Once upon a time, cranking up the volume on your stereo was the only way to hear music throughout your home. Obviously, it was not the most efficient method. In order to get music to the farthest room in the house, the living room became almost uninhabitable.
Today, there are multiple ways to deliver audio throughout your home on any budget.
Wired Audio System
The traditional multi-room audio system is wired using in-wall or in-ceiling speakers in each room, connected to an automated control system, and wired into a rack of processing equipment.
It requires professional installation, or a lot of do-it-yourself work i.e. cutting holes for speakers and running wires. On the plus side, your system will be seamlessly integrated into your home without taking up space.
The current trend in multi-room audio is wireless speakers. Systems like Klipsch Stream don’t require any speaker wires to be run or holes to be pre-cut. Klipsch Stream uses wifi signal to transfer audio from your smartphone or wifi enabled device to any speaker or combination of Streaming speakers.
While the system is much easier to set-up than traditional installation speakers, your speakers will take up more space than the wired in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. Think desks, countertops, and tables versus seamlessly integrated. These speakers require a power source.
If you only need sound in one room at a time, then perhaps the simplest and most budget-friendly solution is a portable speaker. The One is small enough to move from room to room. Simply connect your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth® Wireless Technology to play your favorite tunes. The One also features a 3.5mm analog input, so you can connect any audio source via either a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable or an RCA to 3.5mm audio cable. Connect your CD player, computer (via the headphone output jack), Blu-Ray player, or any audio source and get ready to rock the house.