Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

Sam­sung’s ES455k tries hard to be the home the­atre sys­tem which can ac­tu­ally bring the cine­mas home. The straight line de­sign is stylish and makes it gel with al­most any sur­round­ings. This 5.1 chan­nel sys­tem con­sists of two floor-stand­ing sur­round speak­ers along with reg­u­lar set of speak­ers and sub-woofer. A DVD player has also been in­cluded in the pack. Easy to set up, the sys­tem comes with an ac­ces­sory that can turn the sur­round speak­ers into a sound bar. Plus, there is the op­tion of karaoke and record to thumb drive on the DVD player.

Al this is good, but the sound out­put, though loud, lacks clar­ity that a sur­round sound sys­tem should of­fer. Also, at a time when most of us would be us­ing the home the­atre with a Full HD flat panel TV, the DVD player does not sup­port HD res­o­lu­tion or sound. For­get about Full HD videos, the DVD player could not play videos at 800 x 600 res­o­lu­tion from the thumb drive. The com­pany claims the unit sup­ports 1080p video up­scale, but this is only through a DVD. Con­sid­er­ing HD is al­most be­com­ing the stan­dard, hav­ing a non-HD DVD player just does not make any sense. An­other glitch is the fact that you need an op­ti­cal ca­ble to con­nect the TV to the home the­atre.


Not worth it; buy an HTS with Blu-Ray in­stead.

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