A Review Of Modern Multi-Room Music Systems

multi room audio system

In this blog post, I am going to review o multi-room audio systems that are designed to distribute music throughout your home.

Then, I am going to explain some of the basics of multi-room audio.

In particular, I will show some of the challenges of distributing audio to multiple rooms.

Finally, I will explain how today’s audio systems address these challenges and also offer some tips on installing these kits.

Plenty Of Systems

There are quite a few multi-room music products on the market today such as Sonos, Heos, and Bose

Sonos

Sonos Speaker

Sonos is the ultimate wireless home sound system: a whole-house WiFi network that fills your home with brilliant sound, room by room.

Heos

HEOS Speakers

HEOS is a wireless multi-room audio platform from Denon that features selected wireless powered speakers, receivers/amps, and soundbars from the Denon and Marantz product brands.

Bose

Bose Wireless Speaker

For music, your way, Bose with the SoundTouch family delivers powerful acoustics featuring a classic design with fast, easy access to music throughout your home.

The Basics

It is straightforward, your budget, as well as your specific needs, will determine which audio system is ideal for you.

All the brands I mentioned previous offer systems that range from $200 to 2000 dollars.

What you want to accomplish as far as your “project” determines how much you are going to spend.

Use Network Cabling

If you have a network cable installed in your home, you won’t have any problems.

And you aren’t going to have problems since all modern multi-room music systems can transmit music via a network cable.

Most components are relatively easy to connect to your LAN cable.

They have LAN ports that attach to your home network via a short cable.

As an alternative, most multi-room kits also support the wireless streaming of music.

And if you have a LAN connection in your home.

You can either go with a system that doesn’t have wireless streaming to save some money or with a system that can stream wirelessly to be more flexible.

Add An Access Point

If you go for a product that lets you add a wireless expansion module, then you can “save some money” by not adding an access point.

Especially not adding it to those areas where you do have a wired LAN connection.

In those areas where you do have a wired LAN connection, you can “save some money” by not adding an access point.

Note: This is “possible” if you add a product that lets you add a wireless expansion module.

Connecting “The System”

To set up a multi-room music system, you’ll need an internet connection to stream music from an online resource such as an internet radio station or only a home network

(Note: “The system will pull the stored music from a local device such as a media server offline or online.”)

If you play music from an Apple device such as an iPhone, then it makes sense to connect via Bluetooth.

If your stored music is on a PC, then you’ll need to share the files on your home network.

You can control your system either via a dedicated remote control which can be expensive or by installing an app onto a portable device such as an iPhone.

One of the critical features of modern multi-room music systems is the ability to set up music zones which is an area that plays the same music.

A zone does not necessarily have to be one room. You can group several rooms or your whole house into one audio area.

Also, you can group two speakers.

If you group two speakers, it makes sense to arrange that one speaker outputs the left and the other speaker the right audio signal.

By spacing the two speakers reasonably wide apart, the stereo effect gets improved.

Also, you can arrange your Houston home theater speaker installation in a similar fashion.

When purchasing a music system, check the technical specifications to find out whether the audio for a speaker in one zone will be in sync.

In other words, make sure there is no delay between the audio playing from different speakers. Such a delay would degrade the sound experience.