From One Room to Many: Understanding Multi-Room Audio

From One Room to Many: Understanding Multi-Room Audio
From One Room to Many: Understanding Multi-Room Audio

Multi-Room Audio solutions range from wired systems to wireless speakers, smart speaker systems, and multi-room audio Apps. Smart Home World provides a holistic view of the benefits of multi-room audio, popular reliable options, and installation tips.

Multi-room audio refers to the ability to play music in multiple rooms in a house or building, all controlled from a central location or device. With the advancement of technology, the traditional stereo system has evolved into more sophisticated solutions that provide better audio quality, increased convenience, and greater control over the audio experience. 

“Imagine starting your day with an energizing alarm tone in your bedroom while your parents are enjoying some devotional tracks in their room during their morning puja. Or, picture yourself working out in the gym with an extra boost of bass from the subwoofer, while your spouse is jamming to their favorite internet radio station in the kitchen. That’s the power of a Multi-Room Audio system,” says Tanmay Mehta, Home Cinema Consultant, Touchwood Automations. “It’s a trend that’s taking the world by storm, and it’s no different in India. Having multiple people in a household being able to enjoy their own choice of music in different rooms of the house, all at the same time is becoming increasingly popular. It’s the new normal and I am all for it!”

“One of the best things about multi-room audio solutions is the ability to cater to the diverse music preferences of every family member. No more fighting over what to listen to, each member can now have their own personalized audio experience in any room of the house. This makes it a great source of entertainment for the entire family”,
says Manoj Soni, Technology Consultant, AV4U

From Left to Right: Tanmay Mehta, Home Cinema Consultant, Touchwood Automations; Manoj Soni, Technology Consultant, AV4U; and Akshay Kohli, Director at Focal Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd.
From Left to Right: Tanmay Mehta, Home Cinema Consultant, Touchwood Automations; Manoj Soni, Technology Consultant, AV4U; and Akshay Kohli, Director at Focal Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd.

There are several types of multi-room audio solutions available on the market, each with its own set of features and capabilities. Wired systems typically involve running cables between the speakers and the source device, while wireless solutions use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to connect the speakers to the source. Smart speaker systems, such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home, allow for voice control and integration with other smart home devices. Multi-room audio Apps, allow for the control and syncing of multiple speakers through a smartphone or tablet.

“The primary benefit of a multi-room audio system is control,” says Akshay Kohli, Director at Focal Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd. “No matter how you choose to listen to music – through in-ceiling speakers, in a dedicated listening room, or outside in your backyard – you can experience total control over what music you are playing in which area from your smartphone or tablet.”

Wired Solutions

Wired multi-room audio solutions are a popular option for homes and commercial spaces with high-quality sound. These systems have wires connecting the central source, such as a computer or audio server, to speakers located in different rooms.

One of the main advantages of wired multi-room audio solutions is their reliability. Because the audio signal is sent directly from the source to the speakers via wires, there is less chance of interference or signal loss. This results in a clearer, more consistent sound quality.

Another advantage of wired multi-room audio solutions is their ability to handle high-resolution audio formats. Because the signal is sent directly to the speakers, there is less risk of data loss or compression, which can negatively impact the sound quality. This makes wired multi-room audio solutions ideal for audiophiles who demand the best possible sound quality.

Wired multi-room audio solutions often use CAT6 cables, which are a type of Ethernet cable commonly used for networking and audio/video applications. These cables are made up of four pairs of twisted wires and are designed to transmit data at high speeds.

One of the main advantages of using CAT6 cables for multi-room audio solutions is their ability to handle high-bandwidth signals. These cables are rated to support data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps, which is more than enough for high-resolution audio formats.

Additionally, CAT6 cables are also designed to be more resistant to interference than other types of cables. They have thicker shielding and stricter specifications for crosstalk, which helps to maintain the integrity of the audio signal as it travels through the cable.

Wireless Solution

Wireless multi-room audio solutions allow users to stream audio throughout their homes without the need for physical cables. These systems typically use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology to transmit audio signals from a central hub or source device to multiple speakers or audio zones throughout the home.

