Skip to main content

Samsung wants to satisfy your listening needs with a new wireless speaker and soundbars

Wireless Audio Radiant 360 R7
Wireless Audio Radiant 360 R7
Along with the announcement of its new line of SUHD and UHD TVs, Samsung also announced a slew of products to round out the company’s home theater experience, which include a new wireless speaker and a set of curved soundbars.

Let’s start with the speaker. Samsung has made its first omnidirectional speaker with the Wireless Audio Radiant 360 R7. It accomplishes this thanks to Samsung’s “Ring Radiator” technology, which we saw earlier this year at CES with Samsung’s WAM7500 and WAM6500 multi-room speakers.

Related Videos

In short, Ring Radiator allows the R7 to deliver balanced audio across the bass and treble within a 360-degree radius. That way, there’s no need to rearrange your setup in order to get balanced audio in all corners of the room.

Much like the WAM7500 and WAM6500 multi-room speakers, the R7 will work with Samsung’s Multi-Room app, which allows the R7 to connect to connected devices in the home. The app has been updated with a new user interface and now allows for custom queue lists. The R7 can also connect to Samsung multi-room audio products using Multiroom Link.

Samsung curved sound bar

If this all sounds good to you (get it?), the R7 will be available later this month for $500.

Moving on to the curved soundbars, it’s no surprise they were designed to compliment Samsung’s upcoming curved TVs. Today, Samsung revealed four such curved soundbars: the HW-J8500, HW-J7500, HW-J6500, and HW-J6000.

The HW-J8500 includes 350 watt output capabilities through 9.1 channel output, with the HW-J7500 throwing in 320 watt output through 8.1 channel output. Finally, the HW-J6500 and HW-J6000 both include 6.1 channel output. Regardless of the channel output, every speaker will include a wireless subwoofer, which utilizes MAG Woofer technology to deliver deeper bass.

Every speaker includes High Frequency Audio Restoration (HFR), which promises to bump up the fidelity of your music. However, only the HW-J8500 speakers support HD audio. In addition, the HW-J8500 is equipped with side speakers, allowing it to project audio from three sides.

The most expensive of the four, the HW-J8500 is currently available for $1,300. The HW-J7500, meanwhile, is also currently available, but steps down in price to $800. The HW-J6500 will be available later this month for $550. Finally, the HW-J6000, the budget model of the four, is now available for $500.

Editors' Recommendations

LG’s new XBoom XL7 and XL5 speakers offer a portable sound and light show
The LG XBoom X7.

When you think of booming Bluetooth speakers, LG isn't the first brand to come to mind. But today the Korean electronics giant is hoping to get your attention, announcing the latest in their line of XBoom speakers, the XL5 and XL7. At 200- and 250 watts respectively, LG's massive portable party machines are emblazoned with customizable LEDs and feature karaoke functions, IPX4 water resistance, and more.


Read more
The first wireless hi-res headphones with UWB will arrive in 2024
PSB M4U8 wireless headphones.

Wireless headphones (and wireless earbuds) have been hugely popular because of their wire-free convenience and handy features like active noise cancellation (ANC), but audiophiles have never been big fans of the way they sound. Thanks to a new partnership between PSB Speakers, MQA, and Sonical, that could be about to change in a big way: the threesome is planning to launch the world's first set of wireless headphones that use ultra-wideband (UWB) technology instead of Bluetooth, in the first quarter of 2024.

The PSB M4U8 wireless headphones don't have UWB, but they could be the starting point for the first UWB model. PSB

Read more
Can we talk about wireless audio’s missing speedometer?

Imagine someone spending $150,000 on a Porsche that had no speedometer. “This fine sports car can do zero to 60 in under three seconds.” Uh, how do I know? “Doesn’t it feel fast when you drive it? Trust us, it’s under three seconds.” Probably wouldn’t fly, would it? 

And yet, this unlikely scenario is exactly what’s happening in the world of wireless audio. 

Read more