Samsung DA-E750 Wireless Audio Dock

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Product: Samsung Wireless Audio Dock DA-E750
Provided By: Samsung Canada
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Introduction:

It appears that Samsung is moving up in the mobile world and they have also been supporting their own devices with some great accessories.  Today we are looking at the DA-E750 dock from Samsung and putting this beefy unit to the test with both Apple and Android devices.  This dock is one of the first docks in the world to support both these devices from both side of the war and this makes it a bit unique.  What also makes it unique is the fact that this audio dock uses tubes to soften and enrich the sound coming from the speakers.  What's more, Samsung even includes features such as USB support, AirPlay, AllShare Play and even Bluetooth 3.0 - as well as the Apple connector and a typical 1/8" line-in jack.

Glossy Finish Rear Profile

 

Samsung has blended a mix of old-school with some high-tech and the end result is the DA-E750.  This is their big dog in the dock line and I love the fact that it supports both Android and Apple devices.

 

First Impressions:

At launch this dock was priced not-to-sell and it came in around $700.  Thankfully, it has dropped in price a bit - but it's certainly not a dock that will be an impulse buy.  I've seen it on sale for a mere $499 - and at that price, I would still have a hard time buying it.  That being said, the performance, features and connectivity options you get with this dock really do add value to it and make it a tempting buy.

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The finish on the unit is exceptional.  The glossy wood finish looks amazing and while it does collect fingerprints, a quick clean with a soft cloth takes care of that quickly.  The reality is that you don't even have to touch it that often - other than to dock your device.  It comes with a remote control and WiFi and Wired Ethernet options that will enable you to push audio to your device from your PC without even touching it.

If you have to move this thing around, make sure you take care.  It is heavy.  For a dock of this size, I was very impressed with the weight.  This of course is due to the high quality construction of the dock.  It's not ridiculously heavy by all means, but it weighs more than your standard Xbox.

The controls on the device itself are pretty simple to use.  On the top is a round "knobby" control that is touch-sensitive.  In the middle of this control dial is a lighted "pseudo-display" that helps you figure out what input you are using and if you are turning volume up or down.  I found it to be a little less sensitive than I'd like, but it did work fine overall.

Bottom Sub Close

 

As you can see by viewing the dock from any angle, the finish and attention to detail are absolutely wonderful.  The silver cone surrounds on the front add a touch of class and the phase plug also add a touch of beauty that makes this dock stand out.  Even the window showing the tubes could come off tacky, but Samsung manages to pull this off with grace and dignity as well.  The dock has a very minimal, but extravagant look.

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Closer Look:

The back of the unit is where some of the charm is lost as we get onto more practical things.  There is a dual-dock tray that opens with a nice smooth action and reveals both Apple and MicroUSB connections.  There is a support that slides up and keeps your device in place without extra stress on the connector.  This provides a steady platform and can even support iPads and some Android tablets.

Dual Dock Top Control Panel Rear Inputs

 

Also at the back of the dock are the connectors for other music and media storage devices.  Here we find a LAN port, 1/8" line-in, and a USB port as well as a WPS/Reset button and the power connector.  The power supply for the dock is located inside and this keeps the cable clutter outside to a minimum.  Even though the DA-E750 has a LAN port, it also has WiFi and this is very handy if you want to keep your cable clutter to a minimum.  I think it is great that they include an Ethernet port as well though, as I'd rather have cables running everywhere rather than depend on Wireless.

On the next page we'll continue on as we look at the features of this unit.

 


Features:

The features of this dock are pretty impressive in their own right.  While there are a lot of docks that support 1/8" stereo inputs and some that support Bluetooth connectivity as well as docking connectivity, the Samsung DA-E750 takes things up a whole bunch of notches and include AllPlay, AllShare Play, Bluetooth A2DP profiles as well as Ethernet and more.  It's pretty loaded for connectivity and I have yet to see anything that can come close to it in terms of raw features.

Rear Dock SupportBelow we'll include the list of features from Samsung in order to fill in the gaps.  As always, make sure to check out the manufacturers site for all the details.  They will likely be updated more than we will update these - so keep that in mind.