One of the main advantages of wireless multi-room audio solutions is their flexibility and ease of installation. Without the need for physical cables, users can place speakers in any location they choose and can easily expand the system by adding more speakers as needed.

“One of the key benefits of a multi-room Audio System is the ability to easily expand the system as your needs change. With the ability to add additional speakers and amplifiers, the system can grow with you. This means you can start with a basic system and expand it as your needs change, without having to replace the entire system”, elaborates Mehta. 

Another advantage is that wireless multi-room audio solutions are often more affordable than wired systems, as they do not require the cost and effort of running physical cables throughout the home.

Mehta further clarifies, “A multi-room audio system is not just limited to wired connections, with the advancements in wireless technology, the multi-room audio system can now be easily set up through wireless connections. This means that you don’t have to worry about running wires through your walls and ceilings, making the installation process quick and easy.

Wireless multi-room audio solutions also often offer a wide range of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect, which allows users to stream music from various sources such as streaming services, smartphones, and laptops.

Hybrid Solutions

Hybrid multi-room audio solutions are a combination of wired and wireless audio systems, providing users with the best of both worlds. These systems allow for the installation of wired speakers in certain areas of the home while also providing the flexibility of wireless speakers in other areas.

One of the key benefits of a hybrid system is that it allows for more flexibility in terms of system expansion. The wired connection ensures that the main hub is always connected to the network, and additional speakers can be easily added to the system through wireless connections. This means that the system can grow with you, as your needs change, without having to replace the entire system.

Additionally, these hybrid systems also offer the convenience of being controlled through a single application, rather than multiple applications for wired and wireless speakers. This allows for easy control and syncing of audio throughout the entire home. 

Hybrid systems also offer better audio quality, as the wired connection ensures that the main hub is always connected to the network and that the speakers are always receiving a strong signal. This means that the audio quality is consistent and reliable, regardless of where the speakers are located in the room.

“Hybrid multi-room audio solutions, which combine the best of both worlds, provide convenience and ease of installation of wireless systems while also offering the audio quality and reliability of wired systems. They offer flexibility in terms of system expansion, easy installation, and a perfect balance of convenience and performance, making them a great choice for those who want the best of both worlds”, adds Mehta.

Talking about how to install a hybrid system, Manoj Soni from AV4U discusses the option of DIY vs Professional Installation. “As a homeowner, it’s important to consider your own level of technical expertise and the state of your existing network infrastructure”, he elaborates. “Personally, I believe that if you are tech-savvy and have a great network in place, then a DIY approach can be a great option. It’s not only cost-effective but also, you’ll have the satisfaction of setting up the system yourself. But, if you’re not as confident in your technical abilities or if your network infrastructure is not up to par, then it’s best to go with a professional system integrator. They will ensure that your multi-room audio system is set up correctly and that you have the best connectivity for all your devices.”

Popular Multi-room Audio Solutions

Loewe Klang Bar5 MR in set with Loewe Klang Sub5

Loewe Klang Bar5 MR in set with Loewe Klang Sub5
Loewe Klang Bar5 MR in set with Loewe Klang Sub5

The Loewe Klang Bar5 MR and Loewe Klang sub5 subwoofer set offers a state-of-the-art home cinema experience with its 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos multiroom soundbar. The set boasts a total music output of 800 watts, ensuring crystal-clear, powerful Dolby Atmos sound. The sophisticated system delivers the best possible audio experience for a wide range of content, from dialogue-heavy chamber plays to action-packed thrillers, HD music streams, and multi-channel gaming.

The native App and extensive wireless capabilities of the set provide access to all streaming services, as well as technologies such as Google Chromecast™ and Apple AirPlay 2®. With three HDMI connections, 4K upscaling, and 4K pass-through, the set is fully equipped to connect to UHD players, set-top boxes, and game consoles. Additionally, Loewe’s new multi-room platform allows for easy expansion of the system by adding additional Loewe Klang MR speakers within seconds.

The Loewe Klang Bar5 MR and Loewe Klang Sub5 also impress with their sleek design, which features a clear design language and high-quality materials. The set is an aesthetic complement to any interior and perfectly matches the Loewe TV lines.

