Mike Agerbo and AJ Vickery show us the ultimate home theatre system featuring the latest and greatest in Samsung's home theatre
technology: the Series 6 LED TV, Wall-mountable Blu-ray Player and the HT-WS1R Sound Bar Virtual Surround Sound speaker system.
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Mike Agerbo: Probably as many of you suspected, we actually spend our spare time watching ourselves on TV.
AJ Vickery: All day long.
Mike Agerbo: It’s too good to be true. Well, actually we’re ahead and testing out a new home theater system here fro Samsung and it really is quite amazing. I’m kind of excited to actually go through the different components here.
Well, starting off here, we’re going to have a look at the Samsung LED TV. This TV really is amazing. It is using the latest LED technology so you get a crisp clear picture, 120 Hertz as well so that it’s really good with motions if you’re watching sports or different types of movies.
What’s exciting about this for me is just the overall connectivity as well. Built-in to this is Ethernet ports so can you can actually plug this thing in to your home network. And by doing so, it’s connected to the internet so you can get firmware updates for the television. But they also have a feature called Info Link.
So, it has this little widgets on TV that are actually internet connected so you can see up here I’ve got the main control but it gives me the USA Today News Topics, I can go through there. I can also expand it if I want to. But this is all the latest news streaming right off of the internet.
It’s got USB connections right on the side here so right now I’ve got my USB 2 hard drive here, my little portable one. And basically any USB hard drive or even a flash drive will work and it will recognize any music, photos or video which I love.
AJ Vickery: I was going to say it’s a cool thing because you can literally have people come over to your house. And if they’ve got photos on one of these thumb drives, you can have that right away and just plug-in to the side of the TV. But the cool thing is that the actual media interface.
Mike Agerbo: And that’s cool. The next thing about this particular one, it’s using an interface called HDMI CEC which stands for Consumer Electronic Control. And the idea is that all these new devices coming out that can be plugged in via HDMI, will all be able to talk to each other and you’ll be able to control it from the real one remote control.
And check that out.
AJ Vickery: Yeah.
Mike Agerbo: It’s playing right off the hard drive. Digital content, this is a DivX file. So to recognize things like DivX, H.264 files, even MPEG as well.
AJ Vickery: So now you can have your TV mounted to the wall but you can also have your Blue Ray Player mounted to the wall. And once you get that set up, it’s starting to look pretty cool.
Mike Agerbo: And this is slot loading as well so a tray doesn’t come out. You just kind of stick the disc right in to the unit itself and its good to go.
This also has a built in networking connectivity as well so you can plug in a network cable or you can also get an optional WiFi dongle that plugs in to a little USB port on the side. So that’ll allow you to access things like Blue Ray Live content. And so if you’re watching any Blue Ray movies now, this BD live content gives you extra content that streams off of the internet.
And another feature to with this which I found unique is that you can also hook this up to your home network and access your PC.
AJ Vickery: By having the network connected to your Blue Ray player, you’ll actually be able to browse your network devices. So now any computers that are connected to your home network will be accessed through this Blue Ray player and you can do the same thing -- look at the photos, look at the music, and look at the movies through the Blue Ray player.
Mike Agerbo: Because it’s all talking to each other, this one remote control now for the TV will control the Blue Ray drive. I don’t have to point it at the Blue Ray drive. I can just point it directly at the TV and it controls basically all of the functions.
AJ Vickery: So what this does is what’s called Virtual Surround Sound and essentially all the speakers are in the panel of this front device. There’s different speakers, a number of them all the way across. And what it’s going to do when you first set it up, is it’s going to be actually send a test signal out to the room that you’re in. It’s going to bounce those sound waves off.
If you’re watching a full surround sound movie, we’ll actually hear the right and left signals from either of our ears because it’s bouncing that sound off to come to us.
Mike Agerbo: Well, what I like about this is that like you said, I mean, its just the one speaker but it’s virtually creating 5.1 sound and it’s also got that wireless sub-woofer here…
AJ Vickery: Oh yeah.
Mike Agerbo: Which kicks because now you don’t have to have another cable going from this thing into the system here. All you have to do is just plug in the power to it and it’ll automatically connect with the sound bar.
So this is rated at a total 260 Watts so, 100 Watts for the sub-woofer and 80 watts on each channel on the actual speaker.
Again, this is one of the cooler home theater packages that I’ve actually looked at in a long time here. The technology’s finally caught up so that it’s actually easy to set up and you can access your content in any way you want to.
AJ Vickery: And because it’s all from Samsung, it works together really well but as well as everything was wall mountable except for the sub-woofer, but...
Mike Agerbo: Yes you could nail that.
AJ Vickery: You could nail that in the wall. But you put this on the wall, you put this on the wall, and this on the wall, and I guarantee you people will be impressed.