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What’s the best­mul­ti­room­sound sys­tem?

Multi-roomwire­less speak­ers of­fer style and con­ve­nience, al­low­ing you to re­place as­sorted hi-fis and ra­dios with one sleek sys­tem. You can­match the num­ber of speak­ers to the size of your home, and con­trol the­mu­sic in each roomus­ing a smart­phone or tablet.

Broadly speak­ing, there are two types of wire­less speaker: Blue­tooth and Wi-fi. Blue­tooth speak­ers are best suited to a sin­gle room. They have a lim­ited range (30 me­tres) and youmay find that your­mu­sic is in­ter­rupted by your phone ring­ing. The­main ad­van­tage of a Wi-fi sys­tem, such as Sonos, is that it al­lows you to si­mul­ta­ne­ously play dif­fer­ent songs in ev­ery room that con­tains a speaker.

The Sonos sys­temis hugely pop­u­lar be­cause it de­liv­ers rich, room-fill­ing sound and com­pat­i­bil­i­ty­with 30 pop­u­lar stream­ing ser­vices. It’s af­ford­able, too. Start with an en­try-level ‘PLAY:1’ speaker (£159) and add up to 31 more through­out your home. On the down­side, if party guests want to con­nect their own phones to your Sonos, they have to down­load the app.

Com­peti­tors such as the Sam­sung ‘R-se­ries’ (from £149) and Bose ‘Sound­touch’ sys­tem(from£170) don’t have that is­sue, as they have both Blue­tooth andwi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity. Nei­ther can quite match the Sonos for sound qual­ity, though.

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