R6 Wire­less Au­dio 360

Classy sound – but a clumsy app

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There are quite a few speak­ers avail­able that have a cir­cu­lar or cylin­dri­cal shape, but the de­sign is of­ten just for show as th­ese speak­ers still tend to emit sound in a rel­a­tively nar­row area im­me­di­ately in front of the speaker. But, for the new R6, Sam­sung de­vel­oped a spe­cial ‘ring ra­di­a­tor’ that is able to emit sound in a full 360-de­gree range around the speaker.

The re­sult is pretty im­pres­sive, as this nine-inch speaker pumps out a firm, full sound that is ca­pa­ble of fill­ing a room for a de­cent-sized party. It weighs a com­fort­able 1.8kg and has a recharge­able bat­tery that lasts for about six hours, so it’s ideal if you want to pick it up and blast your tunes out­side.

You can con­nect to the R6 us­ing ei­ther Blue­tooth or Wi-Fi, and the Wi-Fi op­tion also al­lows you to link mul­ti­ple speak­ers as part of a mul­ti­room au­dio sys­tem. Un­for­tu­nately, the Wi-Fi side of things is a bit un­tidy. Sam­sung’s Wire­less Au­dio app is avail­able for Macs and iOS de­vices, as well as Win­dows and An­droid, but it has some very rough edges – for in­stance, you still have to use the app on an iOS de­vice in or­der to play mu­sic stored in iTunes on a Mac. Songs are also listed in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der rather than in their cor­rect al­bum-track or­der, which is sloppy.

At this price we’d have liked the R6 to sup­port Ap­ple’s Air­Play, which would have solved those prob­lems with the Wire­less Au­dio app. As it stands, the R6 is an im­pres­sive speaker that works best via Blue­tooth, but which needs a bet­ter app in or­der to make the most of its Wi-Fi fea­tures. Cliff Joseph

The rounded de­sign emits sound through a full 360 de­grees.

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