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Samsung to release tube-powered wireless audio dock

updated 09:01 pm EDT, Sun June 17, 2012

DA-E750 to support AirPlay, Bluetooth, more

Samsung has announced that an upcoming speaker dock, the DA-E750, will be available in the UK and Korea starting June 18th. The dock features a wide array of wireless connectivity options, as well as a vacuum tube-based amplifier meant to improve sound quality.

The DA-E750 can connect to Samsung Galaxy devices through AllShare, but it is also compatible with Apple's AirPlay standard, as well as the more broadly used Bluetooth 3.0. The dock also features an analog composite input, and a USB port to play tracks from a thumb drive. The unit supports MP3, WMA, and WAV file formats.

In terms of output the hardware relies on a 2.1-channel woven glass fiber speaker system, with a built-in 100W subwoofer. Mahogany and piano black colors are available. Samsung has not released specific pricing details, but the company floated an $800 figure when it showed off the dock earlier this year at CES 2012.




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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Improve sound?

    Vacuum tubes will apply a "tone" to the sound, but improving it? That's very subjective. Besides, tubes are more affective when amplifying instruments rather than produced recordings.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    fetish audio

    let's digitize everything and then try & then charge even more to it sound like analog...?
    I must admit it is a relief to see anything from samsung that doesn't look like a competitor's product, irrespective of how sensible it may or may not be...

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Original? A step into the past again.

    Anyone who thinks they want tubes in their amp wants distortion. Tubes are very susceptible to magnetic field interferences and noisy. Samsung is going after the specialty market of clueless luddites now.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Original? A step into the past again.

    Samsung is going after the specialty market of clueless luddites now.

    Well, they must feel there's a large enough market to sell to, be they clueless or not.

  1. lklarson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Oh.....

    It's pretty! I want it!

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    It's so retro....

    all they need is to add a couple of giant gears spinning while m4a is playing.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Say what you will

    Say what you will but it looks better than the iPod hi fi did :)

  1. Ratdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    And FETs

    FETs can be created with the same "curves" as tubes, so that tube amplifier "warmth" is easy to recreate without the waste heat ... Wordplay intended ...

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