What is streaming?

Streaming simply means sending media from one place to another. For example, when you watch a video online, e.g. on BBC iPlayer, you're streaming it from the BBC's system to your device. It doesn't just happen through the internet. If you have videos, photos or music stored on your computer you can stream them through your own wireless network to your TV or hi-fi too.

In this connected age, more and more equipment offers streaming capabilities of some sort, it's what makes a 'Smart TV' smart for example. Come and speak to the friendly team at your nearest store to find out what will work for you.

What is Multiroom?

A multiroom system is one which plays music or movies throughout your home, all controlled from one place. For example, many AV receivers have a 'zone 2' option which allows you to connect a second pair of speakers in another room to the same unit that's running your surround sound. You can then control both rooms from your smartphone or tablet.

Options extend all the way up to full home automation systems, with touchscreen wall panels, that control your lights and heating as well as your TV and speakers. Whether it's two rooms or the whole house, give your local store a ring or a visit and we can run through your options.

What is Sonos?

Sonos is a great example of what happens when streaming and multi-room come together. It gives you an easy way to have great-sounding music in every room of your house, all controlled from a smartphone or tablet.

It offers self-contained wireless speakers that just connect to the mains, as well as units that connect to an existing hi-fi system or speakers. There's even a soundbar that'll make your TV sound amazing as well as your favourite tunes.

Any of these can then play your own music collection or stream millions of tracks through subscription streaming services like Spotify. Pop to your nearest store today to experience first-hand what Sonos is all about.

What exactly is a 'Network Music Player'?

Put simply, it's what's going to replace your CD player! As the demand for music shifts more and more to downloads, an easy solution that offers brilliant sound quality is required and that's where network music players come in. Like a CD player they use top-drawer circuitry for sensationally clear audio, but instead of loading a disc the music is streamed from your computer or even directly from the internet.

Chances are you already have at least some of your music stored on your computer, whether it's been copied from a CD or downloaded. A network music player will, with very little set-up, be able to access these tracks and play them through your system. No more hunting for discs, just scroll through your library and listen away. You can even use your smartphone or tablet as a touchscreen remote.

The vast majority of network music players can also access internet radio, letting you listen to tens of thousands of stations from all over the world, and streaming services such as Spotify, which charge a monthly subscription fee for unlimited on-demand access to millions of tracks. Discovering new music is easier than ever!

At Richer Sounds, we're passionate about new technology, especially if it makes it possible to enjoy music both more easily and in better sound quality. If you have any more questions about this exciting new hi-fi development, give your local store a bell or drop by and say hello.