Choose a Best Wireless Speaker:
Nowadays most of the people love to listen to music, watch a movie on TV or like to play TV game and they also love the good quality sound, but to choose a best wireless speaker, they don’t have technical depth of sound quality, design & its feature.
Despite the fact that there’s an ocean of available choices and different categories of wireless speakers, each with their own capabilities. Speakers can also easily fall into multiple categories at the same time, make difficulties matters further. However, not all wireless speakers are produced equal, and choosing the perfect one for your style can be difficult. Hopefully, after reading through this guide, you will have a better idea about which type of speaker, or which features would be suitable for you.
Present-day speakers come in all shapes and sizes – from small to large, influential home systems to compact battery-powered Bluetooth speakers. Some are even able to control by voice alone. Whether the speaker connects over Wi-Fi or via Bluetooth, are to take on holiday outing or are for a multi-room set-up, there are lots of things to consider before you buy beyond simply price. You can spend as little as US$ 15 or as much as US$ 1000 or more, but whatever your budget, this expert guide will tell you everything you need to look for.
To choose a best wireless speaker, At first, you have to decide the purpose of the use. It is most important to choose a perfect wireless speaker for you. If you look for a speaker for companion on the road, camping, hiking, Boating, outdoor adventure, small outdoor/indoor party, and on the bookshelf or bedside table, office conferences/meeting, home audio system, home party audio, multi-room home audio or home theater system you should prefer to consider Sound quality, Speaker’s Design, Product’s specification, Battery life, Connectivity, Room Calibration, Set up, Multi-speaker combination, Operating System, Warranty & Refund policy and of course Price.
Sound quality: Sound quality should be loud crispy clear with high bass. Loudness depends on the size of the woofer, driver, tweeter and Headroom number. You can’t expect loud sound with high bass from a small woofer and driver. On the other hand, sound clearness depends on the quality of hardware, the quality and combination of woofer, driver, tweeter, Harmonic Distortion and the impedance of Speaker. Sometimes speaker’s design becomes a factor for quality sound.
Speaker’s Design: Design is the most important part of a good wireless speaker. Remember, if two speaker uses the same hardware but the designs are deferent, in that case, sound quality may differ for speaker’s design. You should carefully look for speaker’s dimension, woofer, driver & tweeter’s size, and its position, sound output pressure label in WATT/dB, stereo or mono, charging port, headphone port, is there built in Mic. or not, and built-in Alexa or able to connects with Alexa-enabled devices or not etc. However, the design should look good and easy to carry.
Product’s specification: A speaker’s specification shows its operating system, the way of charging, the size of the woofer, driver, tweeters power, waterproof & dustproof rating, type of battery and its life, the capability to pair with another speaker, built-in speakerphone, connectivity etc. Specifications are most important to choose a speaker. Before buying a speaker, a buyer should carefully judge the specification of the speaker. A good featured speaker is expensive than the low featured speaker.
Battery life: Most of the portable speaker uses rechargeable lithium polymer battery. Battery’s lifetime depends on its size and it is related to the speaker’s design. Normally 10 to 12 hours high volume play time battery life is okay for a portable speaker. Some manufacturer increases their speaker’s battery life up to 45 hours, in this case, speaker’s battery size or quantity would be bigger/more and hardware such as the woofer, driver, and tweeter would be a smaller compared with the speaker’s size which might be the effect on the loudness of the speaker.
Connectivity: There are many types of wireless Connectivity applied on modern wireless speakers which are described below:
For the silent majority, the ideal wireless protocol is Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth for wireless audio has grown by jumps and restrictions since its beginning. While Bluetooth is frequently handicapped by a transmission range more or less of 33-50 feet, its chips are inbuilt into almost every modern mobile device or computer, and Bluetooth requires no network to connect, it will work anywhere on the planet. It’s also very easy to use, requiring a few seconds to connect.
In its most recent duplications, Bluetooth offers high functionality and battery effectiveness. But most importantly, while it was once known for poor audio resolution, Bluetooth is now frequently indistinguishable from Wi-Fi streaming. With the added aptX code and other developments, Bluetooth can even provide simulated CD-quality resolution. Often the most current Bluetooth version will be the maximum effect, but quality always wins when it comes to the difference between this year and last year’s models. As always, let your ears decide.
Near Field Communication (NFC), is also a wireless protocol you’ll see a lot about it into the specification of wireless speakers, but it’s really not so important. Its connectivity range is extremely limited, demanding devices to be close enough to touch for data transference. And when it is for a wireless speaker, it’s actually only useful for making things easier the Bluetooth connection between your phone and your speaker which called pairing, skillful by just appointing the devices together. However, NFC isn’t helpful for everyone, and it positively isn’t necessary.
