Besides the importance of a good mobile device for our communications and entertainment, for example a tablet and a smartphone, sometimes it is necessary to add some devices to our list of Gadgets in order to improve the user experience with this kind of devices.
If today we are in the presence of extremely evolved devices when it comes to hardware and graphic performance, the truth is that sound is mostly ignored and you lose sound quality in your devices, losing the nice feel of sound when you listen to your favorite tunes in your device.
Thinking about that, several speakers were launched and are now available in stores and Samsung sent us the DA-F61 in order to take it through a test drive.
Is it worth adding to our list of must have Gadgets? Lets find out.
Design and Ergonomics
When it comes to design, the Samsung DA-F61 is very attractive and of solid build. It is built on minimalistic lines, as Samsung tried to provide their customers with a device that was simple and modern. The front of the device is silver and covered with a metallic grid that hides the speakers inside, only the LED indicators (Bluetooth, bass on, battery level) are visible to the user.
On the sides, which are made out of brushed steel, are the speaker controls and NFC connectivity, which is used to connect the speaker to other devices. On the right side you have access to five different buttons all very appealing that follow minimalistic lines: volume, mute and function (Bluetooth, 3.5mm in or SoundShare, available in Samsung TVs).
The left side is completely void of any protuberances except for the mark that signals the user where to approximate devices to connect through NFC.
The back of the DA-F61 has the connections and the support that allows you to keep the speaker in a vertical position. When it comes to connections, you can find a USB port to connect your devices so they can charge, a 3.5mm jack and a charge port. The support is what most stands out on the DA-F61 minimalistic design, we think Samsung could have done better with this piece so it would fit better in the overall design of the device.
Sound quality of the DA-F61 is actually pretty good, and a big improvement when you compare it to the quality of regular mobile device speakers. However you will notice a fluctuation of this quality depending on the kind of music you listen to. For example, the DA-F61 behaved remarkably well in song with quick beats of drums and bass but when it came down to guitar solos it left something to chance, leaving guitar solos a rough touch given the lack of bass.
We also noticed that the quality was not proportional with volume in which you listen to your songs, being that in lower volumes sound quality was greater than when you pushed the volume of the speaker to medium or high volumes, but sound quality never was below par.
Comparing it with other speakers that are available in the market, sound quality is clearly superior but given the price tag of the equipment we expected a little more.
Connectivity and Battery Life
Linking a device with the DA-F61 is as simple as it could be. If your device has NFC, as most recent devices have, you only need to lean the device against the left side of the DA-F61 and they will pair automatically via Bluetooth. If the device doesn’t have NFC you will have to pair them manually through Bluetooth.
Still regarding Bluetooth connectivity, the speaker supports the new aptX codec that is replacing the old A2DP. In order to test this new codec that allows a quick connection in audio streaming you will have to have a Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S IV or an HTC One. Having said that you will barely notice the difference between codecs since with the DA-F61 you will see only a minimal change in audio output as it becomes cleaner and softer.
Besides the ability of connecting through Bluetooth you can also connect your device to the DA-F61 through the 3.5mm jack leaving the wireless options behind.
Another way to use the speaker is through SoundShare that is available in several Samsung TVS. Since we didn’t have a TV with this software we couldn’t test this connectivity option.
The battery of the DA-F61 lasted more than 24 while reproducing audio in regular volume through Bluetooth connection.
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This Samsung speaker is a pretty interesting device, with good building quality and good battery life as well as with an appealing design, and when it really matters it isn’t a let down, since sound quality is also good.
However the high price tag of the device, around 228.25 pounds, and its size, when comparing to other available speakers, are two negatives that weigh on our conscience and wont let us add it to our list of Gadgets.
Review by: Joao Mateus @ AndroidEmotions