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5 Best Wireless Surround Sound Systems in 2019 For Android

With the right surround sound system, you can transform any Android smartphone and tablet into full-blown media center. Couple it with Google Chromecast or Miracast wireless display streaming technology and you’ll discover a brand-new way how to comfortable enjoy your favorite content without any hassle that comes with dedicated media players.

Best Wireless Surround Sound Systems

To select the best surround sound system for you, there are a few things you should consider. First on the list is the number of speakers you want your system to have. In theory, more speakers mean better sound imaging, but it also means more wires to deal with. Some modern soundbars can reproduce 360-degree sound from a single point, which is definitely a major advantage, especially if you happen to have a small living room.

You should also consider what kind of connectivity options you need. For Android, the bare minimum is Bluetooth, but it’s very convenient to also have at least one analog input.

Finally, there’s audio quality. We all like something else, so one sound system may sound great to one person and horrible to someone else. The good news is that Android provides you with plenty of ways how you can adjust the sound using audio equalizer apps and built-in sound profiles.

Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System

This home theater system from Sonos shines with its modularity that allows you to customize it exactly to your needs. You can start with the Sonos PLAYBAR, which is a sleek soundbar intended to go right under your television, and add additional speakers as you see fit. Included in the box is the Sonos SUB subwoofer and two Sonos PLAY rear speakers. The subwoofer is deliciously powerful, and the rear speakers make you feel like you’re right in the center of the action.

Unlike many home sound systems that use Bluetooth to connect to Android devices, this sound system from Sonos streams from your local Wi-Fi network. With Wi-Fi, you get to enjoy excellent range and complete absence of signal dropouts and delays. Sonos offers their own app that lets you stream songs from popular music-streaming services, such as Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, Rhapsody, Deezer, and others.

Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System

We firmly believe that most people would be perfectly satisfied with the sound quality provided by just one Bose OmniJewel speaker. The thing is, the Bose Lifestyle 650 home entertainment system comes with four of them plus one subwoofer and one soundbar. Together, they produce high-fidelity 360-degree sound that is a joy to listen to.

All speakers, as well as the control box, are made from premium tempered glass and brushed anodized aluminum, making them look absolutely stunning. The system comes with a universal remote control with small LCD display for intuitive control. Thanks to the SoundTouch technology, you can use your existing Wi-Fi network to stream music from your favorite online services. Bluetooth and NFC provide effortless connectivity, and the presence of six HDMI inputs and 4K pass-through allow you to hook up the Lifestyle 650 home entertainment system to every receiver, TV, and video game console you have.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1Ch Sound System

With 7.1 channel surround sound, 400 watts of ear-bursting power, and crystal-clear sound reproduction, the Nakamichi Shockwafe is meant to satisfy even the most demanding audiophiles. Nakamichi knows that tiny speakers seldom produce large sound, so they engineered an 8” wireless subwoofer that can go as low as 35Hz, allowing you to feel your music as well as hear it.

Connectivity options include HDMI with 4K pass-through, analog audio input, optical input, USB, and Bluetooth. Virtually all cutting-edge audio technologies are supported, including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, CEC, upmixing of 2.0 content to 5.1, and several DSP EQ modes. For less than $100, you can have an expertly trained sound technician come to your home and set up the sound system for you.

VIZIO SB3821-C6 2.1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

This sound system from VIZIO is perfect for people who live in a small apartment or for those who don’t want to find place for up to 7 individual speakers. The heart of the SB3821-C6 sound system is the elegant soundbar with clear, spacious audio. The soundbar is 38” long, and it delivers up to 100 dB of sound with less than 1% total harmonic distortion, according to the manufacturer.

The included subwoofer takes things a step further, elevating the already excellent sound by adding thumping bass. The subwoofer connects wirelessly, helping you keep your home free of clutter. The VIZIO SB3821-C6 sound system is equipped with a Bluetooth chip for instantaneous wireless connection to all Android devices. It also supports Dolby Digital, DTS TruSurround, and DTS TruVolume sound enhancement technologies. For around $150, it’s one of the best compact sound systems that you can buy.

Logitech Z506 Surround Sound Speakers with Bluetooth Audio Adapter

If you happen to be on a tight budget but still want to enjoy premium surround sound listening experience, the Logitech Z506 is here for you. At 75 watts, it’s not the most powerful sound system on this list, but that’s still more than enough to annoy your neighbors—and their neighbors.

