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Altec Lansing's SmartStream speakers are another Sonos alternative

Stream music over WiFi with Google Cast and Spotify Connect.

Billy Steele, @wmsteele
01.03.17 in AV
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While Sonos remains the go-to option for multi-room audio, a number of companies have debuted similar devices over the last couple of years. 2016 saw the likes of Sony, Vizio and others introduce WiFi-connected speakers that allow you to control music all over your house with a mobile app. At CES, Altec Lansing is pulling the wraps of a trio of speakers that offer the same functionality starting at $99.

Gallery: Altec Lansing SmartStream speakers | 3 Photos

The SmartStream line starts with a small namesake speaker and includes X and XL models that get bigger, more powerful and pricier as you go up. At $200 and $300, the mid-size and large options here still won't hit your wallet too much. Yes, those are three different speakers, but they all carry a very similar look. All three feature both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, which means Google Cast and Spotify Connect are in play here. It also means you can expect better sound quality over your home internet connection and Cast is available in a truckload of audio apps.

All three are waterproof-rated and the smallest option is also IP67 "everything proof." To be more specific, that includes shock, water and dust. The trio is also equipped with 16-hour batteries should you need to take the speakers to a spot where an outlet just isn't available. If all of that sounds too good to pass up, Altec Lansing's SmartStream line is expected to go on sale in Q2 or Q3 2017.

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