I agree with the going round in circles bit but not with the rest of your post (speaking respectfully).
I believe we have made some large steps over the months towards a fix and we are the closest we have been to this; samsung have passed this to their senior management at head office for review and are still communicating on the issues with internal escalation.
I am not sure if this will come to anything but I have to drive this forwards on all fronts to be in with any chance of succeeding. I am steadily receiving more and more email addresses which will no doubt increase any success in gaining interest from trading standards and media groups.
I and others have succeeded in gaining numerous firmware updates so far (not entirely successful I admit), so I am not sure where the surity comes from with respect to further firmware updates.
I am as frustrated as anyone on here but I need to remain positive regardless of Samsung's previous response, and await their next response hoping this confirms further investment in a solution.
I habe sent this to samsung in response to their email regarding CEO contact for what it's worth:
Dear Kirsty,Thanks for your email regarding the direction of my correspondence; unfortunately the issue I have is that when I concentrate my efforts on communication through the correct channels, it has finally come to nothing but denial from Samsung that any issues remain,and that basically its good enough.I am still hoping your senior management team see that there needs to be some additional investment in getting the firmware where it should be, and show its customers some real commitment to quality with resolving these faults.I am in the process of communicating with the BBC's Watchdog programme including all of the email addresses of other who will corroborate the issues and Samsung's handling of the faults with their firmware updates. I would rather not spend additional time in doing this as I have spent hours upon hours writing, testing and posting to attempt to get a fix.I have also found that when I purchased the Samsung soundbar and R1's, this was first advertised this as fully wifi capable with the tv that I have (2016 K Series), but now the way the product is advertised by samsung has been amended; I have screen shots from the Samsung products pages as evidence of this from last year. Samsung have quiet cleverly added the generic term "Cable connection required from Soundbar to TV to receive 5.1 surround sound".This is due to be communicated to Trading Standards tomorrow to include this change in advertising and also the issue that Samsung appear to want to not include the firmware as part of the product, resulting in what can only been viewed as a breach of Samsung's Warrantee that clearly states you will either repair or replace the faulty product.Samsung are basically now just arguing symantics as no matter who views the evidence in hand, the product is obviously faulty and not operating as advertised at the time of purchase; the firmware is clearly part of the product itself and as such must be included in the warranty. Furthermore your service partners confirmed the issues are present and agreed fully that it was not operating as it should, only for Samsung to then change this guys report to suit their own ends; this end would be to constantly deny that the product is faulty.I will say that the only part of this whole episode I am vaguely happy with is your communications, albeit limited by input from the various teams involved (and senior management I would imagine).Your own website states that "Quality Assurance" will "Surpass all Expectations"."Samsung ensures the consistent delivery of excellence based on an effective quality management system that guarantees our products and services, beyond customer expectations".I repeat "beyond customer expectations" not good enough for Samsung!Regards,Go to this link for quality statements
You should also point out that the user manual for the R1's clearly states (page 13 I think) that when setting up a 5.1 Wi-Fi system a cable is required for non-Samsung Tv's or pre 2016 Samsung models.
Samsung US are doing a BOGOF on the R1 speaker.
"Exclusive to Samsung.com:Buy one Radiant360 R1 speaker, and get a second speaker for FREE! Offer available while supplies last."