Can Wireless Speakers Offer Similar Performance to Wired?

wired speakers betterOver the last 10 years literally everything has gone wireless.  Starting with wireless computer networks, now pretty much anything including power supplies incorporate some form of wireless technology.  Audio speakers are no exception.  But can wireless speaker’s sound quality match those of traditional hard-wired speakers?  Let’s find out for ourselves.

Hard Wired Speakers

First and foremost hardwired speakers are going to have several very important advantages.  For one they are speakers and nothing else.  This means that nothing was compromised in their design to incorporate space for wireless circuitry.  They are not having to perform any other function than to reproduce sound.  This is important as even amongst traditional speakers there are hundreds of ways to accomplish the same task and get wildly different results.

The second advantage that traditional speakers have over their wireless brethren is that they typically get their power from a separate amplifier.  While some speakers can play well with very little power, the best sounding speakers generally want a great deal of amplification power.

For example Krell and Wilson audio want 250+ watts delivered at 4 ohms.  This requires massive amounts of power from an amplifier.  This means large power supplies, heat sinks, and more.

The last advantage that we’ll discuss here is space.  Floor standing speakers in particular take up a great deal of space.  This allows for them to have large air cavities that help them reproduce a large range of frequencies from treble all the way down into the bass ranges.  With no size limitations, designers can ensure that their speakers are as accurate as possible.

Wireless Speakers

So what are some of the advantages of wireless speakers.  In speaking with Kevin M. from Twist Technology (http://www.twisttechllc.com/residential.php) there a wide range of advantages that wireless speakers have IF you are willing to compromise on sound quality.

Systems such as Sonos allow you to choose from a wide array of musical sources with everything integrated into one easy to control interface.  By simply loading the Sonos App onto your phone you can quickly and easily control multiple zones of audio with the touch of a button.  A traditional audio system would typically require some sort of home automation system to easily control source material and volume for your speakers.  Not so with wireless.

A Sonos system can be configured with as many zones as you like.  You simply need one zone player per room.  Configuring the system couldn’t be any easier.  The instructions included with the system are easy enough for even a complete technophobe to properly setup.

While many wireless systems do manage to produce relative good sound, it’s not going to compare with a traditional hard-wired speaker system.  For one the physical size required for a mass marketed audio device limits them to something that is much smaller than a floor standing speaker.

So long as you understand these limitations when you’re choosing a wireless system you will undoubtedly enjoy the biggest benefit of wireless speakers.  That is that it has no wires.  This means that you can have your music in any room in your house without having to cut drywall, hide wire under carpet, or any of the many tricks that used to be required to listen to music in multiple rooms of the house.  This reason on it’s own is why wireless speakers have begun to outsell traditional hard-wired speakers.  And it is why this growth will most likely continue.

The Best Mini Hi-Fi System Review

 

” The best speaker is not the one who gives the most, but the one who loses the least,” said John Bowers

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How big is the room in which you plan to place your speakers? Although bookshelf speakers can be quite impressive, if you have a large room will have no effect as in rooms up to 15 m2. It also applies the other way around – standing speakers will never sound as good in smaller rooms. The best thing about bookshelf speakers is that, thanks to the fact that small and dual-system, you can sit very close to them and hear all units simultaneously, or tweeter and woofer unit never give the impression of a separate action.

 

Selection of speakers can greatly influence the improvement of the style of music that want. Fortunately, most bookshelf speakers sound great in all styles of music, but some have more bass and detail than others. Some are “measured”, and as such are suitable for jazz or acoustic music, while others breathe better with rock, pop or rap. Specifications of the speakers will give you lots of information about the sound, so we advise you to read reviews or even better -try speakers live.

 

Most people assumed that the amplifier and receiver should combine the characteristics of the speaker, but it’s not quite true. It is necessary to pay attention to matching the strength and resistance of the amplifier and speakers, but even though the amplifier and speakers have similar sound characteristics.

For those who want a good sound, but do not want to dwell on selecting individual components, there are mini lines – ready stereo systems containing all the components in one device.

Are you planning to put together a system for home theatre, make sure you pair the speaker with a suitable AV receiver and be sure to check with the speakers you buy appropriate surround, central and bass versions. For a high quality surround sound, the use of complementary speaker of very high importance.

 

Most AV receiver has an integrated amplifier, but still need to be careful to choose a sufficient force of his amplifiers, which must always be at least 50% higher than the minimum requirements of a particular model of speaker. Also, if the declared power amplifier 100 watts in stereo mode, you have to consider that they will lose about 20% of its strength in multichannel mode, which means it will probably be about 80 watts per channel or per speaker. And most importantly – Never connect the speakers of least resistance to the amplifier much resistance because they can fry your system.

 

There are son many hifi systems like: SoundTouch, Samsung Wireless Audio Multi-room, Onkyo, Bluesound etc.