 

Samsung’s DA-E750 wireless dual dock encompasses extraordinary warmth and richness, complimented with its beautiful cherry-wood elegant design. Not only is it an addition to your furniture, but it will also immerse your senses in sound that is full of body and acoustic sounds which only a vacuum tube can deliver. Add a built-in subwoofer, which provides a powerful rich bass line, and you will hear authentic sound quality that only Samsung’s premium vacuum tube is able to achieve.
 
Wireless sound that compliments any room in the house
The DA-E750 boasts an elegant, cherry-wood premium design matched by an equally impressive rich sound which will compliment any room in the house.
 
 
Revitalize your music to sound like you’re there
Introducing the world’s first sound technology that combines vacuum tube amp with a digital amp. Its revolutionary hybrid amplifier produces the closest sound to analog sound offering a warm and more natural sound. Revitalize your music to surpass the sounds of old records.
 
Access music from multiple devices
Connect and stream music in high quality from multiple devices with Bluetooth™. Turn your device into a remote control and control the music from any room in your house. In addition, connect with devices which are auxiliary input enabled for further access to music sources. Samsung’s Allshare™ allows you to connect with other types of devices to broadcast wirelessly without docking while Apple Inc.’s proprietary wireless technology Airplay, allows you to stream your iTunes library wirelessly. All these features combine to provide a total wireless solution.
 
Bluetooth 3.0 and apt-X codec
Connect and stream music in high quality from multiple devices with Bluetooth™. Turn your device into a remote control and control the music from any room in your house. In addition, connect with devices which are auxiliary input enabled for further access to music sources. Samsung’s Allshare™ allows you to connect with other types of devices to broadcast wirelessly without docking while Apple Inc.’s proprietary wireless technology Airplay, allows you to stream your iTunes library wirelessly. All these features combine to provide a total wireless solution.
 
Built-in subwoofer bass brings music to life
You don’t have to buy expensive additional equipment to enjoy deep and rich bass audio. Unlike comparable hardware from other brands, your Samsung Wireless Audio with Dock includes a powerful built-in subwoofer to rock your living room. Enjoy a more dramatic listening experience with a greater range of low-end sound.
 
Play music directly from USB sources
Make sure you can access all your music – including via digital formats. This means that you can now play songs directly from USB memory sticks. Make the most of MP3, WAV and WMA audio files with professional-grade sound.
 
Experience high-quality sound with premium speakers
Listen to music at its best with a better quality of speaker. Featuring premium glass fibre construction and phase plug design, they deliver clear and accurate sound output from the amplifier. You’ll experience your music as it was meant to be heard, with more faithful playback and less distortion than ever before.
 
Make the most of Samsung Wireless Audio with Dock App features
Download the Samsung Wireless Audio with Dock App and play music from Galaxy devices and access a range of useful functional features. You can check battery level, find out what the time is and hear reports of the weather and even the current temperature. Bluetooth enabled Android devices benefit from auto pairing, which makes streaming and enjoying your various music collections nice and easy. The app can also remember where your music stopped playing after being disconnected for a phone call, and will then play from that very same spot when reconnected.
*Certain Android devices will not be able to use this application due to firmware compatibility issues.
 
 
AUX Connectivity
Access a range of sound sources via Aux input. If it uses a 3.5mm plug, you can connect your CD / DVD player, karaoke machine, MP3 player, record turntable or other device. Get connected and hear it all.
 
iPhone, iPod, iPad
* Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Player, iPhone, iPod and iPad
* "Made for iPod", "Made for iPhone", "Made for iPad" means accessory has been designed to connect with such Apple devices and has been certified to meet Apple standards. Apple is not responsible for operation or compliance with regulatory standards. Use of this accessory may affect wireless performance.
* AirPlay, the AirPlay logo, iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc.

 

As we continue through the review, we'll take a look at the specifications of the DA-E750 from Samsung.

 


Specifications:

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On the next page we'll move into testing and give our thoughts about this dock's performance and how the features actually work in the real-world.

 


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.

Speaker Cone

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.

Tubes Glowing

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

Silver

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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