Samsung refreshes multiroom line with 360-degree speakers

Samsung has replaced its Shape mulitroom speakers with a new range of 360-degree models.

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Samsung has announced its new range of wireless multiroom speakers, with a new 360-degree design.

The speakers feature drivers that distribute sound in a ring around the speaker -- Samsung claims this offers sound quality that is the same for everyone in the room.

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The multiroom system can be controlled by the Samsung Multiroom app, which connects to each speaker via Wi-Fi. Alternatively, they can be used with native apps such as Spotify Connect or people can hook up other devices via Bluetooth.

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The new speakers feature a touch-sensitive top that users can tap to pause and swipe to skip tracks.

The R3 and the R5 feature a small OLED display on top that gives input and playback information.

The new models replace the existing M3 and larger M5 and M7 speakers and Samsung is also discontinuing the Link Mate, which enabled people to use the company's Multiroom system with a home stereo.