Pros good DVD player, wireless rear speakers, HDMI output,
Cons HDMI input doesn't work
Summary One thing that compelled me to buy this system was when I read the CNET review about the HDMI input with this system. So I hook up the cable box/DVR (Motorola) to the HDMI input and the plasma TV to the HDMI out port. The system had sound but all the TV displayed was 'No Sync. Signal.' message. If I put a DVD in the system it would display on the TV fine. Cycling power on everything would clear this problem sometimes (not always). When everything did work, if I switched from a HD channel to a SD channel it caused the problem to reoccur. I thought maybe the HDMI input cable was bad so I hooked the cable box directly to the TV with the 'bad' HDMI cable and everything worked fine.
So when I read about the problem this system has with Motorola cable boxes I thought maybe I could use the HDMI input with the Xbox 360 instead. Wrong, with the 360 running to the HDMI input the image on the TV had horzontal lines interlaced in it that made it useless, cycling power on everything did not help.
Fortunately my TV has 3 HDMI inputs so I just run every component directly to the TV and output the audio from the TV with an optical cable to the sound system.
The HDMI input issue aside, everything else seems to function fine. I probably would have bought the system without the HDMI input capabitliy so I decided to keep it.
Pros Great sound. I naver had HDMI problems. That's about it...
Cons cannot compress all the cons in one line. Please rad below
Summary I have this piece of junk for over three months now. I had another one previously that i kept for two weeks and thought it was defective so i returned it to buy another one having absolutely the same problems. Still don't know why i did this.
Hardware problems: If you are in a hurry and u try to operate the ejecting&loading new disk in haste, the rotating tray that changes the disks will get confused and every now and then will throw a disc out, in the void space inside the box making it get stuck. U have to open the box and remove the "fallen disc".
sometimes the rotary thing that spins the disc will fail to spin after you change a disc by pressing the change disc button exactly when the old disc is about to load.
ZERO read fault tolerence. I mean ZEROO!!! If a disc has i tiny scratch, just a miniature one that all discs have for lying around or even for being in a case with other discs, IT WILL have terrible problems reading it, especially for divx movies and home burned discs. Sometime it will "jurky" around with just burned out-of-the-box discs.
Software problems: (wow)
1. divx works for most popular codecs, but far from what you would expect. I am talking about enormus blocking effects. Teriible loss of quality.
2. The directory menu in divx discs is funky and when changing folders in needs at least 3-4 second to "realize" whats going on. Choosing a movie to watch from a DVD full of divx movies is a pain. SLOW!!!
3. The software will hang from time to time for no appearant reason!!! if there is a disc that the player cannot read, it will stay doing nothing for 30-40 seconds, if you dont eject the disc during that time, the player will hang, meaning the only way to get it to do ANYthing is by restarting it. i.e. turning it off and back on.
4. When in resolution of 480p the aspect ratio works OK for all divx movies, but when in 720p or 1080i, all divx files with aspect ratios bigger then Anamorphic 1.33 or what ever it's called with get distorted and stretch vertically. There is no way to fix this, only going back to 480p.
Well i will have to stop here. I think i covered everything. Just one last notice. The player is enormously big, can't fit anywhere without sticking out.
Pros good value, XM ready, iPod ready
Cons AnyNet doesnt work properly with HDMI
Summary First of all, the HDMI "protection problem" that other people have complained about do NOT exist across the board. I am using a DishNetwork HD receiver (VIP622) with HDMI output feeding to the HDMI input on the Samsung HT-X70 with no problems. At least, not the problem reported previously: video drops off after 15 minutes of use with 'copy protection' error message. I do not get this, it works fine all day/night with HDMI! Samsung says it seems to happen *only* with some Motorola cable boxes that have older HDMI software. My gripe with Samsung is indirectly related to HDMI however, and primarily directed at the poor implementation of Samsungs: AnyNet function. AnyNet allows Samsung devices to 'talk' to each other via HDMI and ultimately if connected and 'synced' will allow you to control all Samsung AnyNet enabled devices with one (ONE) remote control. This means that I can control the volume of the home theatre with the TV remote control. The problem is that AnyNet ONLY works if ALL devices on the HDMI bus are Samsung! This, is presumptuous of Samsung engineers, and in my case makes the features useless, as I have a DishNetwork HDMI enabled receiver plugged into the HDMI input of the HT-X70. When I do this, AnyNet stops working, and I am reduced to having to deal with no less then THREE remote controls to get sound/video working, a real PITA!!!! If you have cable input plugged into your Samsung tv using either coax, or component HD, you can use AnyNet as long as the Samsung monitor is hooked to the HT-X70 with a HDMI cable. This doesnt work for me, as I have a satellite receiver that has HDMI output. As soon as I plug it in, AnyNet says: "Ooops, a non-Samsung HDMI device, I'll disable ALL AnyNet features..". Stooopid software! All I wanted it to do was disable trying to talk "AnyNet" to a non-Samsung device, and continue to work with any remaining AnyNet enabled devices, but nooooo!!! Thanks Samsung. If I could, I'd return this product, just for spite! I'll probably break down and buy a universal 'intelligent' remote control and keep my fingers crossed that I can program it to control all three devices seamlessly.
Ok, other then my HDMI rant (which BTW is more directed towards Samsungs TV implementation), this system sounds great, and plays DVD's in unbelievable clarity for a non-HD DVD system. The FM tuner sensitivity isn't great, but if you live in an urban area with strong FM signals it will do fine. The "XM ready" feature is nice too. Sound quality is good, although the bass is a little lacking, comnsidering its not a powered subwoofer, but for most people (especially people living in apartments) it will do nicely.Updated
In my review I referenced a 'problem' other users had reported with HDMI cutting out after 15 minutes. I neglected to state that although I never experienced this problem, others have and I read about it on the Circuit City website user reviews for the HT-X70. Just thought I'd add this for clarity!!
Pros When it worked, it worked well
Cons Burned up with minimal to moderate DVD use, usually just turned on for the pass through to the TV. Started smoking and did a meltdown - less than 2 years old.
Summary For the price we paid it should have lasted longer than 2 years. I thought Samsung was known for its quality. I hope the 52" TV we bought at the same time lasts longer!
Pros hasn't caught fire yet
Cons Almost every I would expect of this unit either is painfully slow or doesn't work properly. see below.
Summary When watching DVDs the audio is often very quiet when dialog is being played so you turn it up and then when the musical score or sound effects come in they are way too loud. We have to have the remote in hand for every movie and are turning it up and down repeatedly. The remote only works when directly in front of unit, DVDs sometimes play out of sync and need to be restarted, DVD loading is slow, changing to another function is slow, the FM radio plays out of sync if you have another radio on in the house, subtitles sometimes get "stuck" on even after repeatedly trying to turn them off. Lately I hear discs spinning when the FM radio is in use. Why are discs spinning when the radio is on? A really poorly engineered unit overall.