"Sounds great, good DVD picture, but HDMI problem"3.5 starson by mcooperstein
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!!