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Samsung HTQ80

XM Ready, 5-disc DVD home theater system with digital video upconversion and MP3 player compatibility

Item # 305HTQ80

Samsung's HTQ80 is a winning combination of smart, versatile features and great audio/video performance.

Samsung's HTQ80 is a winning combination of smart, versatile features and great audio/video performance.

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Item # 305HTQ80

About the Samsung HTQ80

Samsung's HTQ80 is a winning combination of smart, versatile features and great audio/video performance. It delivers extra-detailed DVD video with exciting, engaging surround sound. Optional XM Satellite Radio reception and a USB input for your MP3 player expand your entertainment options. Plus, you can add a wireless rear speaker amplifier to hook up your surround speakers without having to run wires all the way to the back of your room.

Samsung's HTQ80 is a winning combination of smart, versatile features and great audio/video performance. It delivers extra-detailed DVD video with exciting, engaging surround sound. Optional XM Satellite Radio reception and a USB input for your MP3 player expand your entertainment options. Plus, you can add a wireless rear speaker amplifier to hook up your surround speakers without having to run wires all the way to the back of your room.

This system features a five-disc DVD changer/receiver, five surround sound speakers, and a subwoofer. The changer can upconvert regular DVD video to a higher resolution that more closely matches the display capabilities of today's popular HDTVs. Just connect it to any TV with a digital video input to enjoy an upconverted DVD picture.

This HD-friendly system also includes an HDMI digital video input, allowing you to route high-definition signals from your cable box, satellite receiver, or high-def disc player through the DVD changer/receiver. That's a great feature for folks who want to keep their video switching simple, or for people who only have one HDMI input on their TV.

The HTQ80 makes it easy to enjoy XM Satellite Radio reception. Just add an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and an XM subscription to access more than 170 channels of music, sports, news, and more. MP3 player owners will appreciate the front-panel USB interface — hook up your player and listen to your digital music collection through the system's speakers. You can even control your player with the HTQ80's remote and a menu that displays MP3 titles on your TV.

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Product highlights:

    5-disc DVD changer/receiver:
    • digital video upconversion
    • selectable 480p/720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
    • HDMI pass-through input
    • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
    • built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and Dolby Pro Logic® decoding, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
    • 7-channel amplifier (140 watts x 4 for the front and surround speakers, 140 watts x 2 for the center channel speaker, plus 160 watts for subwoofer)
    • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
    • USB Host Play for use with portable digital audio player, or compatible digital camera or camcorder
    • wireless rear speaker link with addition of SWA-3000 rear-speaker amplifier
    • optical digital audio input
    • video output for TV (composite, 480i/480p component video, HDMI)
    • tuner with 15 FM, 15 XM presets
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, DVD-Audio, audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, MP3 & WMA CDs, and JPEG picture CDs
    • 16-15/16"W x 3"H x 19-1/16"D
    Front/rear speakers:
    • video-shielded
    • 3/4" balanced dome tweeter and 2-7/8" midrange driver
    • 4"W x 7"H x 4"D
    Center speaker:
    • video-shielded
    • two 3/4" balanced dome tweeter and two 2-3/4" midrange drivers
    • 11-7/8"W x 3-3/4"H x 3-7/8"D
    Subwoofer:
    • 8" driver
    • 7-7/8"W x 15-7/8"H x 13-1/2"D
    General:
    • remote control (multibrand for TVs)
    • speaker wire and composite video cable included
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
    • MFR # HTQ80
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    What's in the box:

    • 5-Disc DVD changer/receiver
    • 2 PS-FQ80 front satellite speakers
    • 2 PS-RQ80 rear satellite speakers
    • 1 PS-CQ80 center channel speaker
    • 1 PS-WQ80 passive subwoofer
    • AH59-01643F wireless remote control
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • 9.5' Video cable (has an RCA composite video connector on each end)
    • Two 9.75' lengths of color-coded speaker wire
    • Three 13' lengths of color-coded speaker wire
    • Two 32.75' lengths of color-coded speaker wire
    • Instruction Manual
    • Quick Use Guide
    • Product Registration Card
    • XM Pass information

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    greatness.

    forrastah from wilmington nc on 11/30/2012

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    i have this same system although i did not buy from this website. i was looking for a solution to a problem I'm having. i got this system from a family friend that was not using it. i didn't realize that until i looked on here that it had a center speaker as well. i have the corners, sub, remote, and controller. i hooked it up fine by my self and it sounds great even without the center speaker. Ive got it hooked up to my TV and ps3 and i have been having a blast..... physically and emotionally( in the excitement in game play kinda way) i am having a problem getting the usb port to read anything though.

