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37 people found this helpful
on November 1, 2012
The quality of sound of this audio dock is Outstanding for an all in one unit. I have had other stereo's for less money that sounded better, But those were component stereos. For a self contained setup this thing sounds really really good. Connectivity is great. Airplay pull right up and starts playing immediately without any issues and I am easily able to play from Bluetooth devices. Where you can really hear the quality of this dock is when you turn the volume up, Crystal clear, Nice bass, Even w/o the bass boost on.
There are 4 ways to play audio from your computer, Bluetooth, AllShare client (Don't bother), direct connect thru aux input on the back and Air Play. My computer Bluetooth audio quality doesn't sound right, Aux connection works alright and the Samsung AllShare client to me was completely useless. Now I did say 4 ways, I have found AirFoil, This is a Airplay client the windows/mac PC. It works really really well with the this audio dock and just about any other airplay device. Unfortunately AirFoil does cost $25.
Few negatives, First thing is There is a Loud test tone that comes on for a second when you first power it on. I don't know if this is just my unit or all of them. Maybe someone else can tell me if this happens to them. It is pretty loud and obnoxious, However, I don't turn it off very often. Occasionally it glitches, then I have to power it off then back on, but for the most part I just leave it powered on.
I have noticed a bug, Where If I let it go to sleep for a while, When I come back and try to play something, It is like only the Sub works. I have to power it off and back on to get all working again. This hasn't been a big deal.
When connected thru Airplay, I cannot seem to get the Play/Pause button on the remote to play after it pauses, it works on the unit itself but not on the remote. It works when docked without a hitch, just not thru airplay.
Samsung support is REALLY useless. They have been ZERO help. I called 4 different times trying to get help before I gave up and decided to live with the minor issues. You would think spend $600+ for product you at least get some support, But I digress.
This is my biggest complaint. The mode switching is downright annoying. I really don't see much of a point in the remote for changing the input. The input LED's are on top and you cannot see what mode it is on without getting up and looking. There was seriously ZERO thought in the design of this particular function. I can think of a way this could be easily remedied with a simple firmware update, But not like Samsung will actually listen. This annoyance is tempered a little bit by the fact that It doesn't matter what mode you are in to connect thru the airplay as Airplay seems to trump all. Once device connects to the dock thru airplay it automatically switches to that mode w/o use intervention.
With all that said, It really good sound quality, And I think even as it sits it was worth the money we spent on it.