocals of a mountain troll or the squawky tones of a goblin.

Even without Neo-Fusion’s trickery, the soundstage is expansive, while the system steers effects during action scenes with terrific speed and smoothness.

Samsung HT-F9750W – Picture Quality

As for pictures, the Samsung HT-F9750W does what you’d expect any Blu-ray player to do – pass on the digital 1080p signal to a TV cleanly with no interference.

There’s a handful of picture presets on board if the regular picture isn’t quite to taste (Dynamic, Movie and User – the latter allowing you to tweak sharpness, noise reduction, contrast, brightness, colour and tint) but in Standard mode the visuals are stunning.

The 2D version of The Hobbit looks extremely sharp and poised – particularly during shots of Mirkwood or Goblin Town – while the 3D version boasts a mesmerising sense of depth. The system also does a good job with the Silicon Optix HQV disc, picking up the various cadences quickly and rendering moving diagonal lines without jaggies.

Samsung HT-F9750W

Should I buy the Samsung HT-F9750W?

The HT-F9750W is a formidable home cinema system, living up to its flagship status in every way. In terms of features it leaves no stone unturned, offering cutting-edge audio trickery, wireless functionality galore and the best range of internet content on the market.

We’re also impressed by the design, which may bear traces of cost-cutting but it’s still more stylish and luxurious than most all-in-one systems.

Audio performance is also a triumph. It’s remarkably powerful and detailed, while Neo-Fusion expands the soundstage brilliantly through those extra drivers. Musically it does a good job, provided you leave the processing well alone.

The big problem, however, is the price. At around £1,500, it costs twice as much as flagship systems from LG and Panasonic, which is a massive jump in anyone’s book.

Granted, the HT-F9750W’s feature list is better than both systems but we’re not convinced that’s enough to justify paying double the price, particularly as there isn’t a massive step-up in performance from those rival systems.

But in its own right, the HT-F9750W is a first-class all-in-one system, bursting with quality and innovation, which makes it worthy of recommendation despite the price.

Samsung HT-F9750W – Verdict

Samsung’s flagship all-in-one system looks stylish, sounds great and spoils you with features, but at twice the price of the competition you may struggle to justify the extra expense

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 10
  • Performance 9
  • Sound Quality 9
  • Value 6

reyho

October 31, 2013, 2:15 pm

it's an amazing system. im amazed the kind of audio quality it has. and it looks superb aswell.

disease

December 10, 2013, 9:17 am

OK it mentions other flagship models that sound similarly but what are these models are???? im looking for de cent sound quality 7.1

Rack1600

December 23, 2013, 2:13 pm

If I had this system, I would be just as interested to know if I can just chuck an Audio CD in it (I know old-school) without needing the TV on - or if I can control music via my Smart Phone? These are just as important as BluRay in terms of daily-use. Is it the sort of thing that you have on all the time with your TV? I find my Panasonic flatscreen has very poor audio.

Rack1600

December 23, 2013, 2:16 pm

Also, this costs £750 today - half the quoted price. Given the headline mentions price, it might be worth updating.

Sweeper

February 5, 2014, 5:29 pm

I own a Samsung f9000 4k tv so I am interested to kno is this system actually 4k ready and therefore released for the 4k televisions or does it only upscale b-rays to make them look like 4k viewing???? If so....a lot of money, I have a Samsung b-ray 3d surround sound system that last year only cost me £400 of which my tv upscale to an extent, I wouldnt pay another £1000 if it's only gonna do the same, can anyone answer me this question as I am only interested in this system if it's the full 4k deal...or is it just another inbetweener!!

NS

March 9, 2014, 11:39 am

can I connect audio from my tv to this? or I need to buy a reviser?

Sander

March 17, 2014, 12:50 pm

Yes it supports 4k (UHD)

shuanang

March 19, 2014, 4:02 am

Yes, you can just chuck an audio cd in it and it'll play automatically. Otherwise, if you've gone digital, it has many many ways in which you can play music through it. You could link Dropbox to it and play from there, using DLNA from your phone or computer (and control it using your phone too) and even iPads are supported.
Hope this helps :)

Manu

April 5, 2014, 5:50 pm

I'm using a DLNA share on a NAS (Synology) to see movies. I would like to know how can I see the cover for each movie.
I have also a Samsung TV (UE40C6710), and, and on this TV I have for each movie a JPG file (with same file name eg: Movie1.avi - Movie1.jpg). When I browse my DNLA share, I have the cover + the movie name.
I would have same functionnality on this home cinema.

Many thanks for your answer/suggestions.

Manu

Øyvind

November 28, 2014, 11:42 am

What anoys me greatly is that it isn't show which HDMI ports it uses. Is it HDMI 2.0 or HDMI 1.4a which is limited to 30 fps? If it is the latter, then it is completely uniteresting.

Otunba Tunde Fasanmi

March 16, 2015, 6:53 pm

Yes, using the AUX out from your TV and connecting the other end of the cable to the AUX IN of the system.

Jack

April 18, 2015, 9:56 am

I have had my HT-F9750W home theater for 14 Months when it stopped working, it is now useless, the screen now scrolls the word "PROTECTION" and turns itself off. I have put this unit into a reputable Samsung Repairer and after looking at it for nearly 3 Months they cannot find out what the problem is to fix it. 18/4/15

Jack

April 19, 2015, 12:49 am

try "all covers" 19/4/15

JJMVENG

September 12, 2015, 3:12 pm

Hi JACK. Try hard reset. On stand by mode, press stop button until the unit powers on automatically. Then release the button. Hopefully, your unit will be fully reset.

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