Best multi-room systems 2019

Under £1000

Audio Pro multi-room

Hardly the most advanced system around, but no alternative makes such splendid sound-per-pound sense.

SPECIFICATIONS

Wi-fi: Yes | Ethernet: Yes | Outputs: Optical, RCA | Streaming: AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Audio Pro multiroom

Reasons to Buy
Detailed and expressive sound with plenty of low-end presence
Old Addon speakers can be incorporated
Great value
Reasons to Avoid
App lacks the slickness and sophistication of the best

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The Audio Pro range may be small compared to its multi-room rivals, and the app is a little lacking. But for the best sound quality at the price, this system is currently unbeatable. At just £100, the puck-like Link 1 hub turns your hi-fi and other Addon speakers into a simple multi-room system.

As much as anything else, your chosen path for migration to multi-room should be about whose speakers you want around your house. For us, Audio Pro makes that particular decision admirably simple.

Over £1000

Sonos multi-room system

Stress-free and reliable - even the lack of hi-res audio support can't spoil the Sonos experience.

SPECIFICATIONS

Music streaming: Spotify Connect, Tidal, Qobuz, Apple Music | Voice control: Amazon Alexa | File support: MP3, WMA, FLAC (up to 16bit/44.1kHz), WAV, AAC and AIFF | Wi-fi: Yes | Ethernet: Yes | Bluetooth: No

Reasons to Buy
Still the best user experience
Consistent, natural, engaging sound
Regular updates
Reasons to Avoid
Individual speakers can be trumped for sound
No hi-res support

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It’s facing more competition than ever, but no multi-room offering is as complete or as pleasurable to live with as Sonos, even if it does lack hi-res support (not a deal breaker for us).

Sonos as a system has two big advantages – breadth of choice and simplicity of use. In the time its rivals have been playing catch-up, Sonos has launched a whole family of products and got onside with a long list of streaming services, not to mention nailing the usability aspect of multi-room.

For combining a broad range of very accomplished products with comfortably the most substantial selection of streaming services and the most pleasant and complete user-experience, Sonos remains, for us, the best multi-room option.

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