Bluetooth; NFC; 24-bit audio
Slightly murky sound
Samsung’s M3, M5 and M7 speakers cater to different room sizes, plus there’s the M2 wireless bridge. The wedge-shaped speakers are designed to fit into corners, or you can use the supplied stand to rest them upright, and there’s the option to create stereo pairs.
The speakers are linked by a dual-band 2.4/5GHz mesh wireless network, or you can stream directly to any speaker via Bluetooth. Some speakers also feature a 3.5mm line-in, but there’s no Samsung Shape adapter for connecting up your existing sound system. You will, however, find the Multi- Room Link Mate Adapter, which can act like a soundbar and connects to external audio sources via analogue or digital line-in as well as Bluetooth.
You can drive the Samsung speakers from iOS, Android, Windows or Mac, mixing and matching music between rooms. You can play music from your device or from your network via DLNA or the Samsung Link music server software. Alternatively, you can access a range of subscription services including Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and TuneIn.
Fast NFC pairing is also Samsung’s party trick, letting Android users tap on a speaker to play music. There’s also a ‘room to room’ function, which lets the music follow you around the house, but this is also limited to some Android handsets.
Like LG Music Flow, the surprise inclusion is support for 24-bit audio, letting you stream high-definition lossless audio files such as FLAC and WAV.
Also like LG Music Flow, Samsung’s sound quality falls short of Sonos and Jongo. You may find the Samsung speakers a little murky and flat in comparison.
Samsung Shape also embraces 24-bit audio and NFC fast-pairing, stacking up well against LG Music Flow, but it’s not in the same class as Sonos and Pure’s Jongo.