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Samsung HT-X50 5.1 Home Theater System

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A low cost 5 disc HTiB from Samsung

A low cost 5 disc HTiB from Samsung

Summary

  • Product Name: HT-X50
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Date: December 31, 2007 19:05
  • MSRP: $249.99
  • First Impression: Mildly Interesting
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General
Power Consumption 90W
Weight 11Ibs
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 3 x 17.1 inches
Operating Temperature Range 41°F ~ 95°F
Operating Humidity Range 10% ~ 75%
FM Tuner
Usable Sensitivity 10dB
S/N Ratio 60dB
Distortion 1%
Video Output
Composite Video 1.0Vp-p(75Ω load)
Component Video Y:1.0Vp-p(75Ω load)

Pr:0.70Vp-p(75Ω load)

Pb:0.70Vp-p(75Ω load)
HDMI Impedance: 85~115Ω
Amplifier
Front speaker output 134W x 2(3Ω) / DVD: 166W x 2(3Ω)
Center speaker output 134W(3Ω) / DVD: 170W(3Ω)
Rear speaker output 134W x 2(3Ω) / DVD: 166W x 2(3Ω)
Subwoofer speaker output 130W(3Ω) / DVD: 166W(3Ω)
Frequency range 20Hz~20KHz
S/N Ratio 75dB
Channel separation 60dB
Input sensitivity (AUX)400mV
Speakers
Front / Rear

145Hz~20KHz

86dB/W/M

166W / Max 332W

3.5 in. x 6.6 in. x 3.8 in.

1.3 Ibs/1.1 Ibs
Center

145Hz~20KHz

86dB/W/M

170W / Max 340W

9.8 in. x 3.5 in. x 3.8 in.

1.5 Ibs
Subwoofer

35Hz~155Hz

86dB/W/M

166W / Max 332W

7.1 in. x 12.6 in. x 15.4 in.

12.1 Ibs

Executive Overview

To complement their line of small flat panel TVs, Samsung Electronics produced the HT-X50 home theater system.  Not only does it have a cool name, I mean who wouldn't want to own an X50, but it has a good look, as well.  The low cost package includes a 5-disc DVD/CD changer, 5 speakers, a small subwoofer, remote control, and various cables for connecting it all together.  Its features are pretty standard as far as home theater systems go, but it does have better than average sound.  The speakers are more clear at higher volumes than the equally-priced competition.  The passive subwoofer unit is just OK on the mid-bass and seemed a bit boomy overall.  We would recommend placing the sub up front and possibly behind your display or cabinet to curb its enthusiasm and fill in the front speakers. Had Samsung included a larger sub or perhaps a powered sub, then this would have been a killer mini-system.

The X50 (I love saying that) has a standard 5-disc carousel for DVDs and CDs and can play several kinds of computer formats including MP3, WMA, DivX, and JPEG files. There is also a USB port on the front to play these files from a thumb drive or music player.  On the rear of the unit you'll find an HDMI port for upscaled video and there is a single optical input that's useful when plugging your flat panel TV's output into the receiver so you can have surround sound on supporting video programs. There is also a single analogue stereo jack for other devices.  It did feel a little low on inputs, but we're guessing that this won't be used as a primary home theater system. For a minimalist setup with few source components it's about right. It plays AM and FM radio, and if you're into XM, you can add the proper antenna and use your subscription for that as well.  Lastly, the included remote has a good layout and is very easy to use.  It's also programmable for your TV so it can serve dual purpose.  Of course, if you already have a Samsung TV, then it will be preprogrammed without any action on your part.

If your audio budget is right around $250, then this is a pretty decent system to consider.  Of course, Samsung makes it easy for owners of their flat panel displays as the remote is ready to go and the HT-X50 will match the styling of their sets. With better than average sound for a low cost of entry, it might be worth looking into if you don't need a ton of inputs. X50, yeah, I still love saying that!

For more information please visit www.samsung.com.

About the author:

Jim Robbins is, by profession, a computer programmer. His technology interests started back in 1989, when he became SysOp of his High School's BBS (anyone remember those?). Of course, as most intelligent and geeky high school students, he also loved video games. Those video games were a force driving him into self discovery as an audioholic!

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