High-Class Sound

4 Beautiful Wireless Speakers That Make Home Hi-Fi Easy

May 31, 2017 Tech By Photo by Henry Phillips
From Issue Four of the Gear Patrol Magazine.
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The beauty of a wi-fi home speaker is convenience — streaming straight from your device. And also rich, hi-fi sound. Oh, and the ability to wirelessly connect to multiple speakers. Plus these speakers offer updatable components, for a nice nod toward future-proofing. The cherry on top? These speakers are beauties — as easy on the eyes as they are the ears.

Symbol Audio Tabletop Hi-Fi

All Symbol Audio’s vintage-inspired speakers are designed to be audio-enabled furniture. The Tabletop Hi-Fi is a 2.1-channel speaker with a built-in amp, and it
ships with a hi-fi Bluetooth receiver that can be upgraded to Apple Airport Express, Google Chromecast or Sonos Connect receivers — depending on which wireless technology you’re keen on.

The Cabinet
Room & Board Whitney Storage Cabinet $3,299

McIntosh RS100

The RS100 takes design cues from McIntosh’s classic amps and preamps, with two knobs and its signature glowing blue meter. It’s retro-looking, but fully modern. The RS100 belts top-spacious tunes on its own, or you can pair it with another RS100 (or any other DTS Play-Fi streaming speakers) for a stereo or multiroom effect.

The Furniture
Room & Board Holmes Sofa $1,699
Room & Board Classic Round End Table $369

Sonos Play:5

Sonos is a giant in the wireless home audio space, and the Play:5 is the company’s best all-around speaker. Buy it as a standalone speaker or pair it with your smaller Play:1s, or a Sonos Sub, to get the true multiroom experience.

The Furniture
Room & Board Rollins Stacking Cube $1,100

Sonus Faber Sf16

The envy-inducing Sf16 has two powerful bass drivers, one front facing and the other rear facing, and two satellite speakers that rise out from its main body — like a hi-fi Transformer. It streams via DTS’s Play-Fi technology, and pumps 1,400 watts of beautiful sound.

Cabinet and Wall Art
Room & Board Moro Media Cabinet $2,099
Room & Board Henri Boissiere Vitesse No. 4 $799
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