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First Look: Is Samsung's gorgeous AirPlay speaker worth $700?

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First Look: Is Samsung's gorgeous AirPlay speaker worth $700?

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Samsung's DA-E760 wireless audio dock handles AirPlay and Bluetooth, and looks good doing it. But is it enough to justify its luxury price?

Hey I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET and we're gonna take a look at the Samsung. 750. This is an airplane and Bluetooth speaker from Samsung and it's currently selling for 700 dollars. The 750 is hands down the best looking airplay speaker accuracy. It has a gorgeous cherry wood finish it's accented by a pair of glowing vacuum tubes on the top. They -- definitely paying a lot for that style but there's no denying that looks a lot better than the other plasticky airplay speakers on the market. I could be in W zeppelin error the post to conduct. The Samsung does come with the remote but it's pretty cheap feeling compared to the rest of the system. Phone -- to let that's -- because in most cases you'll be controlling it with your Smartphone or tablet. Like I said the speaker has support for both airplay and Bluetooth so you should be able to wirelessly stream audio from most Smartphones and tablets. If you look around back there's also a retractable dock in the -- that supports iphones iPod touches ipads and Samsung galaxy to galaxy -- in galaxy note devices. The back panel also has an ethernet Jack. And there's Wi-Fi built in plus a mini Jack input and a USB port so altogether you have a ton of ways to connect your devices to the dock. It doesn't sound quality compared to Samsung directly to BMW's 600 dollars Apple in there. Right off the -- you can tell that they're very different sounding speakers at the Samsung having a really bright sound and -- -- sounds a little bit more neutral on my back. The Samsung's brighter sound work better for some harder rock tracks as it sounded a little bit more alive -- the zeppelin but it could get a little -- over longer listening sessions. The Samsung also lacks any ability to adjust the sound other than a bass boost option. Which is unfortunate because smaller systems can use some tweaking depending on where you place them. I had to pick one of the two speakers to listen to regularly I go what the zeppelin air which sounds better with more types of music of the Samsung is still a solid performer. But actually neither of these high -- wireless speakers -- that -- of -- enemy. If I had a budget -- -- system like this I'd buy a pair of audio engine five plus bookshelf speakers and pair them up with either an airport express or Bluetooth adapter. It cost less overall and you're gonna get better sound quality. So altogether the Samsung. 750 is and -- great of a value pick. But if you got a big budget and you want and absolutely gorgeous looking audio -- this is a once again. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is the Samsung. 750.

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