Sam­sung R7 (WAM7501)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Bryan Chan

When it comes to speak­ers, func­tion takes prece­dence over form most of the time. Sam­sung is among the few who is try­ing to defy this, and its se­cret weapon comes in the form of a wire­less speaker that is ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing au­dio in a 360-de­gree arc. It's called the R7 and it's def­i­nitely some­thing you'd want on your wish­list.

With­out a doubt, the most out­stand­ing thing about the R7 is its looks. Oval in shape, one might mis­take the R7 for a very huge or­na­ment. How­ever, this shape serves a very sig­nif­i­cant pur­pose – to ef­fec­tively dis­trib­ute sound evenly in a cir­cle. Why would we need to evenly dis­trib­ute the sound? It's to en­sure that ev­ery­one in a room can en­joy the same level of au­dio qual­ity.

You'll find a sin­gle 25mm tweeter at the top of R7, fac­ing up­wards to­wards what Sam­sung calls an acous­tic lens. The acous­tic lens acts like a re­flec­tor of sorts, di­rect­ing any sound from the tweeter to all around the R7. In­side the R7, there's a 125mm woofer that's fac­ing down­wards, to­wards another acous­tic lens.

To test this speaker, we in­stalled Sam­sung's Mul­ti­room app on an An­droid de­vice. While you can con­nect the R7 to de­vices via Blue­tooth, con­nect­ing to the speaker via Wi-Fi and the Mul­ti­room app will give you ac­cess to ad­di­tional fea­tures, such as Spo­tify and other mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices. You'll also be able to link mul­ti­ple Sam­sung de­vices to­gether, to play au­dio from the same source, or dif­fer­ent sources. Most im­por­tantly, you'll get ac­cess to an equal­izer that lets you tweak the au­dio to your lik­ing.

Once we paired the R7, we played a num­ber of dif­fer­ent songs from dif­fer­ent gen­res, and even watched a num­ber of movies to hear how well it per­formed. First up, we played Ed Sheeran's 'Think­ing Out Loud', and found both bass and highs to be very well pre­sented. Next, we played some­thing with a lit­tle bit more in­stru­ments – Pachel­bel's 'Canon in D'. Here, the vi­o­lins were clearly au­di­ble, though the brass in­stru­ments were slightly muted. When it comes to movie play­back, we no­ticed that the dialog was highly au­di­ble, though bass suf­fered a lit­tle.

While the au­dio qual­ity of the R7 was gen­er­ally good, there was one is­sue we had with its de­sign – sound­stag­ing be­came highly lim­ited. The R7 did pro­ject the sound in a 360-de­gree arc, but you could still clearly dis­cern that the source was from a sin­gle di­rec­tion. To rem­edy this, you'll have to con­nect mul­ti­ple R7s, or any other speak­ers that sup­port the Sam­sung Mul­ti­room fea­ture.


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