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By God, it's pretty!
on 20 November 2006
It is with but a moment's hesitation that I must admit - for possibly the first time in my life - that I bought this product basically because it looked nice. How awfully superficial of me, I know. But it's worth mentioning again, because as other reviewers have said this thing is pretty. Matched alongside a Samsung LCD and sat upon a black glass TV stand the whole set is quite stunning (in an ultra-modern kind of way, that is).
However, at the end of the day, most people don't spend £300+ on an ornament. So how does it operate? In short, extremely well. Sound quality is fabulous and makes me wonder whether I actually *want* to go to the cinema ever again, as it far surpasses anything my local multiplex can offer. Sub-woofer is atmospheric without being excessive and the quality of high-range performance from the left and right speakers are top notch. In my relatively small living room, I've yet to seriously test performance much beyond about 1/3rd of its capacity, but I suspect performance quality will persist into ear-splitting territory.
The DVD functions are exactly what I'd expect from a good quality player, although nothing exceptional. The top-loading feature is a nice gimmick although in practice doesn't combine well with being on a TV stand - a minor gripe to be sure. I was a little surprised that it doesn't come with DVD/RW or hard-drive functions, but I expect later models will integrate these in due course. One thing I would like - and to be fair, it may do it, but I've not stumbled across it using my typically male "instructions are for wimps" attitude - is a way of saving different settings for different media. DVDs with 5.1 obviously default to surround sound, but CD playing seems to default to stereo, where I'd much rather have matrix sound with all five speakers contributing to fill the room with sound.
Two minor technical gripes. The leads provided for rear speakers were too short for my needs, and I'm having incredible trouble locating longer leads of the official samsung-type. If they even exist. And my front right speaker resolutely refuses to detach from its base, making it impossible for me to hang it from the wall. Niggles of the pettiest degree, to be sure, but I think it only right that you - the reader - be fully informed!
I'd have no hesitation in recommending this for the majority of home cinema users. It aint perfect. But it's very good, and that's enough for me!