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Samsung Adds Docking Speakers, New HTiBs

1/04/2012 08:34:44 AM Eastern
Ridgefield Park, N.J. - Samsung revealed select information about two new 3D Blu-ray HTiBs, a new soundbar and two docking-speaker systems that will be among a slew of audio products launched at next week's International CES.

 The HTiBs are Samsung's first with full web browsing.

Pricing and ship dates on all products were not released.

In announcing its first docking speaker systems, the company described two models that accept inputs from multiple sources, including docked iPods, iPhones and iPads as well as a docked Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. The DA-E750 Audio Dock and the DA-E670 Audio Dock also connect to additional sources via stereo Bluetooth, Apple's Wi-Fi-based AirPlay technology, and Samsung AllShare (DLNA) technology to stream audio from a networked PC or other DLNA server. Both docks also feature MP3, WMA and WAV technology to play music files from a USB stick or USB hard drive.

The top-end DA-E750 mates a tube preamplifier with a digital Class D amplifier and features 2.1-channel speaker system with embedded subwoofer.

The smaller DA-E670 lacks tube preamp and features 40-watt output through its 2.1-channel speaker system with embedded subwoofer.

Among new soundbars to be launched, the top model is the HW-E550, which features a "convertible" design that lets consumers split the bar in two and place each piece on separate speaker stands on each side of a TV. It also features wireless subwoofer, stereo Bluetooth, two HDMI 1.4a inputs, one HDMI output with audio return channel, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround decoding, virtual surround processing, USB port for music playback, and Smart Volume technology to prevent spikes in volume when TV channels or audio sources are switched.

 The bar also features new 3D Depth technology to sync the audio of 3D content to match the 3D motion on the screen. It's available in black or silver and is sized for 46-inch-and-larger TVs.

Among several new HTiBs to be launched, the top two feature vacuum-tube preamps whose tubes are visible through a glass panel on top of the main console and another glass panel in front.

The top two are the HT-E6730W and HT-E5500W. Both feature 2D-to-3D conversion, full web browsing, dual HDMI 1.4a inputs, one HDMI output with audio return channel, and embedded Wi-Fi.

The HT-E6730W, which is the top model, also features separately amplified front-height driver on each left-right tower speaker to work with proprietary post-processing technology to add height channels to the front stage without cluttering up the room with additional speaker cabinets. The system features 5.1 speaker cabinets but 7.1 channels of amplification.

The HT-E5500W features 5.1 speaker cabinets and 5.1 channels of amplification but also uses post-processing technology to deliver height information through the front left-right channels.

The HT-E5500W adds 3D Sound technology to sync the audio track of a 3D program to match the 3D motion on the screen, but that feature was not mentioned in the company's statement as being available in the top model.

Both HTiBs also feature FM tuner, iPod/iPhone docking, and Samsung's DLNA-based AllShare technology to stream audio and video from a networked PC or other networked device. They also access Samsung's app store to download apps, including game apps and apps that stream audio, video and other content via the Internet.
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