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Starts at £179
Here’s the option you probably know already. Sonos was the first big name in multi-room audio, and it has done a great job of maintaining dominance.
How? The last two small-ish speakers it released are bloomin’ great. First there was the Sonos Play:1, an excellent kitchen or bedroom speaker.
Then it upped the ante with the new Play:5, one of the best-sounding wireless speakers we’ve heard. Its units don’t have Bluetooth, or batteries. They’re not portable. If you’re willing to spend big, though, you can even make a surround system out of Sonos, using a Sonos Playbar, SUB and a couple of Play:1s.
Starts at £149
Samsung packs multi-room abilities into many of its gadgets, including TVs and surround systems. However, there are several standalone speakers on offer too. The ones to check out first are the Samsung R1, R3, Rand R7, seen in the image below.
These are mains-powered speakers with ‘360-degree’ sound, intended to sound great wherever you put them. The Samsung Ris also one of the most eye-catching multi-room speakers available, and sounds great, although the lower-end models don’t beat Sonos’s speakers on sound quality.
Starts at £269
If pure sound quality if what you’re after, Bluesound is where you look. It has easily the best Hi-Res audio chops of the multi-room systems. While you can get Sonos-a-like speaker sets, the range extends into gear that looks like full-on hifi equipment. It’s serious stuff.
With the higher-end boxes you can stream the ‘holy grail’ for wireless, 192KHz, 24-bit streams. Where Bluesound is a little weaker is the software interface, which still needs a bit of work to reach Sonos grade.
Starts at £100
Most multi-room systems are designed to be used only by the manufacturer’s gear. But there is an alternative way, UnDok.
This is a multi-room platform that a handful of speaker-makers use. With any luck a (most likely) Google or Apple-made version of this is where multi-room will end up. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could connect a Sonos Play:and your kitchen Wi-Fi ‘radio’ using the same controller app?
Speakers/radios that use UnDok include the Roberts Radio R100, Goodmans Heritage radio and Ruark R2.
Connecting through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth establishes a wireless connection between your speakers and audio device. Not only does a wireless connection stream seamless music throughout your home, but no wires to contend with means that your speaker can be as portable as you want it to be.
A wireless speaker connects directly to the internet which gives you access to internet radio stations from around the world, your music library and music services such as Spotify.
If you have home Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth enabled device such as Android, iPhone or iPad, then you have all you need to play your favourite music. Through the use of a brand associated app on your smart phone or tablet device; or via a remote, you can manage the volume and playlists.
For more on connected homes, watch our video here: Connected home technology
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless interconnection which can send or stream data between compatible electronic devices instantly. Bluetooth speakers allow digital audio to be played wirelessly between connected devices. Connecting to a speaker via Bluetooth provides the flexibility of being able to listen to the music whenever you want to. It also means that the music played is seamless, at a very high quality.
Airplay is Apple’s Wi-Fi dependant platform which enables users to stream digital audio or video content to other Airplay supported devices. Apple AirPlay has a wealth of functionalities which enables you to share digital files on your HDTV and your wireless speakers. Working on a Wi-Fi platform, the Airplay network is vast, so a connection can be maintained throughout the house.
DLNA an acronym for ‘Digital Living Network Alliance’ – is an industry-wide standard for sharing media over a home network. If you have a router, you’ll be able to link DLNA-compliant products across your network. Speakers will either have this function built-in, or it won’t be supported at all, so be clear on the product specifications before purchasing.
Near-Field Communication (NFC)allows portable devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications, passing small amounts of data from one device to another by either touching them or placing them a few centimetres apart. NFC enabled speakers have a ‘touch-point’ whereby you simply ‘tap’ your enabled device to establish a connection. Even quicker than Bluetooth, NFC has the ability to sync multiple speakers to create a stereo sound.
Portability – with many speakers now capable of establishing a wireless connection, there’s the option to make your music portable. Perfect for taking over to a friend’s house or entertaining at a venue, portable speakers are powered by rechargeable batteries which can last for a number of hours.
FM transmitter – wireless speakers and docking stations can both be enabled with FM radio so you have the ability to listen to live broadcasts. Most devices with this functionality can broadcast on any FM frequency from 76.0 to 108.0 MHz.
