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Samsung HT-BD2E

Samsung HT-BD2E

2.0 from 2 reviews

cheap price - but lots of regrets

bought this unit because my old [12 yo] Pasasonic HT20 eventually malfunctioned - after a little bit of my help trying to improve alignment of the disk load mechanism.
Was originally looking to replace the home theatre DVD system with a similar unit but was enticed by the relatively low price (jan 2009 ~ $800).
firstly the feeder mechanism failed within 3 months. was repaired and has been OK so far.
as per the previous reviewer - the time it takes to load BluRay disk boarders on rediculous.
It has integrated well with our Panasonic Plasma TV - TV control controls volume.
But - I've been experiencing adhoc sound problems. Sound cuts out every so often. No rhyme or reason.
Do I repair or do buy a new unit???
cheap
cheap - poor load speed, poor reliability


Bad

Amazing spec for the price but too many flaws to recommend this model. The display is impossible to read unless you're standing up (you can't read it at your usual sitting height), the remote stopped functioning (fortunately 1 month before the warranty expired) and 50% of the time when turning it on there's a grinding, whining noise that only stops when you give the unit a nudge or turn it on and off a few times.

On top of this, it can take 5 minutes to read a Blu-Ray disc - assuming you've updated the firmware to allow it to even play modern movies like Avatar.

I presume Samsung were in a hurry to release one of the first blu-ray HTIBs and in doing so neglected to test the hardware sufficiently.
Features for the price. DVD upscaling. Sound quality is ok. "blue LED accents" - wow.
Remote broke, blu-ray disc incompatibility, hard to read display, excessive read time for blu-ray movies, emits a groaning sound on start-up half the time

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Samsung HT-BD2E
CategoryHome Theatre Systems
Release dateMay 2009

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