Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Photos

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The Samsung HT-E6730W System Package

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - What Comes In The Package
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - What Comes In The Package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

NOTE: The Samsung HT-E6730W home theater system that is illustrated in the following photo profile, after a successful production and sales run in 2012/2013 has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase, except as used product via the secondary market.

However, my review and supplementary photo gallery are still maintained on this site for historical reference for those they may own the system, or are considering buying a used unit.

For more current alternatives, refer to our periodically updated list of Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems.

As a supplement to my review of the Samsung HT-E6730W home theater-in-a-box system, the following is a close-up photo gallery that provides more details on the features and operation of the system.

As discussed in my review, the Samsung HT-E6730W is home theater system that incorporates 3D and networked-enabled Blu-ray Disc player and home theater receiver into one central unit, complemented by a 7.1 channel speaker system (four channels are incorporated into the two front speaker cabinets) that features wireless surround speakers.

Starting off this look at the Samsung HT-E6730W, is a photo of the everything you get in the HT-E6730W package. Starting in the center of the photo is the Blu-ray/Receiver combo, accessories, center channel speaker, remote control, and iPod/iPhone dock. Just to the left of the Blu-ray/Receiver combo is the wireless receiver for the surround speakers.

Also shown on the left and right side of the top portion of the photo are the surround speakers, along with the top portion of the "tall boy" main speakers.

Moving down to the bottom portion of the photo are the bottom portions of the "tall boy" speakers and stands, as well as the provided subwoofer.

Next Up - The Included Accessories

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Included Accessories

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Included Accessories
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Included Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the accessories that included with the Samsung HT-E6730W system.

Staring on the left side are the quick start guide, ASC (Auto-Sound Calibration) microphone, toroidal ferrite core (to be fastened around the power cord), composite video cable, and FM antenna.

Moving to the center is the remote control, iPod/iPhone Dock, TX Card (wireless transmitter for the surround speaker setup), remote control batteries, and Blockbuster-on-Demmand promo leaflet.

Moving to the right are the provided speaker and subwoofer connection cables.

Next Up: The Assembled Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Front View

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Front View
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Front View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the HT-E6730W with the "tall boy" speakers assembled with the rest of the system.

The "tall boy" speakers on left and right side, with the center channel speaker, surround sound speaker transmitter, iPod/iPhone dock, Blu-ray receiver combo unit, remote control, surround speakers, and subwoofer located in the center.

What makes these speakers interesting are that even though five physical speaker units and a subwoofer, this is actually a 7.1 channel speaker system.

The way this is achieved is that the front floor standing speakers are house both the front left and right main channels, as well as left and right top or height channels. The height channel speaker is located on the top of the assembly, which the front left and right main channels are output form two mid-range/woofers and tweeter located below the height channel speaker. It is also important to note that the height channel speaker is tilt-able for optimum height channel spread. The tilt adjuster is located on the top rear of each floor standing speaker as shown in the photo. The speaker connections thread through the speaker towers and exit out the bottom floor stands.

Next is the center channel speaker, which features two mid-range/woofers and tweeter.

Along with the center channel speaker are the surround speakers.

Finally, there is the subwoofer speaker. The subwoofer used in this system is a passive subwoofer. This means that there is no line input, only a set of standard speaker connections.

Next Up: The Central Unit

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Central Unit - Front/Rear View

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Central Unit - Front and Rear View
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Central Unit - Front and Rear View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a "dual" view of the main unit of the Samsung HT-E6730W system that houses the Blu-ray Disc player and home theater receiver section.

The Front Panel

The Blu-ray/DVD/CD disc tray is located on the left side of the front panel. The front panel controls are located in the center of the unit (below the Blu-ray 3D logo). All the of front panel controls a the touch sensitive type, so there are no actual buttons to push.

Moving to the left of the front of the unit are the two vacuum tube housing, as well as flip-out plastic cover on the bottom right of the front of the unit that hides the ASC (Auto-Sound Calibration) microphone input and front panel USB port.

Finally on the bottom photo is a look at the entire rear panel of the HT-E6730W main unit, featuring all the networking, audio, video, and speaker connections, which are located on the left and center of the rear panel, as well as a cooling fan and power cord located on the right side.

The Rear Panel

Starting on the left side of the rear panel are the speaker connections. As you can see there are connections for the center, front L/R main, Front L/R top, and subwoofer speakers. The surround speakers connect to the additional wireless receiver/amplifier module.

It is also important to note that the speaker connections are not traditional and the that the speaker impedance rating is 3 ohms. Do not connect the speakers to a different home theater receiver or amplifier other than the HT-E6730W or home theater-in-a-box system that uses the same type of speaker connections and ohm rating. This also applies to the subwoofer.

