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A wireless multiroom speaker system is the easiest way to listen to music, podcasts, and other audio entertainment in more than one room at a time, and Sonos is the best option. It supports the widest variety of streaming services, the speakers sound great, and its apps are practically foolproof. The competition is catching up, but Sonos is still the most complete and reliable package overall.

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Dennis Burger has been reviewing headphones, speakers, AV receivers, home automation systems, home theater gear, and high-end audio gear for nearly two decades. He served as East Coast contributing editor for Home Entertainment magazine and is now senior editor at SoundStage! and a regular contributor at Cineluxe. In the past he has written for Residential Systems, Home Theater Review, Electronic House, Big Picture Big Sound, Digital TV & Sound, Home Smart Home, and Home Theater magazine, just to name a few.

Multiroom wireless speaker systems are for people who want to be able to play music and podcasts throughout their home and easily control them from their phone, tablet, or computer, or even through their voice. These systems, connected via Wi-Fi, let you play different tracks on each speaker or group them together to play the same track throughout the home. They support both local media libraries and online streaming services, allowing you to access music from almost any source. They make it easy to expand your system by simply adding another speaker or zone.

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, comprehensive search features, and a well-organized app that runs on almost all major mobile platforms. Sonos keeps its platform current by updating its speakers, adding more services, and introducing new features such as Trueplay room-correction technology. The Sonos user experience is the best of any of the multiroom wireless speaker systems currently available.

Sonos offers speakers that start at the budget end with the small Sonos One and Sonos One SL (which lacks voice control) and extend to the Arc, Beam, and Ray 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 a soundbar along with two other speakers for surrounds and the matching Sub. You even have the ability to add dual Subs to home theater setups.

Because some people prefer to use native streaming service apps, such as those for Spotify and Apple Music, Sonos is starting to make its speakers compatible with those. Using the Spotify app or Apple Music, you can send music directly to a Sonos speaker, just as you would with a Spotify Connect speaker or the Apple HomePod, respectively. Sonos has said that this compatibility will be available for more services in the future but has not provided a timeline or named specific services.

When Amazon added multiroom music streaming to the Echo lineup in 2017, it was in a severely limited capacity. Back then, if any of your Echo devices was connected to a Bluetooth speaker, that connection would drop when you initiated multiroom playback. And none of the Echo speakers available at the time sounded good enough on their own to justify their use as your main music system. But in the years since, the audio fidelity of Echo speakers has improved, and the multiroom functionality has gotten steadily better. Bluetooth connectivity is now supported, so if you have an Echo Dot paired with, say, a Monoprice Soundstage3 in your home office, that duo can sync up with the rest of your Echo devices just fine.

Yamaha MusicCast is currently only in Yamaha devices, including soundbars, speakers, and receivers. It supports Pandora and Spotify but not Amazon, Apple Music, or Google Play. It supports AirPlay and Bluetooth on all its devices, but not enough services directly.

Tilt-backFor performances where your audience is close to you, tilt the S1 Pro onto its back edge. For best results, you should stand or sit to one side of the loudspeaker to avoid blocking sound from the audience.

Monitor modeTo use the S1 Pro as a personal floor monitor, place it on the ground horizontally, in front of and pointing toward the performer. Tilt the loudspeaker onto its side edge. Rotate the Bose logo counterclockwise to match your chosen mode.

A single S1 Pro multi-position PA system can combine the two channels and fill the venue with one speaker. For instruments or recorded material where stereo reproduction is essential, two S1 Pro systems can be used to deliver stereo sound.

Great care was taken in the design process to ensure that all the speakers and electronics perform as one integrated system. This allows the S1 Pro multi-position PA system to be extremely efficient and maximize its acoustical output while maintaining its small profile.

This compact 2.1 speaker system delivers clear audio and enhanced bass via a 0.14 in (3.5 mm) connection. Easily access power, volume and the headphone jack using the wired control pod. Enjoy a full audio experience in a small form factor.

Enjoy better sound in your entire workspace. This 2.1 speaker system is the perfect fit for small spaces. Compact speakers take up minimal space on the desktop and the subwoofer fits right under the desk.

