Technology progress is nothing short of amazing. We can control almost everything with the touch of a button. We can use our smartphone to switch on the lights, to lock the doors and to adjust the setting of our photo cameras. We can also control multiple speakers, programming them to play the tunes we want at Indigo IT.
This is the power of Wi-Fi speaker systems and the reason why they have grown in popularity over the past decade.
However, as all manufacturers rushed into developing their own systems, the market has quickly become overcrowded with products, making our choice more difficult.
This article is going to hopefully shed some light into this area, allowing you to understand the differences between the various options available on the market, thus helping you pick the best one for you.
This is what you should ask yourself before going shopping:
- How many rooms do you need to cover?
- How big do you want your speakers to be?
- Where is your music going to come from (online streamlining, computers, tablets, smartphones)?
- Do you intend to use the equipment you already own?
“How wireless your speakers are, after all?”
To many of use, “wireless” means we can use these speakers to play music from our computer, smartphone or mobile deice without the need for wires.
However, these speakers have to be plugged into a power outlet, as they can’t work without electricity. Some models can work without being plugged in, as they feature rechargeable batteries. Nonetheless, they still need to be recharged at regular intervals of time.
Sonos Wireless HiFi System
Sonos are among the pioneers in this area, their wireless multi-room speakers being in the top of the preferences of many people.
Bose SoundTouch Wireless Systems
Bose is already legendary for the high quality of the sound. In addition, the Bose SoundTouch wireless music system is extremely easy to setup and operate.
The Bluesound system is able to stream high-resolution audio files, thus being one of the first options of audiophiles from all over the world.
The Yamaha MusicCast system powers a lot of products such as sound bars, powered speakers and home theater receivers.
Sony SongPal Wireless Music System
The SongPal Wireless Music System from Sony can be controlled exclusively from the dedicated app, which can be downloaded from both Apple App Store and Google Play. You can find this system as a component of many Sony audio products.
Denon HEOS is very easy to use, while being also very versatile. It boasts an excellent sound quality.
Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System
The Omni speakers from Harman Kardon feature an extremely appealing design, while being also excellent in terms of the delivered sound.
Naim Audio Mu-So Wireless Music System
This UK company is well-known for its high-performance audio elements. Their Mu-So system has great high-resolution audio streaming capabilities.
If you need to use different brands of speakers, you should check out DTS Play-Fi.
All other systems are closed. This means you can’t use speakers that don’t belong to the same brand or system.
With Play-Fi, you can design an “open” system to suit your needs.
Play-Fi is a wireless platform that several big brands have adopted for their equipment. All these speakers are compatible with each other, so they can work in any combination. Among the leading manufacturers who have adopted this system there are Definitive Technology, MartinLogan and Polk Audio.
Polk Audio Omni
The Omni system designed by Polk Audio has brilliantly withstood the test of time.
Definitive Technology Wireless Collection
The specious sound delivered by Definitive Technology’s wireless system is superior to the sound produced by any single-box speaker. Besides, these speakers have quite a stylish and appealing look.
Paradigm Premier Wireless Series
The built-in Anthem Room Correction technology enables the optimisation of the sound for each particular room. This makes it perfect for situations in which you need to play music in rooms of different sizes and with different acoustic properties.
Phorus speakers feature the Play-Fi technology, as well as DLNA, Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth with aptX Streaming. They deliver a very good sound quality.
Wiren Sound Systems
The V5 speaker made by Wren Sound Systems features the above mentioned technologies, thus being compatible with a wide range of music playing devices and standards.