Music Streaming
Music Streaming
You like to stream music on your phone when on the go or in your car. Now you want to stream music in your home. What's the best way?

In recent years, many streaming devices came on to the market; Sonos were the first ones and really established themselves as the go-to brand. They were later followed by prominent brands such as Bose, Denon (Heos), and Yamaha. Each of these product offerings has some pros and cons and it's highly recommended that you speak with our consultants before making a purchase. For example, Bose has high quality speakers and we love that they offer presets (like radio stations) on their wireless speakers. However, they don't integrate well with 3rd party systems. Yamaha has a really nice interface, but their system is sensitive to the type of Wi-Fi network being used.

Should I use wired or wireless speakers?

The short answer is that wired speakers are always preferred. They usually have better sound quality and are more stable. They can also be installed inside the walls or ceilings making them more attractive. Or better yet, you can use invisible speakers. Having said that, there are cases when running wires is simply not feasible. In these cases, wireless speakers can offer a good solution. Remember though, that even though they're called wireless speakers, they still need to receive power and have to be plugged into an outlet.

I'd like to use different streaming services in different rooms. How can I achieve that?

There are three ways to achieve multiple streams simultaneously:

1. Use multiple streaming amplifiers. For example, if you want to stream music to four rooms in your house with the ability of listening to a different streaming service in each room, you would need four amplifiers, such as the Sonos connect amp.

2. Have as many streaming devices as users in the home. Each streaming device is dedicated to a user. For example, a family of two parents and three kids will have five streaming devices. The streaming devices are connected to a multi-zone amplifier. When in a room, the user will select their dedicated streamer and then direct it to the room they want to listen in. The advantage of this set-up is that each user has their dedicated streamer with their favorite streaming services and their own lists. No need to fight!

3. There are streaming devices that have multiple streams built in to them, usually with options for three or five streams. The streaming device is then connected to a multi-zone amplifier and the rest of the setup is similar to option 2.

What kind of streaming services are available? 

Most of the aforementioned devices carry hundreds of streaming services which, except for a few exceptions, are very similar. Those include Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Sirius/XM, iTunes and many more.

You like to stream music on your phone when on the go or in your car. Now you want to stream music in your home. What's the best way?

In recent years, many streaming devices came on to the market; Sonos were the first ones and really established themselves as the go-to brand. They were later followed by prominent brands such as Bose, Denon (Heos), and Yamaha. Each of these product offerings has some pros and cons and it's highly recommended that you speak with our consultants before making a purchase. For example, Bose has high quality speakers and we love that they offer presets (like radio stations) on their wireless speakers. However, they don't integrate well with 3rd party systems. Yamaha has a really nice interface, but their system is sensitive to the type of Wi-Fi network being used.

Should I use wired or wireless speakers?

The short answer is that wired speakers are always preferred. They usually have better sound quality and are more stable. They can also be installed inside the walls or ceilings making them more attractive. Or better yet, you can use invisible speakers. Having said that, there are cases when running wires is simply not feasible. In these cases, wireless speakers can offer a good solution. Remember though, that even though they're called wireless speakers, they still need to receive power and have to be plugged into an outlet.

I'd like to use different streaming services in different rooms. How can I achieve that?

There are three ways to achieve multiple streams simultaneously:

1. Use multiple streaming amplifiers. For example, if you want to stream music to four rooms in your house with the ability of listening to a different streaming service in each room, you would need four amplifiers, such as the Sonos connect amp.

2. Have as many streaming devices as users in the home. Each streaming device is dedicated to a user. For example, a family of two parents and three kids will have five streaming devices. The streaming devices are connected to a multi-zone amplifier. When in a room, the user will select their dedicated streamer and then direct it to the room they want to listen in. The advantage of this set-up is that each user has their dedicated streamer with their favorite streaming services and their own lists. No need to fight!

3. There are streaming devices that have multiple streams built in to them, usually with options for three or five streams. The streaming device is then connected to a multi-zone amplifier and the rest of the setup is similar to option 2.

What kind of streaming services are available? 

Most of the aforementioned devices carry hundreds of streaming services which, except for a few exceptions, are very similar. Those include Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Sirius/XM, iTunes and many more.

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