The Samsung HT-C450 is a 5.1 DVD home cinema system with a single purpose – to provide the features you really need to enjoy the full surround sound experience in your home, at a great price. It is aimed at those who are new to home cinema and want something simple, or who don’t want to spend a great deal of money on a system, or just like their speakers to be compact and discreet. Whatever, the Samsung HTC450 will suit these purposes easily.
The Samsung HT-C450 is a fairly good looking system with Samsungs unique style coming across in the simple yet stylish design. The main DVD player and amplifier unit is sleek, yet looks like it means business and the speakers tell a similar story with a pleasant gloss black finish adding to the overall effect. The front speakers are slightly bigger than the rear speakers, but only by 40mm (1.5”), with the centre speaker being 360mm wide and only 74mm high which should make it easy to sit below your television. The all important sub-woofer is not surprisingly the biggest but at 155mm wide and 350mm high, it should still be easy to position. These compact speakers are unsurprisingly not the most powerful but they still manage to output a respectable 500W which should be enough for all but large rooms – the Sony DAV-DZ330 offers more power with 1000W, but is more expensive.
The Samsung HT-C450 also has a nice range of features with Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II and Divx compatibility as standard. Other features like the ‘CD Ripping’ function are also useful – simply insert an audio CD, and you can copy the tracks to your USB MP3 player. Other features like Anynet +, which enables you to use one remote control for all your Samsung audio video devices, also make things a little bit easier.
Setting the Samsung HT-C450 up should be straightforward too – the system is supplied with all the speaker cable you need, and you simply connect it to the spring terminals on the speaker end, and insert the colour coded plug at the device end. And if you were worrying about getting the sound and picture right – don’t be. Everything is menu driven on your television screen, and Samsung’s BD Wise technology will make sure that your HDMI-connected Samsung components are showing the best picture possible without you having to do all the tweaking.
What to consider before you buy the Samsung HT-C450XEU
There are not many connection options on this system, with analogue stereo and an single optical being your only choices – but these should suit all but the most demanding user – and still allow a games console to be connected.
Why you should buy the Samsung HT-C450
Value and style are the main things to say about this system – the HT-C450 might not be at the cutting edge of home cinema systems, but with value this good, you can’t go far wrong. Rating: /5
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