Technical Information

  • 800 watts total music power
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X
  • 3 HDMI ports (1 x eARC/CEC), 4K upscaling and 4K pass-through
  • Native app and extensive wireless features for Apple AirPlay2, Google Chromecast and DTS Play-Fi
  • Expandable to multichannel (7.1.2 system) through WDAL 2.0

Loewe Klang MR Loudspeakers

The Loewe Klang MR5, Loewe Klang MR3, and Loewe Klang MR1 Multiroom Speakers
The Loewe Klang MR5, Loewe Klang MR3, and Loewe Klang MR1 Multiroom Speakers

The Loewe Klang MR5, Loewe Klang MR3, and Loewe Klang MR1 Multiroom Speakers offer a range of sound art products that distribute audio content and music throughout the home. These speakers are designed with a conical look and are covered with elegant acoustic fabric, which lends a superior and elegant visual appearance.

Acoustically, these speakers also set the tone. The Loewe Klang MR5 and the Loewe Klang MR3 support the high-resolution Flac standard (192 kHz) and provide the highest level of enjoyment for demanding audiophiles. The Loewe Klang MR5 has a total music output of 180 watts, making it ideal for filling larger rooms with sound. The Loewe Klang MR3 offers 120 watts and is suitable for medium-sized rooms, while the compact Loewe Klang MR1 with 30 watts of total music output is ideal for smaller rooms.

The Loewe Klang MR speakers are designed for audiophile enjoyment in any room. They are based on the Loewe multi-room platform and can be combined in any way to enjoy music in any room. They can be conveniently operated via Apple Airplay 2® or Google Chromecast™ and offer access to numerous popular streaming services. Additionally, a touch display on the top of the speakers provides additional options and information about the current playback.

Technical Information

  • Power: 
    • klang mr1: 60 watts music power
    • klang mr3: 120 watts music power 
    • klang mr5: 180 watts music power
  • Apple AirPlay2, Google Cast, DTS Play-Fi
  • All streaming services via native App
  • Touch interface on top
  • Multichannel functionality – WDAL 2.0
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared sensor to go with Loewe remote
  • Lan and Wlan connection

Genelec Smart IP

Genelec Smart IP Installation Speakers and Controller App
Genelec Smart IP Installation Speakers and Controller App

The Smart IP range of networked active loudspeaker systems presents a revolutionary solution for professionals in the audio-visual industry. Designed for those who demand premium loudspeaker performance that can integrate seamlessly into any AV application, no matter how complex the project may be. The Smart IP family offers three compact loudspeaker models, accompanied by sophisticated system management software and a user-friendly controller App.

This range of loudspeakers delivers exceptional audio, power, and sophisticated loudspeaker management via a single CAT cable. This unique feature makes it an ideal solution for installers as it eliminates the need for multiple cables, reducing installation time and costs.

According to Aki Mäkivirta, Genelec Director of R&D, “With everything you need to be delivered over a single, standard network cable – including enough power to drive medium SPL applications – integrators have a complete solution at their fingertips: the highest quality loudspeakers with onboard signal processing and integrated power amplifiers, all underpinned by Genelec’s renowned audio and build quality.”

It offers a cost-effective, high-quality, and efficient solution for projects of any complexity.

What makes Smart IP unique?

  • Single-cable connectivity using PoE+ without performance sacrifice. 
  • High maximum SPL on PoE+ power. 
  • Renowned Genelec audio and build quality. 
  • Support for open audio and IP standards. 
  • Uncompromising uncompressed low-latency audio streaming directly into each loudspeaker. 
  • Loudspeaker synchronisation to sub-microsecond level for solid acoustic imaging. 
  • Full set of acoustic room compensation and alignment tools built into each loudspeaker. 
  • Extensive accessory support. 
  • Complete public API command set. 
  • Designed and manufactured in Finland for high reliability, long lifetime, and respecting environmental sustainability.

Genelec Smart IP Installation Speakers

Genelec Smart IP Installation Speakers offer a powerful and convenient audio solution for any installation, whether it is a compact space or a larger room. The 4410A, 4420A, and 4430A are all part of the Smart IP family and utilize Power over Ethernet (PoE) to deliver uncompromised SPL and acoustic performance.