The total speaker output is measured in watts (W). The capacity indicates the maximum sound signal that a speaker can accept – generally, the higher the wattage, the louder the speaker is. Feeding a higher wattage than the speaker specifies can actually damage it by distorting the sound and overheat the speaker. Having said this, those speakers with a higher power capacity may actually require an amplifier to sound their best.
For best results, and to avoid the risk of damage, opt for a speaker or a set of speakers which can handle the maximum output of your device – this information is displayed on the speaker product pages.
Multiroom is a means of distributing sound throughout the home using Wi-Fi. With a multiroom system, it’s your choice how you play your music. The same song can be played across multiple speakers throughout the house to create total unity. Different songs can be played from different speakers so every room has its own sound. Or, one song can be solely played through one speaker. Just make sure your speakers are the same brand for the functionality to work.
A home cinema system can bring your movies to life. Connecting your TV and games console allows you to immerse yourself into the broadcasts and games with total surround sound. The systems typically include a receiver, Blu-ray player, subwoofer and multiple speakers. As a choice; 5.surround systems utilise six speakers (including a subwoofer), 2.surround systems utilise two speakers (plus a subwoofer) and all-in-one systems contain surround sound decoding, amplification and multiple speakers in just one neat box.
Range of music sources supported
One of the big benefits of having wireless speakers in your home is being able to stream music directly from internet radio stations and online subscription services, so it’s important to check out which services are supported – including free options for new music like Hype Machine and SoundCloud, and high-definition options like Deezer Elite and Tidal.
When it comes to wireless systems, synchronisation is key. The last thing you want is the audio to drift when you’re listening to music in stereo, or for your TV picture to be a few milliseconds ahead of your audio. Ensure that your system is capable of simultaneous playback across a variety of wireless environments and configurations.
After years of Sonos, many AV manufacturers have decided to go after the potentially lucrative multiroom market. While most receivers now connect to the Net over Wi-Fi, it’s worth looking to a receiver that’s compatible with streaming services. While some receivers have their own proprietary apps — such as Yamaha’s MusicCast or Sony’s SongPal Link — some are also able to offer direct connection to popular apps such as Spotify Connect and Pandora.
Meanwhile, Bluetooth, AirPlay and now Google Cast are similar, but have some key differences. Bluetooth works with nearly every smartphone and tablet (including Apple devices) within a range of about 30 feet, but has somewhat diminished sound quality. AirPlay only works with Apple devices, with some exceptions. It offers superior, lossless audio quality, but requires your receiver to be connected to your home network. Meanwhile Google Cast is able to stream to multiple rooms, is compatible with both Android and (increasingly) iOS apps, and is also able to stream in higher-than-CD hi-res quality (24bit/96kHz).
Who should get this
Multiroom wireless speaker systems are for people who want to be able to play music throughout their home and easily control it from their phone, tablet, or computer. These systems let you play different tracks on each speaker, or group them together to play the same tracks. They support both local media libraries and streaming services, allowing you to access music from almost any source. They make it easy to expand your system by just adding another speaker or zone.
If you have already invested in a different multiroom wireless speaker system and it has access to all the services you need, there really is no reason to upgrade.
If you care only about music in a single room, or don’t care about multiple sources, other options will work for less money. Bluetooth and AirPlay speakers can easily stream audio from your phone or computer, but they don’t offer the multiple sources and zones option. They also require your phone or computer to be the streaming source. Multiroom wireless audio solutions access the music sources directly and won’t use your phone’s battery life.
If you have already invested in a different multiroom wireless speaker system and it has access to all the services you need, there really is no reason to upgrade. Some systems, like Squeezebox, are no longer being made, but as long as your chosen system still works for you, you should keep using it.
How we picked and tested
Over the years we have looked at over 1different whole-home audio systems and performed long-term, hands-on testing of nine of them. We’ve tested them in different houses and apartments, with both local music libraries and streaming music services. Over the years that we have tested different systems, what makes an ideal one has changed a bit. For a whole-home audio system we looked for:
Support for the widest selection of online streaming music services. A speaker is no good—no matter how great it sounds—if it can’t play your music.
A wide selection of products at a wide range of prices. Having a model that will work for each situation in your house, without being too expensive, allows you to integrate your whole home into the music system.
