Whole Home Audio Stories January 5, 2016

Today at CES 2016 Harman Kardon has announced a new batch of “True HD Audio” multi-room speakers. The OMNI+ line-up is Wi-Fi-enabled with access to a wide variety of audio sources. Additionally, HK touts the ability to playback true lossless definition audio and a mix of indoor and outdoor speakers for a versatile setup. Head below for more information on Harman’s latest release.

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Whole Home Audio Stories October 24, 2015

Update (10/31 10:30am): @RyanWBeam is our winner, thanks for reading!

Gone are the days of complicated 5.1-channel home theater setups. If you’re anything like myself, a simple system that offers a number of features in a small package will do the job. There are a number of options available but two of our favorite come from Polk Audio. This week, we’ve partnered with Polk to giveaway the SB1 Wireless Multi-Room Soundbar and Subwoofer ($700 value) and a S2 Wireless Multi-room speaker ($180 value). Head below for more details and to learn how you can win one for yourself.

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Whole Home Audio Stories September 22, 2015

Polk Audio has announced a new addition to its family of Omni multi-room speakers, the S6. This speaker comes in at the high-end in comparison to its siblings the S2 and S2R. With a $350 price tag and improved specifications, Polk is using the S6 to compete with other popular multi-room speaker systems from SONOS and Denon. Read on for more details on this new release and how it stacks up to the competition.

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Whole Home Audio Stories August 5, 2015

Seems like every consumer speaker company is offering a whole home audio solution these days. From SONOS to LG and Hitachi, these systems are becoming the industry standard to fill every room with sound.

Today, Bang & Olufsen is revealing their own plans for connected multi-room speakers. We first caught wind of this back in January at CES when B&O released the BeoSound Moment. Now its all coming together in a simple – yet pricey – customizable package.  expand full story

Whole Home Audio Stories July 15, 2015

SONOS announces new limited edition solid color PLAY:1 speakers

SONOS is back with a new limited edition PLAY:1 following the success of its small run of Blue Note speakers from the winter. These newly designed models will have the same high-quality audio as the regular PLAY:1’s but the outside has a soft touch finish that rids itself of the silver grille, opting for a color matching scheme instead. These aren’t going to necessarily standout in any way but that seems to be the point, it’s a better design for those that may be looking for a less “electronic” visual.

There will be roughly 5,000 units available in each color with a $250 price tag attached. That’s a $51 upcharge from the regular list price for the PLAY:1. Pre-orders will launch via the official SONOS store on July 21st at 1PM EST.

Source: SONOS

Whole Home Audio Stories May 17, 2015

Update (5/18 12:30pm): Amazon has matched this pricing on the SONOS PLAY:1 two room starter kit for $349 with free shipping.

Crutchfield is making it easier than ever to get into the world of wireless whole home audio. The online retailer is offering two SONOS PLAY:1 speakers in white or black for $349 shipped. These regularly go for $199 individually and today’s deal delivers a savings of roughly $25 per speaker. This is within a few dollars of the best price we’ve seen for an individual PLAY:1 and the lowest current offer. Crutchfield’s excellent service and support are an added bonus to this deal.

These speakers are widely respected by consumers as an excellent bridge into the SONOS ecosystem. The PLAY:1’s feature two class D tuned amplifiers, one 3.5″ mid-woofer and a tweeter. The humidity-resistant design allows for the speaker to be placed in a bathroom or outside on humid days. With access to a variety of music sources, such as Spotify, Pandora and Beats Music, the PLAY:1 is a solid option for starting a whole home wireless music system.

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Whole Home Audio Stories April 14, 2015

Big upgrades are coming to LG’s line of Music Flow speakers. Today, the South Korean-based manufacturer has released details on new wireless speakers and soundbars that expand its previously announced offerings while bringing new software compatibility with Google Cast and other services.

Seven new speakers will be available from LG with the expanded capability of Google’s services. Each new model fits a different need for consumers with wireless and portable speakers as well as soundbars in this round of releases. expand full story

Whole Home Audio Stories April 3, 2015

Wireless whole home audio is moving away from being labeled a new and expanding category to something that is refining itself as a necessary need for audio enthusiasts. We’ve seen new releases from Bang & Olufsen this year, as well as updates to Aether’s speaker, while SONOS continues to reign supreme.

This week, Samsung announced a new entry into the whole home audio competition with its Radiant360 R7 Wireless Speaker that offers a number of familiar features plus some new ones.

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Whole Home Audio Stories March 4, 2015

Just take a second and look at it. Isn’t this one of the prettiest speakers you’ve seen in a while? This is the Cone wireless speaker from Aether and it just picked up a few added features that tightens the gap between it and SONOS. As of this week, the previously AirPlay-only speaker now is capable of going on the road while also making a push to cover your whole home. expand full story

Whole Home Audio Stories December 31, 2014

expiredSONOS PLAY:5 All-in-One Wireless Music System + $50 B&H gift card $399 shipped

Update (12/31 10:30am): B&H has knocked off one of the gift cards, but you can still grab $50 with the purchase of a PLAY:5.

B&H offers the SONOS PLAY:5 All-in-One Wireless Music System in white or black for $399 shipped. All PLAY:5 purchases include two $50 B&H gift cards, which is double the value of the gift card promotion that we saw during the holiday season. Over at Amazon, this speaker is rated 4.4/5 stars by nearly 2,300 customers.

The PLAY:5 is the original speaker offering from SONOS, designed specifically for larger spaces with its five “custom-built” drivers and amplifiers: two tweeters, two mid-range and one subwoofer. This speaker can be paired with the entire line of SONOS products to create a wireless whole-home audio solution. One of the defining features of the PLAY:5 is the line-in input, which allows for music (such as a turntable) to be streamed through your whole SONOS speaker system. Additionally, SONOS can handle a wide variety of streaming music services such as Spotify, Beats and Pandora.

Note: shipping times are currently quoted at 3-7 business days.

Whole Home 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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Whole Home Audio Stories October 14, 2014

Sonos, the makers of the popular whole home audio solution, has announced a new addition to its line of products that will help take your music listening experience further than ever before. The new BOOST accessory for Sonos can replace the previously required BRIDGE and is capable of broadcasting a signal nearly 50% further than before.

Focusing on improving their much discussed “rock solid wireless”, the BOOST delivers a 360 degree wireless signal that Sonos claims matches performance of enterprise grade routers on the market.

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