Test: Samsung Multiroom Speakers

Samsung gives on Sonos. The result is something complicated while the sight is much broader than the competitor.

Multirumsljud is a bit like a kind of precursor to the intelligent home, mostly because the idea was much more practical in most years than many home control options have been. One of the cheaper versions, which also gained enormously in being sick of easy-to-use and be available to most platforms in one form or another, has long been the Sonos system. In most situations, it has the system worked extremely well in its price class, with surprisingly few competitors over the years. Of course, not Samsung fail but with its multi-room system give the Sonos a match. Samsung has its enormous size and width of the product portfolio. It is not just about the little hub and speakers M5 and M7 if Samsung builds multi-room. In addition to that, many of the company’s more modern television sets to connect to the system, as well as some of the company’s audio loaves and the like. Assuming you want to go only to Samsung in your entertainment system (which, of course, want to Samsung), there is a pretty good basis to actually get to a multirumslösning without having to be too expensive. Although sound loaves and televisions can act normal loudspeakers in such a system, they can also be used to build a reasonably wireless home theater system. This particular piece, we have not had a chance to build up to this test.

What we are looking at here is the Samsung hub to connect it all and speakers M5 and M7. The hub itself is rather unremarkable and really makes no fuss at all by itself as soon as the umbilical cord to your router at home. Both speakers have the size that separates them, while the functionality is similar. Both speakers have NFC, wifi and Bluetooth built in. WiFi to talk with the hub and the other two for a more direct connection, for example, guests who do not have access to the network but who should get to play some music. The installation of the loudspeakers are designed to be extremely simple as possible that Samsung half forgotten to tell you what to do if something goes wrong. With Hub installed it suffices, in some cases, just by plugging in the power cord to the speaker, let it sing its little junction view for a minute and then have the two visited each other and work cleanly. The times the speaker does not understand the above cited we to a rather taffligt written the troubleshooting section of the manual and after that it’s mostly about flax when the speaker begins to function properly.

All of this is controlled mainly through an app to either Ios or Android (Windows Phone gets no love at all, apparently). This is very similar to how you knobs music in a Sonos system, but usually with some extra spin before things work as it should. To group two or more loudspeakers require a few minutes of charging from the app’s page (Yes, minutes), and to control external services such as Spotify is handled via Spotify. That means you go to the app, choose what to play, and then choose which speaker it should be played on without really involving Samsung’s app at all. It does work alright, but you lose the ability to simultaneously control the music in Samsung’s own app where you can only control the volume and it is not possible at all for himself to see what song is playing in the app, which feels a bit like a b-solution anyway.

Speakers M7 and M5 goes of approximately 3 500 SEK 2 800, respectively, which is in the same price range as the Sonos speaker Range. Do you want to get out cheaply, however, is the Sonos loudspeaker, then their smallest cheaper are scarce in the hundreds cheaper and actually gives a slightly better sound than Samsung’s M5. M7 is a grade higher in terms of both price tag that size and it even makes its sound.

Seen as a bit of a first-generation product from Samsung, they have still managed quite well with his venture, especially as many of their other products are in the game at the same time. At the same time, we think that such a large and well established player that Samsung could have had the opportunity to compete with either any extra must have function or a slightly more attractive price.