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Meet the Sonos rival that can control your lightbulbs too!

The Gadget Show  Monday 31 March 2014

Meet the Sonos rival that can control your lightbulbs too!

Sonos is top dog when it comes to high-end wireless multi-room audio setups, but along with its matching top-end price, you’re limited to just beaming down music. Enter the Musaic, a new Sonos-style rival that packs both booming sound and a lower price tag, but can even take control of your home’s lightbulbs too! Is this the smart-home-Sonos-killer you’ve been waiting for?

Musaic, the latest music system to take on the mighty Sonos, is drumming up funds over on crowdsourcing website Kickstarter, and for your hard-earned pledges, you’ll be treated to one of two sound systems that can also sync in with your lightbulbs at home. The Musaic music players, the smaller MP5 and the larger MP10, are armed with Wi-Fi to beam down music from a range of different services, including Rhapsody, TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio and Napster, plus they can also play music from your iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or slate, PC or Mac wirelessly thanks to Bluetooth too – but it’s the Musaic’s home automation skills that set it out from the pack.

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Each speaker can make up part of your connected smart home so your music can start playing as soon as you switch your lightbulb on, or your lights could sync up with some of your playlists. Musaic is currently working with LightwaveRF, a company which offers a range of dimmers, switches, sockets and light bulbs that can all be controlled by Musiac, and as each speaker also works with a standard known as AllJoyn, they’ll also be able to link up with other products using that standard too. There are more options on the way too, as Musaic is a part of the AllSeen Alliance, the company is working with other members to bring in support for other products, such as fellow Kickstarter projects, environment sensor WigWag and Wi-Fi light bulb LIFX – and you can no doubt expect to see more in the future.

If you’re interested in grabbing one of the Musaic speakers, the smaller MP5 can currently be yours for as little as £160 for an early bird price, while the larger, bass-heavy MP10 will set you back £230 for an early price too – both are cheaper than most Sonos systems.

Will you be syncing up your lightbulbs with the Musaic, or are you sticking with your own multi-room set-up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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musaic, Sonos, wi-fi speaker, speaker, lightbulbs, home automation

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Colin Goodwin

Wow just put my Sonos purchase on hold, I already have the LightwaveRF system installed in my new Eco house controlling over 80 internal LED lights and am just installing an external lighting system so to add a music system would be brilliant

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