Samsung HT-X810 2.1 Channel Home Theater System - Review

Samsung HT-X810 2.1 Channel Home Theater System - Dual View
Photo (c) Robert Silva

The Bottom Line

The Samsung HT-X810 provides an attractive, compact, self-contained, easy-to-use sound bar-type audio system that can complement a flat panel television and create an intimate home theater viewing and listening experience. The system consists of a main unit that combines a 2.1 channel audio system with an upscaling DVD player.

To make this system more practical, it also comes with a wireless subwoofer. The Subwoofer receives audio signals from the main unit without the need for an unsightly audio cable. The system is very easy to set up and use.


  • Home Theater system features main sound bar unit housing 2.0 channel amplifier, FM Tuner, and single disc DVD player.
  • Wireless 150 Watt Powered Subwoofer - 5.8 GHz band transmission.
  • DVD player provides 1080p upscaling via HDMI output. Component video connection provides 480p output.
  • DVD player compatible with most recordable DVD formats, DVD-Audio Discs, CDs/CD-Rs/-RWs, MP3, WMA, Divx, and Jpeg.
  • Virtual surround sound processing of two-channel, Dolby Digital, and DTS source signals.
  • Bluetooth compatibility (sends audio signals to a compatible Bluetooth headset, or sends audio signals from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to the HT-X810)
  • USB host connectivity for still images, as well as video and audio files.
  • Power output: 75x2 WPC for the main unit, 150 watts for a powered subwoofer.
  • The soundbar is wall mountable - Wall mounting bracket provided.
  • The on-screen user interface, wireless remote control provided.


The Samsung HT-X810 delivered good audio performance, keeping in mind that it is a 2.1 channel system, and not a typical 5.1 channel surround sound system. The audio quality was good for both film and music sources. However, since this system is a 2.1 channel system with virtual surround, 5.1 channel source material is not reproduced at its best. The perceived surround sound field is limited to about a couple of feet beyond the physical borders of the main TH-X810 unit. However, for a small room environment, such as a bedroom or office, the total audio experience is perfectly suitable.

The included upscaling DVD player is a nice touch and provides acceptable image quality from DVDs when used in its 1080p upscaling mode with an HDTV. However, digging deeper with the Silicon Optix (IDT/Qualcomm) HQV DVD Benchmark Test Disc, it was obvious that the video processor in the HT-X810 was not up to Samsung's usual standards.

With the Silicon Optix tests, the HT-X810 had trouble with jagged edges, progressive scan stability, film cadence detection, and, to a lesser extent, noise reduction. Check out some of the test results.

If you have a 1080p HDTV and are a stickler for good upscaling performance, you might consider using your TV to upscale your DVD output rather than the HT-X810.

Despite some drawbacks, Samsung deserves "kudos" for an innovative and practical design. The wireless subwoofer makes physical setup very easy and flexible, while the inclusion of a slot-loading design DVD player is a space saver. The side mounted USB port and Auxiliary input adds flexibility for accessing content off of flash drives or digital audio devices. I did not have a Bluetooth device to test that capability.

The HT-X810 is not perfect but provides acceptable performance.


  • Straight forward setup.
  • Non-intrusive slot-loading upscaling DVD player.
  • Wireless Subwoofer and Bluetooth capability reduce cable clutter.
  • Good sound quality from both main sound bar unit and subwoofer.
  • Wall mount bracket included.


  • 2.1 channel Virtual Surround processing not as effective as 5.1 channel surround sound.
  • DVD upscaling quality just average.
  • The remote control has small buttons and is not backlit.
  • No video inputs.
  • No XM/Sirius connection options.

For an additional close-up, visual, look, at the HT-X810, also check out my Photo Gallery.

NOTE: Since the publish date of this review, the HT-X810 has been discontinued by Samsung, and may only be available used via third parties.

For additional suggestions, check out my periodically updated listing of Sound Bars, Digital Sound Projectors, and Under-TV Audio Systems and Home-Theater-in-a-Box Systems.