Samsung revealed prices and availability dates of a new home-audio lineup that expands the company’s selection of Wi-Fi-based wireless multiroom-audio products.
Jim Kiczek, Samsung’s director of digital audio and video, with the company’s Shape wireless multiroom-audio speakers.
The audio products were unveiled at International CES.
In wireless multiroom audio, the company developed a second powered Shape speaker and its first Shape adapter, which enables existing hi-fi systems to play back music streamed over a Wi-Fi-based Shape network. The Link Mate adapter also connects directly to legacy music sources such as CD players and turntables to send music from those sources over a Shape network. Like the Shape speakers, the Shape adapter also features stereo Bluetooth.
Also to expand the Shape selection, Samsung is embedding Shape technology for the first time into a soundbar, two Blu-ray HTiBs and one Blu-ray player, all equipped with built-in Wi-Fi.
In one new audio announcement, Samsung expanded the selection of Cloud-based music services available for playback from a Shape system’s controller app for Apple and Android smartphones. When launched last year, the app streamed TuneIn Internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody and the Amazon Cloud Player. To those services, Samsung is adding such new providers as 8tracks, iHeart Radio, Rdio and Spotify. The app also adds Spotify Connect technology.
Apple and Android tablet apps are due in the spring.
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