If it weren’t for the included Bluetooth adapter, this surround sound speaker set would be very much like most other speaker sets from Logitech, which are meant chiefly for computer users. But thanks to the transmitter, you can stream music from up to 15 meters away from the speakers from your smartphone or tablet. For less than $100, the sound quality is spectacular and connectivity options are abundant.

Best Wireless Surround Sound Systems

How To Use Sonos Beam

Did you just pick up a new Sonos Beam soundbar to outfit your TV with? Congratulations! These are some of the more pricey soundbars on the market right now, but they’re of the utmost quality, too. The Sonos Beam is even able to rival some of the higher-end surround systems as well. We’ll certainly take a high quality versatile and easily upgradeable $300 soundbar over a $1000 surround sound system that quickly becomes stagnant any day of the week!

So, you now have this Sonos Beam soundbar, but you’re not quite sure how to use it or how to get it setup/connected with your smartphone and TV. We show you how to get it up and running in a snap of your fingers.

What is Sonos Beam?

The Sonos Beam is an all-new soundbar by Sonos. It’s designed to provide you with ample sound, by delivering your room wall-to-wall sound. It’s one of the more compact soundbar, and works best placed in front of your TV or on a wall mount somewhere. It’s designed for small to medium sized rooms, but since it is a Sonos product, you can pair it with other Sonos speakers to upgrade your range.

It’s got a bunch of neat things that other soundbars don’t have. Just one of those is speech enhancement — turn it on, and the Sonos Beam works to enhance the clarity (and loudness, if needed) of dialog in movies and TV shows. The soundbar is smart, too. With a Night Vision mode, the Sonos Beam is able to automatically adjust volume to proper levels so that you don’t wake others up from sleeping. It’s got a lot of smart AI built into it, allowing you to even talk to it with commands, using just your voice.

Sonos Beam TV Setup

That all sounds nice, but how do you set it up? Sonos made the Beam really easy to setup so you can start using it minutes after it arrives at your doorstep.

The first step is to find a place where you want the Sonos Beam. Like we already said, the ideal spot would be on your TV stand or on a wall mount somewhere. Once done, you can place the soundbar there. Next, we’ll need to pull the power brick out of the box. Plug it into the Sonos Beam, and then a wall outlet (ideally, a power strip to keep your investment protected against power surges and shocks).

Now, plug the HDMI cable into your Sonos Beam, and then the other end into the TV. If your TV doesn’t have HDMI, Sonos includes an optical audio cable in the box. So, if you don’t have HDMI, put that HDMI cable away for later use (in the event that you do upgrade your TV), pull the optical audio cable out, plug it into the Sonos Beam, and then the other end into the TV. Now you’re ready to start listening to movies and TV shows on your new sound setup (make sure to turn the Sonos Beam on first)!

Note: You may or may not need to use the Sonos app to complete setup (instructions below).

Sonos Beam Smartphone Setup

You might also want to consider setting up the Sonos Beam with your smartphone. This way, you can register your Sonos Beam with Sonos, control volume levels and other elements straight from your smartphone. And, if you have an iPhone, you can stream music directly to the Sonos Beam with AirPlay 2.

First, we need to download the Sonos app. You can grab it on Android from the Google Play Store, or, if you have an iPhone, you can grab it from the iTunes App Store.

Once you have the Sonos app downloaded, make sure your Sonos Beam is powered on. If this is your first time setting up a Sonos sound system, the application will instruct you on how to complete the setup. The general idea is that the Sonos Beam should be automatically found over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and once paired, the Sonos Beam should be able to just stream everything over your WiFi connection, not Bluetooth — Bluetooth is only used for pairing.

If you already have an existing sound system with Sonos, you can go into the Sonos app and go under Settings. Under there, click on Add a Player or Sub, and the Sonos app will take you through the instructions on how to do that.

If you want, you can add other devices for your Sonos Beam to control or be controlled by; take the Amazon Alexa, for example. Log into your Sonos app, click on Browse, and click on “Add Amazon Alexa.” Sonos will take you through the process of setting this up, and then you’ll be able to listen to music by simply asking Alexa (or your Sonos Beam).

