Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock - Review

Sound of the Present with a Touch of the Past

Samsung DA-E750 Audio-Dock

The Samsung DA-E750 is a self contained 2.1 channel audio system that incorporates a vacuum tube preamp stage, supported by digital amplification technology that provides power output to the speakers and subwoofer.

The DA-E750 is compatible with iOS devices (iPhone/iPod/iPad) and Galaxy S smartphones. In addition, a USB port is provided for playback from USB flash drives, hard drives, or compatible devices. Wireless support is also provided for Samsung AllShare, Apple Airplay, and Bluetooth compatible devices.

For more on the features and performance of the Samsung DA-E750, keep reading this review.

Product Overview

The features of the Samsung DA-E750 include:

1. 2.1 channel audio system featuring two 4-inch glass-fiber midrange/woofer cones, each paired with a .75-inch soft dome tweeter. A 5.25-inch down firing subwoofer is also included, which is additionally supported by rear mounted port to further extend low frequency response.

2. Hybrid amplifier that combines two 12AU7 (ECC82) Dual Triode vacuum tubes in the preamp stage with digital amplifier technology for the output stage.

3. Amplifier power output for the system is 100 watts total (20 watts x 2 and 60 watts subwoofer).

4. System Frequency Response (audibly observed): 60Hz to 15kHz.

5. Wired (Ethernet/LAN) and Wireless (WiFi) network compatible.

6. Samsung AllShare/DLNA Certified. NOTE: Samsung Software Download may be required to fully integrate your network connected PC with Samsung AllShare-enabled devices, such as the DA-E750.

7. Built-in Dock for iPod/iPhone/iPad, and Galaxy-S2, Note, and Player.

9. One Stereo (3.5mm) audio input for analog audio sources (such as a CD player, audio cassette deck, or non-dockable portable media players).

10. USB Input for access to music content stored on flash drives or other compatible USB plug-and-play devices.

11. Wireless Remote control provided. In addition, DA-E750 is also compatible with iPod/iPhone/iPad remote control via info sharing and AirPlay and Samsung Galaxy via a downloadable app.

12. Dimensions (W/H/D) 17.7 x 5.8 x 9.5-inches

13. Weight: 18.96 lbs

Setup and Installation

To get started with the Samsung DA-E750, I definitely suggest reading both the included Quick Start Guide and User Manual in order familiarize yourself with all the connection and use options.

Out of the box, you can plug in an iPod/iPhone/iPad, or compatible Samsung Galaxy device, or plug in a USB flash drive or external analog music source and access content without any additional setup procedures. However, in order to use Apple Airplay, Wireless Bluetooth, or Samsung's SoundShare, there are additional steps. For instance, in order to access music files from my DLNA-enabled PC, I also had to download Samsung's AllShare software.

To experience the full capabilities of the DA-E750 you have to make sure that you have either have a wired or wireless internet router as part of your setup. Although both wired and wireless network connection options are provided, wired is the easiest to set-up and provides the most stable signal access. My suggestion, try the wireless option first, as it would end up being the most convenient for unit placement if the system is to be located some distance away, or in a different room, than the router.

For a detailed, advance, look at the DA-E750's wireless network, Bluetooth, and Airplay setup, the full User Manual is available for free download.


Getting a chance to use the DA-E750 for an extended time, I really enjoyed listening to it. I found the sound quality to be very good for table-top system.

What definitely sets the DA-E750 apart from most audio dock systems, is the integration of a Vacuum Tube preamp stage - however, it must be noted that Samsung is not the only maker of vacuum tube-equipped audio docks - but it is certainly then only mass-market brand to do so.

Using the frequency sweep test on the Digital Video Essentials Test Disc (played on an OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Disc player using 2-channel analog audio outputs), touching the front midrange/woofer and subwoofer speaker cones, I could feel vibration starting at about 35Hz, with usable audible sound beginning between 50Hz and 60Hz, which is actually pretty good for a compact system. On the high frequency side, strong output was audible to about 15kHz.

Getting down to real-world content listening, the Samsung was certainly at home with music content, whether from CD, Flash Drive, or DLNA/AllShare sources (I did not have the opportunity to check Airplay or Bluetooth sources). Vocals where distinct, full-bodied, and well-balanced with background instruments.

With TV and movie content, the physical and audio processing limitations of the DA-E750 doesn't provide much of a "home theater" listening experience, but the actual sound quality was very good for a compact system. The balance between dialog, soundtrack music, and effect sounds was acceptable - a good sound bar would provide a better option, in terms of soundfield creation for TV and movie viewing/listening, provided the core audio quality was the same or better.

Just as in my previous review of the Samsung HT-E6730 vacuum tube-equipped Home Theater System, it is hard to pinpoint how much of what you actually hear is the result of using vacuum tubes, but the DA-E750 definitely produces a sound that is not overly harsh, or distorted when the volume is turned up (unless you get carried away with the Bass Boost setting). Considering the size and speaker configuration of the system, vocals and instruments were well balanced, with strong, and relatively tight, bass response.

Final Take

Taking all into consideration, the Samsung DA-E750 is one stylish, and very good sounding audio dock system that can work well for just about any room in the home, the office, or even a dorm room. Its abundant connection options provide access to a variety of content sources, including select Samsung Bluetooth-equipped TVs.

However, I felt that there were some things could be added or improved.

First, although the cabinet is large by audio dock standards, its speakers are not physically far enough apart to provide a very wide stereo sound stage. It would have been nice for Samsung to incorporate a Virtual Surround setting that is commonly used in 2.1 channel audio systems, providing both a wider two-channel sound stage, with a hint of immersive surround. This would make the DA-E750 more practical when used in conjunction with watching TV programs or movies, either via SoundShare or if a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player audio is plugged in using the analog audio input option.

Also, another issue with the DA-E750 is that other than a Bass Boost setting (which actually provides too much bass for most listing needs - and it is a little too boomy), there are no equalization or tone controls to tailor the sound reproduction characteristics for different content sources (music vs TV shows vs movies), or room conditions.

Additional features that could be added would be a headphone output, a standard size RCA-type analog audio input (along with the current 3.5mm input), a better on-board menu display, and more comprehensive remote control. Samsung assumes you will be controlling the unit from an iOS or Galaxy phone or tablet.

On the other hand, if you are shopping for a compact music system that includes an iPod dock, don't settle for the typical inexpensive fare. Although it carries a high price tag, the build quality (including the hefty approximate 20 pound weight), style (cherry wood finish), connectivity, core features, and sound quality definitely make the Samsung DA-E750 worth consideration.

For an additional, closer, look at this system, check out my supplementary Samsung DA-E750 Product Photos.

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