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Samsung refreshes their Wireless Audio 360 Lineup with Three Cylindrical Speakers
Last year, Samsung brought us speakers that projected audio 360 degrees that looked like eggs. Functionally, they were fine, but the ascetics probably didn’t appeal to everybody, assuming there wasn’t some sort of weird trend where people are putting random egg-shaped objects in their house. Anyway, that aside, Samsung has announced their newest additions to their Wireless Audio 360 collection, but brings us a cylindrical form factor this time.
Samsung Wireless Audio 360 R1, R3, R5
This time around, Samsung claims that these three will “blast sound in every direction” in order to provide a margin above conventional speakers. In addition to the more conventional shape, previously, there were no physical controls on the actual speakers before. Now, with physical controls, this allows the user to toggle media, as well as to control the volume without using your smartphone or Bluetooth connected device to change said controls.
With a more conventional design perhaps more potential customers will be more inclined to gravitate towards the Wireless Audio 360 series. Don’t get me wrong, a futuristic design is great, but only if you’re a proponent of said design. In addition with improved media control, and a more conventional design, Samsung has included a Multiroom app that allows WiFi streaming around a local WiFi network, or to multiple Samsung speakers. With IFA right around the corner, Samsung has also stated that their Gear S2 will have Multiroom capabilities as well, assuming that the Gear S2 will be popular among prospective Smartwatch buyers.
The three of them will be on sale at the end of 2015 from $199 to $399. For what it’s worth, a more polished addition with better integration is probably best for the Wireless Audio 360 Lineup.