The Samsung HT-BD8200 sound bar can be considered a complete sound system; you will receive the highly demanded surround sound from a simple unit, an included subwoofer and best of all, a Blu-ray player. This is the first one ever used on a sound bar, but it is also one of the best. The people from Samsung didn’t hold back when they decided to create this sound bar; it comes with everything and you can be sure that they paid attention to every little detail. The system can even stream Netflix movies or access the music service offered by Pandora. These features can be accessed with a Samsung USB dongle. Like usual, Bluetooth connectivity is available and you will also enjoy the included iPod dock. All of these features and more come at the more than reasonable price of $800.
The Blu Ray part of the system is easy to access, but you shouldn’t place the sound bar too high. Touch sensitive buttons are placed on the upper side of this unit. When you push the “eject” button, the disc will slowly rise and it will wait there until someone pulls it out completely. The player is placed vertically for maximum efficiency and switching discs doesn’t take a lot of training. With other systems, you have to place the disc in an unnatural manner and you always feel like you did it incorrectly. The Samsung HT-BD8200 will grab it from your hands and gently lower it to its proper position.
The display panel is attractive and the information it offers is easy to read in all conditions. You don’t have to worry about sunlight hitting it directly or that the distance obstructs the view; it will be readable from any angle.
Setting up the HT-BD8200 and extra features
A USB port is also available and it is a great addition to the sound bar, not only because you can use the WIS09ABGN wireless LAN dongle for internet connection, but also because you can upgrade the system’s firmware through it. Because the LAN dongle will always be connected, the people from Samsung were kind enough to add a secondary USB port which can be used for media playback. You can add your flash drive to your sound bar, MP3 players and even some external hard disk drives as long as they were formatted on FAT 16 or 32. Unlike other USB ports which can’t handle superior formats, the one incorporated in the HT-BD8200 will play DivX HD and MP3 files. Pictures in JPEG format are also supported. The included iPod Dock can be used for connecting any type of iPod, as well as your iPhone. If you want to use your headphones, you can do it through the headphone port. If all of these features aren’t enough for you, the HT-BD8200 will offer YouTube access along with Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding.
The menu of this sound bar is easy to understand and setting it up for your personal preferences will be easy even if you are a beginner. You can adjust the sound, the video resolution and even some network settings. However, you won’t be able to make these changes if a movie is playing.
If you have a fast internet connection, the videos from YouTube and BD live will appear instantly and you won’t have to deal with long buffering times.
The wireless subwoofer will be detected immediately, so you don’t have to worry about pairing or other subwoofer settings.
You will receive a remote control which comes with basic functions. The button layout is great, each category has a different type of button and getting used to it won’t take long.
The total sound power is 300W, which is more than enough for any room, no matter how large it is.
The soundstage is wide and the sound is powerful, but clear. You will hear every little detail when watching a Blu Ray movie and the action will become incredibly real. The mixture between the sound bar and the subwoofer is nothing less than perfect and it will make you feel better than you do at the cinema. The fact that you can place the subwoofer wherever you want without damaging the Bluetooth connection is most certainly a plus. Even so, you should find a place which doesn’t damage the quality of the sound which comes from this unit. If you can see it, then you will certainly get high quality sound from it. While other systems require extra bass power, you might want to lower the levels of the subwoofer if you plan on watching a long action movie.
Music playback is one of the strong points of the HT-BD8200. Some producers will focus on one aspect when they are developing a sound bar, but this is not the case here. No matter what music style you are listening to, the response offered by the unit will be excellent. The bio kelp speaker cones surely produce the right type of sound in any circumstance.
Pros and Cons
The only disadvantage which can be mentioned is the fact that the system is not necessarily the best one when it comes to sound. You shouldn’t notice it if you are a first time sound bar user, but there are a few other sound bars out there which perform better in this category, but they lack other features.
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