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    Very Stylish with Great Sound/Picture

    Scott from Houston, TX on 9/15/2006

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    The picture and sound are amazing on a 50" Samsung DLP. HDMI switching works perfect. Draw Backs: There is one major issue that I have this system. You can not access any of then menu's while using the pass through function (cable box). The system will default to whatever the input is, so for 5.1 the system uses 5.1, and for stereo, is uses Pro Logic II. You can't make adjustments either. You can of access these menus when you switch to DVD. But you can only access the area's that the DVD is encoded to. For example, if your DVD is 5.1, you can set up all the speakers, but if it is in Pro Logic, you can only setup three speakers, center and rear. Plus when you are in the DVD mode, the volume and other menu items are on the screen, but not in pass through mode. It will not tell you what resolution is going to your TV. I can not tell if it is upconverting or not. The picture is great, but they could have a little light or something to let you know that the system is actually upconverting. Cool Things: Using the USB port you can look at photos and play music. You can even set two pictures for the background when you are in the menus. When using the USB function, it looks like windows explorer, with whatever folders you setup on your computer. Then when you play songs the track name and group appears on the screen with the picture you set as the background. I bought this for a female friend, so the simplicity is perfect, she can't mess it up. But if you are like me and want total control of your system at all times, look for something else. But I doubt you will find it for $400.

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    this unit has issues

    Dennis from Pembroke Pines, Fl on 8/29/2006

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    I couldn't believe I received this system only 2 days after it was ordered. Set up the system and could not get HDMI passthru to passthru. Also when playing back DVDs thru HDMI output there were small red dots randomly placed on the screen. Contacted Samsung Support and they were no help at all. Then contacted Crutchfield support and they were fantastic. They explained that there were some timing issues with HDMI connections in general and they had seen same issue with other HDMI inputs on different equipment. The red dot ssue could not be explained and they placed an order to advance ship another unit which I also recieved in 2 days. Same issues occured with this unit and it has since been returned.

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    Problems w/ HDMI

    Mark from Chicago, IL on 7/10/2006

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    5 stars for Crutchfield return policy & technical support! 2 stars for product functionality. :-( I had this connected via Monster Cable HDMI to a Samsung HP-S5053 plasma TV. The problem I've been getting since day 1 are random red dots on the screen, during DVD playback. They're particularly noticeable during dark action scenes. This problem disappeared when I switched to composite cable. Crutchfield sent me an advance replacement and the problem still remained. In order to verify it wasn't a problem w/ my TV or cable, I picked up a Sony HDMI DVD player from a local retailer to test the picture quality with the same TV & cable. The problem disappeared with the Sony leading me to believe there's something wrong w/ the Samsung. Samsung tech support concurred. Samsung tech support suggested sending the DVD player to the factory repair center. However I'm not going to purchase a new product only to send it in for repair. It's a shame, this DVD player is feature packed and matched well with the TV. Maybe I'll try again in a couple months with another unit or purchase one locally.

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    Features
    Speaker System
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    System Overview: The Samsung HT-Q80 includes a carousel-type 5-disc DVD/CD changer/receiver with built-in decoders for Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II. The system includes 2 front satellite speakers, 2 surround satellite speakers, a matching center channel, and a subwoofer. The supplied remote controls the system, plus multiple brands of televisions. The system has a 1-year parts and labor warranty; 90 days for commercial use.

    Features

    HD Upconversion: The HT-Q80 has the ability to upconvert a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p or 1080i and pass it through the HDMI output; upconverted signals are not passed by the component video output.

    USB Host Plug & Play: Your MP3 digital music files, WMA digital music files, 640x480 JPEG photos, WMV movies, and DivX movies can be played through this system by connecting the front panel USB port to your USB card reader, USB external hard drive, USB flash drive, digital camera, or digital music player.

