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Posted 2nd Oct

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The Samsung VL range support Spotify Premium, bluetooth, wifi and have an AUX input and can connect directly to compatible Samsung TVs.

Use voucher code 19OCT50P to receive 50% off

The VL350 was around £370 when it was launched but is now being sold off at a bargain price.

I have two of these and their bigger brother the VL550, (Available for £199 - originally £599.)

If you have a compatible Samsung TV then you can connect to up to 5 of these speakers wirelessly for full surround sound - I use two of the VL550s in stereo and it works well. I can use the TV apps (Amazon Music, Spotify, etc.) to get great multiroom/multispeaker sound.

The VL350s I use as bedroom bluetooth speakers.

The wifi app (SmartThings) only supports Deezer and TuneUp (radio) so if you do not use either of these or have Spotify Premium (for Spotify Connect) then these speakers will be for bluetooth/AUX in only.

Grouping/multi-room only works for wifi - you cannot connect via bluetooth to get sound from multiple speakers simultaneously.
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Ugly turning volume controller on top. Surely they could have done buttons on the top/side...
johnszi2302/10/2019 16:11

Ugly turning volume controller on top. Surely they could have done buttons …Ugly turning volume controller on top. Surely they could have done buttons on the top/side...


It is not fixed.
I have mine sat on the table near me.
Its magnetic
johnszi2302/10/2019 16:11

Ugly turning volume controller on top. Surely they could have done buttons …Ugly turning volume controller on top. Surely they could have done buttons on the top/side...


The removable puck remote control is one of the smartest bits of the design. I don't know why they picture it like that - I never have mine on the top like that. Here is a better picture.

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GadgetHunter02/10/2019 16:56

The removable puck remote control is one of the smartest bits of the …The removable puck remote control is one of the smartest bits of the design. I don't know why they picture it like that - I never have mine on the top like that. Here is a better picture.[Image]


Even better... dust can go inside the hole
GadgetHunter02/10/2019 16:56

The removable puck remote control is one of the smartest bits of the …The removable puck remote control is one of the smartest bits of the design. I don't know why they picture it like that - I never have mine on the top like that. Here is a better picture.[Image]


Do you need the Puck to use the volume control?
Guaranteed I'd lose that!
johnszi2303/10/2019 08:53

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There is no hole. What you have ringed is a completely flat surface. There is a lighter grey ring used for volume control surrounding a darker circle - used for play/pause. Thanks for the photo - it was useful to answer the next question.
Edited by: "GadgetHunter" 3rd Oct
fazzy-bhoy03/10/2019 05:53

Do you need the Puck to use the volume control?Guaranteed I'd lose that!


No you don't need the puck remote. The grey circle, which johnszi23 helpfully outlined in the picture above, can be used to control the volume. The button at the centre of the circle is for play and pause. Also you can use the volume control on the device used to stream to the speaker e.g. your phone, tablet or TV.
Edited by: "GadgetHunter" 3rd Oct
Does this speaker work in addition to the TV speaker? My Dad is hard of hearing so I set up a soundbar with side firing speakers in the hope he could hear it easier but he had it at higher volume than the TV and drove everyone crazy. Looking at this speaker it looks good as I could have it right beside my Dad for his benefit and then the TV audio would be used for the rest of the room.
Johnmcl703/10/2019 14:10

Does this speaker work in addition to the TV speaker? My Dad is hard of …Does this speaker work in addition to the TV speaker? My Dad is hard of hearing so I set up a soundbar with side firing speakers in the hope he could hear it easier but he had it at higher volume than the TV and drove everyone crazy. Looking at this speaker it looks good as I could have it right beside my Dad for his benefit and then the TV audio would be used for the rest of the room.


It depends on your TV. If you set it up with a Samsung TV, using the sound output menu and select the speaker, then it turns off the sound from the TV speakers. If you have a TV with an audio output then you may be able to connect that output to the speaker without disabling the TV audio. On my Samsung TV I was able to get output on the optical out without disabling the TV sound. Note that this speaker does not have an optical in - so you would need to get an optical to analogue headphone converter. These cost about £20 but also cause a delay giving lip-synch issues and sounding out of synch with the TV speakers.

I am hard of hearing (I have hearing aids in both ears) and spent many hundreds of pounds trying out various options to get clear sound from a TV. The best options are an AV receiver/soundbar or headphones.

For my main TV I use a pair of Sennheiser RS195 while the rest of the family listen to the speakers. These are expensive but worth it (best price is when they are sold at Sennheisers Outlet - I got mine for something like £175):
amazon.co.uk/Sen…XW/

These headphones are specifically designed for the Hard of Hearing. They have presets for a range of typical hearing losses and also have a "Speech Mode" - basically a form of Dynamic Range Control - see below for what that is. They also have a low latency wireless connection i.e. not bluetooth which generally introduces more of a delay and causes noticeable lip synch issues.

The most important feature of any solution (receiver/soundbar or headphones) for someone who has hearing problems is having Dynamic Range Control (DRC). What this does is reduce the range of volume from the quietest parts of the sound to the loudest parts of the TV audio. Basically it makes the quietest parts of the audio (typically speech and dialogue) louder and reduces peak volume of the loudest parts (e.g. explosions, dynamic music)

This is really important because otherwise the person who is struggling to hear turns the volume up to hear the dialogue but is then blasted by the sound of the louder sections and has to turn the sound down again. Most AV receivers and many soundbars have a DRC option though some call it different names - for example Sony sometimes call it "Night Time Listening" mode. Denon receivers are great for this as they have different levels of DRC - low and high.

When I am listening without headphones I use a Sony receiver (DN1080) the reason I picked this one was because it has DRC and also outputs sound to TV at the same time as outputting to the speakers connected to the receiver. (As far as I know only Sony and Yamaha do this - makes like Denon and Marantz do not.) This is important because it can be really awkward if you want sound out of the speakers and sound out of headphones at the same time. Especially if you have multiple devices like I do e.g. Sky box, Apple TV and XBox One. (If you are interested I can let you know how I set up my system to get sound from the AV speakers and headphones at the same time.)
Edited by: "GadgetHunter" 3rd Oct
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