Anyone who has installed an audio system knows that one of the most frustrating parts is figuring out how to cleverly tuck away all the wires and cables. Wireless speakers take wires out of the equation, allowing you more freedom and convenience with your audio system. Below are five things you need to know about wireless speakers before making your purchase.
1. Wireless Speakers Let You Take Sound With You. When in-wall wiring is not an option, they offer a great deal of flexibility. With most of them, a transmitter is attached to the audio source on the speakers, and a receiving unit is attached to the speakers. Most wireless speakers come packaged with both the transmitter and receiver. The technology allows you to play music from an audio source in your living room while listening to it in your bedroom. If you purchase several speakers, you can listen to audio in every room in the house. You can even place your speakers outside, although you should check the manufacturer’s specifications to make sure the speakers are suitable for outdoor use.
2. Wireless Speakers aren’t Just for Stereos. They are made for many electronic devices, including stereos, home theaters, DVD players, and computers. Before purchasing your speakers, make sure they are compatible with your audio device and/or operating system. If this information isn’t listed on the packaging, double-check with a salesperson at your electronics store or read the manufacturer’s specifications online.
3. Most Wireless Speakers are Easy to Install. In general, installation involves just a few steps. Although installation will vary from system to system, with most wireless speakers you plug the transmitter’s AC adapter into the wall, insert double-A batteries into your speakers, flick a switch to designate each speaker as “left” or “right,” then turn on the transmitter.
4. Wireless Speakers Are Affordable. An 18-watt system starts at around $18. This type of speaker system might work for you if you’re using it primarily with a laptop, MP3 player, or CD player. Small mid-range speakers from companies such as Sony and Samsung start at around $35 to $40, but these also will be best suited for smaller electronic devices. Larger speaker systems, intended for use with stereos, televisions, and DVD players, run from $90 to around $800.
5. You Get What You Pay For. As with most audio equipment, in general the the more you pay for the device, the better sound quality you will get, and manufacturers of mid-range and higher end speakers usually offer longer warranties than those of lower end speakers. Some companies may claim that your speakers will have a range of up to 150 feet, but when you get the product home it may fail to meet those claims. When purchasing a wireless speaker system, in general it’s a smart idea to do your research, both online and in-store, to make sure you’re purchasing a system that not only will meet your needs but also will provide you with top-quality sound and performance.