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Audio Files: Hi-Fi, Meet Wi-Fi

Why music lovers are embracing wireless multiroom sound

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Apple's AirPort Express Base Station
Wren's Audio V5AP wireless speaker
Bluesound's Powernode, Vault, Node and Pulse systems (from left)
Polk Audio's Woodbourne wireless speaker

Even the most dedicated jazz fan occasionally has to step away from the stereo to tend to life’s little duties, like cooking, cleaning and conversation. But thanks to home networking technology, there’s no reason for the music to stop when the rest of the world intrudes.

The same Wi-Fi wireless networking devices that let you use your laptop computer anywhere in your home also make it possible to get music anywhere in your home. In one room, or in every room. Even in the backyard. Not only can you access all the digital music files you own, you can also access streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify and Internet radio stations. With Wi-Fi wireless systems, the reception is almost always perfect, and you lose not one bit of audio fidelity.

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