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Customer Review

on 23 December 2011
I look for quite a long time for different Home cinema systems for my new TV set in my kitchen. Because of the space I didn't want a 5.1 system so I started looking for a 2.1 system or the new soundbars available. I decided for the soundbar because of the space however, wanted a soundbar with a DVD or Blue Ray player incorporated. First looked at LG HLB54S Super Slim Blu-Ray Soundbar with Wireless Sub-Woofer & Ipod Connectivity but found it a bit expensive coming up to £446. Then decided to go just for a soundbar and looked at the Samsung HW-D570 Airtrack 2.1ch Home Cinema System and iPod Dock for £369.99. It has great reviews and even a wireless iPod dock. Nevetheless, later found the Samsung HW-D450 Airtrack 2.1ch Home Cinema System for only £199.99 simply because of not having the wireless iPod dock and 30 watts less powerful wireless subwoofer. Though that £170 for those two little details were too much and got D-450 instead of the D570.

I still believe £170 is too much for the alternative setup but to be honest, the sound quality that the D450 produces is not the best. It's very powerful for a midsize room and it looks astonishing under my Samsung UE40C6530 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 100Hz Slim AllShare LED Internet TV with Freeview HD (they match in apparence) but it is not crystal clear sound. It was setup using an optic cable (best quality possible) and even though it's a bit disappointing. As other reviews available in youtube, the least bad sound quality is using the "Music" setup and still sound a bit dull. For watching movies the sound quality is OK and the surround sound is acceptable but for watching music concerts that is for what I mainly but this, it's less than ok. I would say you get what you pay. The extra 30 watts from the D570 model might be justifiable because the D450 lacks a bit of punch. The other annoying thing is that the Samsung HTWDC10 Wireless iPod/iPhone Dock is not available in the UK, only in the US and cost between $80-$120 plus the shipment and customs clearance which make it unaffordable and justify going for the D570 system.

In summary, if you are looking for a soundbar buy the D450 is you want a cheap, powerful soundbar mainly to watch movies or TV programs because you want to enhance the sound quality of your LED TV. But if what you want is not only to watch movies but also to use it to listening to music and music DVD/BlueRay get the D570.
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