08-19-2022 09:12 AM
Looking for a receiver that I can wire into our office wired speaker system that can put out internet radio natively builtin such as XM, Pandora, Amazon Music, iHeart, etc. Sonos compatibility a plus.
No idea what is a good one to buy with the features I want.
08-19-2022 11:22 AM
For that kind of environment I would suggest taking a look at the Sonos system.
I have it set up in my home office. Each speaker contains it's own amplifier and the signal is fed via wi-fi from a computer or a mobile device via the Sonos Application.
The sound is remarkable and it has quality sound at low volumn.
08-19-2022 02:57 PM
Thats what I have right now are two Sonos one SL speakers and can use my cell phone to feed XM through it but rather not use my personal cell phone at work. There are also regular in wall wired speakers I would like to simultaneously use at once with the Sonos speakers I have. Thats why looking for a reciever.
08-19-2022 03:02 PM - last edited on 08-21-2022 10:14 AM by Deysha-BBY
Thank you for reaching out to us on the Best Buy Forums!
I always appreciate visiting an office with a quality audio system! You have come to the right place for advice on finding the best audio components to fit your needs. I see that one of our members has already responded, and I bet more are soon to follow. While I am not an expert in the home audio department, it sounds like a receiver with Bluetooth capabilities may fit your needs if you were to pair a device such as a phone, computer, or tablet with it. As bobberuchi mentioned, Sonos speakers are great for a mostly wireless setup. We have a number of options when it comes to receivers, and I am sure more of our users will be able to point you in the right direction!
I hope you find this information useful!
08-19-2022 03:11 PM
True those speakers are blue tooth capable but they are also available on the network and on my windows desktop to stream to. So a computer would do it and is a good idea if not for the fact I would have to sacrifice an energy eating machine to be on all day for music playback. If there was only a way to accomplish this on a raspberry pi that would be great as thats pretty low power and I could set it and forget it.
08-19-2022 10:03 PM
You can use an office computer as well. I maniupliate mine with a laptop
08-22-2022 04:56 AM
I used to buy computer speakers that plugged into the audio jack and I said enough wires. So I have a portable round speaker I use to connect to bluetooth when I want to listen to streaming audio and it sounds much better than the built in laptop speakers. And rechargable too.
About the Raspberry Pie thingy, it can be an option. However you want to make sure your Linux distro has the capability to work with these sites.
I have an old laptop which is a Lenovo Idea Pad 11.6 laptop with only 32gb of Storage, 2gb ram and Intel Celeron N3350 1.1ghz CPU with Intel HD Graphics. (Bought it at Best Buy originally for $99 I think this was in 2019........)
It's running Linux Mint Cinnamon and it runs beautifully given it's specs and handles iHeart Radio and other audio streaming sites well so low cost hardware is an option for streaming over bluetooth if your devices are supported under those distros. You will want to play around with a lot of linux distros to make sure its right for your devices.
08-22-2022 10:19 AM
A Raspberry Pi would likely be the best option to avoid using your personal phone for a low power option. You would definitely want to make sure to check into ensuring compatibility with the sites your are looking for as hockeykanuckjc said. A small tablet could be another good option for a lower power draw compared to a laptop that would not require nearly as much setup as the Raspberry Pi. There is still the process of getting your in wall speakers connected so that you could use them of course. There is one network receiver that may get close to what you are looking for here. It has Sonos support to connect to your Sonos Speakers as well. You could also get a Sonos Port, which may work for what you are looking for. These options would still require the use of an external device to get the internet radio access. I have not seen a receiver that has that functionality built in, as it would require generally a more complex touch screen interface since those apps require to navigate.
Hope this helps get closer to a good set up for you.