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By David Richards | Saturday | 04/01/2014

xxSamsung who has been growing their share of the attach sound market in Australia have released a new range of audio gear that is designed to work with their new range of TV's, the range will be on show at CES 2014 and on sale in Australia in the second quarter, among the range is a low cost Sonos competitor.

Among the new range is a new HW-H600 Sound Stand which is designed to replace a sound bar. 

The Sound Stand is a new category of speaker that double as television stands. Samsung said that by making the speaker short and deep they can deliver more cabinet space than a sound bar.

They claim that the Sound Stand is s a speaker with richer sound quality and more bass than can be achieved by a sound bar that isn't aided by a subwoofer. Since the speakers are so slight in height, they don't take up much more real estate than a stand mounted television occupies, making them an easy addition to any entertainment setup. 

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New Samsung Sound Stand

Also released is the M7 speaker, which is a wireless multi-room audio solution similar to what Sonos has had a lot of success with in Australia.

The device which is set to be half the price of a Sonos speaker uses a similar wireless "mesh network" to Sonos. 

Samsung claims that this allows for a significant amount of control over music playback via a simple mobile device app.

 Despite launching a Sound Stand Samsung has also kept their hand in the Sound Bar market with the release of the HW-F750 Sound Bar.

Samsung's previous flagship sound bar offerings saw the addition of vacuum tubes in the pre-amp stage and increasingly slim form factors. This year, the company's premium model adds compatibility with the aforementioned wireless multi-room audio system's mesh network for enhanced music distribution and control. Samsung says the sound bar packs a 320-watt amplifier, and is compatible with its Television Sound Connect feature, which offers wireless audio signal delivery and volume control from compatible Samsung televisions. 

Not to be outdone Samsung has also released the HT-H7730WM Home Entertainment System which is the Korean Companies new flagship all-in-one system.

The HT-H7730WM's "tall boy" speakers feature midrange drivers, which can be angled up in order to bounce sound off the ceiling. This approach is meant to generate an effect similar to that of the height speakers found in elaborate surround systems. The system's rear surrounds get their audio signal wirelessly, though they must be plugged in for power. The Blu-ray player in the system boasts Ultra HD upscaling for enhanced resolution from standard and high definition sources played on new Ultra HD televisions. 

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Once again, Samsung includes its vacuum tube technology for supposedly smoother sound from digital audio sources. Finally, Samsung boasts that this system is the only one being introduced at CES 2014 that is compliant with DTS' new Neo:Fusion codec, a type of surround processing which creates a virtual 9.1 system from a 7.1 speaker system.

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