Samsung HT-AS730ST Review
The Samsung HT-AS730ST didn't impress users and reviewers quite as much as the HT-BD1250, one of our best picks. Although Bigpicturebigsound.com liked the audio from this cheap HTiB, they didn't like the fact that the subwoofer would start to buzz if turned up more than 40% of its max volume, and that its audio support is limited to Dolby Digital and DTS Audio. Cnet only gives this unit 2 out of 5 stars. They liked the fact that the HT-AS730ST included a lot of connectivity options, including three HDMI inputs, but they also note that the HDMI inputs would sometimes stop working until the cable was removed and plugged back in. Cnet was also not very impressed with the system's audio, calling it "lifeless".
The Samsung HT-AS730ST is a 5.1 speaker HTiB that includes an A/V receiver and an iPod dock. The system has several connectivity options, including three HDMI ports, two component inputs, and three digital optical inputs. It also includes a microphone to automatically calibrate the speaker's sound when you set it up. The HTiB's radio is FM-only.
Samsung's HT-AS730ST isn't a terrible cheap HTiB. It has a lot of connectivity options and we like that it includes automatic calibration for the speakers. But it's audio prowess is questionable, and you can pick up the great-sounding Onkyo HTiB for a lot less than this model.