Fea­tures

Con­nec­tiv­ity is key

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These multi-room speak­ers all use Wi-Fi to con­nect to your home net­work, but there are other fea­tures to think about too.

The LG Mu­sic Flow H5 and Sam­sung M5 are the most ex­pen­sive speak­ers here, but they’re packed with use­ful fea­tures, in­clud­ing du­al­band Wi-Fi for max­i­mum range and re­li­a­bil­ity, and Eth­er­net for homes where Wi-Fi doesn’t work so well. The Sonos Play:1 has Eth­er­net too, which may come in handy, as its sin­gle-band Wi-Fi may strug­gle.

Pure’s Jongo T4X just has ba­sic Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth, but it can use both wire­less tech­nolo­gies in tan­dem in or­der to stream mu­sic from a re­ally wide range of de­vices and apps, and it’s cur­rently the only multi-room speaker sys­tem that will work with the Ap­ple Mu­sic ser­vice.

In con­trast, the Philips Spo­tify speaker only works with Wi-Fi con­nec­tions and will only let you play mu­sic from the Spo­tify app on iOS de­vices. It can’t play iTunes mu­sic from a Mac and, to add in­sult to in­jury, you’ll need a paid-for Spo­tify Pre­mium ac­count too.

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