Make the Most of Your Year-End Festivities With Powerful Audio From Samsung’s Soundbar and Sound Tower DevicesBy STF News
The end of a year is the perfect time to gather friends and family and celebrate the year that has passed as well as the one that is to come. When it comes to planning the perfect year-end party, curating the perfect playlist is a must — but so is ensuring that your audio devices are able to set the tone all night long for that perfect celebratory mood.
In order to help you make your celebration unforgettable, Samsung Newsroom has put together some ideas of ways you can ensure your party is the best in town with Samsung’s sound technologies.
Ultra Slim Soundbar: Rock Out in Style
For those who prioritize style as well as great audio quality, Samsung’s Ultra Slim Soundbar (S801B) is the perfect choice for your year-end celebrations. As its name suggests, the Ultra Slim Soundbar features an incredibly slim design of just 38mm in height and 40mm in thickness — a size equivalent to that of a soda can — meaning that its wall-mounted design is sure to stand out. You can also install it freely around your space thanks to its wireless connectivity to ensure your sound system blends seamlessly into your surroundings.
If you’re looking to further personalize your space, you can give your Soundbar a boost with the Ultra Slim Soundbar Skin (SCFBS8[BW/TK]) released earlier this year, which comes in warm brown and teak colors. Paired with your The Frame and its elegant, modern design, you are set to enjoy not only top-level audio experiences but also a cozy, festive feel.
Despite its slim appearance, the Ultra Slim Soundbar is capable of powerful sound. Designed with 3.1.2-channel technology that features seven front speakers and one subwoofer centered on the top two speakers, the Ultra Slim Soundbar provides complete and truly surround-sound experiences. Dolby Atmos support also further contributes to providing you with captivating entertainment experiences.
S-Series Soundbar: Envelop Your Space With Truly Immersive Sound
For those who love to set the scene with truly immersive sound experiences during a celebration or party, the S-Series Soundbar is the soundbar for you.
The S-Series Soundbar delivers rich, room-filling surround sound able to reach every person in the room. This compact, 67cm, all-in-one 5.0-channel soundbar has an impressive four built-in woofers and three tweeter speakers, providing you with a fully immersive, 3D sound experience — all without the need for a subwoofer.
In addition, Adaptive Sound technology is able to analyze the source of any sound in order to automatically deliver optimized audio based on its specific genre. Experience the best, most immersive audio for each and every type of content you’re enjoying, whether it’s a sports game, a classical performance or an action movie.
Your S-Series Soundbar can be easily connected to your Samsung Smart TV and is the first soundbar in the industry to support Dolby Atmos connection for room-filling, optimized 3D sound.
Q-Series Soundbar: Bring the Cinema Experience Into Your Home
If you’re looking to celebrate the year-end season with your favorite movies or TV shows, you can transform your home into a cinema with the room-filling sound of Samsung’s premium soundbar, the Q-Series Soundbar (Q990B).
With an astounding 17 front surround sound speakers, one subwoofer and four up-firing speakers, the Q-Series Soundbar fills the room with truly cinematic surround sound. Synced with your Samsung Neo QLEDs, these 22-channel speakers can deliver truly immersive surround sound experiences like no other.
Samsung’s proprietary Q-Symphony technology allows for compatible TVs and soundbars to play audio at the same time, in sync, taking your listening experiences to the next level through powerful sound quality. Meanwhile, Spacefit Sound technology optimizes your audio based on the structure and layout of your room, providing you with sound that is perfectly crafted for your space and rivals a VIP seat in a movie theater.
In addition, the Q-Series Soundbar has been recognized by renowned global media outlets for its immersive sound experiences, as well as its sleek design.
Sound Tower: Take the Party Spirit to the Next Level
If you’re planning to celebrate the year-end with a bang and throw a party, the Sound Tower (MX-ST90B) is a must-have. This oval Sound Tower fills up virtually any space with 3D audio. The 24.5cm speaker with a built-in woofer provides the perfect punching bass experience, with up to 1700W bass boosting for a beat that sets the party mood perfectly.
