Tony bought an Apple Homepod recently, and he wants to get several of the new minis and network them. Can they all play the same music at the same time? Leo says yes, that party mode is also known as Whole Home Mode. You can also tell Siri to play music from each home pod. You can go into the HomePod app and assign each home pod to a specific room. This will also enable you to speak to each room via intercom.
Paul wants to be able to hook up a friend's Amazon Alexa device to his CD system, so he can create a speaker system in every house. Leo says that the Amazon FireTV Cube has an IR blaster that can command your devices from anywhere in the house. But to broadcast the signal on the Echo devices may be a challenge. If they had an audio-in jack, then that would be the easiest. Doing it digitally from your computer and streaming music would be even easier. But to play physical media over an Echo system is a challenge.
Josh wants to know if there's an alternative to SONOS that can broadcast music to each room in his house. Leo says that used to be the sole domain of SONOS. It's difficult to do because of latency. Now, other products are capable of doing it thanks to Google's Speakers. NEST Speakers do the same thing as Sonos, but so does Amazon wireless speakers. Leo really likes the Google Nest Speakers. They're ideal. NEST Audio Speakers are about $100 per.
Ultimate Ears UE Megabook speakers also do the same. But Leo says that Nest Audio is the way to go.
Rick's wife has a Samsung Galaxy S5 and wants to know if he can get a waterproof speaker and play music in the shower. Leo says he has one called BassPal, and it's protected to IP67. He can pair it with his phone and then leave the phone out of the moist area. He can just bring the speaker into the shower and he's good to go.