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Samsung, long known for its line of high end TVs, monitors, phones and appliances has also been dabbling in the audio area for some time with a line of solid state based surround systems. In fact, they’ve managed to gobble up 1/3 of the market share in that arena.

But as of today Sammy is throwing its hat in the ring with manufacturers who build systems based on good old fashioned analog tube type amplifiers.

Why would anyone do that? Simple, manufacturers like McIntosh have been building high end amplifiers with tubes for decades because of the unique characteristics these devices bring. Tubes tend to offer a warmer sound, and deliver greater punch when it’s needed.

Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock


At $799.99, the Samsung DA-E750 will be one of the most expensive audio docks you can get for a mobile device, but Samsung claims:

Consumers will be able to use the DA-E750 with their Galaxy S II smartphones as well as Apple iOS devices, thanks to a unique dual docking structure.

Its 2.1-channel woven glass fiber speakers and powerful built-in subwoofer deliver 100 watts of crystal clear sound with enhanced bass for a quality music experience. Consumers can use Samsung’s AllShare Play to share multimedia content between the audio dock and compatible smartphones, tablets, cameras and computers, or AirPlay to stream audio from iOS devices.

The DA-E750 also includes analog (composite) input and connectivity via Bluetooth to MP3, WMA and WAV files from a broad range of devices – thumb drives, portable hard drives, music players and mobile devices – for the ultimate in flexibility.

In person, the DA-E750 looks great! And it sounds great too.

Samsung HT-E6730W Blu-ray 3D 7.1 Home Theater System

Samsung Tube Amp

Samsung Tube Amp

If you’re in the market for a new surround system and you’d really like tube amps, but you don’t have $30,000 to drop on a MacIntosh system, the HT-E6730W may be just what you’re looking for. Samsung uses a tube pre-amp system coupled with a digital amplifier to deliver power.

Why not just go solid state all the way instead of blending in the old with the new? I suspect it has to do with the characteristics that tube amplifiers exhibit when you really stress them.

When you crank up a solid state system (the new transistor kind of thingys) they shut off abruptly when they reach peak capacity. This creates some really nasty distortion. However, tubes degrade gracefully as they reach their peak capacity, giving you a cleaner, smoother sound.

Here’s how Samsung describes their new 7.1 system:

The HT-E6730W is a 1,330-watt 7.1-channel system with two tower speakers and four additional speakers. Innovative swivel speakers are mounted on the specially designed front height speakers and may be turned upwards so sounds vertically cascade down onto the listener.

The two rear wireless satellite speakers may be placed anywhere in the room without the need for additional wires to create a truly immersive vertical surround sound experience. A dual-unit passive radiator subwoofer provides clear, rich bass response.

Samsung’s vacuum tube pre-amplifier may be seen on the front and top of the system. The glass fiber cones in the speakers improve sound quality and minimize distortion, for the ideal combination of style and performance.

The HT-E6730W also offers up-conversion of video content to Full HD 1080p for DVDs, streaming video and connected media devices. And the built-in WiFi will let you access Samsung Smart Hub, and AllShare Play to download hundreds of premium apps and surf the web.

The Blu-ray system is also offered in a 5.1 variant that clocks in at $799. So if you’re on a tighter budget you can get a 5 speaker version, but don’t do it to save room, because the 7.1 system actually integrates two of the speakers into each of the front towers, thus saving space.

All of these products are due to ship this spring in the U.S. We’ll let you know as soon as we have the opportunity to actually give them a full review.

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7 Responses

  1. Mike

    There is a pureness, warmth and depth that you get with tubes which aren’t available in solidstate equipment.

  2. Dunnersfella

    I can’t see the point either…
    Horrible sounding plastic speakers – but now with a tube pre-amp?
    Really, what’s the point?
    Spend the money on the real weak point, the speakers. Consumers don’t want Facebook apps for their home theatre, they want better sound!

  3. Kyle

    A tube preamp with a solid state power amp? Isn’t that backward?

    • Shannon

      Kyle,

      No, this way you use the best characteristics of both technologies. Good Tube power amps are expensive to make because of the output transformers.