The most popular wireless music systems are Apple AirPlay, Bluesound and Sonos
Apple AirPlay/iTunes is the least expensive wireless system, but a few limitations may make the other systems a better choice for multi-room use.
MAC OS X (Mountain Lion and later) can natively send audio from most programs directly to an Airplay speaker, but without the simultaneous multiple speaker functionality that iTunes has. Airfoil, also available for OS X, is required for multiple speaker functionality from any program.
Bluesound and Sonos wireless systems add more advanced features and multi-room versatility.
Bluesound is a premium system with sound quality and features that elevate it above Sonos and is reflected in its 40 to 60 percent higher cost.
Your digital music files (downloaded files or ripped from CDs) can be stored on a
If you have a Bluesound system and the VAULT 2 ripping/storage player, the music library can be stored on its internal 2TB hard drive.
You can also enjoy music streamed from thousands of free Internet radio stations and from a variety of paid music subscription services, depending on the system.
There are many configurations to choose from depending on the sound quality, size and budget requirements for each location. You can add a wireless receiver to an existing main or compact stereo system or use a combination of a wireless receiver (with or without built-in amplifier) and passive or powered speakers.
In certain locations you may prefer a cleaner look while also saving space with completely self-contained speakers that have wireless receiver, amplifier and music controls all built-in.
Music selection and volume can be remote controlled with most Android and iOS phones and tablets. Tablets offer an enhanced system experience with larger screens and higher resolutions that can display more playlist selections and album artwork and/or display them in a larger size.
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