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Samsung’s AV launch: Back to the future?

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07 May 2012: Samsung recently launched a new range of audio-visual products, some of which included the rosy glow of vacuum tubes!

Samsung’s 2012 AV line-up includes the Korean maker’s first premium audio docks, a new range of sleek home theatre systems and new BD-E8900 HDD Total Media Centre.

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Delicious docks

Samsung’s new DA-E750 audio dock with vacuum tube amplifier (above) is the company’s first dual-docking system aimed squarely at the premium audiophile. Cool looking, with its high gloss mahogany finish, DA-E750 supports a broad range of Samsung’s GALAXY and Apple mobile devices via both docked and wireless connectivity.

DA-E750 features a 2.1-channel speaker and built-in subwoofer with 100W of sound and supports wireless audio playback via AllShare3 for Samsung GALAXY devices and Airplay for Apple devices or through Bluetooth. The device’s analogue (composite) input and USB port also enable users to play compatible audio files directly from a thumb drive, music player or portable hard drive.

Also new this year is the horn-shaped, black finished DA-E650 audio dock (below), which docks with both GALAXY smartphones and Apple iOS devices while simultaneously charging their batteries. Built-in speakers collectively output 40W of power, in addition to an integrated subwoofer. DA-E650 includes an auxiliary input and support for Bluetooth enabled devices and will play MP3, WMA and WAV files from portable storage devices connected via USB.

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Home entertainment systems

Also new to the 2012 line-up is the flagship HT-E6750W 7.1 Channel Blu-ray 3D Home Entertainment System, also with Samsung’s glowing proprietary Vacuum Tube Amplifier technology. Featuring built-in Wi-Fi, HT-E6750W provides access to full web browsing, in addition to signature services from Samsung’s Smart Hub5, AllShare Play support and hundreds of apps including BBC News, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and more. HT-E6750W also supports Bluetooth enabled devices and includes an iPhone/iPod docking cradle.

Rounding out the new AV offerings in New Zealand is Samsung’s flagship Blu-ray products - the BD-E8500 (500GB hard disk server) and BD-E8900 (1TB hard disk server) HDD Total Media Centres. Both feature a two-tone design with a piano-black finish and a metal bottom and both combine a Blu-ray player and integrated hard disk storage with set-top box features and Smart TV capabilities.

Users can record two live digital TV channels simultaneously while Smart TV means recorded content can be viewed via Samsung SmartView from virtually anywhere in the home on a range of connected GALAXY devices. Users can also schedule recordings when not at home through their Wi-Fi connected compatible device by using the Remote Scheduler feature.

BD-E8500 and BD-E8900 also feature a full web browser with USB keyboard and mouse compatibility, built-in Wi-Fi, and access to Samsung’s Smart Hub and Samsung apps. BDE8900 is DLNA certified and also supports Wi-Fi Direct eliminating the need for a wireless access point.