multi-room audio Stories January 6, 2016

Sony held its CES 2016 press conference yesterday, taking the opportunity to announce a slew of new products. Sony President Michael Fasulo introduced new 4K BRAVIA Ultra HDTVs, fresh multi-room speakers and a sweet hi-res turntable. Details were also released on a new streaming service from Sony Pictures that will bring “new and classic titles” from its library of films directly to the just-announced televisions. More below.

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multi-room audio Stories December 17, 2015

expiredSONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Music System in black or white: $170 shipped (Reg. $199)

Altatac via Rakuten offers the SONOS PLAY:1 All-in-One Wireless Music System in Black or White for $169.99 with free shipping. This is a savings of $29 off the original listing/Amazon, a match of our previous low mention and the best price we can find.

The SONOS PLAY:1 includes two class D tuned amplifiers with a 3.5-inch mid-woofer plus a tweeter. It has a humidity-resistant design, so it’s safe to use outdoors or in your bathroom. Two speakers can be paired together for a stereo setup. Its new TruPlay software automatically tunes your speakers for optimal performance based on your living space. With access to a variety of music sources, such as Spotify, Pandora and now Apple Music, the PLAY:1 is a solid option for starting a whole home wireless music system. Rated 4.6/5 stars by nearly 2,000 Amazon customers.

ICYMI: SONOS is currently offering a holiday bundle with two PLAY:1 speakers for $350 (Reg. $398), which is a nice way to start out if you’re interested in building your system quickly.

multi-room audio Stories September 14, 2015

Over the last few years, I have become a huge proponent of multi-room audio systems. The ability to play one song in unison across my home or hand-pick from a variety of sources in each space is one of my favorite technology advancements over the last few years. While AirPlay systems can be tweaked to recreate this setup, it doesn’t offer the same refined experience as SONOS and the like.

Kickstarter veteran, Hidden Radio Design, is back with a new whole home speaker system that actively accounts for the shape and size of each room. After raising over 1.6 million dollars on two prior campaigns, the focus has now shifted to the HiddenHUB, an omnidirectional speaker system that aims to knock off some of the biggest names in audio.

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multi-room audio Stories September 3, 2015

Philips is the latest to throw its hat into the multi-room audio speaker system competition. Instead of loading up on features and raising the MSRP, these new options look to slide in at a lower price point. Philips is putting the focus on a simple one button approach to getting the music started. Head below to learn more about the new Izzy BM58 speaker.

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multi-room audio Stories August 26, 2015

Samsung continues to take aim at SONOS as it further pushes into the whole home audio market. Today, the electronics manufacturer has revealed three new 360-degree multi-room speakers. The R1, R3 and R5 are smaller and lower priced models than the $500 R7 that Samsung first detailed back in April.

Significantly dropping the entry level price should spike interest amongst consumers that are looking for an alternative to other ecosystems currently on the market.

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multi-room audio Stories December 22, 2014

When it comes to multi-room wireless speaker systems, the conversation has started and ended with SONOS in recent years. They’ve managed to create a fail-safe system that features a solid mesh network and offers a wide variety of streaming services. But as CES 2015 rapidly approaches LG has set its sights on SONOS with its new line of Music Flow wireless speakers.

But LG does offer a specific feature with one of its new speakers that even Sonos cannot claim….

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