It has never been easier – and more affordable – to stream music throughout your home. The big question? Which system is the best?
You’ll need to decide between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and it may also depend whether your home is pre-wired for sound.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi each have advantages and disadvantages – it depends how you’re going to use the system.
Bluetooth is a universal standard, but the range is limited – meaning you can’t move the source (typically your smartphone) far from the input. Also, the sound quality isn’t as good.
Wi-Fi allows you to move almost anywhere in your home/patio without losing the connection, BUT that requires a wireless router in your home, setup can be more difficult and this solution is often more expensive.
Once you’ve decided between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – here are two wireless music solutions we love. Both can stream your entire music library, popular music services, and internet radio.
If you already have a music port in your house (about 50 percent of the new home buyers we work with select this option from their builder), you can replace the input jack with an ABUS Bluetooth interface module. This enables you to listen to music without having to plug the source (usually your phone) into the wall input.
The cost would be around $250 and the range is up to 50-feet.
We just installed this in the model for South Carolina homebuilder Sabal Homes’ newest community – The Coves at Lakes of Cane Bay Plantation. Stop by and try it out – connecting via Bluetooth is simple.
SONOS is our go-to wireless speakers solution. You purchase the speaker, then use the free SONOS app to connect your music library and online streaming services. No wiring is needed and many of the speakers are portable.
Speaker prices start around $200 for a Play 1 and go up to $700 for a Soundbar that can be used as part of a home theater system.
SONOS is scalable, so a lot of our customers start with one speaker, but add more over time. You can listen to the same thing on all SONOS speakers or you can listen to something different on each speaker. All are controlled through a free app.