We all like listening to music. And, sharing it with friends and family makes it sound even better. A multiroom system can fill each room in the home with your favourite playlists.
Essentially, a multiroom system is a flexible means of listening to your music or movies throughout your home on a wireless connection. Many multiroom separates allow you to connect or pair additional speaker sets, locate them in another room and control them from your smartphone or tablet via an app. And it’s your choice how you play it. The same song can be played across multiple speakers throughout the house to create total surround sound. Different songs can be played from different speakers so every room has its own sound. Or, one song can be solely played through one speaker. With no need for a receiver, you can tune into thousands of radio stations, stream from services such as Spotify and play your whole iTunes library.
When looking at multiroom audio, speakers are often the first port of call. The multiroom system can begin as small as you want it to be with a portable and compact speaker. And as time goes on, you may wish to extend the reach of your music to other areas of the house which can be achieved by simply pairing up additional speakers of the same brand. Your home cinema system can even be enhanced with multiroom, with the option to pair a sound bar, sound base or use a system with a subwoofer to build your own 2.1, 3.1 or 5.1 system.
An optional extra which is unique to Sonos is the Sonos Connect: AMP . Easy to set up in a matter of moments, you can connect the AMP to your existing audio system, turning the speaker into a high quality, base driven, surround sound experience.
With such a variety of multiroom audio to choose from, choosing the right system for your home is an important consideration. Generally, the smaller the speaker the smaller the sound, so product specifications will be the key in finding the right speaker for each room. As a rule of thumb, smaller rooms should have a compact speaker with one or two built-in amplifiers. For the larger room, go for a speaker which has four to five, built-in amplifiers with a subwoofer.
It’s also certainly worth thinking about the functionalities you require at speaker level. With many multiroom devices enabled via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, system setup and control has never been easier. When downloaded, associated apps can setup and control speakers in different rooms enabling them to play the same or different music in each room. Most multiroom brands have this capability which works hand-in-hand with the speakers and sound bar to create a surround sound experience. Some speakers even have control buttons on the unit so you can play, pause or skip tracks at the source as well.
With wireless connectivity there are options available for a portable multiroom system too. The Bose® SoundTouch™ 20 Series II Portable Wi-Fi music system and Pure Jongo S3X Portable Wireless Speaker boast rechargeable batteries so you can listen to your favourite tracks at home via Wi-Fi or on the move via Bluetooth.
Our multiroom brands all have something to offer. From a speaker to a sound bar, and a bridge to a sound base, each brand caters for different music tastes so it is worth considering your options.