Having a Bluetooth speaker here and there is fine, but if you really want to up your home-listening ante, then you need one of these multi room speakers
1. Shape shifter
Samsung WAM750 SHAPE M7 Wireless Audio Speaker – £249 from cramptonandmoore.co.uk
It isn’t only the triangular shape of this unit that makes it stand out from the crowd, its feature list and volume level are just as impressive. Lay yours flat or on its side and then select how you stream your music to it via NFC (new field communication), bluetooth or wirelessly, or enjoy internet radio access. To go multi-room you’ll need a hub, which, helpfully, is provided here for free.
2. Stylish set-up
Jongo X Series – from £99.99 at pure.com
This stunning line-up of speakers offer a slightly more affordable way to have tunes in every room. There is a unit the right size, shape and style for pretty much every part of the home, and the set-up process for going wireless and having each one play a different track is mercifully straight-forward.
3. Premium product
Denon HEOS 7 – £499 from hificonfidential.co.uk
So the price tag might make your eyes water but the sounds produced justify its premium. Designed with larger rooms and open spaces in mind this rather loud, big bass-giving machine streams over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and can take instruction from USB sources too. There is a lot of audiophile pleasing technology under this hood.
4. Sounding out
LG MUSIC flow H3 Smart Hi-fi Audio Speaker – £149.95 at johnlewis.com
Another affordable solution, this bit of kit might be a tad tricky to set up over your wireless network, but once overcome, you’ll be rewarded with very decent sounds and a reliable set-up.
5. Party started
SONOS PLAY:5 Wireless Multi-Room Speaker – £349 from currys.co.uk
The brand that really pushed the multi-room experience into the consumer spotlight, Sonos’ Play 5 can work as a standalone speaker to stream music from your smartphone or use it to link multiple Play brand devices to create a surround sound system in a single room or music around your home.
6. Get personal
Bose Soundtouch Portable Series II WiFi Music System – £349.95 from bose.co.uk
As the name suggests, this one can be taken from room to room or left in one spot and hooked up with others from the Soundtouch range of speakers. This unit features the ability to host six customisable presets so you can play your favourite stations and artists in an instant.