Music is a big part of people’s lives but it has only been recently that it could be taken on-the-go in such a portable fashion. First came portable cassette players, followed by CD players, Walkman’s, then MP3 players and now the ubiquitous smartphone. But playing music at home will always sound better because the speakers are better — and bigger than what you can walk around with. But you don’t have to give up the convenience of placing them where you like because there’s wireless technology to use at home.
“bridge” device that integrates with the network and the speakers so as to facilitate whole-house coverage with no degradation of the audio signal.
SONOS Play: 3 Wireless HiFi Player being an example with 3 amps/3 speakers. In this case, two mid-range drivers and a tweeter are also included, along with a bass radiator to improve on the sound — to create audiophile quality, which is the goal after all. And while this can replace the need for a subwoofer, should the listener feel assured with what he is hearing, the better response is to connect a wireless subwoofer into the overall music system. The results of doing this will be heard and since the placement can be against a wall, beneath a couch, etc., even if the sub is not as attractive as it should be it won’t matter. But any company making a quality wireless sub will also make it attractive enough to be placed where it can be looked at if desired.
Another route allows the use of speakers that are already in place — using an amplification unit(basically a wireless amplifier) to receive the streaming music and then provide the power to drive the speakers. This wireless amplifier will usually also provide the means to connect to a subwoofer, which can only improve the stereo being outputted. What’s important is that the amp does not stint on what it provides to the speakers — just because it’s wireless doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have aggressive power or support audio formats that are “lossless” (i.e., not compressed to inhibit a full frequency response). There’s no reason it shouldn’t also support other functions such as being able to work with playlists or interact with other systems such as the Amazon Cloud Player, Stitcher, Rhapsody and others. But the important thing is that it provides audiophile quality, no matter what other features it might have folded into itself (being able to schedule music ahead of time is a worthwhile one, as well as it being able to function as an “alarm clock” and so turn itself on and begin playing at a predetermined time). Also high on the list is that it should look good — why ruin the decor where it’s been placed in — and have a minimal impact on the room by having a loud fan or heating up during play-time.
As can be seen, having a wireless audio system does far more than just eliminate wires: it frees the home owner for arranging how and where the music he wants to hear is played. And does so without having to compromise on the quality.