Moving right is is the iPod docking port connection. An iPod dock is provided with the HT-E6730W. However, it is also important to note that you can also connect an iPod or iPhone to the HT-E6730W via the front mounted USB port, but that will only get you access to audio-only files. If you want to access video or still image files from your iPod or iPhone, you need to use the provided docking station.

Next is the LAN (Ethernet) Connection. This connection can be used to physically connect the Samsung HT-E6730W to an internet router for accessing stored media on your home network or streaming movies and music from the internet. However, the Samsung HT-E6730W is also equipped with built-in WiFi, so either connection can be used to accomplish this task. The Ethernet connection option is often the most reliable for streaming.

Moving the right of the LAN connection, is a TX card slot. The TX card that is provided enables the HT-E6730W main unit to transmit audio signals to the wireless receiver/amplifier used to power the surround speakers.

HDMI output. This is how you connect the Samsung HT-E6730W to a TV or video projector. The HDMI output is also Audio Return Channel-enabled.

HDMI is the preferred connection if your TV or video projector has an HDMI or DVI input (in which case you can use an optional HDMI-to-DVI connection adapter if needed).

Immediately to the right of the HDMI output are two HDMI inputs. These inputs can be used to connect any source device (such as an additional dvd or blu-ray player, satellite box, dvr, etc...) to the HT-E6730W.

Continuing to move right are a set of analog audio inputs and composite video output. Only use the composite video output if your TV or video projector does not have HDMI or component video inputs. It is important note that full 1080p HD and 3D can only be accessed when using the HDMI connections. However, you must also have a TV or video projector that is 3D compatible.

Just below the composite video output is a digital optical input connection. This can be used to access audio from a CD player, DVD player, or other source that has a digital optical output connection.

Finally, on the far right of the rear panel, is an FM Antenna connection.

It is important to note that the HT-E6730W does not provide either component or composite video inputs. This means that you cannot connect analog video sources, such as a VCR or an older non-HDMI equipped DVD player to this system.

Next Up: The Vacuum Tubes

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Vacuum Tubes

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Vacuum Tubes
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Vacuum Tubes. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at what really makes the Samsung HT-E6730W unique: There are two 12AU7 Dual Triode vacuum tubes. These tubes are used in place of solid state devices in the system's preamp stage for the main front left and right channels, providing gain and filtering functions.

The signal output of the 12AU7 preamp functions are then combined with the built-in Samsung digital preamp functions for the center, top L/R, and surround channels, as well as Crystal Amplifier Plus technology to provide a warmer, lower distortion power output to the speakers.

When vacuum tubes are combined with digital or solid state amplification, this is referred to as a vacuum tube hybrid amplifier system. In this case, since the 12AU7's are tied to the two main front channels, the HT-E6730W is only implementing this design partially, but the intended result of this combination is to provide the advantages of the noise shaping and filtering that this characteristic of vacuum tube audio, with the more efficient power output of the digital amplifier section.

However, it is important to note that the vacuum tubes generate heat and the transparent surface that covers the 12AU7s gets warm to the touch when in operation, so it is not advisable to place additional components on top of the Samsung HT-E6730W.

Next Up: The Remote Control

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Remote Control

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Remote Control
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is close-up view of the remote control provided with the Samsung HT-E6730W system.

Starting on the top of the remote are the power and TV source buttons, followed by the BD, TV, Eject, and Sleep Time buttons.

Moving down is the numeric keypad that can be used to access chapters directly, as well as other designated options.

Below the direct access buttons are the Blu-ray disc player transport buttons, followed by the Volume, Mute, Subwoofer level, and FM or TV tuning buttons. Just below those buttons are the home screen, Netflix, and repeat buttons.

Moving towards the bottom of the remote are the system and disc menu access and navigation buttons.

At the very bottom of the remote are a series of multi-colored special function buttons and other multi-function buttons for access features on specific Blu-ray discs, 3D sound effect setting, stereo/mono FM access, 2D/3D conversion, direct Pandora access, and subtitle language access.

For a look at some of the onscreen menus of the Samsung HT-E6730W, proceed to the next series of photos...

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Main Menu

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Main Menu
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Main Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the main menu of the Samsung HT-E6730W.

As you can see, the menu is divided in to five categories:

Smart Hub: Goes to Smart Hub Menu for accessing internet streaming content and Samsung Apps store.

All Share Play: Access content stored connected USB devices, or on your network connected devices (such as a PC or media server).

Disc to Digital: Provides a service where you can make online digital copies of select DVD and Blu-ray discs. You can then stream the digital copies to other compatible devices, such as media players, phones, or tablets.

Settings: Goes to submenus for setting parameters and preferences for display, audio, connecting to the network, system setup, menu language, security, and additional settings.

