Samsung HT-E5530 review
There are few thinsg more enjoyable than sticking on an action flick and cranking up the volume to annoy-the-neighbours level. Or maybe that's just us; well, us and Samsung. With two tall floorstanding speakers, a meaty sub and some '3D sound'-processing shenanigans, the E5530 is set-up for delivering cinema sound with a punch.
Samsung HT-E5530 review – design and build
There's a trade-off for all that power though – the E5530 is bigger than its rival one-box home cinema systems, with a chunky sub and big centre and front speakers. That said, the Samsung is reassuringly well-built. Even the floorstanding speakers, which come in three parts, feel solid when screwed together.
Samsung HT-E5530 review – specs
It's also every bi as well-specced as its rivals, with a busy Smart Hub including catch-up TV and movies, a wired iPod dock, DLNA and Bluetooth streaming, twin HDMI inputs, a digital audio input and a USB connection. Port news (no, come back...): the HDMI is of the Audio Return Channel variety which means one cable can send sound to the TV and take it back, cutting down on clutter.
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Samsung HT-E5530 review – picture quality
Picture-wise it's all good – Blu-ray images are colourful without being over-cooked, detail is excellent and motion is sturdy in both 2D and 3D.
Samsung HT-E5530 review – sound quality
Sonically, it's more of a mixed bag. It's loud and proud and great if you want a big sound but when it comes to something a little more subtle, you might find it lacking – the different sized speakers don't integrate as well as others, with the dinky rear speakers being shouted down by the tall front speakers.
Samsung HT-E5530 review – Smart TV and sharing
Sammy's Smart Hub is mostly great, with Netflix, Acetrax, and plenty more on offer. The big omission is iPlayer – but we're told that should go live soon. Samsung's AllShare Play wirelessly links your DLNA-ready devices so you can stream music, photos and videos from anything with a DLNA app – be that phone, tablet or laptop.
Samsung HT-E5530 review – verdict
Still, if big is better for you, then there's plenty here for the money – although your neighbours might not see it quite the same way.
It's not the most subtle, but there's no arguing with the Samsung's scale and power