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Samsung HT-BD1252 review

Barry de la Rosa
20 Dec 2009
Samsung HT-BD1252
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
400
inc VAT

A budget home cinema kit, the HT-BD1252's tinny speakers don't impress, and it has limited features.

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Specifications

Samsung's minimalist HT-BD1252 player has subtle touch controls along the top and a small flap on the front panel that hides a USB port.

The volume control on the top of the case may be awkward if you need to stack another unit on top or place it under a shelf.

Speaker setup was a breeze, thanks to the colour-coded and shaped terminals. There's no microphone for automatic setup, but you can adjust the distance and levels of satellites manually with a test tone. Apart from the large subwoofer, the speakers felt lightweight. Surround effects were crisp and produced an impression of space, but there wasn't enough mid-range and the bass felt isolated. The centre speaker was particularly weedy.

There are no video inputs but an external iPod dock lets you watch video from your player, albeit via a composite video output. There's a USB port for the optional WiFi dongle (around £60) and a card slot for an optional wireless rear speaker kit (around £70).

The HT-BD1252 took only 37 seconds to reach the main menu of a Blu-ray film from Off, and skipped through chapters in no time. In our DVD tests we found the picture smooth but saw a bit of ghosting. You can't play Blu-ray content recorded to DVD, but AVCHD files recorded to DVD are supported.

You can access files on data discs and USB flash drives or over the network, if you've set up your PC for media streaming. Entering your username and password is awkward on the onscreen keyboard, but once it's set up you have a basic media streamer, although only a bare minimum of media files are supported: JPEG photos, MP3 music and DivX videos. There's no YouTube streaming, either.

Samsung's HT-BD1252 is let down by poor format support (it also lacks DTS-HD MA) and no access to YouTube, while the speakers just aren't beefy enough to warrant the 'home cinema' moniker. There are better kits at this price.

Details

Price£400
Rating***

Connections

HDMI inputs0
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs0
Component outputs1
Output resolutions480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs0
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs1
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs2
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Speaker configuration5.1
Main unit end speaker connection typeproprietary
Speaker end speaker connection typespring terminals
Other connectionsExternal iPod dock, FM antenna, optional wireless rear speaker kit
Wired network ports10/100
Wireless networking supportoptional 802.11b/g

Playback

Surround sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic ll, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA Essential
Optical driveyes
Supported playback disc formatsBD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD±R, DVD±RW, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format supportMP3
Video playback formatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX
Image viewing formatsJPEG
RadioFM RDS

Speakers

Speaker configuration5.1
RMS power output1000W
RMS power centre170W
RMS power front330W
RMS power surround330W
RMS power subwoofer170W
Wall mountableno
Centre speaker cable length3.0m
Front speaker cable length4.0m
Surround speaker cable length10.0m

General

Extrasremote control, composite cable, FM antenna, speaker wire, iPod dock
Size440x345x63mmmm
Subwoofer dimensions201x410x403mmmm
Centre speaker dimensions300x50x59mmmm
Front speaker dimensions260x260x1120mmmm
Surround speaker dimensions100x89x151mmmm
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on40W

Buying Information

Price£400
Warrantyone year collect and return
Supplierhttp://www.play.com
Detailswww.samsung.com/uk