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Whole Home Audio

On the higher end, the future might be a RoonReady audio system. Roon Labs (a firm started by the people who made the Meridian Sooloos system) makes music software with better metadata and a more information-packed user interface than other systems, making it easy to find your own music and discover new music. At the 2016 CES trade show, many of the high-end audio vendors, including Auralic and Bryston, signed up for the RoonReady program, meaning that your Roon server can send audio directly to those devices. Roon is expensive (a lifetime license for the software is $500), but it’s aimed toward people using high-res audio including DSD, and Roon is aiming to become a universal high-end streaming audio option for die-hard audiophiles.

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If you aren’t ready to invest a few hundred dollars into a Sonos system, the Google Chromecast Audio offers an affordable and compelling alternative. You get a small Oreo-sized puck with a single 3.5-mm output that is both analog and optical. It connects to your existing music system and then streams audio from local files or most popular streaming services. Spotify, TuneIn, Google Play, Plex, Pandora, and more support the Chromecast Audio. However, it doesn’t currently have support for iTunes libraries, Apple Music, or Amazon Music. It will even stream 24/96 hi-res audio if you have compatible content.

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While the LG models do feature Google Cast for Audio, they can’t be combined into a multiroom system like the Chromecast Audio can. If you want to get one to use with a Chromecast Audio, it won’t integrate into it as a multiroom wireless speaker system, but as separate audio systems with their own controls that cannot be combined.

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Right now, however, the Sonica supports only Spotify Connect and Tidal for streaming services. AirPlay will let you stream lossless-quality audio to the Sonica, but AirPlay won’t allow you to group two Sonica units as a stereo pair. Bluetooth will work with speakers in a stereo pair, but then you won’t get lossless audio quality, which removes one of the reasons for choosing such speakers in the first place. We expect eventual support for other music services, but we’ve heard no timeframe for such features. Given all of that, the Sonica is too limited for us to choose it as our whole-home audio speaker top pick. But we will be testing it against our Bluetooth and AirPlay speaker picks to see how it performs in that regard.

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07 of 08 Whole House Music Distribution Systems Audio Design Associates Suite 8200 Multiroom Receiver. Audio Design Associates Whole house music systems have a central component that sends music from selected sources (CD, radio, etc.) to each zone. It can send either line-level signals to amplifiers in each room, or have built-in amplifiers and tuners. All of these systems allow you to listen to any source in any zone and can be expanded from four to eight or more zones.ProsBest choice for performance and flexibilityBuilt-in stereo amps for each zoneMultisource – listen to any source in any roomExpandable for more zonesConsRequires professional installation and wiring of system and speakersMost costly option, depending on size of system and installation costsLearn more about Whole House Systems More »

Whole Home Audio

05 of 08 Simple and Affordable Wireless Audio Solutions Mike Panhu/Wikimedia CC 2.0 The simplest and most affordable way to send iTunes music and other audio content wirelessly from one room to another is with a so-called digital media adapter, available from several manufacturers. These adapters send audio signals wirelessly between two or more components, such as between a PC and a stereo receiver, or a receiver and a tabletop system — almost anywhere you want to send music wirelessly. You can even connect a subwoofer wirelessly. Additional adapters can be purchased to expand the system and add more rooms.ProsSimple setupInexpensive and expandableConsAdapter required for each zoneSingle sourceReception quality depends on distanceLearn more here More »

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Unlike with Sonos, you can’t buy a real stand-alone Chromecast Audio speaker at the moment (some speakers available now—the LG Music Flow for example—are Google Cast compatible, but they don’t support the grouping or high-resolution playback features of the Chromecast Audio). If you want to add a zone, you’ll need to add not just another Chromecast, but also speakers, or have existing speakers there. It also means you’ll have to turn on the audio system before you can start the Chromecast, while Sonos is ready to go whenever you want. Most of the time, this probably won’t be much of an issue. Also, you can’t play or pause without opening up an app on your phone or computer.

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But as a cheap way to get into wireless multiroom audio streaming that you can expand at any time, the Chromecast Audio is almost impossible to beat. It wouldn’t be surprising if the next year saw companies introduce speakers with Bluetooth, Chromecast Audio, and possibly AirPlay support to make setting up a multiroom wireless speaker system as simple as can be.

Fill your home with high fidelity music. Start Listening Now Get started with Nuvo’s Player Portfolio System › Speakers Nuvo speakers offer solutions for any space, large or small. Whether for home theater or whole-home audio applications, these speakers are quality designed to match our high-performing audio systems. › Join the conversation Stay connected and join the conversation on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. ›

Audio Design Associates Suite 8200 Multiroom Receiver. Audio Design Associates Whole house music systems have a central component that sends music from selected sources (CD, radio, etc.) to each zone. It can send either line-level signals to amplifiers in each room, or have built-in amplifiers and tuners. All of these systems allow you to listen to any source in any zone and can be expanded from four to eight or more zones.ProsBest choice for performance and flexibilityBuilt-in stereo amps for each zoneMultisource – listen to any source in any roomExpandable for more zonesConsRequires professional installation and wiring of system and speakersMost costly option, depending on size of system and installation costsLearn more about Whole House Systems More »

Nuvo speakers offer solutions for any space, large or small. Whether for home theater or whole-home audio applications, these speakers are quality designed to match our high-performing audio systems.

Speakers Nuvo speakers offer solutions for any space, large or small. Whether for home theater or whole-home audio applications, these speakers are quality designed to match our high-performing audio systems. › Join the conversation Stay connected and join the conversation on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. ›

Speakers Nuvo speakers offer solutions for any space, large or small. Whether for home theater or whole-home audio applications, these speakers are quality designed to match our high-performing audio systems. ›

Speakers Nuvo speakers offer solutions for any space, large or small. Whether for home theater or whole-home audio applications, these speakers are quality designed to match our high-performing audio systems.

Oppo, best known for its Blu-ray players and headphones, has entered the whole-home audio arena with its Sonica wireless speaker. The Sonica supports individual playback or grouping speakers together, handles 24/192 high-resolution audio, works with Bluetooth and AirPlay, offers some basic room correction, and has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi support. In our listening tests, the Sonica sounded better than the similarly priced Sonos Play:3 speaker, with better bass definition and a clearer top end.

We offer several solutions for controlling and amplifying the audio throughout your home. Our products are designed with the do-it-yourselfer in mind allowing for easy set-up and operation. Our expert customer support reps are available toll-free Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm and via email to ensure your installation is a success. If you are renovating or building a house, take advantage of our FREE “Upload Your Plans” service to receive a complete whole-house audio plan that you and/or your builder can use as a guide.Help Me ChooseCompare Features

We offer several solutions for controlling and amplifying the audio throughout your home. Our products are designed with the do-it-yourselfer in mind allowing for easy set-up and operation. Our expert customer support reps are available toll-free Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm and via email to ensure your installation is a success. If you are renovating or building a house, take advantage of our FREE “Upload Your Plans” service to receive a complete whole-house audio plan that you and/or your builder can use as a guide.

04 of 08 Music Over a Wireless Home Network Linksys Wi-Fi Wireless-G Broadband Router. From Amazon If you don't have a pre-wired network home and retrofit wiring is too much to consider, there is another solution – go wireless. As wireless technology has improved, so have the options for wireless distribution of music. It's a great way to enjoy your iTunes music library and other audio sources throughout your home. The most common wireless technology is Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity). No doubt you have heard the term used for the wireless networking of computers. The same technology is now finding its way into multiroom audio systems.ProsGood sound qualityNo room-to-room wiringConsGenerally simple setup, but may require some computer networking skillsLearn more about music over a wireless network. More »

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