Samsung's range of wireless speakers, which made their debut at CES 2014 in Las Vegas earlier this year, have become the first multi-room speakers to sport integrated Spotify Connect.
The announcement means that – provided you have a Spotify Premium account – you'll no longer be required to stream Spotify using another device, and can instead stream direct from the Spotify's cloud servers on the Samsung speakers.
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All you'll need to do is hit play on your smartphone or tablet and Samsung's M5 and M7 speakers will do the rest, streaming your favourite songs and artists – or playlists – from Spotify.
Samsung's range of wireless multi-room speakers can be used alone or with other devices such as a TV or Blu-ray player via a wi-fi connection to create a multi-room audio system.
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The speakers are controlled from a downloadable app, offer plug-and-play installation and also come with NFC functionality in order to make it easier to pair up your speakers and devices.
Available as individual speakers, the M5 (£230) and M7 (£330, above) speakers are similar to the Sonos Play:3 and Play:5 and pose a stiff challenge to the American firm's grasp on the multi-room market.
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And Samsung isn't the only manufacturer to eye up the wireless speaker market this year, with a wide range of systems coming to the market in recent months – such as the £895 Naim Muso.
For those on a slightly more restricted budget, we've also seen the Denon's HEOS multi-room system and Simple Audio's Roomplayer+ unveiled. It looks likely to be a major growth area in 2014.
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by Pete Hayman
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