There’s Tubes in Them There Samsungs!

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File this one under “I didn’t see that coming!” Samsung has announced new lines of Home Theater Systems and combination Galaxy S/iOS integrated audio docks set to debut at CES, and although the latter is certainly interesting in and of itself, the most intriguing revelation is the presence of vacuum tube technology in two of the models.

The Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock, in addition to docking support for Galaxy S phones, as well as iPods, iPhones, and even iPads, will also connect wirelessly to said devices (via AllShare for the Galaxy S and AirPlay for iOS devices). It also supports Bluetooth connectivity, and includes analog audio inputs as well as support for MP3, WMA, and WAV via a flash drive inserted into its USB port.

What’s really cool for audio geeks is the fact that the DA-E750 features a tube pre-amplifier stage, and a digital amp, combining the best of old-school analog audio warmth to take the edge off of your compressed music collection, with the efficiency and size of modern digital amplification, which enables it all (and by “it all,” I also mean a 2.1 speaker system with a 100-watt subwoofer) to fit in one relatively itty bitty box.

The same release covers another model (DA-E670), which, as best I can tell, touts all the same features, just without the tube pre-amplifier. No price is listed for either.

Perhaps even more surprising is the announcement of a new integrated home theater system, model HT-E6730W, which also features the same tube/digital hybrid technology. I’m sure the mere mention of tube pre-amplification and wireless surround speakers in the same system is going to make my pal Steve‘s head explode, but the HT-E6730W 7.1 Channel Blu-ray 3D Home Theater System includes both, along with an integrated Blu-ray player, embedded height channels in the front tower speakers, built-in wi-fi access, all the usual Samsung apps, and a total of 1,330 watts of digital amplification.

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  • Paul Taylor

    Careful, now! Most of you probably don’t remember the “farm radio” craze of the 1920’s and ’30’s that my Dad experienced. Just to sell more radios, they loaded them with extraneous tubes, and made sure they were lit up nicely on the heater circuit for show. People thought surely they had bought a better radio with all those tubes in them, when in reality a good AM superheterodyne radio can be made with just a few tubes. I’d like to see the circuit Samsung uses to find out what they are really doing. BTW, Samsung’s claim that the tubes should be replaced after 7000 hours doesn’t ring true. I have seen them last up to 100,000 hours in a properly designed preamp….