Samsung Wireless Audio 360 R1: Omnidirectional Sound
We’ve seen a lot of developments in the home theater system and speakers department, may it be regarding their form factor, sound performance, and user convenience. Our team was once again reminded of this sentiment when the Samsung Wireless Audio 360 R1 came to us.
On the outside, the R1 exudes a simple yet elegant look. Clothed in black, what highlights its design is its touch-sensitive round panel found on top. It features a Tap/Swipe UX that makes it easy to adjust the volume, pause and play songs, toggle between the next and previous track, and switch between TVSoundConnect, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi modes. In the middle of the UV-coated top panel is a blinking LED indicator. Its entire cylindrical body, embraced in a black cloth, houses a pair of acoustic lenses, 1-inch tweeter, and a 3.6-inch woofer, all of which are essential to achieve omnidirectional delivery of sound. Its overall build and relatively heavy weight make this speaker seem sturdy enough for daily use.
The R1 works with the Samsung Multiroom application that can be downloaded from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The mobile app serves as an all-in-one buddy for the R1 as it allows its users to play and stream songs downloaded or from online music services like Spotify, Tunein Radio, and Deezer through a smartphone or a tablet. The app can also serve as R1’s remote control in which you can set up the speaker’s alarm, sleep timer, turn the LED blinker on/off, and even change into different input sources.
Though it delivered well as a standalone speaker during our test, users who would want to have an even richer and immersive sound experience can add speakers by joining the R1’s network through the “Add Speaker” option by using the Samsung Multiroom app.
The R1 is the smallest in Samsung’s new range of multiroom speakers that includes the R7, R6, and the R3. Proving to be worthy of attention among its siblings, the R1 did well with regards to sound performance. We played a number of tracks and the R1 proved its ability to fill an entire room with satisfying tunes. It made Adele’s vocals in Hello standout, but not in an overpowering manner. Playing The Knack’s My Sharona and The Eagle’s Hotel California, the R1 was able to maintain balance between the instruments while giving out just the enough amount of pounding bass in our songs.
As good as its looks, the R1 is an ideal addition to today’s entertainment room with its wireless features and impressive audio quality that goes well with various genres.
The Samsung Wireless Audio 360 R1 is available on Samsung concept stores and resellers with a retail price of PhP 7,490.