    Audio D/A Converter: This unit includes an audio digital-to-analog converter capable of providing 192 kHz/24-bit and 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. The 192 kHz/24-bit and 96 kHz/24-bit capabilities of this unit allow it to play DVD Video discs with 96 kHz/24-bit audio tracks and DVD-Audio discs with sampling rates of 192 kHz.

    Progressive Scan: The HT-Q80 can output either interlaced or progressive scan video signals. Instead of splitting each video frame into two sequential fields like interlaced scanning, progressive scanning displays the entire frame in a single sweep. Where a standard DVD player's 480i output displays 30 frames (60 fields) per second, a progressive-scan player's 480p output displays 60 full frames per second. Progressive-scan picture quality is more film-like, with more fine detail and less flicker. To enjoy progressive-scan video signals, the connected TV must have a video input that supports progressive video. The component video output is 480p, the composite video output is 480i, and the HDMI video output can be 480p, 720p, or 1080i.

    Multi-Channel DVD-Audio Playback: DVD-Audio is a multi-channel format used for high resolution audio recording. This unit can decode and play DVD-Audio discs with a sampling rate up to 192 kHz with a 24-bit word length.

    XM Satellite Ready: You can listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting the optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock to the HT-Q80's proprietary plug. A 50' extension cable is available if the Mini Tuner's 25' cable is not long enough. XM Satellite Radio offers over 150 channels of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During XM playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name, and song title on the front panel. Note: A subscription is required in order to receive XM Satellite Radio.

    Optional Wireless Speakers: The Samsung SWA3000 (item number 305SWA3000) is available as an accessory to create a wireless rear speaker system. The SWA3000 includes an amplifier for the rear speakers with a 2.4 GHz RF receiver, it will still be wired to the rear speakers and an AC outlet, but not to the main system across the room. A TX Card plugs into the back of the DVD player/receiver which turns off the rear amp and turns on the RF transmitter.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The unit is compatible with CD-Rs with MP3 files recorded in ISO 9660 and Joliet formats only, with a recommended data rate of 128 Kbps or higher. The changer/receiver can recognize up to 500 tracks and 300 folders on a single CD. This unit can also play discs with WMA files, but no specifications are provided in the manual.

    JPEG Playback: The unit can playback CD-R discs with JPEG still image files recorded in ISO 9660 and Joliet formats. It can recognize up to 9,999 images on a single CD. You can manually skip through pictures one at a time or engage a slide show to display them automatically. You can rotate pictures in 90° steps. The maximum resolution supported for standard JPEG files is 5120 x 3480, for progressive image files it's 2048 x 1536.

    DivX: The HT-Q80 supports AVI DivX 3.11-5.1 and WMV V1/V2/V3/V7 video compression schemes, as well as MP3 (80-348 kbps @ 44.1 kHz), WMA (56-128 kbps @ 44.1 kHz), AC3 (128-348 kbps @ 44.1/48 kHz), and DTS (1.5 Mbps @ 44.1 kHz) audio.

    DVD Video Mode: Because some DVD-Audio discs have a DVD-Video section, this player gives you the option of specifying the DVD-Video mode.

    EZ View: When watching a 4:3 aspect ratio TV and playing a widescreen DVD, the EZ View feature zooms in and eliminates most, if not all of the black bars. Note: There are some discs for which this feature will not work.

    Surround Modes: The HT-Q80 features 5.1-channel decoding for DVDs with Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. It also incorporates DSP Modes for listening to 2-channel sources in realistic 5.1-channel surround sound. The following surround modes are available:

    • Dolby Digital
    • DTS
    • Dolby Pro Logic II
      • Music
        • Panorama (adjust 0 or 1)
        • Center Width (adjust 0 to 7)
        • Dimension (adjust 0 to 6)
      • Cinema
      • Pro Logic
      • Matrix
      • Stereo
    • DSP Modes
      • Pops
      • Jazz
      • Rock
      • Studio
      • Club
      • Hall
      • Movie
      • Church

    A/V Sync: You can delay the sound output up to 300 ms to synchronize it with the video image.

