CES: Samsung's funky home theater designs (photos)
Samsung showed off several unique home theater designs at CES 2011, including a cubelike home-theater-in-a-box and an AV receiver with a built-in Blu-ray player.
Samsung HT-D7100: HTIB in a single cube
Samsung's HT-D7100 manages to fit an entire home- theater-in-a-box into a single cubic design. It's tough to believe, but there's an entire 2.1 audio system there--including a subwoofer--plus a built-in Blu-ray player.
Samsung's lifestyle photo of the HT-D7100 looks great in concept, but you can't see all the wires. Remember that each component needs to be wired together, which detracts from the sleek design somewhat.
Because the design is so compact, many of the ports you'd find on other Blu-ray player are missing from the BD-D7000. Of course, for most home theaters the HDMI output and built-in Wi-Fi will be enough.
Samsung HW-D7000: AV receiver with built-in Blu-ray drive
We've seen an AV receiver with a built-in Blu-ray player from Denon before, but Samsung's is more stylish, thanks to its slot-loading disc drive that's almost invisible when not in use. The HW-D7000 has built-in Wi-Fi, too.