Samsung is packing a lot of big sound into little packages these days. The company just debuted plans to add to its audio lineup, announcing two compact audio products: the Shape M3 speaker and the HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar.
The latest addition to the Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom lineup also happens to be the smallest. The new Shape M3 speaker (WAM350) can work on its own, as well as with the Shape M5 and M7 Wireless Speakers, the HW-H750 Soundbar, the HT-H6500WM and HT-H7730WM home theater systems, and the BD-H6500 Blu-ray player.
The M3 just happens to be priced at $199, the same price as Sonos’ Play 1 wireless speaker (reviewed here).
It’s also insanely easy to set up. Just place the speaker anywhere in the house. It connects via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It’s even compatible with Near Field Communication (NFC) devices for instant pairing. Once the system is set up, you can enjoy all of your stored music, as well as apps and services such as Amazon Cloud Player, Spotify, Rhapsody, TuneIn Radio, and more. It can even be customized to play different tracks in different rooms or the same content throughout the house. Everything is accessible from Samsung’s Wireless Audio Multiroom app for iOS and Android devices.
Samsung’s other announcement is slightly larger and also sort of curvy. The HW-H7500 is actually the first curved soundbar that we’ve seen. (But probably won’t be the last.) Designed for use with Samsung’s Curved UHD TVs, the soundbar includes 8.1-channel support, which includes two drives on both sides of the unit. Other features include proprietary audio technology, a brushed aluminum finish, a built-in equalizer, and the option to connect to the TV using Samsung’s TV SoundConnect feature.
“With a passion to elevate entertainment experiences for consumers, we continue to lead the industry in key audio segments and deliver innovative premium products designed to create the best audio and home theater entertainment experiences,” said Joe Stinziano, Samsung’s executive VP. “With the launch of the M3, we’re excited to unveil the latest addition to our award-winning Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem and demonstrate our commitment to the wireless audio market. Meanwhile, the arrival of the Curved Soundbar strikes the balance between outstanding sound quality and standout design that’s meant to fit seamlessly with our Curved TVs and in any living room environment.”
Samsung is selling the M3 now, for $199.99. The HW-H7500 Soundbar is also available for $799.99.
The HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar perfectly matches the company’s Curved UHD TVs.
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