Easy control of the speaker system from apps or voice control. An audio system that requires you to physically adjust the volume or skip tracks is not as useful as one that lets you do it while anywhere in the home.
Ability to group speakers together to both stream the same music around the whole house, or combine two speakers into a stereo pair for a more dedicated listening system.
Streaming from the source directly and not through your computer or phone. Otherwise the music won’t work if you take your phone out of range, and it is more prone to dropouts and other issues.
Bluetooth or AirPlay as a fallback solution when a streaming service isn’t supported.
Dual-band WiFi support helps for situations where there are too many devices on the 2.GHz spectrum and it causes too much interference, like in an apartment or condo building.
Some other features that can be offered but aren’t essential for a whole-home audio listening system are:
Portability to take your music outside with you, or even on the road.
A surround sound option, for making a 5.1-channel home theater system when you are watching a movie.
HiRes audio support is a bonus, but not something most people are ever going to need or even necessarily take advantage of.
We researched all the models currently available, as well as attended CES and CEDIA shows, where we were able to demo them ourselves. I also talked to Ty Pendlebury of CNET and Darryl Wilkinson of Sound & Vision, who review multiroom wireless speaker systems. We then picked the models that we felt had the most promise, and for each system we brought in at least two zones’ worth of equipment for testing.
The Sonos system is the best multiroom wireless speaker system because it supports the most services, and has a wide selection of great-sounding speakers, great search features, and a well-organized app that runs on almost all major platforms. Sonos keeps its platform up to date by adding more services all the time, introducing new features like Trueplay room-correction technology, and updating its models. The Sonos user experience is the best of any of the multiroom wireless speaker systems currently available.
Sonos offers speakers that start at the low end with the small Play:and extend to the Playbar and Playbase soundbars for use with a TV. You can use a single speaker, combine two into a stereo pair, or even build a 5.1-channel home theater system using the Playbar, two other speakers for surrounds, and the matching Sub. If you already have speakers that require an amp, you can use the Connect to add them into a Sonos system. The Connect also has a stereo input if you want to connect a turntable, reel-to-reel tape deck, or Bluetooth receiver. Passive speakers, like our favorite bookshelf speakers, can be added by using the Connect:Amp, but if you’re looking for a stereo solution you can get a pair of the impressive Play:1s for less; the most serious audiophiles among us might consider upgrading to a pair of Play:5s.
Sonos Connect integrates Sonos into your existing music system.
Bose SoundTouch devices offer presets on the device, giving you fast access to your favorite Internet radio stations or playlists. Right now they support Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music along with a handful of other streaming services but don’t have Apple or Google.
DTS Play-Fi is another open standard that is supported by a number of vendors, including Anthem, Paradigm, Polk, and Definitive Technology. Recent updates have given it support for features, including 5.1-channel surround sound using wireless speakers, and it has a wide selection of products. Unfortunately, it still offers support for only around a dozen music services and doesn’t support Apple Music or Google Play Music.
Denon’s own HEOS system offers a number of different speakers in a variety of sizes, and has it built into all its new receivers as well. At this point no other companies—aside from Marantz, which is part of Denon’s parent company—have adopted HEOS, and Denon’s parent company just acquired Polk and Definitive Technology, which use Play-Fi. Denon previously announced that it would add Chromecast support for HEOS, but changed its mind. Add to that a lack of Apple Music and Google Play support and it’s easy to pass on for now.
BlueSound is meant for higher-end users and has the features to back it up. These include HiRes audio and MQA support, as well as a CD-ripping vault. But most people don’t need or won’t use these features, and the hardware costs almost 50 percent more than the comparable hardware from other companies because of it.
Oppo Sonica is the first entry into a line of whole-home audio products from the company best known for its Blu-ray players and headphones. The Sonica offers very good sound quality and supports both 2.GHz and GHz wireless bands, but supports only Tidal, Spotify, and local music playback currently. Bluetooth and AirPlay support helps, but it really needs a wider selection of streaming services before it can be a real competitor.
Libratone Zipp positions itself as a multiroom option, but aside from Spotify Connect it streams all the content from your phone and not from an online service.
Logitech added multiroom support to the
UE Boom speakers, but they still stream the music from your phone over Bluetooth and communicate over Bluetooth, so the range is lacking.