The 4410A is the newest and most compact member of the Smart IP family, offering extraordinary coverage, clarity, and intelligibility. The 4420A packs the power and flexibility of Smart IP technology into an ultra-compact enclosure, bringing clarity, intelligibility, and uniform room coverage to the tightest of spaces. The 4430A offers power, audio, and loudspeaker management via a single standard CAT cable, delivering unrivaled flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and simplicity of installation.

All three speakers are fully compatible with Dante and open streaming standards such as AES67 and ST2110-30 and integrate tightly with the Smart IP Manager software. This software allows installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room EQ tool set, system organization, and status monitoring. Additionally, a public API command set allows for integration into house automation systems for day-to-day use.

Manufactured in Finland using certified sustainable methods, Genelec Smart IP Installation Speakers will provide decades of reliable service, ensuring exceptional sound quality for any installation.

Genelec Smart IP Software

Genelec Smart IP Software
Genelec Smart IP Software

Smart IP Manager software is specifically designed to be used by installers during system set-up and allows the configuration of almost unlimited numbers of rooms, zones, loudspeakers, and audio channels. After which, a public API command set allows Smart IP speakers to then be integrated into house automation systems – enabling end-user control of simple parameters including volume, power On/Off, loudspeaker activity, and a selection of pre-programmed audio settings.

To address the specific needs of installers, Smart IP Manager offers an array of software tools focused on solving specific installation audio problems – including device discovery, room equalisation, system organisation and status monitoring. This saves installers a substantial amount of working time and ensures that Smart IP loudspeaker systems perform with outstanding clarity and speech intelligibility – even in acoustically challenging environments.

To help cope with challenging acoustic environments, Smart IP Manager integrates with the loudspeaker’s internal DSP to allow analysis and corrective equalisation of any detrimental room acoustics, along with control of delay and level alignment. Internal memory within the speaker then allows instant recall of settings, allowing fast and accurate deployment in any environment.

Genelec Smart IP Controller

The Smart IP Controller App provides end users with simple control of key loudspeaker functions via their smartphone or tablet. Perfect for less complex installations, Smart IP Controller is both fast and intuitive.

Designed to be used after the system has been configured and optimised by the installer using Smart IP Manager software, the free Smart IP Controller App can then be downloaded onto the end user’s smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android), for day-to-day access to key loudspeaker functions including mute, volume and power On/Off.

The Controller App automatically discovers the loudspeakers on the network and offers a clean and logical user interface. Access to some or all of the zones created during configuration can then be assigned to the App, giving each individual user the appropriate levels of control. The Controller App is ideal for smaller installations and offers a simple, low-cost alternative to third party house automation systems.

Lithe Audio Wi-Fi Ceiling Speaker

Lithe Audio Wi-Fi Ceiling Speaker
Lithe Audio Wi-Fi Ceiling Speaker

The Lithe Audio Wi-Fi Ceiling Speaker is an all-in-one solution for high-quality, multi-room audio streaming. With a powerful 60W RMS Class D amplifier built-in and compatibility with both AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast, this speaker allows for seamless streaming from any App on your iOS or Android device. The standout feature of this speaker is its all-in-one design. The amplifier and wireless connectivity are built-in, making for a truly cable-free listening experience and easy installation.

Connectivity options include Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, DLNA/UPnP connections, and a line-in (RCA input) for hardwiring other devices. Users can even access digital music storage using a NAS drive (Networked Hard Drive). In terms of audio performance, the Lithe Audio Wi-Fi Ceiling Speaker boasts a 6.5″ woven glass fiber cone woofer and a 0.75″ titanium cone tweeter, providing clear and powerful sound. The speaker also features a digital equalizer control, allowing users to adjust bass, mid, treble loudness, and night mode. Additionally, the speaker offers exceptional audio quality with a THD+N of 0.009% and a frequency response of 65Hz-20kHz, as well as a high sensitivity of 90dB.

Additionally, the speakers offer a unique feature of direct control from the user’s preferred music App, eliminating the need for a third-party App or the Lithe Audio App.

