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Samsung HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar

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Samsung HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar

Samsung HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar

Summary

  • Product Name: HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Date: January 14, 2008 19:33
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!

Executive Overview

Samsung Electronics is making high-definition video more accessible than ever to consumers with its HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar. Now usually we look down our noses at surround bars but with an integrated upconverting DVD player, Bluetooth connectivity AND a wireless sub, we couldn't help but be intrigued.

The HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar, with its piano black finish, is a self-contained, wall-mountable home theater speaker system is designed specifically to fit with all Samsung TV models 40-inches and above. It features a slot-loading DVD player with Full HD 1080p playback on standard DVDs and a HDMI-CEC output allows the user to control both the TV and home theater with one remote. It also accommodates a multitude of playback options, including DVD-Audio, CDs, DivX, JPEG, MP3 and WMA files.

With 300 watts of total output power, consumers can be assured that they’ll enjoy a fullbodied audio experience, especially when paired with the wireless subwoofer for rich bass reproduction. Using the latest 5.8GHz wireless technology, the HT-X810’s subwoofer can be positioned and hidden most anywhere in the room.

From MP3 players to cell phones to PCs, the HT-X810 is all about seamless connections. Not only does it easily connect with any Bluetooth-enabled device to expand wireless audio listening capabilities even further, it also integrates easily with a variety of different devices and file types. The USB Host Play makes for a quick, direct connection to other mobile devices, including flash drives and digital camcorders, bringing full multimedia compatibility into the living room. The HT-X810 will be available in May 2008. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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