I’ve always wanted to have my whole home connected to a smart streaming-audio system — one that’d let me take my music from room to room and play anything I want anywhere in the house, using any phone or tablet to control it.

The problem is that I’ve never found a system that makes it easy and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Sure, there’s Sonos, but you’re looking at quite the investment to get multiple rooms up and running with that — $200 to $500 for each connected speaker and $350 to $500 for adapters that let you bring existing “dumb” speakers into the equation. Those numbers add up fast — and as tempting as it is, I’ve never been able to convince myself (or, ahem, my wife) that it’s a good idea to drop that much dough.

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