Date:18 June 2012
VACUUM TUBES ADD A GLOW TO DIGITAL
VACUUM TUBES – old-timers also call them valves – are as far removed from digital technology as, oh, the Wright brothers are from the space shuttle. But the basic principles underlying flight and sound haven’t changed, have they?
So, besides adding a welcome retro glow visually to its new audio dock, Samsung is also punting the warm valve-era glow to the audio emanating from this otherwise up-to-the-minute device that marks the company’s first foray into the premium audio dock market in Africa.
Exclusive hybrid technology underlies the Audio Dock with Vacuum Tube Amplifier (model DA-E750). It supports a broad range of Samsung’s Galaxy devices and Apple devices including the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Player, Galaxy Tab, iPhone and iPad via both docked and wireless connectivity. Its elegant design and high gloss mahogany finish complement the promised superior sound quality.
Salient details include a 100-watt output, 2.1-channel speaker, built-in subwoofer and a wide range of convenience and portability options, supporting wireless audio file playback via AllShare for Samsung Galaxy devices and Airplay for Apple devices or through Bluetooth-enabled devices. In addition to these there are the usual analogue input and a USB port to play audio files directly from a flash drive, music player or portable hard drive – MP3, WMA and WAV file formats are supported.
Similar tube tech is available in the flagship HT-E6750W 7.1 Channel Blu-ray 3D Home Entertainment System. Versatility is this unit’s strong suit: compact tower speakers with innovative swivel units facilitate immersive vertical sound experiences, cascading the sound down on the listener, and the wireless tall boy rear satellite speakers eliminate extra wires to offer more exibility to users. Samsung’s vacuum tubes, visible on the top and side of the system, add additional style by illuminating when in use.
But wait, there’s more: featuring built-in Wi-Fi, the HT-E6750W provides access to Web-connected entertainment via a full web browser, in addition to signature services from Samsung’s Smart Hub, AllShare Play support and hundreds of apps including BBC, CNBC, ESPN and The Broadway Channel. The home theatre system also supports Bluetooth-enabled devices and includes an iPhone/iPod docking cradle.
In fact, for all the emphasis on retro, Samsung is strongly pushing forward-looking technologies in the connectivity area.
To provide seamless sharing via wireless devices, its 2012 Blu-ray players such as the BD-ES6000 are DLNA certified
and also support Wi-Fi Direct – which eliminates the need for a wireless access point while still enabling a direct connection between a device and Blu-ray player.
And it isn’t restricting its devices to its own brand: the DA-E650 dock (not pictured) has dual-docking abilities to connect to both Galaxy smartphones and Apple iOS devices while simultaneously charging the batteries of each device.
Don’t be fooled by its cute-looking organic horn shape, either. The DA-E650 has power to spare, with a 40-watt output and integrated subwoofer. Connectivity includes Aux, Bluetooth and support for MP3, WMA and WAV files.