MUL­TI­ROOM SPEAK­ERS 101

Australian T3 - - HOME -

Why you need them and which to buy

Mul­ti­room speak­ers were some of the ear­li­est con­nected home de­vices. They en­able you to stream mu­sic from a smart­phone or tablet to any room in the house, with­out wires. Sonos is al­most syn­ony­mous with this tech­nol­ogy, of­fer­ing wire­less speak­ers rang­ing from the small PLAY:1 ($299), right up to a full sur­round sound sys­tem (around $2,600). There are nu­mer­ous stun­ning al­ter­na­tives, from Bose with its SoundTouch range (from $299) to more pre­mium brands such as Naim Au­dio (from $1,299) and Bang & Olufsen with its BeoSound 1 (from $1,895). In­creas­ingly, these speak­ers now con­nect to the rest of your smart home. They can act as a siren for an alarm sys­tem, or wake you up gen­tly with bird­song. How lovely.

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