August 18, 2022
(wassuprockers) – Multi-room audio is because the identify suggests, audio in a couple of rooms.

(wassuprockers) – Multi-room audio is because the identify suggests, audio in a couple of rooms. It is a idea that has been round for a few years, with Sonos most likely being the pioneer. 

Whilst the very thought of pumping song round a number of rooms in your house is now more uncomplicated than ever, selecting the proper machine can also be extremely tough. There don’t seem to be most effective a couple of firms providing quite a lot of methods, however there are a large number of platforms too, all providing other stories and compatibility with other song products and services. 

We have compiled the entire very best choices to be had available on the market to lend a hand you make a decision which multi-room audio machine is for you.

What’s multi-room audio?

Multi-room audio, put merely, is the facility to hear song in different rooms. Relying at the machine you select, you can both be capable of play other songs in numerous rooms on the identical time, the similar song in all rooms, or only a couple concurrently.

Song performed throughout a multi-room audio machine can come from streaming products and services comparable to Spotify or Apple Song, or your individual private song assortment whether or not that be on a NAS (Community Connected Garage) force, your pc, a CD and even vinyl – with the best setup.

Multi-room audio methods have a tendency to be wi-fi and regulated the usage of an app, so apart from making sure an influence provide is within sight and you have got your smartphone able, audio system can also be located anywhere you favor in your house. Naturally, you can want a minimum of one speaker in every room you wish to have to listen to song in.

How does multi-room audio paintings?

A multi-room machine can contain a chain of audio system, whether or not they be typical wi-fi audio system, a soundbar or soundbase, and even another AV apparatus. You’ll be able to additionally upload a hyperlink machine to a present hi-fi setup with passive audio system, to show it right into a modern-day musical wonder. 

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Other methods undertake other platforms and those platforms now not most effective decide person revel in and the way every multi-room machine works, however in addition they dictate which audio system and methods paintings in combination and which do not. 

Sonos makes use of a closed mesh community as an example, which to start with connects to your house Wi-Fi, however then creates its personal community, so you are now not the usage of your individual Wi-Fi when the usage of it. Whilst many depend at the Wi-Fi revel in by myself, some audio system additionally be offering further connectivity like Bluetooth, that is discovered on merchandise just like the Sonos Roam and Bose Moveable House Speaker.

Whilst multi-room audio has historically been ruled through hi-ii firms, comparable to Denon, Bose, Sony, Panasonic and Yamaha, the tech giants of Google, Amazon and Apple have now entered the fray too with their very own audio system.

Within the majority of instances, as soon as you’ve gotten selected your multi-room machine, you are tied into it. This implies you’ll’t mix’n’match quite a lot of audio system and be expecting them to paintings with every different.

On the other hand some platforms, comparable to Apple AirPlay 2, will mean you can pick out and make a choice whichever audio system you wish to have (as long as they are appropriate) and feature them paintings in unity with one any other. 

Whichever machine you select, as soon as it is up and operating you’ll use an app for your telephone or pill to regulate it, or you’ll even now use your voice due to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. 

What multi-room machine will have to I purchase?

Multi-room song methods are available quite a lot of styles and sizes, so opting for the most productive one for you and your house could be a tough job. We have compiled an inventory of the principle gamers within the multi-room audio recreation, from the all-conquering Sonos, to multi-room sensible audio system or even the little Google Chromecast Audio dongle. You are certain to seek out one thing to fit your needs.


Sonos is most likely the most important and maximum well known participant within the multi-room audio marketplace. Sonos historically makes use of its personal Wi-Fi mesh community slightly than Bluetooth, so the relationship is not interrupted through other folks the usage of your broadband. The exception this is the Sonos Roam and Sonos Transfer, which comprises Bluetooth, whilst nonetheless integrating into the Sonos community.

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You regulate the whole lot by means of the Sonos app, appropriate with Android and iOS – or the Sonos Controller app for Mac. Throughout the app, you’ll upload new Sonos units in addition to signal into any song products and services you subscribe to.

Denon Heos House Audio system

Denon has its personal multi-room audio machine referred to as Heos. It is been round for a very long time now and whilst it has a equivalent speaker lineup to Sonos at its core, Heos as a platform is to be had throughout a miles higher vary of goods from each Denon and Marantz. Denon’s Heos enabled audio system are had been rebranded as Denon House, however the underlying tech is similar, and they’re nonetheless appropriate with older Denon Heos fashions.

Like Sonos, Denon Heos makes use of a mesh Wi-Fi community so you’ll most effective attach Heos-enabled merchandise – which thankfully there are lots of of. The whole thing is managed by means of the Denon Heos app, which is appropriate with Android, iOS and Amazon.


Bose is a huge participant within the audio global, so it is no wonder that it too has a variety of multi-room audio system. Falling beneath the Bose Sensible House branding, Bose has 3 audio system and quite a few house cinema choices.

Bose Sensible audio system hook up with Wi-Fi, however Bluetooth may be supported, one thing now not all different methods on this checklist can be offering. The audio system are managed by means of the Bose Song app however there’s voice regulate by means of Google Assistant or Alexa, in addition to bodily controls at the audio system themselves.

Suitable song products and services come with Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Song, iTunes and Web Radio. However with Bluetooth onboard, you’ll circulate just about any audio from a Bluetooth instrument. 

Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen audio system now not be offering multi-room capacity thru BeoLink or the BeoMusic app, as an alternative opting to incorporate simply AirPlay 2 and Chromecast for built-in multi-room.

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Bang & Olufsen additionally usually contains Bluetooth and line-in so compatibility stays huge, however the ones searching for an multi function multi-room resolution would possibly need to glance in different places.


Samsung does not have as a lot of a focal point on multiroom in this day and age nevertheless it in the past introduced the R-series, with 360-degree sound output, that proved highly regarded particularly amongst Samsung devotees.

The R-series of audio system is now discontinued, however was once made from the R1, R3, R5, R6 and R7. Those audio system depend on their very own mesh community to speak to one another and play song with out being interrupted. 

Google Chromecast

Google could be very a lot a supporter of multi-room audio and its Chromecast integrated platform can also be discovered on many wi-fi audio system. The tech massive additionally has its personal Chromecast Audio dongle that may be plugged into audio system, whether or not they be Bluetooth or a part of a hi-fi machine by means of a three.5mm connection, turning them into Wi-Fi enabled multi-room audio system as an alternative. 

The Chromecast integrated platform is totally open, so all appropriate audio system will paintings with one any other and the selection of supported products and services is huge. You’ll be able to reflect the audio from a internet browser or YouTube too. 

Apple AirPlay 2

Apple introduced AirPlay 2 at WWDC 2017 and with it, offered multi-room audio. Naturally, it is just supported through Macs and iOS units and you’ll most effective circulate the similar music to a couple of audio system and rooms, slightly than play other ones round the house. Producers had been fast to include the generation, both updating earlier audio system or liberating new ones. 

Writing through Britta O’Boyle. Enhancing through Luke Baker.