    Fast/Slow Playback: While playing back a DVD-Video disc, CD, or MP3 disc, you can increase the playback speed to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 32x normal speed in either direction. You can decrease the playback speed to 1/2x, 1/4x, or 1/8x normal speed in either direction on a DVD-Video disc (forward only on DivX). On a CD or MP3 disc sound is heard only at 2x speed. No sound is heard from a DVD in slow motion.

    Zoom Function: During DVD-Video disc playback, you can zoom (enlarge image) in to 1.5x, 2x, or 3x normal size. You can move the cursor in 4 directions to move to the area you want to enlarge.

    Parental Control: This unit allows you to set playback restrictions for DVDs using Parental Control. Parental Control allows you to restrict playback according to a predetermined level. The restriction level is protected by a 4-digit password.

    Wallpaper: While watching a DVD-Video disc or JPEG CD, you can set an image you like as background wallpaper. In the menu, you can choose one of three user entered wallpapers, or the original wallpaper (Samsung logo).

    Audio Settings: The audio menu allows you to set the following audio parameters:

    • Speaker Size: choose small when supplied speakers are used, or none when no speakers are installed
    • Speaker Delay Time: using the distance charts in the manual, you can set the amount of delay for the center and rear speakers
    • Sound Edit:
      • Speaker Levels: you can adjust the level of the center, surround, and subwoofer output
      • Front/Rear balance: you can adjust the balance of the front/rear speakers between 00 and -06 or Off
    • DRC (Dynamic Range Compression): when viewing Dolby Digital-encoded movies, you can compress the range between the softest and loudest sounds, the DRC can be adjusted on a sliding scale between Off and Full in 1/8 increments.

    FM Tuner: The HT-Q80 includes an FM tuner with automatic (preset and seek) and manual tuning. You can preset up to 15 stations. In an area with poor FM reception, you can switch from stereo to mono to improve reception.

    Sleep Timer: You can set the unit to turn itself off after a preset amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 10, 20, 30, 60, 90, 120, or 150 minutes.

    Display Dimmer: The brightness of the unit's display can be dimmed so it's not distracting in a dim room.

    Speaker System

    Passive Subwoofer: The passive subwoofer features an 8" side-firing woofer in a bass reflex enclosure. The subwoofer has spring clip terminals and a non-removable cloth grille. The sub's impedance is 3 ohms.

    Front/Surround Speakers: The front and surround satellite speakers each use a 3/4" balanced-dome tweeter and a 2-7/8" cone woofer. Each speaker has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. Each enclosure is covered by a non-removable, black metal grille. The front speakers are video shielded, the rear are not. Each satellite's impedance is 3 ohms.

    Center Channel Speaker: The matching center channel speaker uses two 3/4" balanced-dome tweeters and two 2-7/8" cone woofers. It has two sets of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. The enclosure is covered by a non-removable, black metal grille. The center channel speaker's impedance is 3 ohms.

    Speaker Mounting: The front, surround, and center speakers each have feet that allow them to sit on any flat surface. There is a keyhole slot on the back of each satellite and a 5mm threaded insert for wall mounting with or without an optional bracket. The center channel speaker has two keyhole slots, making it wall mountable also.

    Video-shielding: The front and center channel speakers are video-shielded, allowing them to be placed near your television without causing picture distortion.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Output: The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying uncompressed digital video and audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. The output resolution can be set to match the capability of the monitor or projector, 480p, 720p, or 1080i.

    HDMI Input: The HDMI input allows you to send the signal from this DVD player and an outboard HDMI equipped component, such as a satellite receiver or cable box, to your TV, even if it has only one HDMI input.

    Component Video Output: The component video outputs only a 480p signal. If the HDMI output is used the component output is disabled.

    USB: The front panel USB port allows you to play your digital music files, 640x480 JPEG photos, or video clips through this system.

    Antenna Inputs: For connecting the supplied FM antenna (or optional external antennas), the HT-Q80 has a threaded female F-type coax connector.

    Speaker Connections: The unit's speaker terminals feature spring terminal connectors. The supplied wire has color-coded bands; White (Left front), Red (Right front), Blue (Rear left), Gray (Rear right), Green (Center), and Purple (Subwoofer).

    Headphones: This unit features a 3.5mm (1/8") female mini-jack output on the front panel for headphones. When headphones are plugged into this jack, the speakers are muted.

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