60 Watts Peak power 2.1 speaker system delivers rich audio throughout the room from its dual driver speaker design. Enjoy a rich audio experience from any direction. The down-firing subwoofer provides strong bass that brings your videos, games, and music to life.Connect up to two compatible devices and access power and volume control on the right speaker. Adjust bass from the dedicated knob on the back of the subwoofer.

The subwoofer and ported satellite speakers work together to give the bass plenty of power and a great sound. Satellite speakers feature an expertly tuned, ported design that delivers strong, distortion-free bass and an enhanced overall system balance.

In an actual listening room, you'd find that some speakers play louder than others when fed the same amount of power. In equal power mode, you'll hear these differences in loudness as they naturally occur between speakers.

The components in this system are well-matched in terms of overall capability. This is especially true for the left and right front tower speakers in the center channel, which need to be very similar in capability if they are going to deliver a proper surround-sound experience. After all, the center channel does a lot of heavy lifting while watching a movie. But when you're listening to music, you want tower speakers that can effortlessly handle high-fidelity audio.One of the most notable features is one shared by all the speakers: Klipsch's proprietary Tractrix horn, which is a 90x90 degree dispersion square design. The latest Reference Premiere speakers have new horns that are basically as large as can fit within the cabinet's dimensions.To see the full description and specifications for each model in this system, we recommend checking out the product pages on Here is a summary:RP-8000F II: 150 W RMS power handling with 600 W peak, 8-ohm compatible rated nominal impedance. Half-space anechoic sensitivity (measured at 1 M) is listed as 98 dB. The frequency response is listed as 35-25kHz +/- 3dB. This tower speaker features dual 8-inch woofers and a 1-inch titanium Tractrix horn-loaded tweeter with a crossover frequency of 1630 Hz.

The RP-500SA II: 75 W RMS power handling with 300 W peak, 8-ohm compatible rated nominal impedance. Sensitivity is not listed and the crossover is only referred to as conforming to Dolby standards. It is, first and foremost, a Dolby Atmos add-on module. The frequency response is also listed as conforming to Dolby specs. The tweeter on this speaker benefits from the controlled dispersion of the horn, helping it control the directivity for an effective bounced-height elevation channel.The RP-500SA II is a special kind of surround speaker. It can serve dual roles: On the one hand, it is an add-on Atmos module that neatly sits on top of the tower speaker and takes advantage of the new integrated terminals for a clean install and consistent look. or you can use these speakers as angled wall-mounted surrounds, it just depends on the needs of your installation. The key to Dolby Atmos is its ability to create a three-dimensional soundscape. This means that you'll feel like you're right in the middle of the action, whether you're watching a movie or listening to music. And because the sound is coming from all around you, it feels much more natural and realistic than traditional surround sound systems.

RP-502S II: 100 W RMS power handling with 400 W peak, 8-ohm compatible rated nominal impedance. Half-space anechoic sensitivity (measured at 1 M) is listed as 94 dB, so 4 dB less output at a given wattage than the towers and 2 dB less than the center, with equal amplification. Add in the power handling limitation and that leaves the surrounds about 5 dB behind the towers and 3 dB behind the center. The frequency response is listed as 62-25kHz +/- 3dB, so like the other speakers, plenty of room to cross over to the sub.

The main thing to know about this review is it's something I treated as a hands-on, experiential review. To that end, it is strongly influenced by the room it is in. I'm sure others will measure these speakers in detail and provide fodder for the objective performance discussion. My concern is more about the totality of the experience, I'm never going to use speakers like these to their full capability, not as long as I'm living in a multi-unit building. Klipsch did provide an Onkyo TX-NR7100 to go with the system, and it is true that Onkyo explicitly supports Klipsch speakers with custom crossover configurations to integrate the speakers based on known performance parameters, rather than leaving room correction to guess. The Dirac Live room correction used by this AVR is top-notch and renowned for how well it handles bass EQ, so that's a potent combo and it should be noted that the AVR is a non-trivial component in the total system performance. 041b061a72


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