Samsung HT-DB390 Home Theater System Review

At more than 15 pounds, the HT-DB390 is uncommonly heavy for a unit of its size, but it sports a gorgeous front panel that would be a shame to hide behind a cabinet door. More in the full post…

The system’s speakers are light and very small: under 2 pounds each, and roughly 4 inches in each direction. They connect to the main and surround receivers using standard color-coded wire. The surround receiver is a surprisingly large 15.6-inch tower that’s equipped with ambient lighting in a choice of seven colors. The main receiver has composite, S-video, and component outputs for connection to the TV, along with optical digital input and two analog inputs for use by external audio components.

The DVD player supports MP3-CD and JPEG image playback in addition to playing conventional discs. Setting up the system is straightforward, thanks to good onscreen menus and easy-to-use controls. Once the system is ready to run, an automatic calibration system can be used to set the relative volume of the speakers, and compensate for variations in distance to the listening position. A microphone is supplied for this purpose. The HT-DB390 is equipped with standard Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, but not the more recent and advanced versions of those formats. Dolby Pro Logic II and a Super 5.1 mode are available for two-channel sources. Once switched on, both modes offer a variety of music and movie settings.

• Good-looking receiver
• Onboard wireless transmitter
• Automatic calibration system

• Large rear speaker receiver
• Audible cooling fan

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