I want to create a multi-room audio system and I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the options and solutions so far. Plus, I have a few “extras” and don’t know how ot approach them (I’m definitely a beginner!).
Here’s my current situation:
I have two echo dots that I use to stream music via spotify. I have a soundbar that is not “smart” and has no wifi-capability whatsoever. Now, I want to get rid of my echo dots due to privacy reasons and would like to create a multi-room audio system that doesn’t really need to be super sophisticated, especially at the beginning.
What I’m looking for:
I want to place a few speakers in my apartment (1 x living room, 1 x bedroom, 1 x kitchen and maybe 1 x bath). Then I want to be able to choose one or more speakers and play a spotify playlist on them (either by picking a playlist with my smartphone or by pushing a button that plays a defined [or maybe even random] playlist). Also, it would be really nice if I could connect the TV and my soundbar with the RPI (using HDMI and/or optical). When I stream music, the soundbar should play the RPIs audio-signal, when the TV is turned on, the RPI should pass the audio-signal through, so that the soundbar then plays the TV-sound - that functionality would be really nice if that’s possible, but my main-focus here is the multi-room speakers to play spotify playlists.
I already found out that squeezelite seems to be a really good option for that. What I couldn’t figure out so far is what hardware I will need and how it should all be set up. Obviously, I don’t want to connect all speakers with cables and I don’t wany any speakers that have Alexa built in. I do have an RPI 3b+ that runs openhab and an RPI 3b+ that is currently unused.
What kind of speaker could I use to connect it to openhab and/or squeezelite? Would each speaker have to be connected to its own RPI or could they all be connected using bluetooth / wifi? How would you approach this project?
Thank you in advance