Naim MuSo system looks and sounds great, and lets you control it all from a single app, but the company’s cheapest model is still much more than most people want to pay. It might be a fantastic-sounding speaker, but it starts at a price that is too high for most people. is an alliance that is licensing its technology to different speaker manufacturers. It operates in a different wireless band than conventional 2.GHz or GHz Wi-Fi, making it less prone to interference. It is mostly aimed toward home theater, where it can support lossless 24/9audio with 7.channels, but is starting to add multiple zones for multiroom wireless speaker systems. Unfortunately, it’s not a complete system approach, but more akin to Zoneon a receiver and not a true competitor here.
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Slightly limited stereo effect
Not content with dominating the TV world, Samsung now seems to have its sights set on becoming the number one brand for home entertainment audio, too. All this effort has already delivered outstanding results in the shape of both the HW-K850 and, especially, HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbars, as well as a range of ground-breaking multi-room wireless speakers.
The Sony HT-ST5000 is the most expensive soundbar on this list, but for the money you’re getting an exceptional piece of equipment that offers support for Dolby’s spatial Atmos technology as well as dealing exceptionally well with more conventional surround sound.
The build quality and design of the soundbar is exceptional, and its general audio performance impresses with its clarity and spatial presentation.
With that said, its high price means it won’t be for everyone, and most people will get everything they need from the Samsung HW-MS650 above. But if you want to have the best high-end soundbar around, the HT-ST5000 is the one to go for.
No HDMI input
The Q Acoustics Msoundbar doesn’t immediately set pulses racing with its slightly prosaic looks, ‘mere’ 2.1-channel sound and lack of any HDMI support. However, you only have to hear what the Mcan do with both music and movies for your doubts about it to evaporate almost instantly. In fact, it sounds so good that it starts to make the idea of trying to deliver more channels from an affordable sound bar look a bit silly.
In fact, though, it sounds so much better than pretty much any rival soundbar in the same price bracket that it’s actually ridiculously good value – especially if you care about music as much as you care about movies.
A bit too big for most TV setups
The Philips Fidelio Bis an impressive bit of kit, and it’s the perfect soundbar for someone who appreciates good cinema sound but has no interest in tearing up their living room to install a 5.surround sound system to use only every now and then. The Benables you to pick and choose your movie moments, and do it on a whim. And it creates a pretty decent surround sound experience too, using both Dolby Digital 5.and DTS Digital Surround decoding.
The combination of convenience and good audio – the raison d’etre of the soundbar – with its transformative surround sound capabilities makes the Fidelio Ba great option for the movie fan who can’t face all the aggravation of a proper 5.installation.
Slightly muddled surround sound
Do you need Dolby Atmos? This more immersive ‘3D bubble of surround sound’ tech is here, created not only by a standard soundbar design, but with a couple of satellite speakers and a subwoofer added. Is that verging on a messy home cinema cinema of old? Perhaps in theory, but this is one of the sleekest implementations of Dolby Atmos yet. Using rear speakers with upward-firing speakers, it actually creates a virtual 5.1.system.
Focal, most known for its excellent sounding speakers (and the recently released Focal Listen headphones), is late to the soundbar space, but its Focal Dimension was worth the wait. The Dimension soundbar is simply gorgeous, with its piano black accents and aluminum unibody construction.
No HDMI ARC
There’s a lot to like about the Sony HT-MT300. Its compact form factor means it’ll fit just about anywhere and its wireless sub lets you put it under the couch for added bass effect.
The soundbar sounds great with both movies and music, but be warned that it does fall on its face when it comes to offering surround sound.
For the price, you get a great sounding, entry-level soundbar that fits just about anywhere and is easy to use and setup. If you’re on a budget and looking for a soundbar to fit into a small setup then the HT-MT300 is a great choice, but if you’re less restricted then you might want to opt for another soundbar on this list.
Narrow sound stage
The LG SH7B is a soundbar system that can do it all. Its feature set and solid sound quality make it a good choice for those with limited space. While music playback and surround sound aren’t mind-blowing, they’re more than respectable at this price.
