PRICE $3,499 ($4,477 as reviewed)
AT A GLANCE
Supports modern and
Integrates with many
AirPlay gives virtually unlimited access
NAS streaming has quirks
Native app support is fairly limited
Russound delivers whole-home audio entertainment in a single, massively expandable chassis, allowing you to enjoy legacy analog/digital sources or modern streaming.
Streaming and app-based control may be all the rage for music listening, but they ignore the fact that many people still have older, legacy gear they want to enjoy around their homes. Sometimes, whether it&rsquo;s a CD player, turntable, or cable/satellite set-top box, &ldquo;stream it from the cloud&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t a workable solution. Also, most modern wireless streaming music systems, such as Sonos and Play-Fi, eschew any type of wall-based control, relying solely on a smartphone or tablet interface.