Now available in Australia are the blandly named multi-room M5 (WAM750) and M7 (WAM751) amplified speakers, the Series 7 Soundbar HW-F751/XY, and the Series 7 Home Theatre system HT-H7750WM.
The market niche is that these use Bluetooth to connect smartphones, tablets and suitably equipped home theatre, smart TV, and amplifiers.
It is competing with brands such as Parrot Zikmu, Sonos Play, and Bose SoundTouch – all of which produce excellent sounding and distinctive looking, multi-room speakers. Regardless of its lack of sound pedigree, early reviews are praiseworthy of Samsung’s high fidelity.
Technically these are 2.0 and 2.1 channel speakers, Dolby Digital, Wi-Fi/NFC/Ethernet/Bluetooth/DLNA speakers with control apps for iOS, Android, and soon Mac, and Windows. You connect via Wi-Fi or corded Ethernet to play music streamed over your home LAN, or via Bluetooth to play directly from your smartphone or other device.
The speakers DLNA certified, play ACC (DRM free only), MP3, WAV, OFF, WMA. WMV, and FLAC streams. They will play streaming music from Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, and TunIn. Each speaker can play different content and can play audio from compatible Samsung Bluetooth equipped Smart TVs.
The D5 has two x 56mm midrange and one x 80mm woofer. The D7 adds 2 x 19mm tweeters to the mix. The D5 is 342.5 x 113.2 x 168mm in a wedge shape and weighs 3kg. The D7 is 402 x 137 x 194mm and weights 4.8kg. Both have a vertical foot stand and require mains power connection.
Use these for multi-room streaming, connect two for stereo sound or add rear channels to the Sound bar or home theatre system below. Construction wise the sub-woofer uses a foam core, the mid-range is a CNT pulp cone, and the tweeters are silk dome – good stuff.
This harks back to the days of valve amplifiers – audio aficionados always say that valves produce the best sound. In all it has 301W spread over 2.1 channels, three x two way speakers and wireless sub-woofer – enough for most lounge rooms.
It is deigned to connect to a TV, it has USB connectivity, will reproduce 5.1 channel DTS and Dolby Digital soundtracks from DVD and Blu-ray, and play MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, FLAC and WAV format music.
Connectivity, as with most sound bars, is limited – one HDMI input, one HDMI output, one USB input, one analogue audio input, and one optical digital audio input – it is not the device to manage multiple DVD, Foxtel, Games consoles etc.
Another valve amplifier – this time with 1,330W at sample rates of up to 96kHz/24-bit – HD sound and 1080p video support. The unit has two front, two rear (attached to a wireless control unit), one centre, one sub-woofer making it technically a 5.1 system that can decode 7.1 Dolby sound.
The control unit has a Blu-ray player, USB input, two HDMI inputs, one HDMI output, Aux audio input (RCA), Digital audio in, and Ethernet LAN. It also has Wi-Fi/Direct and Bluetooth.
It is designed to be an integral part of the Samsung ecosystem and supports a Samsung Account, Samsung apps, Samsung Smart TV and the M5 and M7 above can all be controlled from it as well.
Connectivity is better but if you expect more look at a dedicated audio-visual amplifier with at least four HDMI inputs and perhaps 4K pass-through and up scaling.
Would you buy these items?
Value wise all are fairly priced against the competition. Pedigree wise Parrot, Sonos, and Bose have a reputation but early audiophile reviews give these Samsung products 4 or even 5 stars. I suspect you would not be disappointed with any of these products but iTWire has not yet reviewed these products in depth.