Samsung HT-D7100 Blu-ray Home Theater in a Box * Cube

For those of you with absolutely no space for theater systems, it appears Samsung may have a solution.

Samsung recently announced its new product, the HT-D7100 Blu-ray home theater design.  While  Home Theater in a Box is simply a term for most systems.  This product is in fact, a cube.  The speakers and sub are all in one enclosure.

The HT-D7100 is a 2.1 system, which means it contains a built-in subwoofer, and it features 110 watts of total power. Samsung is also offering a sound-processing mode called "3D Sound Plus";  The speakers can separate for placement and the Blu-ray player has all the features of most players you will encounter on the market and supporting HD audio formats including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio).  Samsung has used its exclusive "Crystal Sound Plus Technology" to reproduce accurate sound and dynamic range control.

This system does have up-conversion capabilities to upconvert SD video to 1080P HD video.  It's 3D compatible and has built-in 2D-to-3D conversion processing. Really most 3D TVs on the market can already convert 2D content to 3D, but it is another option.  Who knows, maybe the conversion processing on your TV sucks and this does a better job.

The HT-D7100 also has built-in Wi-Fi and can access Samsung Apps, which opens up a wide variety of streaming media services, including Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, Blockbuster, and Twitter. New for 2011 is Samsung's Smart Hub, which is a unified search feature that looks through all of the streaming media services for content and also to make viewing recommendations. If I recall correctly I believe that's what Google TV promised.  It's also DLNA-compliant, so you can stream your personal music, photos, and videos from a connected PC.

Again, the Samsung HT-D7100 looks like an ideal option for those who have absolutely no space and want Blu-ray capability with some sort of surround sound.  It looks like a 2011 Ghetto Blaster.  We'll see what they charge for it and how well the Samsung 3D Sound Plus does creating surround sound from 2 speakers and a sub.  In my opinion, no one has pulled this feat off effectively yet.  While I really shouldn't judge without listening to it, in my opinion, this system would be good for Blu-ray in your bedroom or if you live in a shoebox.  Unless they make the price extremely affordable (maybe I'll go as far as saying cheap), it's likely you'll end up being better off buying something like this System (seeing as it may be in the same price range).

The price of the Samsung HT-D7100 haven't been released yet as the product is scheduled for release early 2011.