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Samsung HW-C700 Setup and Configuration

By Dave DeBorde

The Main Menu contains thirteen areas, including Audio Setup, Speaker Size, Speaker Distance, Speaker Level, Test Tone, DPLIIx Setup, DPLIIz Setup, Tone Control (Bass, Treble, etc.) NEO:6 Setup, EX/ES Setup, A/V Sync, MP3 Enhancer, Smart Volume, ASC Setup, DRC Setup, HDMI Setup and Variable Set. First thing I did was to set up the speaker levels to satisfy the needs of my man cave using an SPL meter. I then confirmed it (I am ashamed to say) using audio of a Nickelodeon show my daughter watches called Big Time Rush… the sacrifices we family audiophiles make… To man back up, I then popped in Saving Private Ryan and did 100 one-handed push-ups while drinking a can of Jolt cola. Ahem, after setting up the speaker levels, I noted that you could adjust the Tone Controls , ie. the treble and bass to do a rough compensation for any massive errors interjected by your room or speakers. There is also the ASC correction system but we’ll get to that a little later.

The controls are accessible from the front panel, but who wants to squat in front of their receiver? Not I! So, using the remote, it I found that it took a few stops and starts to get the hang of it – when to hit enter and when not to. Also, there’s “Exit”, which takes you completely out of the setup and then there’s “Return” which takes you only back to the previous control level. You have to get used to it.   

Input Setup

Once you selected an input source, using the remote’s Input Select button, you can choose an analogue or digital source by pressing the Audio Assign button. You can select each of the following inputs: DVD/Blu-ray, TV (Audio: analog, coaxial, & HDMI) VCR (Audio: only analog), CD Music (audio: Analog & optical), Aux (audio: analog & HDMI), 7.1 Multi channel (audio: analog only), IPOD Audio (audio: iPhone adapter), IPOD Video (audio: iPhone adapter), FM Radio (audio: FM antenna), SAT – satellite (Audio: analog, coaxial, & HDMI).

iPhone/iPod Dock Included

Many receivers charge you for an accessory like an iPhone or iPod dock, but Samsung includes it on a $300 receiver. The iPod/iPhone dock comes with an optional function that enhances MP3 signals, but when switching to the iPod input, it takes a while for it to start connecting before it will let you go onto the next input setting. Keep this in mind as it's a little frustrating when switching between inputs and having to wait for the system to catch up.

Speaker Setup

Speaker Size allows you to select the size and number of speakers in your system. Speaker Level controls the relative level of volume for each the speakers. Both of these allow you to ghost a nonexistent Center channel or run a system with or without a subwoofer. You can tell the HW-C700 whether your speakers are Large (Full range 20Hz – 20kHz) or small (anything else). Speaker Distance allowed us to set the group delay for each speaker simply by setting the distance to the listening position. We like to see 0.5 foot increments here, but the Samsung only allowed 1 foot steps - something that is not unexpected at this price. You can make adjustments in Feet or Meters (or should I say Metres?) The Crossover system works globally on Front, Center, Surround and Surround B(ack) speakers. You can set the crossover to 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180 and 200 Hz. Any speakers set to "Full Range" means that it will get full range audio with nothing being sent to the subwoofer.

ASC Setup

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Drum roll, please! OK, you may not be all that excited with automatic setup and room correction, but for some people who have never held a Radio Shack SPL meter in tehir hands, it offers a great way to set up a system (mostly) hassle-free. The ASC is one of those functions that really give the purchaser of this receiver, the feeling that they bought a high end piece of equipment. Automatic room correction and configuration for $300? That would have been unthinkable just two years ago. The ASC Setup completed the process in about 2-3 minutes and it was over quickly. While the setup was fairly accurate (it missed on the bass management) I was curious about the EQ settings - which you can disable in the menu system. I promptly found an HD film on cable, an older DVD, Fright Night 2 ,and a newer Blu-ray, Terminator Salvation  to test the surround. I have to say, after using the ASC, the movies really did come to life in a way they hadn’t before. Samsung’s version of this seems to do a very good job at increasing intelligibility, though ultimately our experience is that this type of system will be less useful for those using higher quality speakers. Experiment and see which you prefer.


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Recent Forum Posts:

brawsky posts on November 30, 2010 06:49
Thanks for the info
Seth=L posts on November 25, 2010 15:54
Bismarck, post: 768834
Since the receiver is so lightweight I wonder if it is using a class A/B amp or a switching amp? Either way, power hasn't been a big issue for me.

I'm sure the Samsung uses a switching power supply feeding some derivitive of Class D amplification.
Bismarck posts on November 25, 2010 13:06
I have actually setup a number of these receivers and wouldn't give them too glowing of a review. They sound fine for the price, and match other Samsung components well. The lack of transcoding to HDMI is a real concern for me. Also, the lack of an audio return channel (ARC) is annoying for people using an OTA antenna hooked right to their TV.

I have had a number of problems with the receiver dropping audio. For a few clients, I have had to set their blu-ray Players to re-encode the new HD sound formats for the receiver to work properly.

Since the receiver is so lightweight I wonder if it is using a class A/B amp or a switching amp? Either way, power hasn't been a big issue for me.

Still, there is nothing that makes this receiver stand out over the other competition, other than the included iPod dock. The Denon AVR-591, for less money, has ARC, transcoding to HDMI, and a lot more setup features. The crossover on the Denon isn't global, you can set an volume limit so our kids don't crank it up too loud, and you can set a power on volume level. I am not a Denon fanboy, but their receiver at this price point is much better in my opinion.
3db posts on November 25, 2010 12:09
M Code, post: 768810
Reason is lack of interoperability with other HDMI components..

Just my $0.02…

What? With all them standards kicking around and you still have interoperability issues? Who'd a thunk it?
M Code posts on November 25, 2010 11:08
Seth=L, post: 768796
Failure probably occurs whenever a 4 ohm load is encountered.

Reason is lack of interoperability with other HDMI components..

Just my $0.02…
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