Trend: Wireless speakers
The big noises in multi-room music
Pa nas onic SC-ALL series
A three-pronged, Sonos-esque wireless attack consisting of the wall-mountable SC-ALL8 speaker (pictured), a smaller SC-ALL3 and the SH-ALL 1C, which upgrades existing stereos to receive tracks from the MusicStreaming app. Plays friendly
with both iOS and Android devices, supports Napster and Spotify, plus pipes in tracks stored on PC or NAS drives, too.
panasonic.com/au, out June
Simple Audio Roomplayer+
Get the SimpleAudio app on your smartphone, PC or NAS drive and this powerful but understated set-top creates a library of music to play via Bluetooth or AirPlay, with separate accounts for each family member. Deezer support tries to make up for the lack of Spotify, but uncompressed tracks pumped through the 50W amp are strong – once you’ve outlayed for speakers.
simpleaudio.com, out now
Musaic Wireless Hi-Fi Syst em
This Kickstarter-funded system has 36W and 60W of power respectively in its MP5 and MP10 (pictured) speakers. Both pump out MP3s and FLAC lossless audio, scattering sound across your connected home from any device and some streaming apps (not Spotify yet). Interestingly, it promises to link your smart lighting and security systems, too.
musaic.com, out september