New Options for Networked Speakers

Since streaming music has become more popular, it should come as no surprise that home stereo systems are starting to get a connected makeover. This could be the year that Sonos, the longtime leader in this field, gets some competition.

LG, the Korean electronics giant, showed a new line of networked speakers at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show, as well as an app that controls playback and lets users stream music or audio from their own digital music collections or streaming sources like Pandora or Spotify.

The Music Flow system includes a Wi-Fi-connected sound bar (a single speaker that provides better audio than TV speakers without as many components as a full surround-sound system), three Wi-Fi-equipped speakers and a battery-powered Wi-Fi speaker that can be moved around a house or yard.

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