The Lithe Audio Wi-Fi Ceiling Speaker also offers the flexibility of playing music in a group or individual rooms. With the ability to connect up to 30 master speakers (30 zones), users can easily group and mix and match multi-branded speakers with AirPlay 2 or Chromecast for a personalized listening experience. This allows for ultimate control over the audio in your home, giving you the ability to create custom audio zones that cater to your specific needs.

In terms of design, the Lithe Audio Wi-Fi Ceiling Speaker boasts a 210mm cut-out diameter and sleek design, making it the perfect addition to any home. The speaker also has a weight of 3.7kg and a power supply of DC24V/2.5A, with dimensions of (W x D) 230 x 95 mm. The speaker also comes with a limited 2-year warranty, providing added peace of mind for the user.

Lithe Audio has developed new drivers for its multi-room Wi-Fi Ceiling Speakers that will allow for integration with popular smart home systems such as Control4, Fibaro, and Loxone. This allows for easy control and integration of the speakers into a smart home system, making it a convenient and seamless experience for users. The drivers allow custom installers to add wireless ceiling speakers to their smart home system for easy audio control.

Technical Information:

  • All-in-one design for easy installation
  • Multi-room audio capabilities
  • AirPlay 2 and Chromecast compatible
  • Built-in amplifier and wireless connectivity
  • Digital equalizer control
  • Support for popular music streaming services
  • Easy control via iOS and Android app
  • Connect up to 30 speakers for ultimate multi-room audio
  • Group and mix-match with other multi-branded speakers
  • Smart home integration through Control4, Fibaro and Loxone drivers

AtlasIED Atmosphere Digital Audio Processors

AtlasIED Atmosphere AZM4 and AZM8 Digital Audio Processors
AtlasIED Atmosphere AZM4 and AZM8 Digital Audio Processors

AtlasIED offers multiple powerful and innovative audio control solutions, including the Atmosphere’s 4 and 8-zone audio processors. These processors are the heart of the audio control system and offer powerful DSP combined with innovative algorithms.

The AZM4 and AZM8 are perfect for multi-room audio solutions, as they allow you to play music in different rooms of your home, all controlled from a single onboard web interface. The interface is optimized around common use cases, making it easy to use and navigate. Additionally, it is built around Progressive Web App technology, making it device agnostic and responsive, ensuring an ideal user experience without sacrificing design freedom.

One of the key features of the Atmosphere’s 4 and 8-zone audio processors is their ability to connect to a wide range of accessories for control, remote audio input, and ambient noise sensing. With up to 16 of these plug-and-play accessories can be connected across 2 or 4 accessory ports, respectively, on the AZM4 and AZM8, with each port designed to work reliably up to 1000ft. This allows you to customize your audio system to your specific needs and preferences.

Another important feature of the processors is their virtual wall controllers. These controllers allow you to adjust the volume and other settings of the audio system remotely, without the need for additional hardware. This feature is especially useful for large spaces such as concert venues or auditoriums where it may be difficult to access the main control panel.

AtlasIED Atmosphere Platform
AtlasIED Atmosphere Platform

The Atmosphere’s 4 and 8 zone audio processors also come with learning ambient noise sensing. This feature allows the processors to automatically adjust the audio levels based on the ambient noise in the room. This ensures that the audio is always at the optimal level for the space and provides a better listening experience for the users.

Additionally, the processors come with a built-in message player, auto-gain, GPIO, bell scheduler, room combine and many more features that make them powerful processing powerhouses for automated audio system control. Furthermore, the processors are compatible with a variety of control modules, including RTI, Crestron, Extron, and AMX, which makes integration with your existing system even more seamless

Needless to say, AtlasIED Atmosphere Digital Audio Processors are powerful, versatile and easy to use, with a wide range of features that make them perfect for any space. 

