New Official Integration: Samsung Multiroom Audio

I guess I shouldn’t trust Samsung’s comparison site…I didn’t bother checking the individual docs.

New photo by Mike Stacy

I did notice when my M3 arrived that it had wifi also. However, you only use wifi if you don’t have a hub. I got the hub too. I may try to unpair one of them from the hub to see if ST reacts differently to me doing a direct connection. Seems odd that the hub wouldn’t be supported though…I have to imagine that most customers buying at that price point aren’t just looking for a nicer bluetooth speaker.

Well size isn’t always everything… :smile:

Samsung is notorious for obfuscating the actual specs though, and I’m not even sure that they are listed anywhere – even after looking at the product manual and spec sheet.

A Play 5 is a decent amount of hardware (two tweeters, two 3" mid-range drivers, and one 3.5" woofer, each with a separate amp). The Radiant 360 has a bigger woofer, which might be better for bass, but only a single dome tweeter, and the setup (having the tweeter firing up while the woofer firing down) might not sound as good as a single Play 5, or even a couple of Play 1s to be honest.

I guess for announcements and what-not it might work perfectly fine, although I don’t know how good of a solution it is for music.

@Tyler I turned off the hub and connected one of the speakers directly and am seeing the same result - I can control the music but announcements do not work, either from the built-in features of ST (play a weather announcement, etc.) or using Big Talker.

Interestingly, I can’t get the M7 to connect to ST. It is found during discovery but I just get “an unexpected error has occured.” The M3 works fine.

Also, a usability note - when I have the 2 speakers grouped in the Samsung Multiroom app while using wifi connections and no WAF250 hub, the ST integration only connects to one speaker and when I do things like mute it only does it on that one speaker, basically breaking the grouping. I haven’t tried it when they are both connected to the hub, I’ll give that a shot. Some documentation on what should and should not work or what was tested would be helpful since this is an official integration.

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Looks like there’s no control whatsoever when there are 2 speakers connected to the hub. When I did this with just one speaker connected I had some limited control as mentioned previously.

Seems like whether this was designed for hub scenarios (which it appears it was not, which is a shame) or direct connection there are still some issues to work out. Let me know if we should take this offline - I’m happy to help you guys troubleshoot if needed.

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Removed previous comment - I didn’t realize the apps were still pointed to the speakers directly, still doesn’t work through the audio hub.

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There’s currently a bug affecting text-to-speech announcements. Basically, if you’re trying to make it say something that no ST device has said before, it won’t work. If you switch your announcement to “testing” and it works, this is likely what you’re up against.

No ETA on resolution yet.

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Good info, thanks. That probably explains the issue I saw during testing.

So far I just keep finding issues - sorry @Tyler. :grin:

Another one to report is that if you have 2 (or more, I presume) speakers grouped and you send an announcement to one of them it will break the group in the Samsung app.

I’ve assigned an engineer to review some of these comments. Interesting that it breaks the group - I don’t believe the integration has any support for groups.

We’ll dig in. Thanks!

Right, I assume the lack of awareness of hubs and groups is the root cause of the issues/limitations I’m seeing but it is a bit frustrating that my music playback gets all screwed up just because ST gives me a voice announcement. I’m happy to work with your engineer if that would help, just let me know.

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Is this Sonos specific? Because I’ve been using VLC Thing to pipe weather announcements and that works perfectly.

I’ve been thinking about either picking up one of the Samsung Radiant units or a Sonos proper, and I was under the impression that “any” announcement that you wanted to send through the house would work fine.

No. I’ve seen this with 3 non-Sonos devices.

I imagine weather reports are pretty well cached. Try piping something that you’re pretty sure has never been said by a ST speaker before. Maybe a random string of words.

Interesting, I hadn’t thought of that.

I tried setting a custom message to play but got an exception within the VLC Thing app, which I guess is expected and unsupported at this time.

I guess – for the time being – living with canned announcements is “acceptable”, since chances are that in my case I won’t want (or haven’t wanted) anything too custom.

In the long run though, it would obviously be nice if this was fixed.

If you set that same custom message to “testing”, does it work?

Yep.

I created a new “play custom message” and set it to “testing” and it worked. When I went in and changed the custom sound to “El Chupacabra” it gave me the exception.

That’s the bug. ST caches TTS announcements in the Amazon cloud. Any playText() call that results in a cache miss throws an exception.

@Tyler

Are there any updates on this? I’m debating whether or not to go with samsung or sonos, but it does seem like a huge oversight that there is no support for groups of speakers…

Incidentally, I assume there’s support for the new speakers since they’re just the same model of the current line?

Our Sonos integration doesn’t support grouping either.

Hi!

I’ll be answering some of the other questions over the next day or so.

Regarding grouping, you can group the speakers within the Samsung Multiroom app, and they are supposed to be controllable from the “master” speaker (I believe that this is the one that you went to and clicked the “Group” or “Surround” buttons on). I found that to work “ok”; even controlling from both speakers. But, there was a noticeable delay. I would like to see better logic, if possible, to support that.

-Donald

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