Samsung - Radiant360 R5 Speaker - Black

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Samsung Radiant360 R5 Speaker: Hear the full, rich sound of your favorite music from anywhere in the room. The Samsung R5 uses breakthrough Ring Radiator technology to equally project audio in all directions, so wherever you move, you're always in the sweet spot. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 make it simple to stream Pandora, Spotify and other instant content.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Owner's manual
  • Power cable
  • Radiant360 R5 Speaker

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
85% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (76 out of 90)

Features


Smart Enabled

Get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • TuneIn
  • Amazon Video

5" woofer, 1" dome tweeter, and 360° of sound

Unlike conventional speakers that transmit sound from just one side, Radiant360 projects rich, balanced sound in every direction so everyone in the room hears the same exquisite sound.

Simple tap-and-swipe control

You can tap the top of the speaker to play or pause your music, swipe left or right to play the next or previous song, and touch to adjust the volume.

The Multiroom 2.0 App puts you in command

Use the dial to browse your music. Play different songs in different rooms, or play the same song all throughout the house. (Additional speakers sold separately.)

Love your music

It's easy to find and play the music you love from sources like Pandora, Spotify, Samsung Milk Music, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio and more.

Control from compatible Apple® or Android devices

Use a phone or tablet to stream your favorite tunes and control your playlists using Wi-Fi. Compatible with devices with iOS 6.1 or later and Android 2.3.3 or later.

Works using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

With a mobile device, connect multiple speakers to your home network over Wi-Fi, or connect a single speaker to compatible devices using Bluetooth.

Reduce cable clutter from your home entertainment system

TV SoundConnect lets you connect one or a pair of R5 speakers to a compatible Samsung TV via Bluetooth.

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Overall customer rating

4.2
85%
would recommend to a friend

Expert Rating

4.5

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating, but worth it

    Posted
    Jack
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Cons: setup can be anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 days. Firmware upgrades must be installed from a computer to a blank usb drive, then installed from the drive to the speaker. The primary control app is... temperamental. Sometimes it performs flawlessly, sometimes it decides you don't need main and primary features, sometimes it denies the existence of your speakers. Pros: using these speakers to augment surround sound is easy after setup. Grouping speakers together is easy. Ungrouping is easy. Controlling speakers together or independently is easy. There are hubs available, no longer on the market because they are unnecessary. The sound is beautiful. I possess no music that it cannot play better than 95% of other speakers. Everything is adjustable. Touch and no touch commands work correctly. They look elegant and punk, futuristic and retro, simplistic and overdesigned. They seem to look at home with most any decor. Why Samsung isn't continuing this system or these speakers is (honestly because no one wants to pay that much for them, especially when the app is so incomplete) incomprehensible to me. These speakers are best in places where people will be on all sides of them as Samsung really took the 360 part of the name to heart. There are no dead zones in the sound. Lacking such a place, corners seem to wrap the sound around you like a wave of audio. They have multiple ways of connecting to audio sources, WiFi, Bluetooth, soundconnect, and aux. These suckers take a bit of work and patience that is rewarded with high audio quality and volume. I think the only reason sonos is doing better is Samsung's poor marketing and the app. Why else would people pay more for lower sound quality and less functionality?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Needs work

    Posted
    guardLK
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I returned my entire Samsung Radiant set and replaced them with one of every sonos speaker. The sonos sound MUCH better, dont distort like the samsungs did, the software works better. These samsung radiant speakers sound good at low volume, but once they go over about 60% they start to distort, the bass drops off and they sound hallow. With the sonos bridge, it creates its own network for the speakers that wont choke up my WiFi. I had problems with these speakers staying connected if i had more than two on at a time. There is no competing product like the sonos bridge/boost. These are samsungs second attempt at around the house speakers, and they are better than gen 1, but still need quite a bit of work all around. Overall, Sonos still owns the home speaker market. One thing thats great about the R5 (that the rest of the Radiant series doesnt have) is that it can connect wirelessly to any newer Samsung tv. Use the TV Connect option in the samsung app on your phone to connect the two, and thats it. So if you ARENT interested in a whole home set up, but maybe just looking for a bass boost on your tv setup without breaking the bank, this is a good place to look.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great job samsung

