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Samsung HT-C6930 review

Samsung HT-C6930
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £580
inc VAT

Packed with almost every conceivable feature but sound quality doesn't quite live up to the price

It’s hard to imagine a more feature-packed home cinema system than the C6930. It’s a Blu-ray 3D player with a vast range of media-streaming facilities built in (see below). There’s 7.1 surround sound, with two floor-standing speakers for the front and wireless speakers for the back. Ethernet and WiFi are built in, and an external iPod dock is included. We were unable to connect to our WPA-protected WiFi network, though, and the iPod’s controls were disabled in favour of Samsung’s comparatively cumbersome on-screen controls.

Samsung’s Internet@TV internet portal has the feel of an operating system more than a media-streaming platform. You get 18 Samsung Apps pre-installed, including YouTube, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps and a selection of games. Lovefilm is also listed, but selecting it brings up a “Coming Soon” message. Various others Apps are available for download, and the fact that they’re all listed as Free suggests paid content might appear one day.

Logging into Facebook and Picasa for the first time was an exhausting experience. Rather than taking us directly to the relevant place, an on-screen prompt sent us on a wild goose chase. The solution felt more like an exercise in hacking than logging in, but there are advantages to Samsung’s complex system. The player can hold multiple users’ accounts, and their normal passwords for Facebook and Picasa are replaced by a four-digit code, which is easier to enter on the remote control.

The Facebook and Twitter interfaces are attractive but a remote control isn’t the best way to use these predominantly text-based services. Text input via the number keys was painfully slow, even compared to using the remote controls on other brands of Blu-ray player. Frustratingly, photo thumbnails were shown on Facebook’s News Feed but selecting them just produced a blank screen. We were able to view photos and videos when browsing via our list of friends, so presumably this is a bug that will be ironed out soon. Hopefully Samsung’s engineers will figure out how to make the photos fill the screen too.

Picasa support was more successful. Friends had to be added to our Favourites on a PC, whereupon their albums appeared on the TV including any private albums they’d invited us to view. Sadly, though, slideshows showed nothing but a loading icon for about three seconds between each photo. This might not bother most well-adjusted people too much but we found it unbearably annoying.

Slow text input hampered Samsung’s YouTube player, too, making searches extremely cumbersome. Even basic navigation was slow and clunky. We were able to log in to access and manage our Favorites, but not our Subscriptions, Playlists or even our own videos. With audio sync and aspect ratio problems and an inability to reverse and fast-forward, this isn’t a YouTube service we’d envisage using much.

DLNA access over a home network was generally good. Our media server appeared on the player automatically, and navigating our large music library was reasonably quick. Video format support was excellent, but slideshows were once again interspersed with a blank screen between each photo and photos tagged as portrait-shaped weren’t rotated.

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Price £580
Rating ***


HDMI inputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
Component inputs 0
Component outputs 1
Output resolutions 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets 0
SCART socket type 0
S-Video input 0
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 0
Composite outputs 1
Stereo phono inputs 1
Stereo phono outputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF inputs 1
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Multi-channel input no
Speaker configuration 7.1
Main unit end speaker connection type proprietary
Speaker end speaker connection type spring terminals
Other connections USB, iPod dock, calibration mic
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11n


Surround sound formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA
Optical drive yes
Supported playback disc formats Blu-ray, DVD, CD
Audio format support MP3, WMA
Video playback formats DivX, AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV
Image viewing formats JPEG
Radio FM


Speaker configuration 7.1
RMS power output 1300W
Wall mountable no
Centre speaker cable length 3.0m
Front speaker cable length 4.0m
Surround speaker cable length 10.0m


Extras Remote control, external iPod dock, FM antenna, calibration mic, composite video cable
Size 430x331x60mm
Subwoofer dimensions 168x295x350mm
Centre speaker dimensions 360x69x75mm
Front speaker dimensions 90x119x1300mm
Surround speaker dimensions 90x69x142mm
Power consumption standby 3W
Power consumption on 44W

Buying Information

Price £580
Warranty one-year RTB