Scott recently posted a review of Clear Crescent Wireless Speakers, which support Airplay 2, which carries a much higher bitrate than Bluetooth. It uses WiFi instead, meaning you need to be on the same network. But it's far superior in sound quality with 1.3GB/s streaming bandwidth. It also simulates a wide field audio spectrum. It also has party mode and Chromecast.
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.
Scott got an email from a listener who wanted to stream using an old analog receiver and speakers, and Synology NAS. Scott says that the listener discovered that using the Chromecast audio (which has an analog/digital output) was the ideal solution. It works great with a powered speaker or a pair of speakers which are powered by the AV receiver. You have to set it on AUX, but if all you have is analog, this is a great workaround.
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.
Marsha is looking for a great bluetooth speaker. Scott has been looking at the BenQ Electrostatic Speaker of late and it's pretty cool. The low frequencies are handled by the main body, but the swing out speakers handle the electrostatic design. They're about $300.
Tim wants to get wireless speakers. What ones are the best? Leo likes Sonos speakers. Sonos can sync from room to room and they have little latency or echoing. So he could have them in every room in the house and put it in party mode. Bose makes outdoor speakers as well, but they're not going to be as good. He can just bring them out when he needs them.
Jessica wants to get a wireless speaker for her television. Leo says Bose makes some great speakers for this.
Kathy is part of a group of people who visit a memory care unit, and wants to help Alzheimer's patients through music. Leo recommends Sonos Play:5. It's not cheap, but there's really nothing as good at a lower price. It makes its own wireless network and she would plug the audio source into the base unit. They even have a dock that she could put an iPhone or iPod into and then the music played there would play in each room.