Understanding Wireless Home Speaker Systems
Wireless home speaker systems deliver rich sound throughout your home or business, and are able to stream audio from a smartphone, computer, or TV.
How Do Wireless Speaker Systems Work?
Wireless speaker systems rely on wireless connection protocols to deliver audio streaming from a source device. These protocols include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, and proprietary technology such as Airplay, Google Cast, and Spotify Connect, and more.
Wireless speaker systems, like traditional wired or installed speakers, require power to operate fully, and most Wi-Fi speakers come with rechargeable batteries and cords. Unlike wired speakers, though, wireless speakers use radio frequency and infrared signals to transmit audio from a digital source.
Choosing the Right System for You
Consider the following when choosing a wireless speaker system:
Although moving most wireless speakers around the home is easy, some systems offer greater portability. For the best portability, opt for smaller wireless Bluetooth speaker systems with built-in rechargeable batteries that you can take anywhere.
Most wireless speaker systems sport sleek, upscale housings and there's a range of style options that cater to different tastes and spaces.
Some wireless speaker systems are exclusively compatible with Android or Apple devices, while others support both. Some may have additional input ports such as RCA, HDMI, and phono preamp for compatibility with your TV and turntable.
Some speakers pack special features such as multiroom support. Some are waterproof, shock-resistant, and humidity-resistant.
Types of Wireless Home Speaker Systems
There's an extensive lineup of feature-packed Wi-Fi speakers out there. In terms of functionality, you can choose from these types of speaker systems:
- Soundbar: A powerful soundbar can augment a home theater surround sound setup
- HomePods: Smart wireless speakers or voice-assisted HomePods complement smart home automation
- Multiroom: Multiroom systems let you play music in any room or space
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