Sometimes you don’t realize that you need something until you get it. That sentiment applies to waterproof phone cases (for moments you get drunkenly thrown in the pool), a wallet that actually fits more than coins and crumpled bills, and a speaker system that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to be legitimately dope. I’ve never truly believed in splurging a lot of money on any of these things, so I was surprised that the last item on my list turned out to have a very decently priced alternative. It came in the form of the Samsung Wireless Audio 360’s WAM R1.
The WAM R1 is part of a family of Wireless Audio 360 speakers. Each of them offers a good balance of excellent sound and gorgeous design. (No need to worry about speakers that take up half of your dorm room or condo anymore.) Each speaker is installed with Samsung’s patented ring radiator technology that produces 360-degree omnidirectional sound. Basically, you don’t need more than one speaker to get the sound to cover a whole party. Connectivity was also made easy — you can either connect through Bluetooth like most speakers, but there’s also a Samsung Multi-Room App, which not only lets you control the speaker from out of the room (it’s connected via WiFi), but also allows you to connect multiple WAMs very easily. Imagine completing your morning routine with Carly Rae Jepsen blasting out in the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and the garage. What a way to start the day. All these cool features were put to the test when I tried out the WAM R1 myself. The speaker is really compact, and already comes with a woofer and tweeter within it. The top of the speaker has a tap and swipe touch interface, which is a nice minimal touch. It’s not exactly a portable speaker; it came with a big cord that needs to be plugged in. I wasn’t crazy about the big cord at first; neither did I like that it would remain switched on unless I unplugged it. But I suppose that’s just me being used to the ways of most Bluetooth speakers today: dinky, tote-able and diminutive in every way. When I got to start playing, I realized that the game had changed.