NEW YORK – Samsung divulged more details about its 2013 audio line, many which were initially shown at International CES, announcing that it is scaling back its HTiB selection, expanding its soundbar selection, and launching its first two floorstanding, high-output Giga Sound systems targeted to youth and amateur DJs.
The lineup also includes the brand’s first portable Bluetooth speaker, which will join a 2012 lineup of tabletop digital media speakers that is being carried over.
During a press conference here, Samsung said its HTiB lineup drops to four models from six in the 2012 lineup. The number of soundbars grows to four (including one model available in two colors) at an everyday $179 to $799 from 2012’s three models, which also included one model available in two colors.
All of the audio products began to ship in March or will ship by the end of the month, with the exception of the two Giga systems, which will ship in May and June, and the top-end HTiB, due early in the second half at an unannounced price.
The Giga systems are 2.2-channel systems with aggressive youth-oriented cosmetics. The first Giga system out the door will be the top-end 2,560-watt MX-FS900, which ships in May at an everyday $1,499.
In June, Samsung will ship the $999 FS-8000, a two-way 2,300-watt system with dual 15-inch subs and an 8-inch midrange/tweeter in each speaker cabinet.
In HTiBs, the four 2013 SKUs include Samsung’s first HTiB with 4K by 2K pass-through and upscaling and its first three with Miracast technology, which incorporates Wi-Fi Direct and is certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The HTiB lineup starts with the $249 5.1-speaker HT-F4500. The line steps up to the $449 5.1-speaker 1,000-watt HT-F5500W and the $599 5.1-channel HT-F6500W and 7.1-channel HT-F9730W add vacuum-tube preamps.
The soundbar lineup, all with 2.1 speaker system, starts with the $179 120-watt HW-F355 with optical digital input, analog stereo input, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 decoders.
For complete details on Samsung’s audio line, visit TWICE.com.