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Samsung set to ship vacuum-tube dock, new speaker systems

updated 08:55 pm EDT, Tue March 27, 2012

High-end dock commands $800

Samsung has finally paired its vacuum-tube dock with a price tag, while introducing several other home theater products. The DA-E750 audio dock, which was first introduced earlier this year at CES, will retail for $800. The company is offering two other variants, the DA-E670 and DA-E570, that bring the price down to $450 and $250, respectively, but lack the wattage of the top model.

The audio dock is one of the few iOS docks that takes advantage of a 100W vacuum tube amplifier, which is claimed to bring warmer and richer audio presentation compared to traditional solid-state amplification systems. Users can also connect devices via microUSB, AirPlay, Bluetooth or Samsung's own AllShare Play system.

The company also introduced the HT-E6730W, a 7.1-channel speaker system that features a vacuum-tube preamplifier, 1330W amplifier, and a Blu-ray player. A separate model, the HT-E6500W, steps down to 5.1-channel audio and 1,000W amplification.

The vacuum-tube docks and the home theater systems are expected to arrive later this spring. The HT-E6730 is priced at $1000, while the HT-E6500W brings the price down to $800. [via The Verge]






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  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

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    Clearly for people with more dollars than sense. If you're a millionaire, that would look prettier than a black plastic iPod dock.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Warmer?

    I've never understood the argument that vacuum tubes and vinyl records produce a 'warmer' sound. First the point is that digital can duplicate every bit of the waveform. If you want 'warmer' then define what 'warmer' is and tweak the mixer to do that. If you want better quality encode at a higher bit rate. I started out with tubed amps, vinyl records and magnetic tape that you edited with a razor blade. Reliability wasn't high back then. People forget that while an IC will run for years, tubes wear out much more quickly. Digital music can be played thousands of times, vinyl wears noticeably each time it's played. The Pirate Bay mentality of "all music and video should be shared freely with everyone" started when we would bring a record home and immediately copy it to tape so we wouldn't wear out the disk.

    If you're an audiophile and are convinced that a tubed docking station is what you need then go right ahead, it's your money. I'm going to save my cash for something more valuable than an amp with 75 year old technology.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Colourful sound

    My personal though on audiophile is many one who pretend to be an audiophile cannot make distinction between sound precision and sound appreciation. Any analogue technology (Vinyl, magnetic records, vacuum tubes) add some "colour" to the sound, it doesnt reproduce sound truly to the original, but to many that warmer and muffle sound is better than rasor sharp precision of digital sound.

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