New Samsung Sound System Upscales 8-Bit Audio To 24-Bit
The move comes as Samsung gets set to finalise their acquisition of Harman International’s sound business.
Among their new products revealed at CES is a new sound bar and ultra-high-definition Blu-ray player along with a stylish H7 wireless speaker, which uses a 32-bit system to upscale music and deliver clearer, more detailed sound. The move to High Resolution Audio comes as music companies and streaming services look to deliver a new generation of High Res Audio.
Another big plus from Samsung is the inclusion of a sub-woofer into their new soundbar. Currently the Korean company’s Dolby Atmos soundbar is in big demand in Australia due to its excellent sound output.
At the core of the H7 wireless speaker is a new 32-bit upscaling system. Although it runs at a higher resolution than many current high-res audio systems. The only competitor now is the new Bluesound High Res soundbar.
According to Samsung, their new speaker is able to convert regular 8 or 24-bit audio files into 32-bit, which is a more detailed file allowing for greater sound quality and less distortion.
The result, says the company, is a speaker which delivers higher quality audio from a wide range of audio inputs, be they wired or wireless.
On the outside, Samsung has chosen a clean, simple design to reflect the look being adapted in many millennial homes today.
A range of metal finishes will be offered, and the speaker’s compact size means it can be slotted neatly into a corner or put on display in the middle of a room – if you want to display what is essentially a giant, metal Lego block. Users can control the speaker’s various functions with two rotary controllers, but we’ll have to wait and see whether they deliver on the promise of simple, intuitive control.
Alongside the new H7 wireless speaker, Samsung also revealed the MS750 sound bar. It’s the brand’s first sound bar with an integrated subwoofer, removing the need for a bulky external unit that ruins the neat, tidy design of the bar itself. Like the H7, the MS750 will come with UHQ 32-bit audio.
The M9500 Ultra High Definition Blu-ray player rounds out the set, offering the ability to transfer TV audio directly to regular Bluetooth headphones for quite late-night watching. It will also automatically adjust screen and audio levels based on the current content, which means couch potatoes should be able to switch between wildly different shows and enjoy them with ideal colour and audio settings.