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Mixed Feelings So Far
on August 17, 2007
I purchased the Samsung HT-TXQ120 DVD Home Theater System on Amazon.com. The box it was delivered in was HUGE, roughly 3 feet by 5 feet. Once you open the shell, there are 3 separate boxes packed inside.
Building the four speakers took about an hour. Each speaker unit consists of a circular speaker base, speaker stand, and speaker. Building the DVD/Receiver tower was also roughly the same. A circular base, stand, and receiver unit.
The speakers are very easy to connect to the back of the subwoofer. The speaker wires are nicely color coded so it is clear which wire goes into the appropriate part on the subwoofer.
I purchased the Wireless Receiver Module because I did not want wires going from the speaker system to my rear speakers. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that the instructions on how to hook up the wireless module in the manual are wrong. I called Samsung, and it took a Level 2 technician to inform me that the instructions are completely wrong, and told me the correct way to make the wireless module synch with my Samsung Home Theater System.
The biggest problem I have with this speaker system is a rather major problem. I can not watch HDTV and have the audio on my Home Theater system work.
The way I have it setup is as follows (which is a typical setup). The coaxial cable comes from the wall and into the cablebox. An HDMI wire then goes from the cablebox into the Samsung HT Receiver. An HDMI wire then goes from the Receiver into the Television. When I turn on the TV (also a brand new Samsung LCD) and turn on the cable box and Home Theater System, I got a message that there is a weak signal. The screen will eventually display an image, but it is only their temporarily, and the audio cuts in and out periodically. Keep in mind that when the HDMI cable is fed from the cablebox into the TV, the signal is strong and fine. The signal and audio only breaks when it is fed through the Samsung HT-TXQ120 System.
I called Samsung twice about this problem. They believe that it may be a problem with the Comcast supplied cablebox. They said the problem may be that this sytem suports HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), and that the cable box does not.
Therefore, it appears that I have a Home Theater System that is so technically advanced that it will not work with an "ordinary" cable box. Of course Comcast said that the newer boxes are scarce..so as of right now, I am stuck with a $1200+ Home Theater system that I can not use to watch cable TV on.
I have been able to play DVDs on this system, however. They are in 480p, and my understanding is that the DVD does NOT upconvert it to 1080 resolution like many of Samsung's rivals. But the picture quality is adequate and the audio is fine.
For the size of the subwoofer, it's output is fairly unimpressive.
I'll update this once I find out if its the cablebox that is really the problem. If it's not, then this system is malfunctioning.