Samsung goes to the extreme with their HT-C6500 system which not only has 1000 watts of 5.1 surround sound, but also features Wi-Fi connectivity to stream online content. Chris Hardwick and Jessica Chobot take a look at this household hub for $600.
What You Need To Know
This home theater is sleek and stylish, and should fit anywhere in your house.
The left and right speakers are only about a foot tall.
Satellites are less than half of that.
The subwoofer and center channel are also pretty small.
There are also 2 HDMI inputs which is more than most home theater systems.
This is one of the most connected home theaters on he market, since it will stream lots of different content through the Samsung Portal and from a DLNA device (like an Xbox or cell phone).
All of these features work really well.
Since it has built-in Wi-Fi, all you need to do is configure the settings and load up Samsung apps like Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and Skype.
Samsung is adding more apps every day, too.
You can also access your Xbox or cell phone media if they're on the same Wi-fi network and DLNA ready. (DLNA is a standard that a lot of gadgets have so you can share music or video over the same network.)
Overall, streaming works really well and it's easy to set use.
It also sounds pretty good: highs, mids and lows were all solid.
The center channel is also stronger than we're used to with home theaters in a box, which is good.
This is a good example of a well-rounded system. It doesn't blow you away with any one aspect but gets the job done.