17 March 2017
Which Wireless Speakers Are the Right Fit for Your Home?
Find a Solution that Offers Reliable High-Quality Sound
When shopping for wireless speakers, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. With products ranging from $50 to $2,000, there’s a huge variety of wireless audio options. As you try to figure out which ones make the most sense for your Minneapolis, MN home, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. Never invest in a system simply because it's the most expensive or highest rated. Do the necessary research to see which one fits your particular preferences, starting with the questions below:
How Do You Plan to Use the Speakers?
Installing wireless speakers is all about convenience, but that may mean different things to different people. For some, it means having portable equipment they can take with them wherever they go. In which case, portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal since you don’t have to rely on an internet connection to enjoy your favorite music.
If you’re interested in wireless a sound system that lets you stream your favorite music in one room or multiple rooms at the press of a button, then you want to opt for a Wi-Fi speaker system. To learn more about the differences between the two, you can check out our previous article on Bluetooth vs. Wi-Fi speakers.
Are You Interested in High-Performance Sound?
Almost all audio manufacturers now offer wireless solutions. You don't have to settle for the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices at your local retail store. Instead, reach out to your local AV technician who can let you know which speakers offer high-performance sound. Typically the quality will depend on the cabinet build and components as well as the software used to translate digital signals.
What Music Sources Do You Want to Listen To?
When researching speakers for your wireless audio system, make sure they'll give you access to your favorite music. Some speakers only let you access a handful of streaming services or music stored on your phone. While others also let you stream from a computer or media server. Also be mindful of exclusive services. Some streaming services, like Deezer Hi-Fi, are only available through certain speaker manufacturers. Make sure to work with an established brand which is likely to have a greater number of native streaming services.
How Do You Want to Control the Speakers?
Wireless speakers also vary in the type of control options they offer. Bluetooth speakers simply let you stream music directly from your phone, without having a native app. Other wireless audio systems give you the option of using their native app—which helps to consolidate all your streaming services and sources in one place—or to use the individual streaming apps of your choice.
You’re not limited to using mobile apps, either. Some wireless audio systems let you change songs or adjust the volume using hand gestures or even voice commands. If you’re looking for a comprehensive whole-home solution, invest in speakers that are compatible with third-party control systems. This way you can manage your music, lights, climate, and more from the same dedicated touchpad or mobile app.
When investing in a wireless audio system for your home, you need to make sure you have speakers that offer a balance between convenience and high-quality sound. Reach out to one of our Bravas partners to find the perfect fit for your home.