Samsung Audio Dock DA-E750 review: Samsung Audio Dock DA-E750

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Extremely stylish. Warm sound, good bass. Simple control.

The Bad High price. Lack of display. The dreaded "piano finish".

The Bottom Line Samsung has produced an elegant music dock with great connectivity options and good sound that might be priced just a little too high for some.

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The first look at Samsung's DA-E750 Wireless Audio with Docks (to give it its full title) definitely impresses — between the cherry wood finish and the prominently displayed vacuum tubes, it's almost more elegant than any audio has the right to be. Luckily, there's a lot more to this unit than just good looks.

Connectivity

There's almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the ways in which you can get music onto the DA-E750. It has an Ethernet port at the back and is Wireless LAN ready; the dock at the rear has both a 30-pin connector and a micro-USB, and is also compatible with AllShare, Airplay and Bluetooth; and finally, it syncs with compatible Samsung TVs, to operate as a sort of a soundbar to boost the TV's audio.

The rear dock was intriguing, and we found it excellent for using with the Samsung Galaxy S3phone. A Samsung dock app lets you easily control the audio, while it charges your phone as well. It works with non-Samsung phones, but we found that the placement of the USB port on the HTC One X, for example, meant the phone sat sideways, with the screen to the rear — not a major problem, but it certainly looked a little odd.

There's no front display, however — just a top mount light display that lets you see what source is selected. This makes the initial set up of Bluetooth, AllShare and Airplay a little tricky, but nothing unmanageable. It's most notable when using the remote (a very sleek and well-design unit in its own right) — while you can just hit the F button to cycle through sources, you can't see which you've selected unless you're looking down on the unit.

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Where to Buy

Samsung Audio Dock DA-E750

Part Number: CNETSamsung Audio Dock DA-E750

Typical Price: $699.00

See manufacturer website for availability.