Yesterday – maybe as it was Father’s Day – The Sunday Times magazine included an article on “multiroom systems that will get homes booming”. The article comments on five systems on the market, one or two you’ll be familiar with but the others you may not recognise. If this is the route you’re planning for you’re digital music library after the CD ripping project, take a look at these.
1 Naim Mu-So (£995+)
Seems to be their number one pick. Also streams lossless from your computer, supports Tidal and the usual Spotify, iTunes etc,
2 Samsung Multiroom (£169+)
The entry level R1 is cylindrical and “emits sound in all directions”. Wide range of other units to create whole home coverage, Spotify, iTunes, Tidal etc. www.samsung.com/uk
3 Sonos (£199+)
Of course, but only number 3? Great range, must be the de-facto standard in this sector. Has to be a strong product to beat this and remember they have a way to facilitate different tracks in different rooms.
4 Bose Soundtouch (£170+)
Not so long ago Bose owned the mid – high end sound dock market. Well, they’re back with a home streaming range. Includes internet radio presets …..? OK. Top of range model includes a CD player for reasons that escape me. If you like Bose you’ll like these.
5 Denon Heos (£129)
Who? you say. Denon are a respected audio manufacturer and their entry level unit is battery powered and splash proof. Ideal for parties and barbecues although sticking it in the shower is pushing your luck. They have a bigger unit available at £549. And this is British, wave that flag.