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Samsung DA-E750 review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Crisp, fulsome sound
  • Superb build quality and stunning design
  • Excellent feature list

Cons

  • Long-winded PC setup
  • Won’t play FLAC, AAC or WAV
  • Basic USB & iPod control

Key Features

  • Built-in dual Apple / Galaxy dock
  • AirPlay and AllShare Play wireless streaming
  • USB media playback
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with apt-X CSR
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Digital / vacuum tube amp
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £599.99

The DA-E750 is the world’s first dual docking audio system, designed to play music from Apple and Samsung Galaxy devices both wirelessly and through its built-in dock. It’s equipped with AirPlay, AllShare Play and Bluetooth 3.0, which already sounds pretty tempting, but with USB support and Samsung’s hybrid digital/valve amplifier also on board, it’s shaping up to be something special – find out how it fares in our exclusive review.

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Design

Our first impressions after pulling the DA-E750 out of the box are overwhelmingly positive. The unit’s build quality is sheer luxury – it’s satisfyingly heavy, plus the Red Mahogany with hand-polished finish lends elegance and sophistication (likewise the alternative Black Mahogany Wood finish). The construction is easily on a par with other ‘high-end’ docks like the Monitor Audio i-deck and the B&W Zeppelin Air – it really is a beautifully made unit.

There are plenty of other aesthetic touches that make this dock stand out. The silver cone surrounds and phase plugs on the front panel bring a touch of glamour; the window showing the red-glowing valves is not only stylish but unique; and the round panel of controls on top is quirky yet practical. It’s a shame that there’s no display panel, but there’s a danger it might have ruined the minimal aesthetic.

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On the back is the hidden iPod/Galaxy dock. Putting it here is a clever move as it doesn’t clutter up the minimal front panel and keeps everything nice and clean. The sturdy dock opens with a smooth action, as opposed to the flimsy plastic trays you sometimes find on docks and home cinema systems. There’s a support that slides up and holds your device in place (particularly useful for iPads), which provides a steady base, and also in the box are spacer covers for the connector that’s not being used.

Connections

Also on the rear panel is a useful array of sockets. The USB port allows you to play media from storage devices, while the 3.5mm minijack input lets you connect other portable audio players.

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Despite having built-in Wi-Fi, the Ethernet port is still an important socket as many listeners prefer the stability of a wired connection when streaming large files. It also allows those without Wi-Fi to use the streaming features.

marburybary

July 17, 2012, 6:42 am

It looks like retro style speakers have been the in-thing now. A lot of companies seem to making more and more retro style speakers. Only question I have for these speakers is how loud can it get.

stranded

July 17, 2012, 11:02 am

Design is better than most other Samsung products, but still is average at best. I think Samsung will never make a decent looking product.
So many super stupid useless mobile phone connectors that destroy everything and double the cost of this audio device.
No FLAC, WAV, AAC support. Well, i hope vacuum tubes can play mp1 files with unrivaled fidelity and clarity.
Wi-fi is nice, but all other wireless features serve only to double (and triple) the cost (and weight) of the device.
The most important, sound quality is an improved version of the typical Samsung sound, that means we better look somewhere else.
... so many failures ...
Dear Samsung, glamour is always out of fashion and life. Nobody cares about shiny beads and mirrors, give us something that exists.

bushdaman86

July 18, 2012, 1:39 pm

looks great i can't wait to start jamming with this

Mozart

September 9, 2012, 2:12 pm

According t the Samsung UK site this does play WAV files.

hackinsat

October 6, 2012, 5:47 am

Want real tube sound, buy a Yaqin. 100% tubes, less money, and it sounds awesome. I have two. I liked my first so much I bought a second one for my office.

southy

February 26, 2013, 7:18 pm

so the mobile phone connections are useless, and so is the wireless functionality. might i suggest that you are not this product's target market?

Obis

September 15, 2013, 5:40 pm

Hi
What precisely did you buy ?
Roger

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