Samung’s 2013 Audio Visual Lineup

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Wireless is one of the watch words for this year’s CES and Samsung, one of the heavy hitters when it comes to home entertainment have emphasised that in their new range of shiny boxes designed to delight you in the living room.

Samsung’s Valve Amplified Soundbar (model HW-F750) is the first soundbar to feature a built-in valve amplifier for that old fashioned warm sound that audiophiles cherish. The HW-F750 is also the world’s first soundbar that can wirelessly connect with a TV via its SoundShare function and has picked up a 2013 CES innovation award. Speaker placement can be a tricky business but the HW-F750 features a gyroscope sensor to gauge height, rotation and slope to optimise sound quality, whether the soundbar is placed in a horizontal or vertical position.

I’ve saw countless bluetooth speakers over 2013, but Samsung’s Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (model DA-F60) is attempting to distinguish itself through advanced sound quality and simplicity. The DA-F60 incorporates neodymium magnets and a passive radiator so you should enjoy tuned low-frequency reproduction and virtually no distortion even at high volumes.

The speaker’s integrated NFC connectivity makes it easy for consumers to pair the speaker by simply tapping the two devices together. Additionally, support for Samsung’s SoundShare feature means users can employ the DA-F60 as a TV speaker using wireless connectivity.

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Samsung’s 7.1 Channel Home Theatre System (model HT-F9750W) was design to be the ebony to Samsung’s 2013 TVs’ ivory, with a Gallium Nitride (GaN) value amplifier that delivers pure sound, and design and usability features that bring home a totally seamless experience – as long as you subscribe to the Samsung Way.

Samsung’s Premium Blu-ray Player (model BD-F7500) features advanced upscaling capabilities, allowing users to experience ordinary SD and HD content in superior resolution. Yes HD is no longer good enough and now you will have Ultra High Definition content to think about. The BD-F7500 was also a winner of a 2013 CES innovation award.

Pioneer Sound Wing: Revolutionary speaker technology?

Pioneer makes a lot of home theatre devices. Really, a lot. This one, however, lives up the company name – new, innovative: pioneering. It’s a called a ‘Sound Wing’, and it brings surround sound into a single, beautiful speaker bar.

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Aside from great aesthetics, the Sound Wing uses what the company call a “revolutionary and breakthrough new speaker technology”. Officially known as HVT (Horizontal-Vertical-Transforming), it allows speakers to
be made much thinner while still creating a full 360 degree soundscape.

The Sound Wing uses the technology to create an immersive audio experience while taking up almost no room – it’s just 25.5mm thick. You could probably even put one in front of your computer monitor without losing too much desk space.

It’s not limited to sitting in front of a device, however – the omni-directional speakers can be placed anywhere in the room and still provide a wide “sweet spot” to enjoy the full sound experience.

To better explain the experience, imagine that normal speakers fire sound directly at you, widening as they extend. The Sound Wing is different – it emits a sphere of audio, pushing sound in every direction. Wherever you are in the room, sound surrounds.

The Sound Wing comes bundled as part of the HTP-SLH600 AV package, which also includes the VSX-S300 slim AV receiver. Like the Sound Wing, it’s also smaller than you’d expect, but equally big of features – including four 3D compatible HDMI inputs and Pioneer’s Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration.

It can fully equipped to decode all mainstream HD audio formats, including DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as Dolby True HD. You can also add Pioneer’s AS-BT200 Bluetooth Adapter to enjoy wireless (omni-directional) audio from any A2DP Bluetooth-enabled mobile device or personal computer.

For more info visit www.pioneer.co.uk

DBP-2012UD: Denon promises top quality from a mid-range player

You might have guessed that when AV supremo Denon launches a ‘mid-range’ product that the price tag may well appear to rather more high-end to we more ordinary mortals.

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And so it is with Denon’s latest baby – the DBP-2012UD Blu-ray player – which comes in at an eye-watering £750. Having said that, you know that with this brand you are getting a high-end product, and as they say, you get what you pay for.

If you’re in their mid-range budget range, and fancy taking a closer look, you’ll be glad to know the new model is based on the more expensive DBP-4010UD and DVD-A1UD from the same manufacturer.

This model is a ‘universal player’ which means that it can play 3D Blu-rays, as well as SACD and DVD-Audio discs, and offers DLNA-certification for accessing your photos, music and video over a home network. It will also offer streaming direct from YouTube (a firmware update is due in the spring to allow this).

Upscaling of standard DVDs comes courtesy of a leading-edge Anchor Bay Technologies VRS (Video Reference Series) video processor, which Denon promises will see DVDs upscaled to a quality never seen before.

The DBP-2012UD will be available from March in a silver or black finish, so you’ve got time to do a bit of saving if it’s on your wish list.