In addition to its powerful audio capabilities, the Sound Tower’s various light modes provide an audio-visual harmony that truly matches the mood of the night. Its Bluetooth multi-connection, which allows for two smart devices to be connected simultaneously, and its Group Play functionality, which connects up to 10 Sound Towers, really help you get the party started both indoors as well as outdoors.
Be sure to finish your year strong with Samsung’s range of soundbar and Sound Tower devices. Once you’ve chosen your perfect soundbar based on your own preferences and purposes, enjoy enriching sound during your year-end festivities and beyond.
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All of a sudden my samsung tv sling tv app is audio only, not video. Not sure if I pressed something...have to investigate. Turned tv on and off and also tried other apps and video works.
The Galaxy S22 series is Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy S version in recent years, according to the company’s own remarks. However, the Galaxy S22 has also been at the center of a few unfortunate controversies that buyers need to know about before purchasing the flagship. Now, there’s yet another problem to add to the pile of Galaxy S22 issues, an audio-video sync bug that Samsung has yet to fix.
Don't Miss: Monday deals: AirPods, Apple Watch, kids toys, star projector, more The Galaxy S22’s many problems
To recap the recent Galaxy S22 controversies and issues that prospective buyers should be aware of, we’ll remind you that Samsung has been misleading customers regarding a few key features.
The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus do not have a dynamic refresh rate as good as initially advertised. The Plus and the Galaxy S22 Ultra do not actually recharge much faster using the optional 45W fast charger.
Then, Galaxy S22 phones were found to throttle performance and cheat on benchmark tests. There’s a software fix for this one in some regions, but not in the US. Samsung was quick to address the issue after many people criticized the Galaxy S22 in Korea.
That’s to say that Samsung can fix software issues, like the new audio-video problem that users discovered.
Finally, some Galaxy S22 units ran into GPS connectivity issues, another problem that software might fix.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone. Image source: Samsung The audio-video sync issue
Unlike the throttling issue that Samsung hurried to patch, there’s no telling when the audio-video sync problem will be fixed. Also, unlike the Galaxy S22 performance slowdown, there’s no telling how widespread the audio problem is.
Per SamMobile, “many” Galaxy S22 users had to deal with the audio-video sync issues.
The problem impacts both the Snapdragon and Exynos variants of the phone. Notably, the throttling issue seemed to primarily affect the Exynos 2200 models.
The Galaxy S22 audio-video sync issue can appear with or without wireless earbuds. The wireless earbuds seem to trigger it even more, however.
The blog says there are some types of actions on the phone that can cause audio-video sync issues. The problem can happen in the Gallery app and also in YouTube or Chrome.
In the Gallery, unmuting a video might lead to the image freezing, but the audio continues playing. Changing resolutions in YouTube can also cause audio and video to fall out of sync.
Interestingly, SamMobile says the “Processing speed” toggle that fixes throttling doesn’t impact the audio-video sync bugs. They occur regardless of whether it’s on or off. Also, the audio problem affects both Snapdragon and Exynos phones. However, the sync issues might have appeared after Samsung fixed the throttling problem, the blog says.
Your mileage might vary but if you experience audio-video sync issues on your Galaxy S22, you’re not alone. Samsung will hopefully fix the problem at some point in the future. But for the time being, there’s no way to fix it yourself.
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Samsung Electronics has once again had its status as a trailblazer in the technological arena confirmed as 5 of the top 10 papers selected to be highlighted at the 2021 Fall convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) were those submitted by the company’s top research teams. Headquartered in New York, United States, AES is the world’s most prestigious international academic conference in the audio technology and engineering fields.
The five papers selected for AES’ esteemed ‘Top 10’ list this year were submitted by the Samsung Research (SR) 1 Visual Technology Team and Samsung Research America (SRA)’s Audio Lab.
Read on to learn more about the industry-leading papers submitted by Samsung to have received the Top 10 accolade this year.
① A Study in AI for Bass Extension and Distortion Reduction in Loudspeakers (SRA)
The most downloaded paper from this Fall’s AES conference, SRA’s paper entitled ‘Application of AI Techniques for Nonlinear Control of Loudspeakers’, continues the team’s work into bass extension and distortion reduction.
