Multiroom wireless speaker systems bring great sound to your entire home without you ever having to move a single speaker. Think of it as a convenient solution to having a home theater setup all over your house, and of course, we’ve got our premium picks for you.
Don’t walk around your house blasting your speakers or carrying a Bluetooth speaker with you. Just check out our picks for the best multi-room wireless speaker systems and have great sound with you in every room you’re in.
1. Our Pick: Amazon Echo Plus
The Amazon Echo Plus allows you to play your music from streaming services or radio stations, make phone calls, ask questions, control home devices, and set alarms and timers all with the power of your voice. The Amazon Echo Plus also features a line-in input and a line-out, while the Amazon Echo Plus only offers the latter. Link multiple Amazon Echos together for multi-room usage, and more importantly to have great-sounding music throughout the house.
If you’re using your Amazon Echo primarily for music, you might want to add a little bass. The Echo Sub is a down-firing subwoofer that employs a 6″ driver, and is as simple to set up as wirelessly pairing them together. The Echo Sub is compatible with both the Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Plus.
“This 2nd Generation Echo is worth every penny and then some. I now have my entire house paired with receptacles, light bulbs, my garage door opener and a Phillips Color Hue bulb. Pairing and grouping everything was absolutely simple !!! There is never a glitch in operating the accessories. AND best of all – I know what I will be buying for family holiday gifts,” says Amazon user EyeLoveGlasses.
User Charlotte Keith adds “I’ve tried so many small speakers like this and have always been disappointed, so I’m glad I finally found some that live up to my expectations. Super happy I bought these. I’ll definitely be keeping them,” and Chris_in_MA points out “When paired with our other Echos, music and audio is in sync everywhere and this device stands out above the others in audio performance.”
2. Sonos Play:1
The Sonos Play:1 features adjustable outputs in its bass and treble, allowing you to customize its sound to your liking. The Sonos Play:1 can not only be linked to a second Sonos Play:1, but also Sonos’ Playbar, Playbase, or Beam, if you’re truly looking to take multi-room sound to another level. The speaker is also humidity resistant, so yes – you can even add your bathroom into the equation.
Tech Radar says the Sonos Play:1 hugely impressed them “with what it offers for its size, but perhaps more importantly, we’re impressed with what it offers for the price. Sonos has cooked up a superb quality speaker at a more affordable entry point, meaning it’s no longer just one for the upper earners.” What HiFi adds the speaker “mains a great-sounding wireless speaker, and a decent passage into multi-room for those on a tight budget.”
Trusted Reviews says the Sonos Play:1 “is a great little speaker. It works just like any other Sonos Play-series speaker, and offers excellent sound for both the size and price,” while CNET points out adding the Sonos Play:1 is exceptionally easy if you already have a Sonos setup.
“If you’ve already got a Sonos system, adding the Play:1 is as easy as you’d expect: tell the app you want to add a speaker, press the volume-up and Play buttons when prompted, and you’re good to go. It’s seriously that easy.”
The Denon HEOS 1 HS2 supports streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Tidal, and can be streamed to easily via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Link multiples of the speaker together to bring your whole house into the equation, or just link two for stereo sound. The Denon HEOS 1 HS2 features a USB port and stereo line input for analog audio sources, as well as custom EQ tailoring. Much like the Sonos Play:1, the Denon HEOS 1 HS2 is also humidity resistant.
What HiFi calls the Denon HEOS 1 HS2 “a strong wireless speaker with ample functionality and sound quality that challenges much of the competition. For a potentially portable speaker that’s easy to listen to, it’s an attractive purchase – especially if you’re already integrated into Denon’s ecosystem,” while CNET praises the speaker for offering “a rugged design and a great feature set to users who want the flexibility of both multi-room music and optional Bluetooth portability.”
Amazon reviewer Cliff M says about the Denon HEOS 1 HS2 “sound quality is very good, especially at low volume. Although I read that the Sonos bass range is better, the HEOS mid and high are very crisp and the bass is not forced. So I would highly recommend the HEOS 1.”
The Polk MagniFi Mini brings 5.1 Dolby Digital sound into your home. The system features a soundbar loaded with two 0.5″ tweeters and four 2.25″ woofers, and a separate wireless subwoofer with a 6.5″ woofer. The Polk MagniFi Mini is slim to best accommodate your living space. With Polk’s voice adjust technology, you’ll experience excellent vocal clarity and volume level, no matter if you’re watching TV or streaming to the system via smartphone, tablet or other compatible device using Google Cast or Bluetooth.
CNET says the Polk MagniFi Mini systems is “one of the best sound bars we’ve heard for the price,” and is “still the best attempt we’ve yet heard at packing a big sound into a micro-size speaker.” Digital Trends backs CNET up, saying “The first thing you notice about the Magnifi Mini is just how big it actually sounds, especially when it comes to the width of its stereo image. While it certainly doesn’t reach 5.1 stature, thanks to its angled design and some DSP trickery, this unit’s soundstage is almost magical in its expansiveness. You can enjoy constantly surprising those who walk in the room as you divulge the sound source.”
“It delivers exactly what I want in a soundbar—clear dialogue, controlled bass, and great dynamics—in a very petite, easy-to-place package. It’s also got a nice set of features for the price,” says Home Theater Review in their review. Toms Guide agrees, saying “the mini soundbar, a relatively new category for home theater speakers, has found its benchmark in the Polk MagniFi Mini. It produces excellent audio for movies, TV and music, and costs just $300 — many of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers cost that much or more, and few full-size soundbars in this price range match its overall performance.”