Verdict

As you can see, setting up your Sonos Beam is super easy. Sonos has made it really straightforward, and now that it’s setup, both with your TV and phone, you should never have to touch your Sonos Beam again. Even if you add another speaker to your sound system in the Sonos app, the Sonos Beam should be able to automatically recognize it. It really is low hassle!

Amazon offering $50 store credit with the purchase of select Sonos Play speakers

Sonos Play 5

Sonos Play 5

We recently told you about a deal where purchasing a Sonos player would give users six months of free subscription to Google Play Music All Access. Today, there’s another deal waiting for users who didn’t opt for the first promo. This one comes from the folks at Amazon and is equally attractive if not better.

As per this deal, purchasing the $299 and $399 models of the Sonos music player will give users $50 credit to spend on apps, games and other stuff over at Amazon. The credit will be reflected on the buyer’s Amazon account within a week of the device being shipped so they won’t have to wait for a gift card to arrive. Users will have until the 31st of December to redeem the credit before it expires.

Unfortunately, the cheaper $199 Sonos Play speaker is exempt from this promo. You can head over to the link below and purchase either of the two music players available under the promotion. Interested buyers will be able to choose from white and black models of the speakers. The promotion is valid until 11:59PM PDT on the 14th of June, so you only have until Saturday to make up your mind.

The Sonos Play speakers can be controlled using a dedicated app on Android with support for Play Music and All Access recently bundled in.

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Via: Android Central

Google offering 6 months of Play Music All Access subscription with the purchase of any Sonos player

Sonos Player

Sonos Player

Interested in getting a Sonos music player? Well, you will be glad to know that Google is offering a free six month subscription to Play Music All Access with the purchase of any Sonos player. The wireless music player can connect with a dedicated Android app called Sonos Controller, which recently received support for Play Music and All Access, so the promo has come at the right time.

Users can buy a Sonos Player over at Amazon, Best Buy, Target or any other qualifying retailer to avail benefits of this promotion. A standard Play Music All Access subscription costs $9.99 per month, so you stand to save $60 of subscription fees with the purchase of the Sonos Player.

Sonos has plenty of Android compatible speakers available, so you can choose either of them and still be eligible for this deal. The promotion is available until the 5th of July, which means you have plenty of time to make up your mind.

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Corsair to Purchase Simple Audio

Scotland-based company Simple Audio announced today that it has been acquired by Corsair, the American PC component manufacturer. Simple Audio is a five year old audio company which is perhaps best known in Europe for its series of networked set-top receivers. Similar to the Sonos that are capable of sharing music from PCs, Macs, iPods, and TVs.

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Simple Audio’s limited appeal in Europe is apparently no longer enough of a draw for the small company which is part of the reason why they sold up to Corsair; to potentially extend their reach into the Americas and perhaps world wide. There was no mention on the exact dollar figures the company was sold for, only mentioned in the PR release that it was a multi-million dollar deal. Corsair had had been looking into purchasing the small company for well over two years now and apparently felt like now was the right time to make a move. Bringing in another competitor to the market against Sonos will hopefully benefit consumers. Until now the only other type of solution to whole home streaming can in the form of Apples mostly propitiatory solution: AirPlay. With another player now in this field it is not unreasonable to believe there will be stronger competition which could lead to lower prices and more diverse array of features.

The market for these type of devices currently seems quite small, but that could be simply due to them being priced at something of an enthusiast price. With Corsair now backing Simple Audio it would not be out of the realm of possibility to see that company use its supply chain and expertise to drive down the cost of the products to a more consumer friendly level.

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Sonos Upgrades App For Tablets Adds Slacker So You Can Listen To TDGN: VIDEO

If you’ve been wanting an in home media system, one that’s classy and compliments the home, without having to spend thousands of dollars on a media room and installation, Sonos is the answer.

Sonos offers a variety of speakers and connection solutions to pipe your music collection throughout your home. You can also use various internet, computer and other audio sources to fill your house with music and other audio content. The best part, you can control it with Android.

Earlier today Sonos announced a major update to their Android controller app. The app now supports Android tablets including the Samsung Galaxy Tab line, Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer and others. In our video we used the T-Mobile Springboard to control Sonos throughout the house.

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