Technical Information:

  • Room combine function
  • Virtual wall controllers
  • Learning ambient noise sensing
  • Auto-gain feature
  • On-board WiFi
  • Third-party control compatibility
  • 2 or 4 accessory ports for up to 16 controllers and sensors
  • App-less virtual wall controller access via QR code or distributed URL

Sonos Multi Room Audio Ecosystem

Sonos Multi Room Audio Ecosystem
Sonos Multi Room Audio Ecosystem

Sonos is a brand known for its easy-to-use and customizable multi-room audio systems. Its ecosystem connects to a home’s Wi-Fi network, providing a more stable connection than Bluetooth and eliminating interruptions from phone calls while streaming music. The system can be controlled with the Sonos App, allowing users to play music from various sources, including the internet, computer, tablet, or smartphone, on speakers placed throughout their homes. The app also allows users to play different music in different rooms, group rooms together for parties, and control up to 32 speakers at a time.

One of the key benefits of the Sonos system is its ability to easily integrate with other smart devices from various brands, without the need for an additional hub. This means that users can control their Sonos speakers alongside other smart devices such as Lutron, Schneider Electric, and IKEA home smart.

The Sonos ecosystem offers a wide range of streaming services, including Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, and more. Users can also play their own music by connecting a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device to their Sonos system. With thousands of streaming radio stations available through the Sonos app, the possibilities for music listening are endless.

Sonos continues to innovate and develop new features for its audio systems. These include the ability to aggregate music libraries from home computers and devices on the network, collaborative playlists and DJ modes, and seamless Spotify integration. Users can also use their Sonos speaker as an alarm clock or sleep timer and control it from their Apple Watch.

In terms of technical capabilities, Sonos uses wireless network technology to allow all of its speakers to communicate with one another and the controller. Connectivity options include Airplay and the Sonos App, and the system supports MP3, WMA, AAC, and hi-res audio streaming from Amazon Music Unlimited up to 24-bit, 192 KHz.

Sonos Multi Room Audio Ecosystem (2)
Sonos Multi Room Audio Ecosystem (2)

Sonos prioritizes innovation and customer satisfaction in the development of its products, regularly releasing updates and enhancements to optimize the user experience. For example, users can switch their Sonos surround speakers from ambient to full, tune their speakers to the room they’re in with true play, and turn on speech enhancement or night mode.

In conclusion, the Sonos multi-room Audio Ecosystem offers a seamless and easy-to-use audio experience for the whole home. With its wide range of streaming services, smart home integrations, and innovative features, Sonos is leading the way in the future of home audio.

Technical Information

  • Can control up to 32 speakers with the Sonos app
  • Easily integrates with other smart devices from different brands
  • Offers seamless Spotify integration
  • Can be used as an alarm clock or sleep timer
  • Can be controlled from an Apple Watch
  • Has connectivity options including Airplay and the Sonos app
  • Supports MP3, WMA, AAC audio formats
  • Supports h-res audio streaming from Amazon Music Unlimited up to 24-bit, 192 KHz

Devialet Phantom

Devialet Phantom
Devialet Phantom

The Devialet Phantom product line is a collection of cutting-edge and high-performance speakers that offer unparalleled sound quality and power. The product line includes the Phantom I 103 dB, Phantom I 108 dB, Phantom II 95 dB, and Phantom II 98 dB, each available in both mono and stereo versions. These speakers are engineered to deliver the purest and most essential form of sound, making them a perfect choice for music enthusiasts and audiophiles.

All the Devialet Phantom products feature advanced technologies and high-performance features that deliver rich and clear sound. They are designed to move you, even at low volume, and the touch controls give you total command of the speaker with a single stroke.

One of the most notable technologies behind Phantom I 103 dB and Phantom I 108 dB is the Heart Bass Implosion (HBI) system. This system uses two lateral woofers that dance in sync to create opposing forces that cancel out even the slightest vibrations and generate ultra-dense sound. The result is a physical impact that is unlike anything you’ve ever felt. The Phantom I 108 dB has a maximum sound level of 108 dB SPL and a frequency response of 14Hz – 27kHz, with 1100 Watts RMS total amplification power and a grade 1 Titanium tweeter driver. While, the Phantom I 103 dB has a maximum sound level of 103 dB SPL and a frequency response of 16Hz – 25kHz, with 500 watts RMS total amplification power. Both of these models include connectivity options such as Airplay 2, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, and Toslink optical input.

