Samsung Electronics recently showcased a multi-device audio dock with vacuum tube technology and the industry’s first audio dock with extended multi-device compatibility, dubbed as the Samsung DA-E750 speaker dock. The extended multi-device compatibility refers to the iOS/Galaxy S feature set. This shiny new dock can play music from your iDevice or Samsung's line of Galaxy S phones. The device is the 2.1 variety. The sub-woofer gives an output of 100 watts. The DA-E750 speaker dock also charges your device while music is being belted out by it. Its quite compact and well-designed, ensuring that it can be kept in the bedroom, living room or home office.
Docks usually support only Apple devices or an auxiliary-in for the myriad other devices out there. But docks supporting both were none, at least until now. The Samsung Vacuum Tube Dock is an industry first. The dock has been fitted with a vacuum tube that Samsung calls its proprietary hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology.
Vacuum tubes in modern audio devices is a rarity. Vacuum tubes are old analog technology only used it specialty audio devices nowadays. Solid state audio gear is more portable and versatile. Vacuum tubes on the other hand are fragile and immobile. And add to that the fact that vacuum tubes are expensive; manufacturers shy away from using them.
Previously only available in premium audio products, vacuum tubes have been praised by audiophiles for producing more natural and warmer sounds, but these sounds were occasionally subject to distortion. Digital amplifiers deliver clear sound output, are more energy efficient and can fit into a smaller form factor. By combining the best of both, Samsung has produced this wonderful piece of technology. However, many audiophiles argue that unless your music ripped at a high bit rate, the vacuum tubes may not make much of a difference. The vacuum tube is used in the pre-amplifier while the power amplifier uses digital technology so the audio dock is able to maintain its slim body.
Apart from the port for iOS and Galaxy devices, the dock features the usual plethora of ports. The system features inputs from USB and legacy composite devices. This is a boon for a household with all sorts of devices. Another major plus point is that the device supports wireless music playback via Apple's AirPlay for iOS devices and Samsung's AllShare app for its Galaxy line of devices.
Pricing and availability hasn't been released yet, but its going to be showcased next week at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas Convention Center.