The paper posits that, in order to obtain high loudness that features good bass extension, low distortion and mechanical protection, the motion of the loudspeaker’s diaphragm needs to be accurately controlled.
SRA’s study presents a novel approach to solving these issues that harnesses a neural network to directly map the loudspeaker’s diaphragm displacement to the input voltage, allowing for the loudspeaker to be ‘inverted’. This technique not only allows control and linearization of the loudspeaker without theoretical assumptions, but it is also simpler to implement.
② Developing a Method To Measure Multiple Loudspeakers Simultaneously (SRA)
SRA’s second Top 10 paper, titled ‘Deconvolution of Room Impulse Responses From Simultaneous Excitation of Loudspeakers’, presents a method that allows for the measuring of several loudspeakers in a room simultaneously that reduces the measurement time, compared with typical immersive audio systems, by a factor of ten.
Traditional room-equalization involves exciting one loudspeaker at a time and then de-convolving the loudspeaker-room response from the recording. As the number of loudspeakers and positions within a room increases, the time required to measure loudspeaker-room responses therefore also increases. Therefore, SRA’s paper presents a technique to deconvolve impulse responses after exciting all loudspeakers at the same time.
③ Optimizing the Integration of Audio Systems Into Slim TVs (SRA)
Along with the development of new space-efficient display technologies in recent years has come the trend to decrease the overall size of consumer electronics, including televisions. In order to combat the physical limitations for audio technology development brought about by these designs, SRA has produced their AES Top 10-certified paper titled ‘Transducer Design Considerations for Slim TV Applications’.
The slim TV form factor brought about by industry trends creates a challenge for the design of integrated audio systems as it severely limits the physical performance possibilities of any acoustic transducer. For the most part, modern DSP (Digital Signal Processor) and amplifier technologies have been able to utilize the transducer up to its performance limits and thus maintain audio quality. However, if further thickness reduction of the TV is desired, these technologies will no longer be enough. SRA’s paper discusses the physical limits of current designs and suggests a new layout of a moving coil-transducer for ultra-slim device applications.
④ Discovering the Best Audio Codec for HDR10+ (SRA)
As we move into the HDR10+ era, SRA has been conducting research into the preferred audio codec for HDR10+, resulting in this accolade-winning paper, ‘Bitrate Requirements for an Audio Codec for Stereo, Surround and Immersive Formats’.
The paper shows that the Opus codec would be an excellent choice as the preferred audio codec for HDR10+. The team conducted three listening tests on Opus encoded stereo, 5.1 and 7.1.4 channel content taken from music, cinematic and EBU files encoded at bitrates of 32, 48 and 64 kbps per channel. Current Opus encapsulation in Ogg does not support 7.1.4 with stereo pairing. Therefore, the paper proposes a new stereo pairing schema to accommodate 7.1.4 content in Opus with joint stereo encoding. The results of the study conducted indicate that a bit rate of 64 kbps per channel or higher is required for transparency in stereo, but 48 kbps per channel may be sufficient for 5.1 and 7.1.4 audio formats.
⑤ Developing AI-Based 3D Audio Codec for High-Immersion in OTT Service Environment (SR)
As growing trends indicate that users’ preferred media consumption platform has shifted from cinema or broadcast channels to over-the-top (OTT) services, SR’s paper, titled ‘AI 3D Immersive Audio Codec Based on Content-Adaptive Dynamic Down-Mixing and Up-Mixing Framework’, proposes new 3D immersive audio codec that can support various spatial audio formats for multiple loudspeaker layouts accessible in OTT service environments.
Unlike conventional technologies that use a fixed mixing profile regardless of content type and characteristics, SR proposes a framework that variably applies the determined mixing/de-mixing profile by dynamically performing audio scene classification and spatial energy distribution characteristics analysis based on AI technology. It was also shown through a listening evaluation that the proposed one can provide a higher immersion than the conventional method even in a home entertainment OTT service environment.
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It’s the middle of 2021, so let’s summarize Seller Portal’s highlights and plans for the year.
Seller Portal Enhancement Highlights for 1H 2021
There were many improvements made to Seller Portal during the first half of the year. In case you missed them, here are the details.
