Look into wireless multi-room speakers if you would like to have the flexibility of using your smartphone for controlling multiple speakers. You can either play the same song everywhere or play different songs in various rooms.
The trail has been blazed for whole-house wireless audio by Sonos. And with customers, it is very popular.
However, the field has become crowded with other Wi-Fi speaker systems competing in the arena now. Keep reading for information on the various options.
Questions for you to ask before you begin to shop:
- What size of speaker do you want to have?
- How many rooms are you going to want to play music in?
- Would you like to use some of your existing equipment (home theatre, speakers) with your new system?
- What sources would you like to listen to music from (online services, smartphones, computers)?
- Are the speakers really wireless?
By “wireless” we are talking about products that allow you to stream music wirelessly via a tablet or smartphone (or in some cases a computer) to the component or speaker.
For power, these speakers will need to be plugged into a wall outlet. There are a couple of models that have built-in rechargeable batteries. However, to recharge them you will need to plug them in.
Sonos Wireless HiFi System
The multi-room audio wireless category was basically invented by Sonos. Their products are very popular with numerous employees of ours and also customers.
This wireless music system basically combines very easy setup and operation with the legendary Bose sound.
The needs and preferences of audiophile were definitely kept in mind when the Bluesound was designed by the makers of PSB and NAD. High-resolution music files can be streamed from a Bluesound system.
The flexible MusicCast system from Yamaha is featured in a broad selection of products – ranging from home theatre receivers to sound bars to powered speakers and more.
The SongPal wireless audio system from Sony is exclusively controlled via its free app, which is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The SongPal system is built into an assortment of various Sony audio components that continues to expand.
The HEOS system from Denon offers a very nice combination of ease of use, sound quality and versatility.
Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System
A different approach is taken by Harmon Kardon when it comes to their speaker design. Their Omni speakers make very beautiful additions to any room’s decor – in addition to delivering room-filling and robust sound.
Naim Audio Mu-so Wireless Music System
The UK company Naim Audio is well known for its high-performance audio components. The manufacturer’s Mu-so wireless music system has been designed for the purpose of high-resolution audio streaming and more.
The systems that we have covered so far have been “closed.” What that means is more gear cannot be added from other brands.
However, if you are interested in looking into “open” system, then you definitely to check out the DTS Play-Fi.
Several of the leading audio brands have adopted this wireless platform, and there are more in the works. All Play-Fi components and speakers are compatible with one another. This allows you to mix and match various high-quality components from various companies like Definitive Technology, Martin Logan, Polk Audio and others.
Polk Audio Omni
A long time favourite of Crutchfield customer’s – PolkAudio brings decades worth of experience with audio speaker design into their Omni system for all to enjoy.
Definitive Technology Wireless Collection
The wireless system from Definitive Technology offers sophisticated looks and exceptional sound quality. The powered wired speakers both produce a very spacious sound that a single-box speaker system usually cannot provide.
Paradigm Premier Wireless Series
These great-sounding wireless speakers from Paradigm have built-in Anthem Room Correction technology so that the sound is optimised for your room. It adjusts for such sound challenges as a room’s reflections.
Chorus wireless speakers, in addition to Play-Fi, also come with DLNA, Bluetooth high-quality aptX streaming and Apple AirPlay Bluetooth.
Wren Sound Systems
The V5 speaker is offered by Wren Sound Systems. In addition to offering Play-Fi, there are some V5 versions that include Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay.