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Samsung debuts HT-AS730 home theater system

The HT-AS730 includes a receiver/amplifier and a full 5.1-channel speaker package.

Samsung HT-AS730

Samsung has taken the wraps off the HT-AS730, a component-based home theater system. Unlike the slate of sexy Blu-ray home theater systems back at January's Consumer Electronics Show, the HT-AS730 is aimed at those who already have a disc player or game console: it has three HDMI inputs and four digital audio inputs (1 coaxial, 3 optical), plus an iPod/iPhone dock. The receiver/amplifier pumps out 650 watts of power to the five included speakers (there's also an active sub), and the system can be auto-calibrated to your specific room with the included microphone.

The Samsung HT-AS730 hits store shelves in April for $500. It will go head-to-head with competing component-based home theater systems from Yamaha (the YHT-491BL), Onkyo (the HT-S5200), and Sony (the HT-SS360). We're somewhat miffed that the Samsung doesn't include decoding for the latest Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Blu-ray soundtracks, but those who own players with onboard decoding and analog outputs can take advantage of the HT-AS730's 7.1-channel analog inputs.

Look for a full CNET review of the HT-AS730 soon.