While Bluetooth has made up a lot of powder in the wireless audio field, Wi-Fi is still superior in some ways such as Wi-Fi streaming can offer a host of services and features for your speaker, as well as get into audio from multiple sources like NAS storage devices or media servers. A Positive side of Wi-Fi is that it also permits for higher resolution audio transmission than Bluetooth, it is ideal for those who are looking for a superior speaker to playback high-resolution audio files. It’s also chosen if you don’t want your tunes to be interrupted by mobile notifications.
That believed, Wi-Fi is a lot more expensive, and in certain ways, it is limited. While its prolonged signal can offer more instant range, speakers that service is usually tense to the local area network over your router, making them homebound. Despite the fact that many speakers are going for higher than CD-quality audio (hi-res audio) together, the increase of Spotify and other streaming services that stream compressed audio are more and more making that less of a motivation. Some speakers, such as Sonos are a breeze to setup via Wi-Fi, and it can be a pain sometimes.
As a final point and most confusing, when it comes to mobile streaming, Wi-Fi is normally less of a complete means of connection, and more of a bar system for other streaming protocols that use it. Those speakers include with committed mobile apps (e.g. Amazon’s Echo), protocols like Airplay and DLNA, and the growing selection of app-based multi-room speaker systems.
Apple develops the Airplay app which the way of extraordinarily sending any files, music, and even video over Wi-Fi for most devices, anyway (A “direct” version of Airplay is becoming more available). Many Wi-Fi speakers include the technology today, and if you have an iPad or iPhone, the little ‘Airplay’ symbol in the menu of iTunes and other music apps makes it really simple to push and play music to your speaker — once you’ve connected to that speaker via the wireless network. Other than being Apple patent right, the main problem to Airplay is that Apple charges to other companies a lot for use it, which gets given down to you, often taking an extra Benjamin on the bill.
Short form of ‘Digital Living Network Alliance’, DLNA is an organization and an open protocol for transmitting music, pictures, and video from devices over Wi-Fi. If you’re an Androidian, this is frequently the default way to play when it comes to Wi-Fi speakers. Unfortunately, while DLNA is extremely everywhere, found in everything from game consoles to photo frames, it’s also disreputably clumpy and slow. In today’s market, there are progressively fewer reasons for Android users to choose DLNA over Bluetooth or other Wi-Fi options.
This category that’s been getting higher like crazy once more multi-room speaker technology. These Wi-Fi-connected systems service a combined mobile app that links to your phone, computer, and even storage devices. The systems allow you to stream your whole music collection, as well as streaming apps like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and others. Most remarkably, the more multi-room speakers you can add to your collection and can link up (to a point), permitting you to spread latency-free audio all over the home, or play different music on each, at the same time. In addition to all those features, multi-room speakers deliver high-quality sound, with more and more systems joining CD-quality resolution at the minimum. The speakers with a Multi-room system are extraordinary, and they are progressively becoming the wireless system of choice, but a rapid term of warning: If you only need one speaker, multi-room is often the expensive way to go.
You have to decide which connectivity actually suitable for you.
Room Calibration: Room calibration is needed for the home audio system. Anthem Room Correction (ARC) tunes the speaker to its acoustic atmosphere to achieve the best potential playback quality. Which works by measuring the sound in a room with a specially calibrated microphone, then makes corrections based on the acoustic anomalies it registers. Correction microphone in their speaker. The theory is simple; you connect the microphone to your PC or laptop through the included USB cable, boot up the software, then hold the microphone in your listening location for a minute or two while the speaker plays a succession of tones. In doing so, it will have in tune with the layout of your room, and the sound will be adjusted.
Set up: Before buying a wireless speaker, you must know its set up option. Is the setup option is user-friendly or little difficult for you?
Multi-speaker combination: If you want to customize your home audio system or home theater system, you have to know the speaker wirelessly support multi-speaker combination or not.
Operating System: For a wireless speaker, the operating system is not a big deal if there is no manufacturer’s App and Equalizer system. Before buying a speaker, a buyer should have a look its operating manual. If there is a manufacturer’s App for music streaming and operating speaker, you must know the App is user-friendly or not.
App: At present, many Company developing their own app for their speaker. You have to know about the app before buying the speaker. Some apps are user-friendly, some are not. Its depend on your app knowledge.
Warranty & Refund policy: To choose a best wireless speaker, you must know about the speaker’s warranty & refund policy. Nowadays, many manufacturers giving priority to their products for warranty & refund policy and this increases their sell.
Price: There is huge price variation on the wireless speaker, especially brand and non-brand and size of the speaker. In my personal experience, there are the high brand, mid brand and low brand speakers in the market. Speaker’s size is also the factor for price, of course, big size speaker’s prices are higher than small size speakers. Fact is that high brand wireless speakers performance is very good and lifetime is high. For this reason, high brand wireless speaker’s price also very high. So, a buyer should fix up his/her budget for wireless speaker first.
Conclusion: If you want to buy a best wireless speaker, you should know about the above matters carefully. Usually, a manufacturer does not provide all of the above information. In this case, you should read carefully some quality reviews. Quality reviews will help you to make your decision.
Written by N K Khan