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CES Multi-room News Part 1

The news from CES is starting to drop in and so far we have heard of:


A new speaker in LGs Music Flow series with rechargeable battery. The LG H4 Portable is their first wireless speaker with a built-in battery for easy portability in the home. Two Wi-Fi Sound Bars are also added to the Flow seris that aims to deliver rich, full and immersive audio — the HS7 provides HD sound while the HS9 offers deep acoustics.

Googles lanches a new audio streaming platform called Google Cast. It is the same technology as behind Chromecast that lets you cast your favorite music from your mobile device to compatible speakers. Use your Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, Mac and Windows computers to control the music directly from compatible apps like Google Play Music, Pandora, Rdio and programs like Chrome. It reminds a lot of how Spotify Connect works and of course Chromecast. The device tells the speaker what to play and the speaker then handles it from there. This marks the final step in Googles clean up after the failed Nexus q.

Compatible speakers will be available in the spring from Denon Heos, LG Music Flow and Sony. Google is also collaborating with audio chip designers and system integrators, so expect to see more Cast-friendly equipment later in the year.


SuperTooth multi-room audio system is the odd bird in the multi-room family with its bluetooth only approach. This makes the system simpler and thus cheaper to buy. The system includes up to five speakers placed around the home. The speaker system connects to SuperTooth’s free multi-room app, from which a user can control both system volume and which speakers that are set to mono versus stereo.


Samsung shells the multi-room market with two artillery ammunition like speakers, the WAM6500 and the WAM7500. WAM6500 is a battery portable speaker and WAM7500 its bigger brother. Both are part of Samsungs Shape multi-room family. Both utilize a proprietary “Ring Radiator” technology that “allows sound to flow in a 360-degree radius, with the perfect balance between treble and bass.” according to Samsung. The speakers were developed at their new audio lab in Valencia, California.

Finally, NYNE will demonstrate its new WiHi family of products that you can create a multi-room, multi-source audio experience with using both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, independent of a router or Internet connection.

Users can create a wireless audio network by connecting NYNE’s WiHi Ally box to any existing audio system, transforming it into a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled high definition audio system

Using the NYNE WiHi iOS and Android based apps, you can play your personal music from any source on your network such as a laptop, hard drive or any storage device to any room or all rooms. It also has built-in rechargeable batteries for use away from home.

Listen to your personal music from your smartphone, Internet radio, laptop, or any external device connected to the network. The NYNE Ally box features analog, optical and coaxial digital audio outputs with network access on any DLNA or UPnP server. Lets hope for support for services like Spotify in the future.

Samsung Shape gets Spotify Connect

Samsung Shape gets Spotify Connect

Samsung Shape continues its big push into the wireless audio market and becomes the first multi-room system to support Spotify Connect.

Shape users will be able to use the native Spotify app, rather than the Shape app, to queue up and play songs.

The update applies to all Samsung Shape speakers. The Shape M7, Shape M5 and other audio components like Shape-compatible sound bars and Blu-ray players.

The addition strengthens both the Shape platform and Spotify, that needs adoption in the market for Spotify Connect.

Shape M5


Samsung expands their multi-room Shape family with the new Shape M5. It is obviously smaller than M7 and packs three speakers instead of the M7s five. Other than that it can do exactly what the M7 can do. Compared to Sonos, this would be equivalent to the PLAY:3. Samsung has not announced the price yet.

Samsung Shape

Samsung is aiming at Sonos with the new multi-room music system, Shape. It consists of the M7 speaker and the hub which is required for connecting more than one speaker.


The system is controlled with a smart phone remote app for iOS and Android. It can play
locally stored music, stream from Pandora, Amazon Cloud Player, Rhapsody, TuneIn Radio and devices connected with Samsung AllShare. The app can control the volume with an on-screen slider or the phone’s volume button. You can play different music in different rooms.

The M7 speaker includes two mid-range speakers, two tweeters and a woofer.

Shape does not seem to support samsungs own online music service, http://www.eu.musichub.com/music/home at this time. It does not support Spotify either, nor AirPlay.

Samsung is a welcome player in the multi-room market but the system needs to support Spotify or other equal services to be a real contender. The market is flooded with systems that does not make it all the way to Sonos high standard. Samsung starts on that sub Sonos level and needs to deliver more services in order to make it all the way.