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Samsung opens the wireless speaker floodgates with CES audio lineup

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Samsung has just let loose a press release this evening before CES starts in earnest, revealing its very own wireless Bluetooth speaker and a few new home theater audio systems. The wireless speaker goes by the moniker DA-F60, and it follows a pattern that we think will be re-tread many times during CES. The DA-F60 thankfully uses the apt-X codec for wireless streaming over Bluetooth (rather than some lower-quality codecs), and it features NFC so you can sync your phone to the speaker painlessly. In addition, Samsung says the speaker can connect to Bluetooth-enabled TVs using a feature called "SoundShare." The speaker is an attempt to offer something similar to Airplay, Apple's successful and dead-simple syncing technology, and by coming out early Samsung is getting out of the gate first before the deluge.

Other than portable speakers, Samsung is continuing its love affair with vacuum tube home theater audio products. In what the company claims is a "world's first," it's announced a soundbar taking advantage of the analog tech. Samsung has christened the soundbar the HW-F750, and, like the DA-F60, it's equipped with Bluetooth so you can connect it wirelessly to your TV set — so long as it also has Bluetooth. Lastly, the Korean company has also announced a 1,330-watt, 7.1 channel home theater system with vacuum tubes and Bluetooth called the HT-F9750W, and it has unveiled the UHD-upscaling BD-F7500 Blu-ray player. There's no pricing or availability for any of these products, but we'll keep an eye out.