Enjoy an immersive cinematic experience with this Samsung 4 Series HT-J4500/ZA home theater system. To build a complete 3D home theater system, you'll also need a 3D TV, 3D glasses designed for the TV and a high-speed HDMI cable.
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Very good for the price
Posted by: Corey from: on
I was struggling with the choice of getting one of these Home Theater Systems in a Box, or buying everything separate. I have a soundbar that has been more than satisfactory for a couple years, and so I was leaning towards buying everything separate. When looking online, I was thinking "How big of a difference can this thing and it's little speakers even make??" I have a PS4 that plays blurays, so I don't need that. Well I get to best buy and notice this is on sale. I figure, meh, I can always return it if I hate it. Well, after a week of having everything hooked up together, the Soundbar has now moved into the bedroom, and as far as this thing and its "little speakers" go, wow. I was amazed at how great these actually sound. Don't get me wrong. It will not compete with a $1500 system. However, when considering most soundbars are $150+ for a good one, and you do get quality sound out of them, the little bit of money you'll spend on this Samsung unit is more than worth it! If you are pretty tech savvy, you will enjoy the customization options. I would recommend for everyone to download the firmware/software update immediately. Then you can take the time to set the distance of every speaker, as well as adjust volume out of each speaker. You can get a free Db Sound Meter App on any smart phone, select speaker test from the Samsung menu, and fine tune every speaker so that you have complete, even sound coming from every angle. The only issues I have is that it has bluetooth and will play music and videos from your phone, but you can not use bluetooth headphones. Also, I have a high pitch feedback sound that comes through the speakers whenever I have it set on Digital In (from my PS4). It is likely that it is caused by the cable itself or just some interference. It goes away whenever sound is being played though. I listen to music loud, watch a ton of action movies, play a variety of games, and this system sounds great with everything! I am a very picky person when it comes to sound quality, yet every day whenever I'm watching, or listening, to something new, I find myself smiling at the great surround sound positioning as well as the detail. All out of these tiny speakers, too! Amazing! Oh, as to the "Why 4 stars and not 5?" For one, it could really use an extra input, as well as extra output. The selection of "apps" is slim/non existent outside of the standard netflix, vudu, hulu, amazon, ect.. And last, but not least.. even though I listen to everything extremely loud and I don't find myself maxing this out often.. At the end of the day, it is a $250 Samsung, and not a premium Klipsch, Sony, or Cerwin Vega.. So lets be realistic.
32 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Posted by: SCOTTYDOGG from: on
AFTER READING NUMEROUS REVIEWS I BOUGHT THIS "OPEN BOX EXCELLENT CONDITION" FROM BEST BUY FOR $159 BUCKS AND AM REALLY IMPRESSED. UPON OPENING THE BOX IT APPEARED IN FLAWLESS, BRAND NEW CONDITION.MAYBE IT WAS RETURNED BECAUSE OF THE INTIMIDATING AMOUNT OF WIRE IT USES, BUT REMEMBER, THIS IS NOT A WIRELESS SYSTEM. THIS HAS MANY, MANY GREAT USEABLE FEATURES AND APPS.** YOU WILL NEED A HDMI CABLE*** AND TO PUT YOUR TV AUDIO THRU THIS YOU WILL NEED A DIGITAL AUDIO OPTICAL CABLE*****. MAKE SURE YOUR TV HAS THE OUTPUT JACK FOR THAT FIRST. WITH COLOR CODED CONNECTORS AND A SELF TEST FEATURE, ANY GUMP CAN HOOK THIS UP. HIDING ALL THE WIRES CREATES A DIFFERENT CHALLENGE BUT I'M TELLING YOU, THIS SYSTEM HAS POWER, ADJUSTABILITY, GREAT SOUND, AND FEATURES FOUND ON SYSTEMS COSTING MUCH MORE.SO HOOK IT UP, RUN THE SPEAKERS TEST, SET SPEAKER DISTANCE'S AND PUT IN AN ACTION FILM LIKE DARK KNIGHT OR PLATOON AND YOU WILL SEE.......WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SYSTEM
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TheVictor from: on
This system is awesome for the price! I've been reading some reviews about speakers not working and I have to comment on that. I too had this problem ( sound not coming out of speakers) and it baffled me for a few minutes. I set it up and ran the speaker test but found some not working, which made me double check the connections in the back of the speakers. I found that if the speaker wires are pushed in too far the outer casing of the wire will block the exposed wiring and prevent a proper connection. DO NOT PUSH WIRE TOO FAR INTO BACK OF SPEAKERS. This is a great system and has enough to make you happy happy.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
great sound and design
Posted by: gassroll from: on
I love the design of the box and speakers. The sound is clear and bass fairly strong. I have not turned it up to full but even using 3 of the speakers its loud enough to fill a living area.