Function: Selects input sources (Digital Audio In, Aux, Remote iPod, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, Tuner).

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Smart Hub Menu

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Smart Hub Menu
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Smart Hub Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Samsung HT-E6730W Smart Hub menu. The Smart Hub menu provides access to a host of internet-based audio and video streaming content.

The "recommended" section features several streaming content provider apps that are pre-loaded into the HT-E6730W. However, you can go to the top right corner and click on Samsung Apps and add more apps to your list. Some of the apps are free to download, and others carry a small charge. It is also important to note the some of the content accessible using these apps may also require a pay-per-view or monthly fee.

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Samsung Apps Menu

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Samsung Apps Menu
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Samsung Apps Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a closer look at the Samsung Apps menu, showing the categories and types of apps available, with their listed download price. For more details on Samsung Apps and how they work, check out comprehensive reference: Complete Guide to Samsung Apps for Smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc Players.

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Display Settings Menu

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Display Settings Menu
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Display Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Display Settings menu for the Samsung HT-E6730W:

3D Settings: This option allows you to set your preferred 2D or 3D playback mode, including 2D-to-3D conversion function. Also, there is an option within this setting that allows you to designate the size of your TV or projection screen for the best 3D viewing quality for your TV screen size.

TV Aspect Ratio: Sets the aspect ratio of the displayed image. Choices include 16:9 Original, 16:9 Full, 4:3 Letterbox, and 4:3 Pan/Scan.

Smart Hub Screen Size: This option allows you set the screen size of the Smart Hub menu. Size 1 is slightly smaller than the actual screen area, Size 2 matches your screen, Size 3 displays a slightly larger size, but the edges may be hidden from view.

BD Wise: Off: The output resolution of the Blu-ray Disc player section is constant, according to your preference. On: The output resolution automatically varies in according to the resolution of DVD or Blu-ray Disc content. This function is specifically designed to work best with Samsung TVs.

Resolution: Allows users to set the output resolution from 480i to 1080p. Auto and BD-Wise options also available.

Movie Frame (24 fps): Sets the output to the standard 24fps movie film frame rate.

HDMI Color Format: Provides the ability to set the color space output that best matches the TV or Video projector.

Deep Color: Sets the color output depth (only valid when using the HDMI connections).

Progressive Mode: Sets the progressive scan output function when playing back DVD content.

For a look a the Audio Settings Menu, proceed to the next photo...

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Audio Settings Menu

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Audio Settings Menu
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Audio Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Audio Settings menu for the Samsung HT-E6730W:

Speaker Settings: Allows manual setting of level and distance for each speaker. A built-in test tone can be manually activated to assist in using the speaker settings. A microphone is also provided to assist.

Auto Sound Calibration: Speaker settings can be made automatically via the provided plug-in Auto Sound Calibration microphone.

Equalizer: A built-in 8-band graphic equalizer is provided for fine tuning speaker and subwoofer frequency profiles. The frequency points are Subwoofer, 250Hz, 600Hz, 1kHz, 3kHz, 6kHz, 10kHz, and 15kHz.

Smart Volume: This setting provides a way to level the volume peaks when changing to difference sources, or within a source (such as when commercials come on).

Audio Return Channel: Allows audio coming from your TV to be transferred to the HT-E6730W. For more details on how this works, read my reference article on Audio Return Channel.

Digital Output: Sets the digital audio output (PCM or Bitstream) of the Blu-ray player section the audio processing/amplifier section.

Dynamic Range Control: Dynamic Range Control evens out audio output levels from so that loud parts are softer and soft parts are louder. This is practical if you find that elements, such as dialog are too low and special effects, such as explosion are too loud.

Audio Synch: Matches the audio with the video (lip-synch). This setting has a range of 0 to 300 milli-seconds.

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Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Function Menu - Final Take

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Function Menu
Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray Home Theater System - Function Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at the function setting menu, which provides access, in addition to the built-in FM radio tuner, to external sources connected to the Digital Audio In, Aux (analog audio), Remote iPod, HDMI 1, or HDMI 2 inputs.

Final Take

As you can see in this photo profile, the Samsung HT-E6730W provides some standout features for a home theater-in-a-box system. However, just having a lot features isn't all, the system also delivers great video performance from its onboard Blu-ray disc player and video processing capabilities, and also incorporates good audio performance via its vacuum tube preamp and digital amplifier technologies.

For more details and perspective on the Samsung HT-E6730W, read my Review and also check out a summary of Video Performance Test Results.

NOTE: As mentioned at the beginning of this photo profile, the Samsung HT-E6730W has been discontinued.

For more current alternatives, refer to our periodically updated list of Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems.

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