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Samsung HT-D6750W review

This 3D Blu-ray all-in-one system from Samsung works wonders with high frequencies, but it should drop the '7.1' tag

Our Verdict

For

  • Fabulous tweeters on the main stereo pair
  • Good Blu-ray performance
  • Smart Hub net connection

Against

  • Not a 7.1 system in the recognised sense
  • Unrefined sub

Samsung's top-of-the-line home cinema system is frothy, feature-rich and just a bit mad. Opening the box reveals a veritable forest of shiny black plastic.

The HT-D6750W package comprises two slim tallboy (1.3m) stereo front speakers which bolt together in the middle, and a pair of similar tallboy rears. They're joined by a small horizontal centre and a large (but light) subwoofer, which uses a 6.5-inch woofer and 10-inch passive radiator.

Samsung bills this as a 7.1 channel system, but there are no extra enclosures. Instead the main stereo loudspeakers each sport a separately driven, swivelling frog eye, which aims at the ceiling (or thereabouts). That counts, apparently.

Core components

At the heart of the shebang is a digital amp with integrated 3D Blu-ray player, two-in, one-out HDMI functionality and Smart Hub connectivity. For those who don't have a wired network connection handy, Wi-Fi is built-in.

One extra nicety is that the rears are wireless. That's to say you don't need to run speaker cable from the main amp. Instead there's a module, the SWA-5000, which receives a wireless feed (dual band 2.4/5.8GHz) from a transmitter plugged into the back of the main unit.

The 3D Blu-ray component of this system is clearly a derivation of the brand's standalone models. Video quality is high and functions broad.

Samsung proudly declares the power output of its digital amplifier to be 1300W. Given that it only draws 70W at the mains, this is obvious bunkum. I suspect it's more likely to be around 25-30W per channel. This is plenty for a smaller room; during my audition I never felt the system lacked volume, only dynamics.

So what of the HT670's 7.1 billing? Well, this is not a 7.1 system in the traditional AV sense, but Samsung's engineers maintain the HT-D6750W takes advantage of DTS' speaker remapping function, which uses 'sophisticated algorithms to electronically reposition speakers in the living room' if they don't match the placement used during recording.

But, if you think you can take a panned rear sound effect, throw it from a front height driver and get the same listening experience, you're simply delusional. Playing Rush Hour 3, a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix, there was simply no correlation between what came out of the back of a conventional 7.1 system and this front-weighted simulacrum.

Samsung ht 6750w

However, rear back/front height speakers aside, the system does a spirited job panning 5.1 multichannel audio to and fro. The audiovisual excitement of TRON: Legacy (3D Blu-ray) is not lost here.

Without a doubt, the star of this particular show is the 50Hz Super Tweeter, which delivers a crispness and clarity that lifts this entire system above the purely mundane.

There are caveats of course. Voice matching is a little rough, while timbre across the L/C/R is compromised because the centre speaker doesn't sound the same as the tallboys. It lacks that splendid tweeter, and consequently sounds comparatively dull.

Tech labs

Power consumption (Watts):

Idle: 20W
Playing: 70W

Disc loading (Boot/Java):

Boot speed: 10 seconds
Tray in to main BD menu: 46 seconds

Good value

While I contest the value of this system's bonus height drivers, I do think that overall Samsung's HT-D6750W is rather good fun.

The functionality it offers is exceptional, ticking every must-have feature box, and overall can be considered a good value option if you're not interested in a larger separates-based home cinema system. Just don't tell me it's 7.1.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHome Theater System
Player/Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Speaker Configuration7.1
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
EthernetYes
HDMIYes
RMS Output Power165 W
Component VideoYes
iPod SupportedYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
Subwoofer TypePassive
3D Type3D
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS 96/24, DTS HD
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesRDS/EON, Bonus View, BD Live, Auto Sound Calibration, 2D-3D Conversion
ManufacturerSamsung
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, DivX, DivX HD, XviD, AVCHD, MKV, WMV
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Frequency BandFM
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
Operating Power Consumption70 W
Media FormatsBD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RW
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
Front Speaker Height1320 mm
Front Speaker Width90 mm
Front Speaker Depth119 mm
Rear Speaker Height1300 mm
Rear Speaker Depth119 mm
Rear Speaker Width90 mm
Center Speaker Height74.50 mm
Center Speaker Width360 mm
Center Speaker Depth68.50 mm
Number of HDMI Inputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Antenna InputYes
Height60 mm
Width430 mm
Depth332 mm
Video SystemPAL
Number of Discs1
Image FormatsJPEG, JPEG HD
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3, WMA, AAC
Product ModelHT-D6750W
Product NameHT-D6750W Home Theater System
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-D6750W/XU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

With a 7.1ch wireless speaker system, the Samsung 3D Experience is ready to impress even the most discerning viewers. With 4 tallboy speakers, touch interface, swivel head speakers, and the new 6.5" woofer, the rich 3D Sound Plus experience will surpass all expectations. Your senses will be simply mesmerised. The set-up also includes the latest Samsung features such as Smart Hub, Samsung Apps, and the 3D converter. This will ensure that you have an endless supply of multimedia to enjoy. It is the ultimate system, where there are very few limits to what fun can be had.

Package Contents
  • HT-D6750W Home Theater System
  • Video Cable
  • FM Antenna
  • Soft Cloth
  • User's Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries (AAA size)
  • ASC Microphone
  • iPod Dock
  • Toroidal Ferrite Core
Remote ControlYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)3.90 kg - Main Unit, 5.70 kg - Subwoofer, 4.96 kg - Front Speaker, 590 g - Centre Speaker, 3.80 kg - Rear Speaker