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Good electronics generalists that they are, Samsung also sells home cinema systems. Of which the HT-BD1250 is one, an all-in-one that includes an amp and Blu-Ray player. Samsung has given consideration to novice users here, colour coding the amp and sockets. A simple but practical idea for those of us who don't set up home cinema systems every day. When it comes to design however, not so much effort was put in. The satellites are basic indeed, made up from large hardly-rounded rectangles in cheap looking plastic. When you pick them up they're so light they feel as if they might float away. The remote, in line with other Samsung products, is relatively user-friendly. The Blu-Ray player interface is however not the best we've seen and rather reminiscent of the sort of thing we used to get on older generation multimedia hard drives. Don't look too hard for the settings either, you won't find many. Samsung obviously wanted the central speaker to be as discrete as possible. While this is understandable from the aesthetic point of view, you do pay in terms of sound quality: its terrible. Just about ok for dialogue, forget about it for music.
DVD home-theater-in-box systems seem to offer a lot of value from the spec sheet, but are often seriously disappointing in use, with lackluster audio and video being the norm. So far our experience with Blu-ray HTIBs has been the exact opposite; almost all of the systems we've tested this year offer a legitimate home theater experience and the Samsung HT-BD1250 (street price as low as $500) is the best budget system so far. We were fully expecting lifeless sound after our review of the Samsung HT-AS730, but the HT-BD1250 proved our prejudice wrong, offering credible sound quality even with stereo music--a tough feat for HTIBs. Its built-in Blu-ray player is as good as the standalone Samsung BD-P3600 and streaming options like Netflix and Pandora should fully complement your physical media collection. We had our quibbles about the usability of the design (although the system looks good) and like all Blu-ray HTIBs at this price it lacks HDMI inputs--you'll need to step-up to the Samsung HT-BD3252 or LG LHB977 if you want HDMI connectivity. But these shortcomings are outweighed by the systems strengths.