Samsung - 5 Series 1000W 5.1-Ch. 3D / Smart Blu-ray Home Theater System - Black

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This Samsung 5 Series HT-J5500/ZA Blu-ray home theater system includes 5 satellite speakers and a passive subwoofer. 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 (EW5)
  • Front speakers (JS2), rear speakers (JS1)
  • Center-channel speaker (JC2)
  • Remote (TM1241), battery
  • FM antenna
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1127 out of 1286)

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 built-in Wi-Fi 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, VCD 1.1, 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

4.3
88%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It does the job

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

    I bought this Samsung open-box (saved $50) for my sisters apartment. I'm an audiophile and videophile so the sound quality was nowhere near what I would be satisfied with, but my sister was fine with it. Setup was pretty simple, it's all dummy proof with the wiring. The wireless surround speaker setup was fully automatic, works well. Make sure you connect to Internet and download any firmware updates before you bother digging into the settings during setup. By default, all the speaker channels are set to 0db, so the surrounds volume levels are WAY too loud and the sub is WAY too low. An SPL meter will be necessary to balance all the channels with the built in speaker test (you can download an SPL meter app on your phone for free). Two reasons it didn't get 5 stars: 1) It says it's HDMI output has an Audio Return Channel (ARC) but it doesn't work with my sister's 42" Vizio with ARC. Everything was plugged into the correct ports, cables were brand-new HDMI 2.2, ARC was enabled on both devices...it should've worked. So I had to back to the store and buy an optical cable to get sound for her FIOS tv. Annoyed... 2)Within a week, my sister is calling me telling me there is no dialogue when she plays BD/DVDs. After burning an hour of checking it over, I found that somehow the system was sending the subwoofer channel to the center channel and the Front L/R to the surrounds, and completely lost the front channels. This only happened when the internal disc player was in use...when using the optical input (for FIOStv) everything was fine. Turning it on and off did nothing, so I yanked the plug while it was on and left it unplugged for 2 minutes, which seemed to reset everything. Hopefully nothing else silly like that happens again. Annoyed again...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice HT system, one complaint, but Recommend.

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

    Bought this to replace our 10 yr. old 5 Disk DVD/VHS Recorder AM/FM Stereo Home Theater System after it started acting up and not opening the DVD trays (different brand). We have had this new Samsung for a little over a month. This new 2015 model works great, newest technology, 3D / Smart Blu-ray Home system with FM receiver. This up converts DVDs to give a great picture, almost don’t have to spend the extra money to rent a BD disk, if you have a 42” TV as we do. It was easy to set-up connection to our home Wi-Fi. Make sure you check for and update the Firmware on the system. We had one update on ours already. The small speakers produce a really great sound for a home system in this price range. The wireless rear speakers are not 100% wireless. You have to plug the rear surround speaker wires into a 110v powered wireless box. Accordingly, if you want those speakers mounted on a wall, as we do, you will see the wires, and be limited to the spacing and placement distance from the 110v powered box. The biggest Dislike I have about this system is that I think Samsung made a design mistake by using Proprietary speaker wire Plugs for connection of the speakers to the main and surround speakers rear unit. They should have used speaker wire spring terminal connectors as they used on all of the speakers – Why use half one type connection & half a different type connection? The spring terminal wire connections are very easy to use – you have to use them anyway on the speakers! This design totally eliminates the use of heavier gauge better wires (included wires are very thin), unless you cut & splice the included wires! This also restricts the distance you can place the speakers from the main unit (wire size / gauge too small) plus the proprietary plugs on one end. Our rear surround speakers were placed on two sides of an open arch / wall span, so the design eliminates the use of my hidden wires for the rear speakers! According, we can’t place the new ones there now. Overall I feel this is a good system, would recommend, not sorry I purchased, but just be aware of the above speaker wire complaints that I have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst Purchase I have ever made, Total Junk!!!!

    Posted
    Andy

    I purchase my Samsung home theater system Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1-Channel Smart Blu-ray Home Theater System as an open box with Best Buy. I was happy at first but then the sound went out if right front speaker after only 3 times using system. I called Samsung and went through a bunch of testing and didn't fix unit. I was sent a UPS label and boxed the whole system up ( what a pain ) and sent it to Samsung waited to week and finally got it back, Hook everything back up and still no sound out of right front. Called Samsung again and then boxed up again and sent it back again and waited another 2 weeks got it back and hooked it up and still no sound out of right front . I have changed speaker wires and have swapped speakers around and still not sound. At this point I was pretty upset with them . I called and requested refund and waited again a couple of weeks with no reply. Called again and was finally called back one evening and was told it was approved for full refund BUT it had to go for final approval at another dept. LOL. :( NOT. I am still waiting for them to refund my money. This has been going on since Dec of 2016 and it is now almost the end of Feb. 2017. Buyer Beware Do Not Buy This One You Will Br Sorry!!!! I will not buy another Samsung anything because there customer service is very poor !

