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Samsung HW-C500 AV Reciever

3.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • 5.1 Channel
  • 100Watt x 5
  • Crystal Amp Pro
  • 4 HDMI inputs
  • 2 Component inputs
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: HW-C500

Product Description

Product Description

5.1 Channel, (100Watt x 5), Crystal Amp Pro, 4 HDMI inputs, 2 Component inputs

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This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use our checklist below to ensure that you have everything you need. If you have any questions or want to learn more about 3D, we invite you to visit 3D 101--our center for everything 3D. To get started with 3D, please ensure that you have:

A Display

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A Source

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HDMI Cable

To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a hgh-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation--with bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second)--will be able to carry the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
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c500 The Samsung HW-C500 AV Receiver is your key to the world of incredible home theater entertainment. No less than four HDMI inputs get you started, making it easier than ever to connect all your home theater components. The powerful Crystal Amplifier Pro delivers peerless audio clarity, from the highest trebles to the lowest bass. And iPod compatibility – complete with an included iPod cradle – lets you transform your home theater into a state-of-the-art jukebox.

Key Features

  • 5.1 channel home theater audio system
  • Supports HDMI 1.4
  • Crystal Amp Pro
  • Compatible with iPod (cradle included)
  • Multi-channel input
  • Digital amplifier
  • Variable power
  • Smart Volume
  • Auto Sound Calibration

Technical Specifications

  • 4 HDMI input, 1 output
  • 100W x 5ch
  • 20 Hz - 50k Hz

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Samsung
Item Weight 12.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.1 x 17 x 5.5 inches
Item model number HW-C500
Specification Met Energy Star

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #272,745 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#752 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > AV Receivers & Amplifiers
#845 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers > Receivers
#4,090 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Shipping Weight 15.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available April 18, 2005

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Verified Purchase
I purchased this receiver with the intent of using it to control all my components and have surround sound while watching tv and dvd's. What I didn't know when I purchased this item is that the factory default for all settings is OPTIC (as in optical cable) so every time I went and switched components the tv input would leave the setting of HDMI and go back to the factory default. Basically every time I decided to turn the tv, stereo and cable box off then came back and turned the system on I would have to reassign the ports off of OPTIC and get them back onto HDMI. This isn't very intuitive, especially since my 9 year old often uses this particular set up. Additionally, this unit doesn't respond to the universal remote codes for my particular wireless remote. I basically had to keep all three remotes at hand should I need to reset everything. When I called Samsung to see if I was doing something wrong I was informed that the unit was working as designed and that I would have to constantly reset everything every time I powered the unit on. Needless to say I sent this item back, very poor design and engineering.
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Just got this a few days ago to complement my Samsung BD and Plasma. Replaced an older Samsung 5disc DVD HT, so used the Samsung speakers from it. Sound is good, no problems with video, either from the BD with a DVD being upconverted, a HD Tivo hooked up - tried all resolutions from Tivo, PC via HDMI, and video/audio via Iphone all played/looked/sounded great. Took a while to get used to the interface (-1 star), an on-TV screen menu would have been nice (if there is one, have not come across it - and my older DVD HT system had one).

Having the same issue with the remotes looking too similiar, as another reviewer pointed out - although that's not a flaw with the product, more myself. Although all hooked through Anynet makes life easier.

The automatic sound calibration (ASC) was a nice feature during set up - very simple to calibrate the speaker levels, just push a button and wait.

To clarify another reviewer comment (perhaps Amazon changed the photo since then) the HW-C500 has twist style connectors, that also accept a banana connector as well.
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I was looking to compliment by Samsung 3D plasma, 3D BD player and Polk audio bar with this receiver. What I received (the first time) was a receiver that wouldn't power on. Ok, it happens, so I send it back and request a replacement. The next receiver powers on fine, so I hook everything up (PS3, Xbox 360, cable box) and the HDMI inputs for "SAT" and "TV" do not work at all. The PS3 and Xbox 360 work just fine so I figure it's gotta be my cable box or a bad HDMI cable. I replaced the cable, checked all my connections and... nothing.

So I start to troubleshoot and decide to plug the PS3 into the "SAT" and "TV" HDMI inputs... nothing. My second malfunctioning receiver is being sent back as I type this.

Needless to say I'm very disappointed with this product. Sure, it was not expensive and you get what you pay for but this thing felt cheap from the word "go". It just seems to have a flimsy feel to it and it makes an annoying noise when you turn the volume up (which you have to do one push at a time unless you use the remote). There are no knobs to turn to tune or control the volume -- very frustrating.

This is my sixth receiver and I just wanted something simple for a spare bedroom setup. I'll stick to my Yamaha's and Onkyno's in the future.

PS - Amazon was great with respect to returns and shipping out another unit. This review doesn't reflect on them at all.
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I've been using this receiver in my home theater system for a few months now, and I like it. Digital is a definite upgrade from the old receiver I was using, and I like how it enables me to add surround sound to my system, including wireless back speakers. But: it's not that easy to set up! I spent a lot of time with the manual, and I even called Samsung tech support once. You have to program the unit to associate each HDMI connection with a particular speaker setup. Why doesn't it just automatically optimize whatever the source sound is with an optimal speaker array? Why do I have to program each source separately? OK, once understood and done, it's cool, but why the hassle?

I have a Samsung TV and Blu-ray disc player attached to the receiver, and I thought I would be able to consolidate all the functions into one remote, but that didn't work out. Sometimes when I turn off the receiver, everything goes off, but when I turn off the DVD player, everything but the TV goes off! Why? OK, it's just one more button to push, but why the difference? Samsung says that the control for every component potentially controls all the others, and I have the Anynet feature (the thing that connects all Samsung products) turned on. That's a quirk.

Another quirk is when I switch channels on the TV via the cable control, the unit accesses "DVD signal" for a second before it advances to the next channel that I've selected. What's that all about? I just haven't figured out how to eliminate that ridiculous step the machine takes when switching channels.

But overall, I like the new feel of my home theater system because of this receiver.
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