It’s a breeze to set up since its subwoofer is wireless, though Android users may be frustrated by LG’s buggy app. Sound quality is decent for the price, but in the end loses out to traditional bookshelf speakers in terms of clarity on the high-end. However, if you want a soundbar that can take on every type of media you can throw at it, the LG SH7B is a great option.
Doesn’t come with a subwoofer
It’s also worth mentioning that, as this isn’t a 2.package, there’s no subwoofer supplied – although Bose will sell you a wireless Acoustimas sub and the ST300 can be partnered with the brand’s Virtually Invisible (i.e. small at 10cm) 300 surround speakers. The system is also compatible with the Bose SoundTouch wireless multiroom system which includes smaller Bluetooth speakers.
What to Look for in a Good Airplay Speaker
You need to go for the best out of the rest. Most of the modern designs offer the best not only in the sound quality but also in design. The new design gives a refined appearance of a décor rather than just a standing speaker unit. These good designs are mostly the Vseries which have a woody design with variety colors.
Listening environment is a factor that affects the quality of the sound. In general, the type, size, and materials construction of the room affect the sound quality. For instance, an environment with less or no noise gives the best listening experience compared to a noisy room. The same applies to an enclosed environment with no openings that allow a lot of air in.
The construction of the room also has an impact on the listening experience and quality. For instance, a carpeted floor would have a varied quality from a hardwood floor. On the same, a lot of reverberations is experienced in rooms with low ceilings and arched walls. Therefore, the architecture of the house affects the sound quality and performance of the speakers.
When it comes to music, materials are categorized as either absorbers or non-absorbers. With that, it is necessary to identify the materials in the room like furniture and curtains and ensure that the ones that absorb sound are correctly placed. Basically, fabric surfaces and upholstered furniture tend to absorb sound. Therefore, you need to set the speakers in such a way that the listeners are at the center of the sound projection.
The audio cable has a lot to do with the quality of sound. The main thing to consider while selecting a speaker cable is the resistance rating of the cable. Low resistance permits more power in relaying the quality sound. In order to get the best, ensure that you match the resistance of the cable and the impedance of the speaker.
Different Features of AV Receivers
Each manufacturer of AV receiver has so many different models, it can make it a real headache trying to decide which one to buy.
One thing you should realize is that all brands release a series of surround sound receivers at different price points. You may see several receivers with different model numbers, but they are probably very similar. They are just part of the same series with an
AV receivers are designed to support different surround sound speaker layouts. So, you need to buy a receiver which allows for the type of speaker configuration you want.
The one you choose may just come down to how much you want to spend. After all, more speakers = more money. Or simply how much space you have in your room for all those speakers.
The standard surround sound speaker layout is 5.This means three speakers at the front – center, front left and front right. Then, two rear surround speakers on the left and right.
The following table summarizes the common surround sound speaker layouts:
The.refers to a subwoofer, which is a speaker that is designed to play back very low bass frequencies. This can add fantastic weight and rumble to a movie soundtrack. And really annoy the neighbors!
A new development is the introduction of Dolby Atmos and
DTS:X. These are object-based soundtracks. Sound effects can be placed using a combination of height, front/back and left/right speakers.
There is another option when it comes to 3D surround sound, and that is Auro-3D. Developed by Auro Technologies, this is another possible surround sound format which you may find with an AV receiver. Some of the top end models provide this as an optional add-on.
You will see many of the newer AV receivers supporting these audio formats. Of course, if you need this depends if you are going to the expense of adding the extra speakers to your room. Or if you have any movies that provide this format on the disc.
For DTS:X, you can use your existing 5.or 7.surround sound speaker system. You don’t need to worry about installing extra speakers.
For Dolby Atmos, you will need to add a minimum of two extra height speakers to your 5.or 7.setup – up to a maximum of 64! The Dolby Atmos speaker configuration with two extra height speakers is written as 5.1.Or 7.1.for the seven-channel version.
Number of Connections
One of the best things about an AV receiver is the sheer number of connections it has on the back. Now, initially, this may just make it look like something you might find on the console of a spaceship. But the advantage is you can easily connect a wide range of different device into your home theater
However, the number and type of connections will vary between models. When choosing a model to buy, it is important to think about all the different devices you will want to add to your setup. And what type of
These days, most modern AV equipment will use HDMI to send the signal – both picture and audio. Therefore, look at the number of HDMI inputs on the AV receiver.
