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CES 2017: Samsung Debuts Audio With 32-bit UHQ
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CES 2017: Samsung Debuts Audio With 32-bit UHQ

Typically content with their TVs, Samsung rededicates themselves to premium sound yet again. Welcome to UHQ.

Samsung who are known for making everything from smartphones, home appliances, to premium TVs have a surprisingly modest audio presence, but they are adamant on changing that for CES 2017. They’re determined to take a piece the audiophile market and promises to upscale your existing music collection to Hi-Res quality, taking 8-bit and 24-bit sound and outputting it at 32-bit with what they call Ultra High Quality (UHQ). Samsung is betting big on the upcoming H7 Wireless Speaker and MS750 Soundbar to attract listeners with discerning tastes.

Obviously, the H7 Wireless Speaker really stands out with its sleek minimalistic design and refreshingly slick. Made entirely of metal with two circular grilles on the front and two top control dials the look there isn’t much to distract you from the splendor of music, it’s aesthetically pleasing with all of the input hidden underneath the unit. But the aim of the H7 is to bring full-bodied sound, balance, and clarity together in one package, with UHQ being the catalyst of the whole equation. One distinct advantage is bass response that allows the H7 to bring out the low-end frequencies, all the way down to 35Hz. Since the H7 is wireless you can stream your audio to the speakers too.

Samsung didn’t forget the soundbar either with the MS750, which incorporates an internal subwoofer to handle the bass without having shell out more dough for an external sub. Since its solely targeted for home cinema and is compatible with Dolby Atmos, the effect that the soundbar portrays was believable and moderately impressive thanks to ‘distortion cancelling’ and ‘wide-band tweeter’ technology. On top of that, the MS750 can be easily integrated onto your (Samsung) TV and be wall mounted, another plus is that both units can be powered with just a single HDMI cable and controlled through the TV when assimilated.

But let’s be clear, the promise of wringing that extra data out of your existing audio is debatable because 32-bit audio doesn’t really exist. It sounds enticing enough but if you want purer music it’ll have to be remastered in a studio before any speaker can project the quality, but Samsung vehemently insists the H7 and MS750 can legitimately upscale, whether or not you can hear the acute changes. Frankly, the loud and populated environment of the show floor didn’t help their case for better quality, but we couldn’t be unfairly critical either. If not sublime, we’re sure both units probably sound premium enough to get the job done.

As of this writing, we don’t know pricing or availability. But all signs point to mid-spring when they finally do arrive.

About the Author: Herman Exum