The bundled apps are a great addition but can be a little slow to load compared to the roku 2 we usually use.
The only downside to the whole package is that it requires a wired ethernet connection to use online features. I am going to set up a wireless bridge with a couple of routers as the tv isn't near my internet socket
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
I love it
Posted by: coach92 from: Brookfield WI on
I love this Home Theater System it is a very good home Theater I have had no Problems with it all it is a good all around Home Theater it is Loud enough like you are in a Movie Theater I love the Features of it the only Negative I wish it had bulit in Wi Fi
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Tinny sound from satellite speakers.
Posted by: Uddin from: on
Despite the attractive price, I couldn't get over the terribly intrusive tinny sound that would be appartent during low frequencies. I tried disconnecting speakers one by one to root out the problematic speaker but all of the speakers were emitting the tinny noise. Do yourself a favor and spend a bit more money on a better system.
11 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Does the job
Posted by: Ashley from: on
It works very well for the basic needs of a sound system. It doesn't have the bells and whistles if that is what you're looking for. We bought this for my husband's grandparents who have a flatscreen TV that projects into their kitchen and at their age their hard of hearing and we were able to run it so there are speakers at both of their recliners.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Awesome surround sound until...
Posted by: Malibu78 from: Texas on
I love my surround sound. The sound quality is great, and it is very easy to use. Just one downfall. I have the fiber optic cable connected to my TV at all times. But I cannot leave the HDMI cord plugged in because then it will not play any sound when I want to just watch my satellite. Whenever I want to watch a DVD I have to plug the HDMI cable back into the TV, then remember to unplug it whenever I want to watch regular tv again. Somewhat of a pain, but I'm used to it now. I had geek squad come out and look at it. They have no idea why it does it, but they also didn't offer to replace it. So I'm not sure if this is common, or just not that big of a deal. That's the only reason I'm not giving this product 5 stars.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Only 2 front speakers work with Bluetooth!
Posted by: KBinCLT from: on
I've had an old Sony home theater system for about 8 years and wanted to replace it with a Samsung because a Samsung sound bar I purchased last year has outstanding sound quality (plus that Sony has no Bluetooth). That being said a main reason I got this was to run my phone's music library into it in my small studio apartment while cooking or hanging out. There were a lot of good reviews on this system but I think there were focused on the Blu-Ray 5.1 sound which uses all speakers. When you connect via Bluetooth it only uses only the front right and left channels and the sound was extremely disappointing. I immediately boxed it back up and will be returning it tomorrow. I can not recommend this if you are buying it to run your music through. I'm sure if you are actually using the Blu-Ray player, all 5 speakers working together would make it a good entry level system.
10 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Really good sound for a small package
Posted by: rondogs44 from: on
My only experience with this system is buying it, hooking it up (easy enough), and getting rocked out of the house by my girlfriend. It is very loud for such small speakers. She uses it to watch Netflix and Youtube on her tv. Sounds pretty good even downstairs. I bought it open box for cheap. Great bang for the buck.