The Phantom II 95 dB and Phantom II 98 dB both feature an Aluminum Full-Range driver and 2 Aluminum Bass drivers which deliver precise and accurate sound. The Devialet DAC embedded in Devialet Intelligence Processor in these models has a 24bits/96kHz resolution and THD: -112dB. The Phantom II 98 dB has a maximum sound level of 98 dB SPL, while the Phantom II 95 dB has a maximum sound level of 95 dB SPL. Both have similar connectivity options, including Airplay 2, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, Roon ready, UPnP renderer, and Analog/Optical jack input, as well as dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet RJ-45 10/100/1000 Mbps (Gigabit) for easy network connection.

When combined, the Devialet Phantom products can create the ultimate multi-room audio solution. With the ability to connect multiple speakers together, you can enjoy high-fidelity and immersive sound throughout your entire home. This can be done via the Devialet app which allows you to control and synchronize your speakers, as well as access a wide range of streaming services like Spotify, Tidal, and more.

Additionally, the Devialet Phantom systems are also designed to integrate seamlessly with home automation systems, making it easy for users to control their speakers using their automation app of choice. The company also offers a dedicated team for customer support, available around the clock to help with any queries or issues that may arise during the setup or usage of the product.

In terms of audio processing technologies, the Devialet Phantom speakers feature the Analog Digital Hybrid (ADH) amplification system, which is considered to be one of the most important audio amplification innovations of the last 40 years. The speakers also feature the Speaker Active Matching (SAM) system, which allows the ADH intelligence to adapt to the specifications of the speaker it is connected to, resulting in a more customized and personalized listening experience.

Technical Information 

  • All Phantom models have ADH and SAM technology
  • All Phantom models have connectivity options like Airplay 2, Bluetooth, etc.
  • Devialet app allows multi-room audio and streaming service access
  • All Phantom models are home automation compatible
  • All Phantom models are compatible with Roon and UPnP renderer
  • All Phantom models feature Dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity

VSSL A.1x Audio Streaming Amplifier

VSSL A.1x Audio Streaming Amplifier
VSSL A.1x Audio Streaming Amplifier

The VSSL A.1x is a versatile and powerful audio streaming amplifier that allows you to stream your music to your home audio system with ease. With its ability to connect and control directly from the music Apps you love, such as Airplay2, Spotify Connect, Chromecast built-in, or Alexa Cast, the A.1x eliminates the need for any third-party Apps.

One of the most exciting features of the VSSL A.1x is its voice control capability. Using simple voice commands, you can easily play your music in any room with the help of Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. This feature makes it easy to control your home audio system without ever having to leave the comfort of your couch.

The A.1x is also designed to deliver incredible sound quality. It connects your home speakers to all your favorite music, giving you the ability to power in-ceiling speakers or high-end bookshelf speakers to elevate your sound. The A.1x is also simplistic in design, making it easy to use and set up.

The A.1x is perfect for those looking to add audio to a single room or create a whole-home audio experience. With the ability to connect one zone, or room, the A.1x gives you the freedom to use any music streaming app to play audio to that room. Additionally, you can add multiple A.1x’s to your system, such as the A.3x or A.6x, for an extra zone of audio.

In terms of technical specifications, the VSSL A.1x has a Class D amplifier with 35 watts @ 8 Ω RMS and 50 watts @ 4 Ω RMS. It also has a variety of inputs and outputs, including analog, optical, digital coax, IR, and network inputs, as well as analog, optical, digital coax, subwoofer, and network outputs. The A.1x also has a 7-band adjustable EQ and a signal-to-noise ratio of >98 dB A-weighted.

Overall, the VSSL A.1x is an excellent choice for anyone looking to elevate their home audio experience. With its versatile features and powerful sound, the A.1x is sure to impress.

Technical Information

  • Connect and control music apps directly, no 3rd party Apps needed
  • Voice control with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
  • Incredibly powerful sound quality
  • Connects one zone, or room or add multiple for whole-home audio
  • Airplay2, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, and Alexa Cast supported
  • Can be added to another system like A.3x or A.6x for an extra zone

With the ability to cater to the diverse music preferences of every family member, it’s no wonder why multi-room audio is becoming increasingly popular. It’s time to upgrade your home sound system and enjoy the best of multi-room audio.

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