Samsung - 4 Series 500W 5.1-Ch. 3D / Smart Blu-ray Home Theater System - Black

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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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Overview

What's Included


  • Blu-ray player, passive subwoofer (FW1)
  • Front speakers (FS1), rear speakers (FS1)
  • Center-channel speaker (FS1)
  • Remote (TM1241), battery
  • FM antenna
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (774 out of 890)

Features


Blu-ray Disc format-qualified

For high-definition movie playback with resolution up to 5 times greater than DVD. Watch films in stunning high-definition just like you do on the big screen.

Connect to the Internet

Via the Ethernet LAN for access to native apps, Opera TV and more.

Decoders

Include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24 and DTS-HD Master Audio for an immersive listening experience.

Playback capability

Includes 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Video, DVD-Video, DVD±R/RW, CD, AVCHD 1.0, linear PCM, AAC, FLAC, HD JPEG, MP3, WMA, WMV and JPEG, so you can enjoy your media collection.

5 satellite speakers

Include full-range front, center and surround to create a rich, dynamic soundscape.

Passive subwoofer

Delivers thunderous bass tones.

Bluetooth interface

Allows simple wireless pairing with select devices.

HDMI output
HDMI cable not included.
High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.

8 DSP sound modes

For custom audio.


Overall customer rating

4.2
87%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • The speaker cables are a little short to reach the back of my living room, so I set them up on the wall around the TV.CannWill
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not excellent system

    Posted
    JMark235
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this Samsung home theater system to replace my 8 year old Phillips home theater which died. My primary use for this type of system is to play DVD's, CD's and FM radio. Basically I purchased my 1st home theater system to replace all of the separate boxes that were cluttering the entertainment rack. Unpacking is a bit of a pain because of all of the unnecessary packing materials used by Samsung. Installation was easy with most of the time spent hiding the wires for the speakers. Setup was quick and easy and the unit automatically checked for and did an upgrade to the system's firmware without any problems. Note that since I placed this unit next to my Wi-Fi router I connected it to the router using a Cat 5 cable rather than the Wi-Fi so I can't speak to any potential issues with Wi-Fi. The picture quality for DVD's is excellent as you would expect. The sound quality is good but not excellent and in no way would compare to the sound quality of a component stereo system or a high end AV system. I compared the sound specs of this system to other out of the box home theater systems in the general price range such as the SONY and the Samsung 5 series home theater and they are very similar (almost identical) so I wouldn't expect a much better sounding system unless you spent at least double and probably triple. My listening area is approximately 15' by 15' square feet and loudness from this 500W system is good. If you have a much larger listening area you probably will be dissatisfied and might want to go with a 1000W system. Keep in mind that a 1000W system is only about 20% louder than a 500W system and not twice as loud. Samsung's 500W and 1000W systems based on the specs would have about the same sound quality with the only difference being a bit more loudness and the wireless rear speakers. The remote is OK but it would be easier to use if it was a little bigger and had a back-lit option. I would also have liked to have the option to use headphones (this unit doesn't have a headphone jack) and from what I have read blue tooth headphones will not work. The FM tuner sensitivity isn't the best so you will only be able to tune in the stronger FM broadcasts with the included FM antenna. And now for a couple of installation tips; - When inserting the speaker wires into the back of the speakers make sure that you don't push them in too far or the speaker will not work. The speaker wires have insulation which is stripped off on the speaker end. When inserted properly you should be able to see where the insulation ends. - When connecting the speaker wire connector into the main unit make sure you push hard enough to hear them snap into place. - After connecting the speakers be sure to use the sound test function from the menu to ensure that all of the speakers are connected correctly. The sound test plays a test tone through each speaker individually while showing a picture on the TV of which speaker is being tested. And now for a couple of comments that address suggestions or issues raised in other reviews. - If you want to route sound from your TV to the home theater, 99% of you do not need an optical audio cable connection. This home theater and virtually all TV's sold in the last 5 years support RAC (Reverse Audio Channel) which routes the audio from the TV to the home theater over the same HDMI cable used to route the video from the home theater. Note that all HDMI cables are required to support RAC per the licensing agreement for use of the HDMI trademark. Unless your cable/satellite provider broadcasts in 5.1 you won't loose anything due to the main unit not having an HDMI input compared to connecting the cable/satellite to the TV and routing the audio to the home theater. - Some sources such as the audio from a CD or most audio from the TV only support 2 channel stereo. Use the DSP/EQ button on the remote to try different audio settings some of which copy or mix the 2 stereo channels such that audio is played through more than 2 speakers. I like the pre-defined GAME setting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the price