Galaxy Store Developer API
The Galaxy Store Developer API provides programmatic access to key features of Seller Portal. Manage your apps and in-app items or check app performance without having to use the Seller Portal UI.
The Galaxy Store Developer API contains a set of server-to-server APIs which provides access to different areas of Seller Portal:
Content Publish API: View, modify, submit, and change the status of apps registered in Seller Portal IAP Publish API: View, register, modify, and remove Samsung In-App Purchase (IAP) items GSS (Galaxy Store Statistics) API: Check your app performance (downloads, revenue, and more) Get started with Galaxy Store Developer API today.
Apps that are registered or under review can be beta tested at any time.
Run up to five (5) closed beta tests and one (1) open beta test for the same app at the same time All beta test apps for the same app are grouped together in the app list for easy viewing Quickly import a beta test app to distribute your app Use the Content Publish API (Galaxy Store Developer API) to manage and distribute your beta test app Check out Enhancements for Beta Testing Apps in Seller Portal, May Updates to Galaxy Store Seller Portal are Here!, and What's New with Beta Testing for more details.
Deploy your app to Galaxy Store according to your release schedule. When you register your app, you can choose how your app is distributed:
Publish Automatically: After you submit your app and pass the first review, your app is available for sale in Galaxy Store immediately. However, if any issues are discovered during the second review, the sale of your app may be suspended. Publish on Date: After you submit your app and pass the first review, your app is distributed to Galaxy Store on a date you select. However, if any issues are discovered during the second review, the sale of your app may be suspended. Publish Manually: After you submit your app and pass all reviews, you can manually deploy your app to Galaxy Store. D-U-N-S authentication
D-U-N-S® (Data Universal Numbering System) is a unique 9-digit number provided and managed by Dun & Bradstreet. Request Commercial Seller status using a D-U-N-S number instead of submitting a business registration certificate for business verification.
Opt in to receive news, benefits, and tips about Seller Portal, such as the monthly newsletter the focuses on updates for game developers. Subscribe or unsubscribe in the Email Notifications section of your Seller Portal profile.
Watch face keywords
A new field for watch face keywords has been added for watch face apps (when "Watch faces" is selected as the category). The Watch Face Keywords field is used to identify all words (such as your brand name) that appear on your watch face design. This information helps us more quickly review your designs and identify any possible IP infringement. Text for commonplace terms, such as the names of days or months, do not need to be included.
Promotional opportunities for Galaxy Store
Uploaded screenshots may be used for a banner in Galaxy Store. If you upload one image with a 16:9 ratio, the Galaxy Store team can immediately consider it for their promotions. Note that this is for Android apps only. Themes and watch faces (U.S. and global) have their own opportunities for promotion.
Seller Portal Enhancement Plans for 2H 2021
We are excited to announce our upcoming plans for 2021 to make Seller Portal even better.
Even after beta testing an app, new issues might be discovered in your app. With staged rollout, you can distribute your app to small groups of users by country. If a new issue is found, you can immediately suspend distribution to correct the problem. This allows you to continue to provide the previous version of your app to users who were not part of the early distribution while you fix the issue.
Currently, there are many online guidelines for Seller Portal policies and it is not clear where to look for information. We’re creating a new policy page so that you can easily find information, such as app sales review, terms and conditions, and Galaxy Store promotions, in one place.
Selected sellers will be asked to participate in a closed beta test for item management. Features to be tested include being able to update the price and/or information about an item without having to resubmit the app, enabling or disabling an item in the app, and using a price template to manage items with the same price.
App registration and management
The app list and app registration pages are the most frequently used pages in Seller Portal. We’ll be improving the UI so that you can quickly check the reasons why an app was rejected after review. We’ll also be providing the ability to filter and view device-specific data.
Additional resources on the Samsung Developers site
This site has many resources for developers looking to build for and integrate with Samsung devices and services. Stay in touch with the latest news by creating a free account or by subscribing to our monthly newsletter. Visit the Marketing Resources page for information on promoting and distributing your apps. Finally, our developer forum is an excellent way to stay up-to-date on all things related to the Galaxy ecosystem.
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