Samsung Electronics today introduced a new range of
home theater systems as well as new audio dock systems,
just a few days before CES.
Home Theater Systems
Samsung's new 7.1 Channel Blu-ray 3D Home Theater
System (model HT-E6730W) features the company's
proprietary vacuum tube amplifier technology that
combines both vacuum tubes and a digital amplifier into
Samsung's Wireless 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System
(model HT-E5500W) is a home theater hub that delivers
surround sound and video quality in full HD 1080p.
Samsung also introduced a Surround Sound Bar with 3D
Depth Sound (model HW-E550), a transformable sound bar
speaker system that creates virtual surround sound .
There have been many discussions among audio
enthusiasts over the benefits of digital and vacuum
tube amplifiers. Many appreciated the pure sound that
digital amplifiers deliver even in a small form factor,
but felt that vacuum tube amplifiers create a richer
and fuller sound.
In 2012, Samsung's hybrid vacuum tube amplifier
technology promises to offer the best of both worlds -
the crystal clear sound quality from a digital
amplifier with the warmer tone qualities of vacuum
tubes. In addition, the vacuum tube offers an extra
octave of sound without distortion.
Samsung's Crystal Amp Plus technology, available in the
HT-E6730W and the HT-E5500W, offers digital audio
playback and quality while also protecting the speakers
and listeners from potentially harmful jumps in volume.
Both the HT-E6730W and HT-E5500W Home Theater Systems
also offer built-in WiFi for access to web-connected
entertainment via a full web browser, as well as apps
from brands such as AOL, CNBC, ESPN, MTV, NBA and The
Broadway Channel through Samsung Apps. Users can also
choose and manage their social networks via popular
services such as Facebook or Twitter.
Users are able to up-convert content from DVDs,
streaming videos or connected media devices, such as
portable players and cameras to full HD 1080p. Each
home theater system employs a Samsung-developed
system-on-a-chip (SoC), which has image quality
enhancement algorithms, Samsung's video processor and
scaler, and various high definition codecs.
Samsung's HT-E6730W is a 1,330 watt 7.1-channel system
that delivers high-definition audio and Samsung's 3D
surround sound effect. The HT-E6730W's compact and
streamlined tower speakers incorporate the front height
speakers. Users will enjoy a vertical surround sound
experience, thanks to Swivel Speakers on the towers
that can turn upwards so the sound will vertically
cascade down on the listener. The rear satellite
speakers are wireless to offer more flexibility in
placement and eliminate the need to hide another set of
The HT-E6730W system consists of six speakers: a wide
center channel speaker for clear dialogue, a subwoofer,
two tower speakers which include embedded height
channel speakers, and two surround speakers.
Samsung's HT-E5500W is a six-speaker 5.1 channel
system, which offers a virtual 7.1 channel sound
experience by using an advanced algorithm that analyzes
the sound in the two rear speakers to create the effect
of two additional channels of sound. The home theater
system also features Samsung?s new 3D Sound technology,
which syncs the audio track of 3D content to match 3D
motion on the screen and adds vertical 3D sound
effects. The HT-E5500W's BD Wise Plus feature
automatically adjusts the Samsung TV setting to provide
optimal picture for each scenario.
The HT-E5500W also features two HDMI 1.4a inputs,
allowing users to simply connect to a set-top box and a
game console for easy access to content from all three
devices. Additionally, the HT-E5500W boasts an
Apple-certified iPod/iPhone dock so users can access
their iTunes collections without a connector cable.
Users will also be able to access the Disc to Digital
feature in the Blu-ray player which enables users to
turn eligible copies of their personal DVD collection
into digital content. Once users register their
ownership of movies, they will be able to access and
view this content on multiple devices in the home and
on the go, or upgrade their collection by purchasing HD
quality versions of these movies.
Users will have flexibility in the placement of
their HW-E550 Surround Sound Bar with 3D Depth Sound -
they can either place the sound bar horizontally below
their TV or split the sound bar into two vertical
speakers. By attaching each speaker to an included
base, the soundbar can also morph into a traditional
looking 2.1-channel system with half-tall speakers.
In addition, the HW-E550 offers Smart Volume, an active
audio monitoring system that prevents spikes in volume
when TV channels or radio stations are changed. This
not only protects the listeners' ears but also the
soundbar's speakers, thereby ensuring extended usage of
the device. The HW-E550 comes with six different
settings - Movie, Game, Drama, Music, News and Sports -
to deliver optimal sound quality according to the
content of the video. Samsung's 3D Depth sound
technology also synchronizes the audio to 3D images for
some sense of depth so that users enjoy realistic,
cinematic surround sound effects without the need for
additional satellite speakers.
The HW-E550 is equipped with two HDMI inputs and one
HDMI output. Support for HDMI Audio Return Channel
(ARC) puts audio data into the video connection and
eliminates the need for separate audio cables. The
HW-E550 is Bluetooth-enabled providing wireless
playback of audio files from other Bluetooth devices. A
USB port provides another connectivity option.
The sound bar's main speaker weighs 4 lbs and is easily
wall-mountable. With Samsung's proprietary dual band
5.2/5.8GHz wireless technology, wires are not required
to link the speaker bar and the subwoofer. The
subwoofer, which has a frequency response of 40Hz to
200Hz, can be placed anywhere in the room .
New Line Of Audio Docks
Samsung also today debuted a new line of audio dock
- Samsung's Audio Dock with Vacuum Tube Amplifier - the
first docking system that incorporates Samsung's
proprietary hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology and
supports a broad range of Galaxy S and Apple devices
via both docked and wireless connectivity (model
- Samsung's Audio Dock for Galaxy S and Apple devices -
a system that offers connectivity to both Samsung and
Apple devices (model DA-E670).
The Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock is the company's first
speaker dock and features Samsung?s exclusive hybrid
vacuum tube amplifier technology.
The DA-E750 is the first device with docking support
for both Galaxy S smartphones as well as Apple iOS
devices including iPods, iPhones, and even iPads via
unique dual docking structure. The audio dock, which
boasts a 2.1-channel speaker and built-in subwoofer
with 100 watts of sound, also offers analog (composite)
input and a USB port to play audio files directly from
a thumb drive, music player or portable hard drive.
MP3, WMA and WAV file formats are supported.
In addition, the DA-E750 supports wireless audio file
playback through AllShare for Samsung Galaxy devices
and Airplay for Apple devices, or via Bluetooth enabled
The Samsung DA-E670 Audio Dock is an easy-to-use audio
dock that offers a great listening experience while
simultaneously charging the batteries of each device.
The audio dock also delivers a powerful sound with
built-in speakers that collectively output 40 watts of
power and an integrated subwoofer.
The assortment of features that accompany the DA-E670
include an auxiliary input and support for
Bluetooth-enabled devices, audio support for MP3, WMA,
WAV files from portable storage devices connected via
USB. The DA-E670 also offers users a simple remote
control. Like the DA-E750, the DA-E670 supports both
AllShare for Samsung devices and Airplay for Apple