April 28, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
For those who don’t want a full speaker system and all of the accompanying wires cluttering up their media rooms, the sound bar is becoming quite an attractive option.
In the case of Samsung’s new HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar, we mean that literally. This model sports a sweet piano black finish to make it really blend in as a great-looking complement to flat-panel TVs of the same ilk.
Like some other sound bars, the HT-X810 offers rich sound with 300 watts of output power, aided by a wireless subwoofer that you can stow in the room.
The sub uses 5.8 GHz wireless technology, and other wireless components, such as your portable players, can use the product’s Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity to sync up. The HT-X810 can playback CD, DVD-Audio, DivX video, JPEG photo and MP3/WMA audio.
CD and DVD-A, you ask? Yup, there’s an integrated DVD player on the sound bar, too, which is a slot-in progressive-scan player that can upconvert DVDs to 1080p.
This space saver is now available, for $699.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.