Samsung announced today its entry into the multi-room wireless audio market with their Shape M7 (WAM750) system. The triangular Shape speakers contain the electronics to permit music in any room via Wi-Fi or one-to-one pairing to a Smartphone/tablet with Bluetooth. It can also do double duty as a soundbar. All the details after the jump.
The amplifier, electronics, and speaker drivers are all self contained within the M7. A Samsung app permits control of functions via a Smartphone or tablet (iOS or Andriod). Users can access their own music libraries or services including Amazon Cloud Player, Pandora, Rhapsody, Tunein Radio and more. With multiple speakers you can play different music in different rooms or the same music throughout your home.
Samsung has taken direct aim at Sonos, the multi-room audio market leader pricing the Shape M7 at $399.99, the same as the Sonos Play:5 . Like the Play:5 Samsung permits two units in a single room for stereo separation. Mounting options include horizontal or vertical placement, as well as a wall mounting with its $49.99 bracket. The Shape M7 is available in black or white.
The Shape can also serve double duty as a wireless soundbar using its built-in Bluetooth connectivity with 2013 Samsung HDTV (series F6300 and higher). Other make and model HDTVs can be utilized via an analog audio cable attached M7’s analog audio jack.
Multi-room connection requires the use of the Samsung Hub (WAM250; $49.99) via an Ethernet cable to your router.
We were impressed by the Shape’s smooth, balanced tone, tight bass and its wide dynamic range. The Shape uses a lightweight foam core woofer for fast response, two midrange speakers and twin silk domes tweeters. The Shape M7 and accessories will be available at Samsung retailers on October 13th.
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