Samsung goes wild with bevy of new HTIB systems


It was but a few days ago that Harman Kardon brought a trio of new Home Theater in a Box systems to the table, but Samsung's out to make that offering look like child's play. There's a lot to digest in this one, so we'll wait no more -- first off, let's pore over the April-bound HT-X810 ($699):

  • 2.1-channel self-contained home theater speaker system

  • Wall-mountable home theater sound bar with piano black design

  • Integrated progressive-scan, 1080p upconverting DVD player

  • 280-watt, 2.1-channel simulated surround sound with wireless subwoofer


  • USB 2.0 port for connecting cameras, PMPs, etc.

  • Bluetooth 2.1 for wireless integration with BT-enabled devices

Trust us, you haven't even seen the half of this one. Click on through for lots, lots more.




HT-Z510 (four satellite), HT-Z512 (two satellite, two tallboys) and HT-Z515 (four tallboys) 5.1 Channel HTIB systems ($379 / $429 / $479; March 2008):

  • 1,200-watts of power through 5.1-channels in various speaker configurations

  • 5-disc DVD changer with upconversion to 1080p

  • Support for DVD, CD, MP3, DivX, JPEG and DVD-Audio


  • Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless integration with BT-enabled devices

  • Auto Sound Calibration

  • USB 2.0 port for connecting cameras, PMPs, etc.

  • Integrated iPod cradle and XM Satellite Radio support

  • Wireless Ready rear speakers



HT-X710 (2.1) and HT-X715 (5.1) HTIB systems ($499 / $599; April 2008):

  • Compact, dual-position chassis for easy integration into most any home theater

  • 400 watts (HT-X710) / 800 watts (HT-X715) of power output

  • HDMI-CEC output

  • 1080p DVD upscaling

  • Auto Sound Calibration

  • Bluetooth connectivity


HT-TX500 5.1 Channel HTIB system ($1,499; February 2008):

  • Freestyle home theater system with unique speaker design including four slim tower speakers and expanded center channel

  • 1,000-watts of power

  • HDMI-CEC port

  • 1080p DVD upconversion

  • USB 2.0 port for connecting cameras, PMPs, etc.


HT-BD2 Blu-ray HTIB system ($1,499; available now):

  • Blu-ray playback in Full HD 1080p at 24 / 60 fps (selectable)

  • 1,100-watts of power spread over 7.1-channels

  • HDMI 1.3 with CEC

  • 1080p upconversion of vanilla DVDs

  • Decodes Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD (HR only), Dolby TrueHD, MP3 files, etc.