Samsung HW C700 Home Cinema Amplifier Review
The Korean Samsung brand probably won’t need to be introduced to anyone. Several audio and hi-fi products are used in the manufacture of mobile phones, smart devices, smart TVs, technical and household electronic products. The home cinema amplifier could not be left out of their wide range of products.
Let’s see the HW C700 home cinema amplifier!
The most important technical data of a digital home cinema amplifier are the following:
It has a power of 7×120 Watts, measures 430 x 164 x 368 mm and weighs only 6 kg. It also supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby ProLogic II / x / z, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-ES, and DTS-HD to meet modern requirements.
The amplifier has 4 HDMI 1.4 inputs, 1 HDMI output, 2 component inputs and 1 output, 7.1 analog inputs, 3 optical and 1 coaxial digital audio inputs, 5 composite video inputs and 1 composite video output. it also has an iPod dock input and 2 subwoofer outputs.
Samsung HW C700 appearance
In terms of the appearance of the amplifier, it represents a modern, square style, its aesthetic appearance. The front panel is brushed Although it is not really made of metal, but of painted plastic, but it does not spoil the overall picture. The clean front panel features an LCD display and volume control, as well as a touch power button. At the bottom of the front panel is a hinged cover that hides buttons for full control, as well as front panel connectors such as headphones, a microphone, and composite video connections. On the back are the connections already listed, as well as the FM antenna connector and the RCA input.
During amplifier setup, we discovered a missing link, namely the OSD function. As a result, all settings can only be made using the front panel display and control buttons, and it takes some time to get to know the menu and the setting options it offers.
Apart from this, the settings are easy to make, the amplifier also has a Smart Volume function, which prevents distortions that may result from sound equalization. A pleasant surprise in this price range was the automatic room correction system, which is usually more found in more expensive appliances. With the help of a microphone, the ASC program is able to make quite accurate and appropriate settings.
The remote control that came with the amplifier has not been backlit, which is not very beneficial for a home theater system when you want to use the remote control in the dark. There is almost no difference between the buttons, which also makes it difficult to navigate in the dark.
HD signals are processed with a slight delay, but their quality does not deteriorate. The audio signal is passed through the HDMI connection without compression, so we did not experience any loss. The fact that the iPod dock is standard on the device is a great advantage of the Samsung HW C700 amplifier.
The main menu offers 13 options, including sound setting, speaker size and distance, speaker level, test tone, bass and treble control, room calibration setting, mp3 enhancer, HDMI settings, and more.
To adjust the speaker, there are options in the menu, you can select the size and number of speakers in the system. The speaker level controls the relative volume of each speaker.
We tested the Samsung HW C700 amplifier in the home theater room of one of our dear customers. We connected the amplifier together with a Dynaudio speaker system. In order for the device to provide truly satisfactory performance, it is important to set up the right sound system. In addition, however, we must pay attention – whether we are talking about a home theater room or a studio – to the acoustic treatment of the walls and ceiling of the room. This can be done with sound-absorbing and diffuser panels specially developed for acoustic purposes. Elements called sponge and foam sound absorbers are not suitable at all for optimizing sound due to their structure.
At first, we were curious about the musical abilities of the amp, so we listened to a joint song from Black Eyed Peas and Shakira, Girl like me. We had a quite dynamic, muscular performance, but at the same time the high tones were very much pushed into the background, the sound was not natural or realistic, the digital effect was strongly felt and we also missed the wide stage picture.
This was followed by film testing. We watched the sci-fi disaster films Geostorm presented in 2017. Dynamics, intense bass, and clarity were characteristic of the amp’s sound. The images were sharp, which is not surprising for the Samsung product. The surround sound was also absolutely ideal, we got a spatial experience
Samsung’s amplifier is not a premium device. The cheapness is most evident in the plastic case, but the appearance of the amplifier leaves nothing to be desired, it is elegant but modern and stylish. Setting up the menu was simple and hassle-free, but the OSD feature was severely lacking.
Due to its unusually low weight, its placement is not a problem. The presence of a video-supported iPhone, iPod dock is a major advantage for the amplifier, as is the automatic room calibration system. It is also capable of full HD audio support via HDMI, but there is no input level control, no FM radio, no on-screen menu and no remote control backlight, which is a disadvantage for a movie theater.
For listening to music, choose another, more expensive category device or a stereo amplifier made specifically for audio systems. Unfortunately, the musical sound lags behind the performance of the home theater amps we tested earlier.
We were not satisfied with either the stereo sound or the quality of the high ranges, the sound had a strong digital effect, we did not experience realistic or natural sounds. However, the HW C700 home cinema amplifier proved to be absolutely ideal for watching movies. The pictures were fantastically sharp, beautiful, the colours and shades were accurate, the spatiality was excellent.
For those looking for perfection, it’s worth investing in a more expensive home theater amplifier, but for those who don’t want to spend too much or use the amplifier primarily for watching movies, you might want to buy the Samsung HW C700.