It will usually be written something like – 7/This example means there are HDMI inputs and
HDMI outputs. Sometimes, you may see this written as 6+1/This means there are HDMI inputs on the back plus on the front (and outputs).
Therefore, you can connect up to seven external devices into the receiver via HDMI.
As for HDMI outputs, most people only require one – to their TV or projector. However, some models offer two (or more) which can be useful if you want to send the picture to another display or projector at the same time.
Apart from HDMI connections, think about all the other devices you may want to connect – and what type of connections they use. Games console? Video camera? CD player?
Does the receiver offer all the connection types you need? Maybe allow for a couple of extra ones for future purchases?
Network AV Receivers
Another feature you might want to look out for is network connectivity. A fairly recent innovation, a network AV receiver will have an ethernet connection allowing you to connect it to your home network.
The best home theater receivers will also be able to connect via WiFi, Bluetooth, Chromecast or AirPlay. This can also allow for streaming music from the network – or sending video or music to your system via a mobile device such as your phone.
You could also connect wirelessly to external speakers around your home.
If this sounds useful, then make sure the receiver you buy has the right network connectivity.
Many models of AV amplifiers will show the power rating of the device. Put very simply, this indicates how loud you can have it in the room. But, there is more to it than that.
As a rule, the more expensive models will have more power. But, there are many reasons why they cost more. A bit more power is just one of the reasons – and not the most important.
However, you should also be aware that it can be difficult comparing the power ratings of two different AV receivers. There are different ways of measuring the power an amplifier can output. You must, therefore, be sure you are the recorded level of distortion. Less than 1% is acceptable – e.g. 0.06% THD
Also, you should know that a higher power rating doesn’t mean that an amplifier will be significantly louder than one with a lower rating. And, many people won’t need the extra volume anyway. Doubling the power only increases the sound level by dB. To the human ear, dB is ‘twice as
I have written an article on understanding amplifier and receiver power ratings if you want more detail on this.
More power doesn’t mean it will necessarily sound better. It may give you a more controlled bottom end. It should handle the loud bits better. It might give a cleaner sound. But, the differences might not be as big as the numbers suggest. And, many of those differences will be more to do with the build quality rather than ‘power’.
Generally, power ratings will range from around 50 to 200 watts. 50 to 100 watts will be plenty for most average-sized rooms. However, there’s no problem buying one with more power if you want. Just make sure your speakers will be able to handle the extra power if you plan on turning it up really loud.
The specifications of your speakers should give a guideline power range that they can handle. You will have plenty of wiggle room, so you are unlikely to have issues unless you take things to extremes. Most amps and speakers designed for home use will work fine together.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Pioneer have a long history of producing popular AV products. Although they stopped making televisions in
2009, they still produce many products for the home AV market.
In 2014, Pioneer sold their home AV business to Onkyo, and so they are now sister companies. However, Pioneer still releases products under their own brand name.
Their premium range of AV receivers is labeled the Elite Series. The aim is to produce high-end products aimed at audiophiles and sound purists. Within this range, Pioneer release receivers at two different price points:
Yamaha RX-A3060 AVENTAGE AV Receiver
This top-of-the-range Yamaha AV receiver comes from their AVENTAGE series. These models offer the best audio performance of all the Yamaha AV receivers, with best-in-class levels of audio processing.
Some people prefer the sound of some home theater receivers to others, and I will admit that Yamaha is probably my favorite.
With a powerful 150 watts of output power (ohms, 20 Hz –
20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven), this beast will provide plenty of volume for almost every home user.
It is a 9.channel receiver with supported processing for
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. You might see that this model is an 11.channel receiver.
This is only possible with the addition of an extra 2-channel amplifier. It has processing for 11.channels but doesn’t power all these channels
The Cinema DSP HDprocessing mode will process any audio soundtrack to enable full use of your 9.channel speaker setup.
If you wanted to add Dolby Atmos speakers, it will support a
The RX-A3060 supports all the latest HDMI standards. This will allow full 4K video pass-through from your player to the screen – plus 4K
It has full support for a 9.channel surround sound speaker system and provides a hefty 12watts of power (ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.05% THD, 2ch driven). It can handle processing up to 11.speaker layouts, but that will require the addition of an extra 2-channel amplifier.
