The Samsung HT-C5500 Blu-ray home cinema system is all new for 2010, and comes with the high standard of Samsung design we now expect.
Firstly the styling of the Samsung HT-C5500 is, as we’ve mentioned, typical of brands design – the lines are clean and sleek, and the system as a whole looks like it will complement many televisions whether they are from Samsung or not. The front speakers are quite small at only 90mm wide, but the height of 207mm is big enough to house the two way speakers drivers. The centre also has two way speakers and is almost as long as the Blu-ray player/amplifier unit itself. The rear speakers only house one driver so are slightly lower in height at 141mm – and with this system you also have the option of making the rear speakers wireless with the extra cost SWA-5000 Wireless Adapter. The subwoofer is again quite a narrow and tall device at 350mm high and 168mm wide, but the whole 5.1 package goes together to deal with the 1000w of power the system can output. If you are new to home cinema then the auto calibration feature of the HTC5500 will ensure that the system is set up especially for your particular room.
The Samsung HT-C5500D has a host of other features of course as we would expect these days including the popular Internet@TV service which will soon allow you to access BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm movie streaming, Muzu.TV music and many others. You can also use the Allshare service to connect wirelessly to your PC – this means you can stream photos, music and movies to the system, and even see who is texting or calling you on your Samsung Mobile phone. To take advantage of these neat features you will need to invest in the optional Samsung WIS09ABGN Wireless Adaptor.
Being a high definition player you will of course get the full HD visual experience with Blu-ray discs and DivX HD, but also the audio experience too as the Samsung HT-C5500 has full support for DTS-HD Master audio and Dolby TrueHD. The system also comes with an iPod/iPhone docking station that you can connect to the system to enjoy music and videos – it will even enhance the quality of the sound for you.
Where this system really wins over others though is its connection options – with a single optical input, and two HDMI inputs, the Samsung HT-C5500 really does have a lot more to offer in the flexibility stakes and means you can enjoy your gaming through the system in HD as well as movies.
There is a newer version of this home cinema system available: Samsung HT-D5500
What to consider before you buy the Samsung HT-C5500
The Samsung is fully loaded with features, but that wireless LAN adapter is an extra cost to factor in – and there is no non-branded alternative available unfortunately. The next model in the range, the HT-C6500 does include this as standard so may be worth considering.
Why you should buy the Samsung HTC5500
A typically good looking Samsung home cinema system, with a decent range of features, including a wireless connectivity option. Where this system really wins though is flexibility – with an iPod dock, optical inputs and two HDMI inputs, it has eveything it needs to be the hub of your home entertainment system, and the option to make the rear speakers wireless just seals the deal. Rating: /5