R5

SAM­SUNG

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There’s a good rea­son Sam­sung’s lat­est Mul­ti­room speaker is cylin­dri­cal. The R5 is de­signed to de­liver sound from all an­gles us­ing tech­nol­ogy called Ring Ra­di­a­tor de­vel­oped in Sam­sung’s Los An­ge­les sound lab. In prac­tise, it’s sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive, though the deep­est bass em­anates from the open­ing at the bot­tom of the speaker. The R5 can con­nect to smart­phones or TVs with wi-fi or Blue­tooth con­nec­tions, and an app to con­trol them is avail­able on iOS and An­droid plat­forms. Crisp, well-de­fined sound with lit­tle dis­tor­tion is its best trait, but its slick touch­sen­si­tive con­trols, in­clud­ing a tap to pause and play fea­ture, can­not fail to im­press. $649 / SAM­SUNG.COM/AU

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