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    The changing game of connected speakers

    Recently, the Financial Times reported that streaming services are the biggest money makers in the music industry. According to the article, " US revenues from streaming providers such as Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora grew 29 per cent in 2015 to $2.41bn, accounting for 34.3 per cent of total industry revenues. It was the first time total streaming revenues passed $2bn as every segment of the market grew."

    That's a pretty steep number, and its relevance to audio system owners should not be overestimated. At Wiremonkeys, we keep this in mind while sourcing the best-connected speakers for our customers to choose from. Here are some of the brands keeping up with the trend of streaming services you can find on our shelves!

    Russound offers audio streaming solutions for up to four rooms in a house. With four independent streaming sources, every room can stream any content without affecting the other rooms. Streaming services include Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and Sirius XM radio.

    Sonos was one of the first companies to get into the connected speaker business, and as a result has one of the most seamlessly integrated speaker systems on the market. The speakers are controlled directly from its own app, which has built in integration for a number of streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Deezer, TuneIn a whole range of smaller services.

    Bluesound: Uncompromised full-range presentation, hard-hitting bass response, battleship build-quality and excellent connectivity; Bluesound connected speakers offer streaming services pushed from the BluOS app; these include Tidal, Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer and Qobuz.

    SpeakerCraft speakers offers IPhone, iPad, Android and PC control. In addition to locally stored music, it can interact with streaming sources and content including Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and TuneIn Radio through its interface, all accessible within the SpeakerCraft App. Existing cable and satellite receivers or CD, DVD/Blu-ray players can all be added and controlled independently from anywhere in the home. Wired and wireless keypads, touchscreens and remote-controls are also available to complete the system.

    Crestron doesn’t count as a connected speaker as it is a home automation interface, but it can connect to your speaker system. Through Crestron you have the option of playing from your Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, or iTunes. Crestron also has support for SiriusXM Internet Radio, Spotify, and vTuner Internet Radio with additional services coming soon.

    If you are interested in upgrading to a connected speaker system, please contact Wiremonkeys for more information and to find the perfect system to fit into your home and your lifestyle.