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost a nice Home Theater System

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

    As you can see by my Nick name, I like most things Samsung, and when my old Home theater system died after 8 years (Samsung too), I decided to replace it with another Samsung. I am not fully satisfied with this "new" unit. First of all, what was the Samsung software engineering team thinking? You can't adjust the user defined equalizer preset while actually listening to music??? This is very elemental and it should have been a no brainier. In reality, you have to switch away from BT, Aux, FM radio, etc. to go into settings and adjust the user equalizer preset and then go back to a music input to see if it sounds different??? My old Home Theater System had a dedicated button to adjust per channel db and much more. I am talking about the user defined eq preset (you can use the remote to cycle all of the eq presets, including the user defined eq but not adjust anything with music, it has to be done in total silence?). I want to be able to hear something while making eq adjustments to the user defined eq preset! Another annoying thing is that if you want to listen to the FM radio while connected to HDMI to a Samsung TV (Anynet + ON), the TV switches input to TV and then the radio starts playing. So, I had to turn off Anynet and now the TV stays on the HTS input and the HTS goes to the FM listening screen. Finally, why not keep comparability with old HTS remotes? The new remote is a joke, couple with the fact that the front plate doe not have a preset button. So, if you loose your remote, you will not be able to switch stations. My older Samsung HTS Unit that had a button in the front plat to switch between all of the FM station saved presets. This things should not be designed as disposable units. If Samsung design and quality does not go back to how it used to be, for Home Theater Systems, this recently purchase unit will be my last Samsung HTS (3 months old at the time of this writing),

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent system, but there are better ones

    Posted
    ItsG
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    I got a great price for this system around black Friday, plus I had gift cards and certificates. So I purchased this as an early Christmas gift for myself. The main reasons I got this system was because it was Samsung a trusted brand, the price point and it was 5.1 and 1000 watts. Now that I have had it several months, I can give my honest opinion. The sound quality is pretty good. The first night I purchased it I watched the first Marvel Avengers and the surround sound was good considering it is a smaller theater system. I did like the bass, but there was a little bit of crackling with one of the speakers during certain scenes. The bass was not bad. Set up was easy. Bluetooth is nice. I have connected my 6 TB HDD to the system and I can play content from it with not real problems. Some of the AVIs aren't supported though. Plays blu-rays well. Processor it pretty good. The black color is nice, but does attract a lot of dust. The EQ settings suck. Music doesn't sound good in the music mode. You have to turn the system up very high some times to hear some conversations, the voices aren't clear enough. Music sounds very washed out. Doesn't come with an optical cable, I had to purchase one separately. I would not recommend. Save your money and you can get a much better system for around or a little more then what this retails for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I was hoping for a lot better experience.

    Posted
    DMTCM
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    After owning a Samsung - 5 disc carousel / surround sound system, I had hoped from the reviews that this might be a nice replacement to it. The sound quality was ok but not what I expected. The setup was very straight forward and simple. The rear wireless system was nice even though there are wires from the receiver unit to the speakers but that was ok because they were going to be hidden anyways. The main unit self linked to the receiver and there was nothing hard about the setup screen. The mids and highs were really crisp and clear however the bass speaker left a lot to be desired. I had the gain turned up to the max and even with a lot of bass signal from the video, the bass was very weak and unresponsive. The old carousel system would rattle the windows if I wanted it to. I was also reading that though this system would support 3D videos, i did not support 4K. As I only have a 1080P/ 3D system, for he moment it was not an issue but one to pay attention to. The real problem started when tried to stream a movie with VUDU. My wifi is through a major cable provider and I have a 60mb download speed. While trying to watch the movie, the video would pause every 5 seconds then play again. It was extremely annoying. I tried to use the Youtube app but ended up with the same results. I did make sure as the reviews suggested to update the unit before I started setting it up. The final straw was while switching between the menu options, the unit would not allow you to make another selection in the menu for several seconds after you finished with one. Even switching between input modes took awhile. Someone else noted this in the reviews and I had hoped it was just an isolated issue. I took the unit back and explained what was happening and BestBuy took it back with absolutely no issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice surround system

    Posted
    JustinC

    This had everything I wanted! First of all, to address other people's concerns about HDMI ARC with Vizio, yes it DOES work. HDMI ARC allows both directional connection using one cable. No optical or low grade RCA cables need. You must go the TV settings and turn on CEC. This will allow the Vizio to discover connected devices via HDMI. It will allow you to use the Vizio to control the Samsung and vice versa. Other TV brands may be similar. Then you can get surround sound from over the air TV! If you experience any audio/video sync issues, Vizio and the Samsung allow you to adjust for this. Those who want a 2 channel music stream to play on rear speakers, your expectation is flawed. The rear speakers are only for the extra surround sound channels if such a source is used. FM radio, Bluetooth audio, music CDs are two channels. Not 6. Blu ray player and Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services work great. Yes Amazon has many titles in HD and 5.1 sound. Love streaming movies and TV shows in surround! FM radio and Bluetooth work great for music. Having no wires running across the living room is great. The wireless receiver is connected to the rear speakers by normal speaker wire. My only complaint is about the buttons on the front of the device. I wish they were backlit. It is very hard to see what you're doing in low light.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Know your options.

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

    Was really looking forward to this and my boyfriend (who is all about sound) was actually excited too. We found this at a great proce because it was on the open-box area and decided to take a chance. Pros: the sound quality is pretty good. The first night we purchased this, we watched Jurassic World and the surround sound was awesome considering this is a smaller theater system. We especially liked the bass. Also, set up was easy. Cons: Although the sound was great, we can tell that this would only last about a year, max. The L/R speakers sounded like they were cracking a bit already. Another thing is that at random times, the Wi-Fi surround sound speakers would fail to connect and stop working. This happened every time as we watched movies and I have to tell you that it was frustrating. Lastly, another problem we had with the Wi-Fi speakers was that for some strange reason, they would not work whenever we played music. Again, this was an open box item so maybe that had a lot to do with it. Hopefully this helps and you find what you're looking for.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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