Samsung’s obsession with love tubes CES began last year, the DA-E750, and now the company is adding vacuum tube amplifiers for home theater systems and even sound bars.
The recently announced Samsung HW-F750 is nicknamed “The world’s first sound bar with a vacuum tube amplifier”, which is technically true: as last year’s models, has a tube preamp connected to a digital amplifier. In any case, the difference is largely academic, since no tubes found that the DA-E750 added a distinctive sound similar, but it was a desktop system sounds good.
Aside from the tubes, is a fairly standard 2.1 sound bars with one-inch tweeters and a wireless subwoofer. No built-in Bluetooth, and is compatible with Samsung’s proprietary platform SoundShare, so you can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to Samsung TV with the same feature, but I’d be surprised if that does not degrade sound quality. In addition, Samsung AirtrackON feature automatically turns the sound bar when the TV is on.
Samsung also touts a number of sound processing features, including virtual surround, 3D Sound Plus and a gyro sensor. 3D Sound Plus supposedly “calculates the depth of the 3D images on the screen and set the depth of the sound system accordingly.” I would not put too much stock in that feature that sounds contrived, especially from a system that lacks true surround sound capabilities. The built-in gyroscope senses the exact positioning of the sound bar and adjusts to optimize sound quality.
The HW-F750 is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2013. No pricing has been announced yet.