Samsung DA-E750 Wireless Audio Dock - Using the Samsung Dock

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Samsung DA-E750 Wireless Audio Dock
Samsung Audio Dock Features
Samsung DA-E750 Specs
Using the Samsung Dock

General Usage:

Using the DA-E750 is pretty straightforward once you get familiar with the controls and the remote control.  You can cycle through the sources by pressing the F. button, and volume adjustment and controlling playback is simple and easy when using both the remote control as well as the controls on the dock itself.  When cycling through the sources, it would have been nice if Samsung had included a better display for confirmation, but in the end it would have probably ruined the design and appearance that they were going for.

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I won't spend a lot of time on the remote.  It is cheap.  It sucks and doesn't have much for range.  The unit we looked at has been reviewed previously, and maybe some damage happened previously, but the remote still feels cheap and the range and performance of the buttons left a lot to be desired.

Using the dock with any of your devices is pretty simple.  Again, without a front panel display, it is a little more tricky to see exactly what you have selected, but it works.  

You can set up the devices with Bluetooth or if it's an Apple device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, dock the device and then press the WPS/Reset button on the back.  Allow the connection on your device screen and then you are good to go.  Setting up the dock with a laptop or a network device is not quite as simple, but there is actually a web-server built into the DA-E750 that you can access by connecting it to the network and then configuring other options on the dock.

USB Playback is a bit flaky.  Without a display you can't find a particular track.  It starts playing whatever music is on the list - in order and it will only let you skip through them.  There is no shuffle, folder, artist or genre option available.  Overall, the USB function works alright, but for a $500+ product, it should be a bit easier to setup and customize - or at least have these options for USB.

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Audio Performance:

In a nutshell, the Audio Performance of the Samsung DA-E750 is very good.  I listened to a lot of different types of music from Counting Crows to Everclear, Collective Soul, Newsboys, Bon Jovi, Skillet, Petra and John Tesh.  Everything sounded very well balanced overall.  The music has a lovely depth and warmth to it that feels solid and very welcome.  I'm not sure if this is because of the vacuum tube amp or the well-balanced and engineered design of the unit, but any audio I listened to sounded very good.

The audio has some punch and the down-firing "sub-woofer" is more than adequate to help balance out the treble from the front-facing cones.  Overall, the high-frequencies sounded very clean and crisp and even with a lot different instruments in some songs, sounds remained distinct and clear.  They didn't sound muddled or mushy.

There is a "Bass Boost" mode that doesn't add a lot to the overall bass experience, but it does fill out the entire sound of the system and make it fuller, richer and still remains clean.  The only time that I turned the bass down was when I was listening to an Audible book and the narrator's voice was a little too bassy for my taste.

What impresses me about the DA-E750 is that no matter what audio source you use - lossy 96kbit MP3's from a flash drive, network audio or audio beemed over via Bluetooth - it sounds good.  The audio processor in this dock is very good and it puts all but some of the most expensive speaker docks to shame and makes them take a back seat.  This is most certainly a premium dock that will cost you a premium price, but in the end it offers premium performance.

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Conclusion:

In the end I was quite impressed with the Samsung DA-E750 Wireless Audio Dock.  The fact that it can connect to and dock with so many different devices - including Apple devices via the 30-pin dock connector and Android devices via the MicroUSB connector is pretty awesome.  If you don't have either of these, you're still in luck because it supports IP streaming from a Windows PC over Ethernet or WiFi as well as Bluetooth, AllShare Play, 1/8" Audio input and more.  The connectivity options are very impressive.

The sound from this dock is also very impressive.  The quality and robustness of the audio - as well as the volume all makes it add up to something that could easily be on my coveted products of 2012 and 2013.  It has a lot to offer.

The build quality and overall sound quality of the dock itself merit another mention.  This unit is designed, built and performs great.  The vacuum tubes add a great aesthetic touch as well as a warm audio touch that must be heard to be really appreciated.

On the flip side, the remote is very cheap and lacks range and performance.  While MP3s are supported through the USB connector, FLAC or AAC files are not.  Also on the USB side of things, there is no option to shuffle, or a display to choose folders on your storage device.  Audio files will simply play in alphabetical order. Network setup isn't the easiest but it is manageable.

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Even though there are a few drawbacks, the end result is still a beautiful piece of audio gear that sounds as good as it looks - and it looks beautiful.  I think that the DA-E750 has easily earned my recommendation even though it is pricey and has a couple of flaws.  I can't give this a "Gold" award, but it scores in the "Silver" range very easily.

Pros:

  • Great audio quality
  • Beautiful overall finish
  • Tons of connectivity options
  • Supports Apple and Android devices

Cons:

  • Remote feels/works cheap
  • Limited USB file and feature support
  • Setup on some things is pretty difficult without a display
  • Pricey

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I'd like to take a moment and thank Samsung for sending the DA-E750 our way for a review.  I regret that I have to send this back and am thinking of starting a savings fund to pick up one of these for use around my home.

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