This receiver supports 4K Ultra HD pictures at the full
60fps, as well as supporting all the necessary specifications of HDR, BT.2020 and HDCP 2.2.
There are an impressive HDMI 2.0a inputs (on the rear, and one on the front), plus three HDMI outputs. This is more than most receivers, and so this might be a good reason to choose this model.
DTS:X support is provided, as is Dolby Atmos. It will power
Dolby Atmos speaker configurations of 5.1.4, or 7.1.This AV receiver is also upgradeable for Auro-3D surround sound. Once upgraded, the receiver will decode
Onkyo TX-RZ820 AV Receiver
The Onkyo TX-RZ820 is from their top-of-the-range RZ series and is a 7.channel AV receiver.
This premium model provides high-quality audio performance. It ensures a high sonic performance with certified components and modes. THX Cinema, THX Music and THX
Games can transform even ordinary 2-channel audio into a surround sound
Dolby Atmos is supported up to 5.2.channels, and DTS:X is also present as an alternative for 3D audio playback. With HDMI inputs (on
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FireConnect
Denon AVR-X2400H AV Receiver
The Denon AVRX2400H AV receiver is the next on my list.
This is a 7.channel AV receiver, with additional support for DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. With Dolby Atmos, it will allow you to have a 5.1.speaker layout. One thing you won’t find with this model is Auro-3D support.
It offers HDMI inputs (rear and front), and HDMI outputs which allow for parallel viewing on a TV and projector at the same time.
Surround Sound Formats
You may notice that surround sound systems are referred to in numbers, such as 7.surround sound. This lets you know how many speaker components the system has. A 7.setup boasts eight channels: seven discrete main audio channels, divvied up among seven speakers, and one channel fed to the subwoofer for the low notes.
A 5.surround sound system includes the left and right speakers to sit in the front near the screen, one center channel for vocals, the left and right speakers for either side of your seating area and the subwoofer. The speakers flanking you while you enjoy your audio attack are known as the surround speakers.
A 7.surround sound system has the same basic setup as the 5.1, but also includes a right and left back speaker positioned behind the viewer.
The 9.setup adds another pair speakers to the 7.mix. While the speakers in a smaller setup (in front of, to the side of, and behind you) allow sound effects to freely travel left and right, forward and backward, it takes two more speakers, each mounted a few feet above a corresponding left or right front speaker, to give the noise some opportunity for altitude. Height gives music and audio effects another axis, creating a more immersive experience.
Any of these systems can also incorporate multiple subwoofers, upping the number on the right side of the decimal point. Got a pair of subwoofers? Put them on opposite walls so you receive bass from two directions. Four subwoofers should take up one point each on a diamond surrounding the listener, creating a web of thumping and rattling that will catch anything in the middle and ensure it gets a good shaking. What good do all of these subwoofers do? They even out the bass response and make your movies and music thump a little harder and crisper. One of the first recommendations you will hear from home theater buffs is to add at least one subwoofer if you are rocking a 5.1, 7.1, 9.1, etc setup. It makes a massive difference.
Like a doctoral student collecting new skills, prestige and a series of letters to add to the end of a signature, your sound system can continue to advance into the future. Dolby Atmos, a leap forward in audio technology that breaks from the traditional channel-based system to free the various audio objects in a soundtrack and allow them to move about and come at you in three dimensions—including from above your head—can prompt you to turn your 5.system (one center channel, four speakers, and two subwoofers) into a 5.2.by adding four speakers to ceiling mounts or four speakers that direct sound up to bounce back down toward the viewing area. No longer tethered to a pre-assigned output, these sounds can move to come from the direction that best serves your movie-enjoying experience.
Too much? Your ears (and friends) may disagree, but that’s OK. Keep it simple with a 9.system, creating an encircling perimeter of speakers anchored by two subwoofers.
Must-Have Surround Sound Features
There are several essential components necessary for anyone looking to showcase what a home theater system can do. The cinema-experience-level technology available to everyone these days should get you excited about letting your speakers off the leash to really run wild.
