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Multiroom SystemsIn the world of multiroom audio the different brands are constantly moving. Read the latest developments per system.
The streaming market is as popular as ever, still growing and is crowding with more and more competition. To grab or hold a share of this large market the brands will have to keep innovating.
Last may Denon announced the new generation HEOS. These HS2 models have already replaced most old models. With the HEOS 1 , HEOS 3 , HEOS 5 , HEOS 7, HEOS LINK and HEOS amp it is now possible to stream high res audio like FLAC ALAC and WAV at 24 bits/ 192kHz.
Yamaha MusicCast on everything
Yamah has by far the largest range of products capable of multiroom control. Soundbars, Blu-ray players, amplifiers, receivers, cd-players, speakers, microsystems, everything Yamaha = everything MusicCast. They even connected a grand piano on this system. With the WXC50 streamer and WXA-50 streamer/amp you can connect your old components.
If you want high-res, go bluesound. This high quality system has set it's sights on the demanding listener. Recently they achieved the high-res audio certification and MQA support was added. With sister company NAD we will see more components capable for the Bluesound Multiroom System.
It is now possible to play music stored on plex servers on Sonos. This allows for playback of high res audio files, which sadly sonos decreases in quality. But hey, it finally is possible to play. Also the biggest plus of this development is the ability to play your own music-collection on someone else's system.
The new Norwegian EC Living system aims a little higher than most. These compact high-end speakers have spotless finishes, modern design and a very refined sound.