Samsung M7 review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Solid build quality and stylish design
  • Easy to set up
  • Well-designed app with nifty streaming controls
  • Enjoyable sound with rich, punchy bass
  • Hi-res audio support

Cons

  • Sound lacks a little finesse and detail subtlety
  • Fewer online streaming services than Sonos
  • Can’t reorganise tracks in app

Key Features

  • Multiroom music streaming
  • DLNA and Bluetooth with NFC
  • Spotify, TuneIn radio, Amazon Cloud Player, Napster and Deezer
  • Samsung Multiroom App
  • Hi-res FLAC playback
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £329.00

What is the Samsung M7 (WAM750)?

The Samsung WAM750, or M7 for short, is a wireless speaker that streams music from a variety of sources but its key feature is its multiroom capability. With M7s dotted around the house, you can send music to different rooms using a smartphone or tablet running Samsung’s Multiroom app. The M7 is one of two speakers in the range, alongside the £259 WAM550 (M5).

With these speakers, Samsung is taking on the might of Sonos, universally considered the benchmark for intuitive multiroom music streaming. But it’s not the only company jumping on the multiroom bandwagon – Panasonic recently announced a multiroom system based around Qualcomm’s AllPlay media platform, while LG unveiled the NP8740 speaker at CES.

It's a potentially lucrative move, given the success of Sonos and the clamour for multiroom music in general, but a brave one too – Sonos has a 10-year head start and its Play:3 and Play:5 are probably the best multiroom streaming solutions on the market. So with that in mind, let’s find out how Samsung’s effort fares…

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Samsung M7 – Design and Connections

The M7 is known as the Samsung Shape M7 in the States and it’s a fitting moniker. Its highly distinctive triangular design is supposed to look like a play button and it works a treat.

The curved front panel and rounded corners lend a touch of elegance, while the glossy top panel looks swanky and stylish. It is fairly chunky, but not imposingly so. From the front, only the large netted front panel and small blue LED are visible, which gives it a minimal and surprisingly esoteric appearance. There's a choice of colours too, if you count black and white as such.

This lack of front clutter, coupled with the absence of a remote control, makes the M7 rather mysterious at first, but everything is controlled by an Android or iOS device running Samsung’s Multiroom App (more on that later).

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However, there are a few controls on top, including a clever touch-sensitive volume dial. There’s a little radio icon too, which comes in handy for toggling through internet radio presets. The NFC icon is conveniently placed and easy to spot.

The lack of a physical on/off button might trouble eco-warriors but don’t worry – the unit automatically goes into standby when no signal is received.

Like the Sonos speakers, the M7 can be installed vertically or horizontally. The vertical option, using the clip-on foot stand, leaves a smaller footprint than horizontal mounting and could be useful if space is tight. A built-in sensor detects when it’s positioned vertically and switches to mono mode. Rubber feet are fixed to the bottom sides, protecting it from scratches and vibration.

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Build quality is impressive, with a weighty, solid enclosure. The speaker mesh and top panel have a plasticky feel, which pales in comparison with the luxurious lacquer finish of the Samsung DA-E750 or the rubberised Sonos Play:3, but it’s just about commensurate with the price.

To use the M7 in a multiroom system, you’ll need the separate WAM250 Hub (which will set you back £50). This little black box connects to your router and acts as a bridge between the various speakers. There’s a row of lights on the front indicating its status.

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You can connect the M7 directly to your router via built-in Wi-Fi (something you can’t do on Sonos’ system) or Ethernet, but it’s a tricky process – the hub makes life much easier. Two clearly-labelled buttons on the back (Speaker Add and WPS Wi-Fi Setup) make the whole wireless setup process easier – the former helping you pair new speakers as you expand your system.

Given the wireless focus rear connections are limited, but there is a 3.5mm minijack for rigging up non-wireless devices.

These buttons and connections are hidden by a plastic cover with holes to pass the cables through. It’s slightly fiddly but makes everything nice and tidy.

toboev

April 9, 2014, 7:48 pm

Does the Samsung use a wireless mesh like Sonos, or does each unit need to be in range of the hub to link via that?

Tim Sutton

April 10, 2014, 9:10 am

I've rarely been as impressed with a product as I was with the first time I used Sonos... good luck Samsung, think you'll need it with this one.

Prem Desai

April 10, 2014, 5:53 pm

Nice one Samsung ...

Some minor software and music source issues to sort out, but not bad.

I would love to see a long term test in the real world I.e. Several devices, interferences from other appliances, etc.

I am a long term Sonos user and can report that whatever Sonos are using, it just works!! Totally reliable. This is what Samsung need to aim for.

toboev

April 11, 2014, 6:28 am

Sonos create a mesh network - each device only needs to be able to stay in contact with one other, and if one route fails, then any other will do. I'm hoping they are going to answer my question below about how Samsung does things, but I suspect it is a typical hub and spoke network, so each player must stay in contact with the 'router'.

Prem Desai

April 11, 2014, 7:36 am

Mesh network or otherwise, I'd love to see how this plays with other wireless devices.

My gut feeling is not very well, going on previous wireless samsung products. What I mean is they'll either cause interference or need rebooting every so often.

Brad Fischer

April 23, 2014, 11:09 am

Samsung is using a Mesh network also but with the addition of Dual-Band Wifi.

Frank

July 11, 2014, 8:57 am

Just installed the hub, the M7 and the M5. I'm impressed with the audio quality. It's much better than the (single) Libratone Live I'm used to hearing.
What i'm NOT impressed with is the Samsung Multiroom App.
Installed the app on my iPad Air and everytime i open the app it needs to load for about 6 to 8 seconds. The app lacks untuitive response and speed.
Since i'm used to working with Airplay, this is a downgrade in user experience.
The app needs a (big) update. Information on updates to come is nowhere to be found..

Jacques

February 5, 2015, 12:47 pm

why oh why would you leave AirPlay behind and get yourself stuck with shitty Samsung app that might not even get updated for long if Samsung decides to call it quits with multi room audio ?

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