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Multi-Room Music System Comparison Chart

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Affordability
Minimum Cost to Entry*$9/month$398.00 $599.98 $899.98 $478.00 $699.90 $499.98 $335.24 $1,995.00 $1,199.00 $1,999.00 $599.98 £1199.90$2,198.00 $198.00 $0.00
Minimum Cost Per Room/Zone†$0.00 $199.00 $299.99 $449.99 $233.00 $349.95 $249.99 $167.62 $600.00 $500.00 $299.99 £599.95$749.00 $99.00 $0.00
Availability
Available Directly To End-User?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Released Date
Discontinued Date---------------------------
Scalability
Max # Rooms/Zones/DevicesUnlimited˚32323448163610 to 204 to 732
Max # of Simultaneous Digital StreamsUnlimited˚32168206011 to 20132
Max # of Simultaneous Analog StreamsUnlimited˚321601663610210032
Max # of Indexable Songs from NAS-6500080000120000
Audio Playback via 3rd Party Hardware?YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Connectivity
Well Suited for Retrofit Homes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Remote Audio Playback (Play to):
Analog OutputsYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Digital OutputsYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Apple AirTunes/AirPlay DevicesYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
Google Cast DevicesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Sonos DevicesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Web BrowsersYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WindowsYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
MacYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
LinuxYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
iOSYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
AndroidYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Remote Audio Sources (Play from)
Analog InputsYesYesYesNoYesYes
Digital InputsYesYesNoNoNoNo
WindowsYesYesNoNoYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
MacYesYesNoNoNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
LinuxYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoYes
iOSYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
AndroidNo**YesYesNoNoNoNo
USB Attached StorageNo**NoYesYesNo
Network Attached Storage (NAS)No**YesNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYes
BluetoothNo**NoNoPartialNoYesNo
AirPlayYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoVariesNoNoNoNo
Controllability
Playback/Control
Per Room/Zone BalanceYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNo
Per Room/Zone Multi-Band EqualizerYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Per Room/Zone VolumeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Set Max Volume for Room/ZoneYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Volume Control in SoftwareYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYesPartialYes
Gapless PlaybackNo**Yes
Adjustable Tempo (Playrate)Yes
Crossfade PlaybackNo**Yes
Software User Interfaces
Web BrowserYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
WindowsYesYesNoNoLimitedYesNoNoNoNoNoYesPartial
MacYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesPartial
LinuxYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoPartial
iOSYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes
Playability
Music Libraries
iTunesYesYesNoNoPartialYesPartialNoNoYesNoYesYes
iTunes DRMNoNoNoNoNoPartialPartialNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
Windows Media PlayerYesYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoYesNoYes
Windows Media Player DRMNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WinampYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Streaming Music Services
7digitalNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
8tracksYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Amazon Cloud PlayerNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Apple MusicNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
AudibleNo**NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Aupeo!No**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
BatangaNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Beats MusicNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Calm RadioNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Classical.comNo**NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
DAR.fmNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
DeezerYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes
Google MusicNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Hearts of SpaceNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
iHeartRadioYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
HighResAudioNo**NoNoYesNoNoNoNo
The Hype MachineNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
JUKENo**NoNoYesNoNoNoNo
MLB.com Gameday AudioNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
MurfieYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
PandoraNo**YesYesNoNoYesYesNoYesNoNoYesNoNoYes
QobuzNo**NoNoYesNoNoYesNo
QQ MusicNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
RaraNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
RdioNo**YesNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
RhapsodyYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYes
SHOUTcastYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYes
SiriusXMNo**PartialNoNoVariesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoPartial
SlackerYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
SongzaNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
SpotifyNo**YesYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
StitcherNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
TIDALYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYes
TuneInNo**YesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes
vTunerNo**NoNoNoNoYesNoNo
WiMPNo**YesNoYesNoYesNoNo
Concert VaultNo**YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Portable Devices
iDevices (iPhones, iPods, iPads)YesNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
ZuneNo**NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
MTP DevicesNo**NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Supported Formats
Lossy
MPEG-3 (.mp3)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
Windows Media Audio (.wma)YesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYes
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) (.m4a,.aac)YesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYes
MPEG-1 (.mpeg,.mpg)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Compressed MPEG-1 (.mpa)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
MPEG-2 (.mp2)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
MPEG-4 (.mp4)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
Dolby Digital (AC3)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Ogg Vorbis (.ogg,.oga)YesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
ADXYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
MusepackYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
RealAudioYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Speex (.spx)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Windows Media (.wm)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Windows Media Video (.wmv)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WavPack (.wv)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Lossless
Audio CD (.cda)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNo
SuperAudioCD/DSD (.dsf, .dff)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
DVD-Audio (.aob)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Meridian Lossless Packing (.mlp)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Dolby TrueHDYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
DTSYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Audible (.aa)No**YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Apple Lossless (.alac)YesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF)YesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC)YesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoYes
MIDIYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
MODYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
True Audio Files (.tta)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Monkey's Audio (.ape)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
OFR (OptimFROG)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
AIXYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WavPack (.wv)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Waveform (.wav)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYes
OptimFROG (.ofr)YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WMA Lossless (.wma)YesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
RealAudioYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Playlists
Windows Media Player Playlist (.wpl)YesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Windows Audio Redirector (.wax)YesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Windows Video Redirector (.wvx)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Advanced Systems Format (.asf)YesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Advanced Stream Redirector (.asx)YesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
WinAmp Playlist (.m3u)YesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoPartialYes
Playlist (.pls)YesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoPartialYes
Cue Sheet (.cue)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
XML Shareable Playlist (.xspf)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Internet Streams
MP3YesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
AAC+YesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
Ogg VorbisYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
RealAudioYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WMAYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Supported Resolutions
Bit Rates
8-bitYesYesNoNoYesYesYes
16-bitYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
20-bitVaries¥NoNoNoYesNoNoYesYesNo
24-bitVaries¥NoNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYes
32-bitVaries¥NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Sample Rates
8 kHzYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
11 kHzYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
16 kHzYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
22 kHzYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
24 kHzYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
32 KHzYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
44.1 kHz (most common)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
48 kHz (2nd most common)Varies¥YesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYes
88.2 kHzVaries¥NoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoVaries¥
96 kHz (3rd most common)Varies¥NoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesVaries¥
176.4 kHzVaries¥NoNoYesNoNo
192 kHzVaries¥NoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNo
200 kHzVaries¥NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
384 kHzVaries¥NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo


Last updated 8 October 2015 9:19PM MST.

Notes

*The minimum price purchasing only the equipment necessary to browse/search sources and playback audio in minimum of 2 zones; does not include the price of speakers or amplification if not already included.
†Cost of the most basic hardware needed to play the audio (i.e. soundcard or proprietary hardware); does not include cost of speakers as this varies by installation; for software solutions, assumes customer already has host computer with installed sound card to use.
˚No theoretical limit, however actual limitations will vary by network conditions and equipment (i.e. wired/wireless configuration, network bandwidth, etc.)
**Since audio|acacia is a relatively new product, it is very difficult to support every music streaming service and device initially. We are working our hardest to expand our online and local source offerings as quickly as possible and provide our customers with free updates.
¥Depends on what hardware is being used in conjunction with the product offered. AirPlay devices are limited to 16-bit and 44.1 kHz output.