    Posted
    Little
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Went to purchase the new bose system. It was on display side by side with the new Samsungs R systems. The Samsung had a crisp, clear, clean sound and you could hear each instrument and every symbol. Where the top bose system on display next to it was airy. The mids and highs were muffled and drowned out by bass.I've purchased bose before but never could compare it with anything. Bose has always had quality products, but they were out done today. I was very impressed by the sound and the build quality of the Samsung speaker and I will be purchasing another R5, maybe 2, to setup a multiple sound system throughout my house. The only con I have with this speaker is i wish it had a battery and thats the reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    forget about a home theater set-up

    Posted
    Whomper

    Bought this to add to the Samsung 6700 curved tv + 8500 soundbar/subwoofer, which I purchased last year at BestBuy. The speaker itself is very nice and would have served the purpose for which I intended it. However, the connection app is terrible, Samsung support is terrible, and the Samsung information out there is both misleading and unhelpful. Eventually got it all to work, but the next day the successful set-up had disappeared and we were back to square one. I did a lot of research and reading online before I got it, so I had some sense of the difficulties ahead, but I thought, "No, this will work out, just as Samsung promises." Uh, no. All the bad things you read about the app and the support are true. I will be returning the speaker this week. Too bad. The concept is great; Samsung's delivery just isn't there.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MrSamsung

      Whomper:

      Thank you for your review of this Samsung product.

      I am sorry to hear that you had issues with this model and have returned it.

      Should you ever decide to give Samsung products another try and have concerns or questions, please know we are always here to help. You can contact Samsung Customer Support toll-free at 1-800-SAMSUNG or via LiveChat or email.

      Please copy-paste this link into your browser: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/contact

      We are likewise reachable on our Samsung Support Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/samsungsupport/app/158125230916392/ Samsung

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for a smaller Room

    Posted
    ZaruK
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I wanted to use this for a party in my basement, however it wasnt quite as loud as i was expecting. When I brought it upstairs to my bedroom to show my dad the sound it was actually a lot louder in my room. So i think that the space is definitely a factor for this. I also wanted to connect it to my surround sound, but found out i couldn't do that with my samsung surround sound model. So i would definitely recommend it for like a smaller space, like even a large bedroom or small living room. But the surround sound is probably a better option for larger rooms.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All around good speaker

    Posted
    KevinCT
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    I wanted a wireless speaker I could use in the kitchen that would work well with my Samsung TV, could stream radio (my wife listens to NPR all weekend) and work with various music streaming services, There is no app for Apple music but the Bluetooth connection works well enough. The primary use is for audio for a Samsung 32 inch TV I have in the kitchen for this it connects seamlessly. The sound is excellent and is louder than I would ever play it at. The bass is not thumping, so if that would be a problem you probably should look at something else. For true stereo you would need two of these and that would be a price point you also might want to consider other options.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Speakers

    Posted
    JSG9
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I got 2 of these R5's to use as rear surround speakers to go with my top of the line 8500 series soundbar and 9000 series TV. Setup was more complicated than it should be and I'm technically blessed. Once I got it all figured out the R5's were just to powerful even after turning them down all the way and the soundbar up all the way. Every time they kicked on they just over powered the soundbar. So I went and got a pair of R1's and they work great as long as they are turned down all the way also. I kept the R5's to use elsewhere in the house for Music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Really immersive sound with a caveat

    Posted
    Quinn
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    I am a serious audiophile, I have Bluetooth speakers in my house, in my car I have speakers that are acoustically staged and whatnot. What I can tell you about this speaker is that it gets really loud using its Proprietary technology that balances sound and truly gives you a 360 degrees of immersive sound, just don’t crank it past 35. The bass will go into protect mode and then lower the overall volume vocally, I wouldn’t really call this distortion because it doesn’t crackle or anything just gets noticeably quieter. Overall it serves its purpose!

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, usability, reliability and size. Editors have mixed opinions about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 89/100 = Very good quality.
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