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Multi Room Audio

In the beginning, to get sound into multiple rooms required the running of cable between rooms or very costly custom installation systems.  Music was physically stored somewhere and played on a particular device from one room with speakers in others. Even with the advent of computer music this was the case for some time. Now though with the advances in Internet speeds, wireless technology, faster computers and even faster Smart phones, the wires can go and control can be easier than ever.

What do I need for Multi-Room?

With most Multi room systems you now only require one Wireless enabled music device and a wireless home network to get started.  This can then be added to at a later date as there is no need for drilling holes in the walls any more.  Also to get the most out of the experience a Broadband connection, and a smart device such as and iPad/tablet or iPhone/Android Phone to control your new system. Here at HIFIX we stock all of the top multi room music brands including Sonos, Heos by Denon, Bose and Naim.

Wireless Music Devices

These units come in all shapes and sizes and in varying levels of quality depending on the need of the customer. There are high end stand alone streamers which will give the highest audio performance when attached to your existing Hi-Fi system. There are complete systems with amplifier, CD, streaming and radio all built in and ready to attach to your favourite pair of speakers and there are wireless powered speakers which are a solution for easy placement and versatility.

How does it work?

Must music consumed today is in a digital format, either stored on a device such as a PC/ NAS drive or streamed from and internet based music service. Any compatible device on your home network can access these sources. Using a smart phone or tablet will let you direct the music you want to which ever room you like that has a wireless enabled music system from which ever source you like.

For example you may want the kitchen and the living room to be playing Internet Radio, the Dining room to have a soothing dinner music play list you have created and in the bedroom the kids can be listening to their favourite chart hits all with different volume levels and all individually controlled.

Multi-Rooms - Living Room – Kitchen - Bedroom

Air play will stream audio and video to different devices from iPhones, iPod touches, apple computers and PC’s running iTunes.  Audio can be sent to products like the B&W A7, Bose sound touch 30 and Naim’s Mu-so.  But only from the desktop application of Airplay can you select multiple rooms to play the same thing. The benefit is that other apps on smart devices such as the iPhone can your air play. For instance, should you decide to watch a you tube video on your iPad you can select the air play speaker you wish to hear the sound from whilst watching the video on your iPad. Only now you can with a much better sound with the choice of some of the world’s top brands such as Denon Heos, Sonos, Bose and many more.

Sonos Net is one of the most well established wireless multi room brands with over 10 years in multi room music development. The Sonos app is cross platform running on MAC and PC as well as iDevices and Android devices. With Sonos you have complete control of you music from whichever device you have at the time controlling any speaker at any time anywhere.  Sonos also provides the largest selection of music streaming services that you can combine with their app. And its not just music either. With the Sonos sound bar and sub you can create a wireless 5.1 home cinema setup for your TV once again all controlled from your smart device. Sonos however will not make use of third party applications such as YouTube so watching a video on your phone and hearing through a Sonos speaker will not work without and additional device.  Sonos has a big advantage in that it uses its own network to connect all the devices, which means les drop outs and more music

Bose sound touch is the wireless system from one of the world’s leading audio brands. Bose have created a multi-room system with some very unique features. On Soundtouch devices there are six presets very much like an old radio. This makes a lot of sense, while other systems rely on a smart device you can with the Bose set up pre-sets to your favourite on line radio station, Deezer play list, album of the week etc.  and at the touch of a button have that playing in any room. So you put your keys and phone down on the kitchen table and go to the living room and don’t have to go back to the kitchen to put some music on from your smart phone. Also Bose have included air play so you can use all the features of this system listed above.  The SoundTouch system uses your Wi-Fi network so make sure this is good and strong to get the best from the Bose system.


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