THX-certified standards ensure that the sound being created on the movie-makers’ end is getting its due with the audience on the other end. A production company can pull out all the stops in crafting a scene where a shot ricochets off of a dozen metal objects scattered around the room before hitting the target, but if the system meant to broadcast that intricate series of sound effects is incapable of properly handling the load, nobody’s going to be ducking to avoid taking a bullet to the skull. Be sure to invest in THX-certified speakers—such as the THX UltraSeries from Klipsch, which earned the highest possible certification rating. Boom.
Consider a setup that can best deliver the free-range, real-world-emulating, three-dimensional sound experience of the gotta-have-it-if-you-care-about-movies Dolby Atmos experience mentioned above, including a speaker that bounces everything off of the ceiling, raining down noises and music to soak you with sound effects. We tapped out at a nine-speaker system in our initial explanation of this audio gift to humanity, but the technology can work with up to 34—repeat: 34!—so we’re sorry/not sorry to say that you don’t stand a chance against that level of audio power (but why would you want it any other way?). The Klipsch Reference Premeire Dolby Atmos enabled RP-280FA speaker has a built-in elevation channel that does nothing but blast away at the plaster over your head. Actually, it does do one other thing: win awards.
Klipsch emphasizes Wide Dispersion Surround Technology for all of its surround sound speakers, which ensures the best sound, no matter the home theater system setup. Can’t get fit the speakers exactly where you want them? Don’t worry. You’re still going to feel like you’re in the middle of the action.
Wireless vs. Wired Surround Sound
Wireless surround sound is ideal for people who prize both performance and simplicity. You can place the speakers anywhere without worrying about connecting them to the amplifier or hiding the evidence of those connections.
The fact that wireless systems can hold their own against their wired counterparts is evidence of how far technology has come since sound first electronically made its way from a source to a speaker.
If you’re considering a wireless setup, know that time is of the essence. That means the more modern your speakers, the better. Older wireless systems operated on technology that could interfere with or be disrupted by other wireless signals in the home. They also tended to be more expensive and not as reliable.
Today, wireless technology has advanced to the point that it can deliver the goods. Just know that you will need a special control center. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry: It’s smart enough to start pumping out the sound you want within minutes of leaving the box.
Wire your house for sound – without wires! Multi-room speakers connect wirelessly to your phone, tablet or computer. Place them around the home and enjoy your favourite sounds upstairs, downstairs and even outside. Wherever you go, the music goes with you. Just plug n play and sit back and enjoy.
Set up and use
It’s easy – it all works via your wireless network and an app.
You can add extra speakers and connect them to the network at any time, in just seconds.
Each brand has its own dedicated app that gives you control of what you listen to and where you listen to it.
To enjoy multi-room speakers you need to ensure you have your home connected with broadband and a wireless signal.
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Samsung je najavio proširenu ponudu svojih audio proizvoda za 2014., osmišljenu kako bi podigla iskustvo kućne zabave na višu razinu. Nove linije proizvoda za kućnu zabavu temeljene su na sustavu Samsung Shape Wireless Audio – Multiroom System predstavljenom 2013., a u novim linijama značajno su proširene mogućnosti i načini na koje korisnici mogu uživati u vrhunskom zvuku u svakoj prostoriji svoga doma. ✔ Das HEOS Multiroom Lautsprecher System ✔ Das Musiksystem wurde mit dem EISA-Award ausgezeichnet. Auswahl aus einer Vielzahl an Komponenten
Anything you put in your house is both functional and decorative. Aesthetics are a personal thing but this is one respect in which Sonos and HEOS are very different.
The Sonos overall has a more solid, modern look informed, one might say, by the look of PC speakers and i-Device docking stations. The HEOS, whilst distinctive, look more like modified hi-fi speakers. Both are available in black or white, and in the end will come down to your own tastes.
Important Features To Consider
A soundbar can be simply defined as a speaker enclosure that neatly sits underneath or in front of your television. For televisions that are hanged on the wall, there are sound bars that come with wall mounts which you can use to hang the audio accessory right below the television. Almost every TV manufacturer and audio company have their own soundbars lined up in the market.
There are real surround, faux surround, analog and digital audio inputs, HDMI inputs, Bluetooth support, USB ports, subwoofers, and a lot more.. And if price is not a constraint then check out
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First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
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