Wireless Multiroom Audio Brands

Multiroom Brands

Below, listed alphabetically, are brief comments on each of the brands we’ve identified as participants in the wireless digital multiroom category. Consult the company Websites for additional information. Most of the brands use a proprietary app, but several are using the DTS Play-Fi or Qualcomm AllPlay open platforms, which allow the mixing of any products using the same system.—RS

Anthem: Anthem, a sister company of Paradigm, offers A/V receivers and a surround processor that can be recognized by the DTS Play-Fi app.

Bang & Olufsen: B&O’s BeoLink Multiroom platform allows sharing of music among a wide range of B&O speakers and integrated sound systems.

Bluesound: Bluesound’s hi-res-audio multiroom solution (from the makers of PSB speakers and NAD electronics) includes speakers, amp, and preamp modules, and the unique Vault 2 ripper/music server.

Bose: The Bose proprietary SoundTouch platform now extends to standalone powered speakers, soundbars, the Wave Music System, and an amp/player module.

Definitive Technology: The Def Tech Play-Fi-driven W Series offers premium powered speakers and soundbars, plus amp and preamp player modules.

Denon Heos: The Heos offerings are exceptionally thorough, including several powered speakers, a soundbar, amp, and preamp modules, and a four-zone multiroom player/amplifier for integrators.

Fon: Fon’s Gramofon music player is a Spotify Connect Wi-Fi adapter for existing sound systems that’s recognized by the Qualcomm AllPlay app.

Fusion Research: The unique Ovation Play-Fi music server integrates high-res Play-Fi wireless technology with custom-installed home automation systems.

Harman Kardon: The HK Omni lineup (two powered speakers and preamp/player) handles hi-res files up to 96-kHz/ 24-bit.

HItachi: Hitachi offers three powered speaker models in its Smart Wireless series, all using the Qualcomm AllPlay platform.

LG: LG’s MusicFlow system offers an extensive lineup, with four powered speakers, four soundbars, and a network extender.

MartinLogan: MartinLogan products now featuring DTS Play-Fi include the Crescendo and Bravado powered speakers, the Motion Vision X soundbar, and the Forte amp/player.

McIntosh: The venerable McIntosh has integrated Play-Fi into a powered desktop speaker and several audio components.

Monster: Monster, which now offers three SoundStage speakers on Qualcomm’s hi-res AllPlay platform, says it has significant feature updates planned for this summer.

Paradigm: Like the MartinLogan wireless speakers, the Paradigm Premium Wireless series uses the Play-Fi platform and benefits from Anthem Room Correction (ARC).

Phorus: Phorus, now owned by DTS, is the inventor of the Play-Fi platform. The brand offers two powered speakers and a versatile Play-Fi/aptX Bluetooth receiver for existing systems.

Polk: Polk’s Play-Fi products include three affordable powered speakers (including a portable version of its entry-level S1), a soundbar, and both amp and preamp player modules.

Raumfeld: The wireless brand from German speaker maker Teufel, Raumfeld’s high-res-compatible system offers entry-level and premium powered speakers that include full-size floorstanders and a soundbar.

Riva: After making its mark with high-quality portable Bluetooth speakers, Riva plans to introduce its multiroom WAND system sometime this year.

Samsung: Samsung’s proprietary multiroom system started with the Shape series speakers but is focused now on three Radiant360 products created at its new audio lab.

Sonos: The inventor of the category remains the dominant player with an extensive line of speakers, player modules, and a soundbar; the speakers all benefit from Trueplay room correction.

Wren: Wren’s one product is a premium powered speaker, the V5, available for multiroom use as the Play-Fi compatible V5PF, and the V5US that also adds AirPlay and Bluetooth capability.

Yamaha: Yamaha’s app-driven, hi-res compatible MusicCast technology now appears across the company’s A/V receiver line, as well as in soundbars, powered monitors, and a powered tabletop speaker.

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