If you’re in the market for a home speaker system, you may have heard the term Multi-room audio – so what does it really mean.
These audio solutions are basically aimed at creating a system of speakers throughout your home, giving you total control over what plays where and when. Typically, a box will connect to your internet router and then will create a Wi-fi network, which wireless speakers can connect to.
So for example you could have one speaker in the sitting room and one in the bedroom. When the wireless speakers are connected to the network, you can download an app for your smartphone or tablet which allows you to control each speaker independently.
The accessible functions let you decide what songs to stream (from services like Spotify or your personal iTunes collection), and you can have different songs in different rooms or fill the whole house with your favourite tracks.
Sonos is one company that has been involved with multi-room audio for a few years and with their system you can purchase speakers of different sizes to sync across your home or even in the same room – for example as a dedicated 5.1 surround sound system for your TV. The Sonos brand may have the lead right now, but with new systems on the way from Panasonic, Samsung and LG 2014 looks like the best year ever to invest in a multi-room audio solution.
With the upsurge in cloud based music – songs that you don’t download but are played straight from the internet eg: Spotify – these kinds of music systems are becoming increasingly popular, letting you get the music you want instantly.
And that means there’s plenty of competition in the connected audio space, which means that customers can get the best deal and, more importantly, even more choice when it comes to getting the most out of their music collection.
In Short: Get your whole house connected with multi-room audio, wireless speakers bring different tracks to each room in your home