Samsung HT-AS720ST Home Theater in a Box
- Product Name: HT-AS720ST
- Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
- Review Date: December 21, 2007 00:08
- MSRP: $599
- First Impression: Pretty Cool
General Power supply 120V, 60 Hz Standby power consumption 0.9W Power Consumption Main unit 100W Power Consumption Subwoofer 90W Weight 12.7 Ibs Dimensions (W x H x D) 16.9 x 5.7 x 13.7 inches Operating temperature range 41°F~+95°F Operating humidity range 10%~75% FM Tuner Frequency response 87.5~108.0MHz Usable sensitivity 12dBf S/N ratio MONO/STEREO 55/55dB Distortion MONO/STEREO 0.3/0.8% Stereo separation 30dB Tuner output level 1kHz, 75kHz Dev Amplifier Rated output 20Hz~20kHz/THD = 10% Front speaker(left+right) 4 Ω 100W/CH Center speaker 4 Ω 100W/CH Surround speaker(left+right) 4 Ω 100W/CH Surround back 4 Ω 100W/CH Input sensitivity/impedance 450mV/47kΩ S/N ratio (analog input) 80dB Separation (1kHz) 60dB Frequency response Analog input 20Hz~20kHz(±3dB) Digital input/96kHz PCM 20Hz ~44kHz(±3dB) Video output TV format NTSC/PAL Input level/impedance 1Vp-p/75 Ω Output level/impedance 1Vp-p/75 Ω Video frequency response 5Hz to 10kHz(-3dB) S/N ratio 60dB Speakers Front / Surround 4 Ohm x 4 -- 100W 3.9 x 10.6 x 3.8 inches 3.1 Ibs / 2.6 Ibs Center 4 Ohm -- 100W 11.8 x 3.5 x 3.7 inches 3.1 lbs Subwoofer 8 Ohm -- 150W 12 x 15.6 x 17.4 inches 31.7 Ibs
It's not every day that a system like the Samsung HT-AS720ST catches our eye... and ear! Although it isn't a cheap $99 package, or an overpriced $2000 cube speaker system, this $600 home theater is something to take a look at if you are just getting into surround sound. The sleek and shiny appearance matches very well with today's glossy-edged flat panel displays, and Samsung has been very careful to have it match the look and feel of its Blu-ray players, as well.
The small front, center, and rear speakers seem to use higher quality components than the average HTiB (Home Theater in a Box). The 8" subwoofer module is self-powered and won't tax the 7-channel receiver. Yes, that's right, it only comes with 5 speakers, but has the connections and power for another 2 speakers. That's good news, as it is perfect for adding two higher quality speakers to the front when you are ready. The amp is already rated to drive the included 4-ohm speakers, so it should be an easy match to just about any 4-, 6-, or 8-ohm load..
We certainly wouldn't rate this product as "Pretty Cool" unless it had some other great features like 2 HDMI inputs and an HDMI output with 1080p upconversion for standard definition sources. There isn't a DVD player included, but Samsung will be happy to get you into one of their new Blu-ray players for around the same price as this system. Of course, an HD DVD player from Toshiba will work just as well. Even though this unit is designed for the new HDMI format, it maxes out at Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES formats. The newest Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio formats will not be decoded. But, if you happen to have a player that has 6 or 8 analogue outputs, there are discrete 7.1 multi-channel inputs on the rear of the system so you'll be ready for anything the future might hold.
Samsung included the newest ports, left out some options the average person would hardly ever use, then threw in a decent subwoofer and some better-than-average small speakers. Out came the AS720ST which is ready to play out of the box, but still has some room for expansion so your money will stretch farther. Oh, and lest I forget, the universal Samsung remote control is pretty nice, with a logical layout and compatibility with a host of TVs and DVD players. If $600 is your spending limit, then you should certainly go have a listen to this system at your local electronics store.
For more information please visit www.samsung.com
Are you all actually going to review it? I'm curious how it sounds w/ PCM audio from a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player as well as SACD and DVD-Audio.