    Posted
    Corey
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not WiFi Capable - Wired Rear Speakers

    Posted
    Blondi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This was my bad ordering this. I normally thoroughly review things, especially electronics, before I buy, but that day I was comparing against a deal of the day on a sound bar and paying extra to get rear speakers for it or getting a complete system, so I was hurrying to order. I should have checked for the rear speakers to be wireless, as that is one of the most important features to me, but it didn’t even occur to me that anything in 2018 would not be WiFi capable. I realized when setting it up the rears were wired, but I thought, ok, I guess I can live with that. I got everything put together and turned it on for initial setup and discovered no WiFi and it was purchased for a different room than the modem is in, so no way to use the streaming apps or get system updates. I know there are devices I could have added to get it connected to the network, but since I was already disappointed with the rears, I decided to return it. It did sound really good though, if you’re purchasing for the room your modem is in and aren’t concerned about wires, it’s a great system for the price. Again, my bad for not checking before ordering.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IMPRESSIVE SYSTEM

    Posted
    SCOTTYDOGG

    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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Open Box,but flawless.

    Posted
    Chris
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Today,so many of us have WiFi everything and sometimes things slow down,buffer or plain refuse to work.I opted for this item and ran an Ethernet cable to it.It performs flawlessly on all apps,NEVER buffers on a movie and delivers great picture and sound.Remember all those non tech types,you can only run so many WiFi items before you have problems. So my smart TVs home theatre and the like all run on Ethernet via a TP link unmanaged switch that delivers equal speed to all connections so everyone in the house can do what they want without issue and without me having to listen to gripes.Only WiFi in my home are two tablets everything else including this system is wired.This delivers a great picture and awesome sound.ALL speakers are wired and I have no problems at all. Just remember IF you have a WiFi version and your WiFi drops during an update be ready to spend awhile fixing it.This unit really was worth the money.I use a lot of Samsung and Sony products exclusively.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Home Theather systems for the price

    Posted
    drummer

    Ok i want to start by saying that before purchasing this system i bought first a 300 watts sound Bar with subwoofer. It cost me around $130.00.. I set it up and i didnt keep it cause the volume was too low.. I return the system and found out this Samsung 500 watts 5.1 channels for a couple more bucks... I give it a try installed at home and i am very please with it. Excellent volume (pretty Loud) and the receiver that comes with it offers a lot more features than a sound bar for this price. This system is your best choice for a low budget system under $150.00 dollars. It has a powerful receiver of 500 watts 5.1 channel and lots of features and settings for the speakers. The setting takes a little reading and time specially if you r using HDMI port to connect it with your TV but its a matter of reading instructions. Also offers lots of inputs coonections like RCA, auxiliary, HDMI and Optical port for digital audio. The receiver also has integrated FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Trust me i am very please for all the features that it has for $149.00.. You will not go wrong with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good product, but misinformed sales person.

    Posted
    Scott
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was debating between two sound system models. Both claimed to be 3D/Smart Blu Ray systems. The first was 5.1 (this one) and the second was 7.1 audio. At the time this product was on sale making the difference between the two to be around $250. The sales person told me that other than the shape of the speakers, the only difference between the two was the audio setup (5.1 vs. 7.1). When I got home and wired the speakers and turned it on I found that this product wasn't wireless, but rather required an Ethernet connection. Had I know that before doing the entire setup then I would have waited for the other model to be on sale. I can't complain about the audio quality, but all of the Smart features are useless now. I'm sure I will end up buying a powerline adapter so that I can actually use the smart features, but for now I'll have to deal with my decision to trust the sales person's knowledge of the products instead of doing my own thorough comparison.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay, not great

    Posted
    NBTeacher
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    Let me start by saying that this is installed in a high school classroom: acoustics may not be the best as there are a lot of reflective surfaces, and it is comparatively large to most home environments. Video playback: no complaints with regular or blu-ray disks. The images are fine, no noticeable artifacts. Sound: from movies is actually quite good, and the surround system has good separation. On audio disks, or anything through the aux port, not so good. Music sounds tinny and can only be streamed through the front side speakers (left/right) and sub-woofer. There are some nice equalizer type controls for making adjustments adjustments, but they seem to have minimal effect. Perhaps I'm spoiled since my home system costs close to 20 times this system, and again the environment is likely not what it was designed for, but in my classroom, it is adequate.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • which.co.ukJuly 11, 2015
    Samsung HT-J4500 review
    With its five small speakers and surprisingly compact subwoofer, the Samsung HT-J4500 is the kind of 5.1 home cinema system that you can hide from view. Despite its lack of imposing size, it doesn't compromise on features, with smart TV servicesFull Review




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