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Summary:A 5.1-channel home-theater-in-a-box system with an integrated 3-D Blu-ray player.
A 5.1-channel home-theater-in-a-box system that features an integrated 3D Blu-ray player, an FM radio tuner, five speakers, and a passive subwoofer. This model provides decoding of both standard- and high-resolution digital-audio signals. The system can connect to a home network via an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi (when used with an optional adapter), and can access online content including movies and TV shows from Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, and Netflix, and music from Pandora. This model can also access an apps market where additional content can be downloaded. This HTIB system comes with an iPod dock that lets you control the device using the system's remote control, and it can stream audio, video, and photos from a network-connected PC.
About This Brand
Samsung is a powerhouse electronics brand in several categories, including home-theater systems. It sells 2.1- channel sound bars, and 5.1- and 7.1- channel systems that include either a Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray player and wireless connectivity. Prices vary, ranging from low to high.
Features & Specs - Samsung HT-E4500
Video player disc capacity The number of discs that the video player can handle.
Video player disc capacity
Active subwoofer Has a built-in amplifier and typically has a bass level control (independent of controls on a receiver).
Wireless subwoofer Yes' indicates that the model comes with a powered wireless subwoofer. "Optional' indicates that accessories (transmitter and wireless amplifiers) are available that allow signals to be wirelessly transmitted the amplifers that power a subwoofer. 'No' indicates that the models does not provide for wireless operation of a subwoofer.
Receiver OSD Receiver OSD Onscreen display lets you view the receiver's menus on a TV screen, a squint-free alternative to using the receiver's LED or LCD display.
Auto speaker calibration System comes with a microphone to automatically adjust speaker sound levels, delays, and possibly more to balance the surround effect for your room size and speaker setup.
Auto speaker calibration
Plays 3D Blu-ray discs Plays 3-D Blu-ray discs; for 3D operation, it requires a 3D TV and 3D glasses, as well a 3D Blu-ray movie.
Plays 3D Blu-ray discs
Analog to HDMI video conversion Can convert analog video input signals (Composite, S-Video, Component) to digital and output them via the HDMI connection.
Analog to HDMI video conversion
3D capable HDMI switching Will pass a 3-D video signal when switching HDMI cable connected 3-D source devices to a 3-D TV.
3D capable HDMI switching
FM tuner Receiver has a built-in FM radio tuner.
AM tuner Receiver has built-in AM radio tuner.
Internet streaming access Can receive audio or video streams from various online entertainment services, such as movies from Netflix or Amazon Video on Demand, or Pandora Internet radio. Requires a broadband internet connection and -- depending on the service -- a subscription.
Internet streaming access
Stereo analog audio (in/out) Stereo analog audio (in/out) lists the number of stereo (two-channel) analog audio input and output connections. These are useful for connecting two-channel analog audio devices such as a TV, set-top box, non-integrated video disc player, etc.
This player is easy to hook up and the sound is good. However, a number of problems exist with is player.<br /><br />1.) First is the default output for the system is D-In. If you do not have D-In it still goes to this and you have to change it. When you cannot support you get the same answer and you cannot change not make any of them the default.<br />2.) When you get optical out cable the resolution for the TV is too high. This unit is setup to auto detect the resolution and it doesn't work.<br />3.) The resolution problem no picture is shown and you cannot get the the setup feature to change to auto detect off (BD-Wise).<br />4.) This system should be wise enough to turn on the TV when it is turned on.<br />5.) Online features are very slow.<br />6.) Response time from the remote is too slow and creates problems with online features and the setup system.<br />7.) System updates should be done in the back ground while you are doing something else.<br />8.) Customer support for the product is horrible. Everything is scripted and they do not have any technical people on staff.<br />9.) Set proof of payment out two weeks ago for the repairs and Did not hear from them. Called today and they got the proof but did nothing after words. Was told on the phone 2 weeks ago they where going to send out another unit. Today they tell me they are sending out shipping label for the repairs. Escalated it and still got no straight answers on why nothing had been done to date and why I was told it was an exchange before and now I have to send it out for repair. Now I am waiting on the second level escalation to call ma back to see about getting a straight answer.