Samsung HT-X200 review: Samsung HT-X200

The Good Good DVD playback; gorgeous design; DVD-Audio support.

The Bad Lifeless sound.

The Bottom Line The Samsung HT-X200 is one of the best looking 2.1 home cinema systems we've seen, but although its DVD playback quality is good, it's let down by its slightly sterile audio performance

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6.5 Overall

Samsung's HT-X200 is a one box solution for people who want a home cinema setup without having to spend an entire weekend setting up speakers and running cables around a room. The other big attraction is its striking design, which is impressive considering it only costs £260.

Strengths
If there's one area where the HT-X200 scores highly, it's in the looks department. Rather than shoving all the usual DVD playing gubbins into an unassuming grey rectangular box, Samsung has instead gone for a sculpted, curvaceous design that looks gorgeous and is finished in a beautiful piano black paint job.

The main unit can be mounted either horizontally or vertically on its stand and the top of the case hides a grid of blue LED lights that act as the unit's main display showing what mode you're in (DVD, FM, Aux, etc) or the current volume level.

Given that this is a 2.1 system -- stereo speakers, plus a passive subwoofer -- setting it up was never going to be a big hassle, but Samsung has made the job even easier by putting a colour-coded speaker terminal on the main unit and supplying matching colour-coded speaker cables.

When it comes to hooking up the unit to your telly you'll find HDMI, component and composite outputs on the rear, but oddly Samsung hasn't included a Scart socket, so the system's not all that suited to users who have older tellies. Around the back there's also a digital audio input and stereo auxiliary connectors for feeding it digital or analogue audio from an external unit like a satellite, cable or Freeview box.

The DVD playback quality via the HDMI and component ports is really rather good, with largely noise-free pictures and strong natural colours. However, as you would expect the output from the composite port is less impressive.

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