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Samsung extends Wireless Audio 360 speaker range

By Catherine Knowles, Mon 7 Sep 2015
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Samsung’s three new additions to its Wireless Audio 360 speaker range, the R5, R3 and R1, are being displayed at the IFA in Berlin.

The R5, R3 and R1 models follow the R7 and R6 speakers in Samsung’s Wireless Audio 360 line-up, and offer the same balanced sound and table-top design.

“With these additional models we are bringing a new kind of high quality sound to the market, with design that is simple, yet premium, and offers a more intuitive user interface,” says Jurack Chae, Samsung Electronics senior vice president of the visual display business.

These models include the same proprietary ring-radiator technology that was utilised in the R7 and R6, enabling the speakers to fill a room with clear sound. 

The R5, R3 and R1 models also exclusively feature new physical control options for an intuitive user experience.

Consumers can now change the volume, play, pause, or select a different music source all with a gentle touch, tap or swipe on top of the speaker.

Furthermore, these models connect with the updated Multiroom App for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, making it possible to share music across Wi-Fi connected devices throughout the home. The app also allows users to easily find and select music, and create playlists from a single screen.

Samsung’s updated Multiroom app also now works with the Samsung Gear S and will be operated with Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch thanks to a simple user interface that does not depend on a smartphone to operate.

Smartwatch functionality includes immediate control of music playback and volume control, as well as playlist and queue searching. Users can also view the ‘now playing’ screen and access a list of available speakers, all with a simple swipe of their smartwatch.

Samsung has partnered with Qobuz, an online, high-fidelity music service, to make its streaming services available on Samsung’s audio devices.

The new models will be available in the U.S. and European markets in the last quarter of 2015, with prices ranging from US $199 to US $399. More news on regional availability will be announced during the coming months, according to Samsung.

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