The Apple HomePod features an upward-facing woofer that works with a six-microphone array and an internal bass-EQ microphone to analyze bass response. These microphones also pick up on your voice wherever you are to easily activate Siri. A custom-designed array of seven tweeters, each with its own amplifier, creates fantastic directional control for consistent high-definition sound. The Apple HomePod allows multi-room use with AirPlay 2.
“As a small wireless speaker, Apple’s $349 HomePod is strong. Its quick setup, impressive bass and far-field ‘Hey, Siri’ listening range make it a worthy centerpiece for a smart home. Its consistent sound quality solidifies it as a great speaker for everyday use, as well for entertaining on special occasions — especially when you use two HomePods as a stereo pair or for multiroom audio,” says CNET in their review. TechRadar calls the Apple HomePod’s audio “premium,” saying it “fills a room easily, with clear separation between all elements of music tracks.”
The Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i can not only be chained together with other Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i or Bluesound soundbars via WiFi, but controlled anywhere in your house via the very same function and built-in app or via Amazon Alexa. The Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i is also portable thanks to an optional wireless battery option. Stream songs from your existing music services, tune in to your favorite podcasts, or even listen to music from your personal collection.
What HiFi specifically praises the Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i’s ability to create clear voices, saying
Its low frequencies “helps the Pulse Flex 2i support the midrange and in particular deliver vocal tracks with richness other speakers of this size may only covet. That doesn’t mean voices are thrown forward unnaturally – Bluesound’s hold on organisation remains across most of the new range – but melodies are sensibly allowed to lead a track.” Trusted Reviews says the speaker “outperforms its cabinet and sounds ballsy, with superb high- frequency response and belting DSP-enhanced bass. The ability to bolt on a battery pack for portable use is another plus.”
7. Sonos Play:5
The Sonos Play:5 features three custom-designed woofers deliver rich bass, and adjust their playback depending on how the speaker is oriented. The Phased speaker array creates a wide stereo soundstage that directs the sound left, right, and center, and can be controlled via the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, WiFi, or ethernet port.
“The result is unquestionable – this is a speaker that could fill even the biggest room of the house, and yet for a single box it sounds huge,” says What HiFi. “The ability to go loud (and we mean loud) helps, but there’s so much space to the presentation that even at lower volumes this sounds like a much bigger speaker than it is.” TechRadar calls the Sonos Play:5 stunning for its price, saying “yes, it’s premium but then so is the sound. Its minimalist design will please even the most fussy and the new touch controls are effortless to use. The sound that comes out of this thing is impressively loud and audio does distinctively change when Trueplay is used.”
The Bluesound Pulse 2i allows you to stream via Wi-Fi and control not only what you’re listening to, but how you’re listening via the intuitive BluOS Controller app. The Bluesound Pulse 2i features Bluetooth connectivity to your Amazon Echo for voice-activated listening, as well as AirPlay 2 functionality, which lets you play music or podcasts from wireless speakers throughout your house.
“The Pulse Mini 2i is better sounding than its predecessor, and that’s saying a lot,” says Tech Hive. “It’s definitely worth skipping a few lunches for if you were thinking about something cheaper, and it might afford you a few if you were looking at pricier units.” Trusted Reviews adds “You want a Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i because you like Bluesound’s commitment to hi-res audio, to multi-room convenience, to Alexa voice control and to reasonably subtle industrial design.”
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo can easily link up with any other Bowers & Wilkins Formation product, and sounds great doing so with its 96/24 bit high-resolution streaming audio system. Connect to the Duo via WiFi, Apple® AirPlay 2®, Spotify® Connect, Roon and Bluetooth, and adjust your sound with its dynamic EQ functionality. The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo features a 25Hz – 33kHz frequency response.
What HiFi is excited about the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo’s absence of latency between speakers, saying “B&W’s proprietary wireless system reduces any latency of playback between products to one millisecond to ensure that there’s no audio drift between stereo pairs, something needed for the kind of performance expected at this level.” CNET adds “the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo might be just the ticket for buyers searching for high-end sound from untethered speakers.”
The Devialet Gold Phantom peaks at 108 dB and can reach up to 4,500W in terms of amplifier power. So if you’re looking for a speaker that can easily fill your entire house (and your neighbor’s house) with massive, unbridled sound, then you’re going to want the Devialet Gold Phantom. The speaker features a frequency response of 14Hz – 27kHz and can be easily connected to via Airplay, UPnP Renderer, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Toslink optical input, Wi-Fi, and ethernet cable.
The Devialet Gold Phantom is capable of peak volume levels comparable to those of a modest aircraft. Which, in any domestic situation, ought to be ample,” says What HiFi. “Add eye-catching numbers, eye-popping visual impact and ear-grabbing sound, and it’s obvious this is a product that will seduce many – even at such a premium price. It’s certainly worth seeing.” The Master Switch calls the speaker “unquestionably one of the best Bluetooth and wireless speakers ever made, perhaps the best. But it’s priced for audiophiles – people who haven’t, historically, been that keen on wireless speakers. If anybody can change that particular viewpoint, it’s Devialet. We have no doubt about that.”
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