February 18, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
A room filled with sound is a wonderful thing. A room filled with wires and cables just isn’t as wonderful. Sometimes it’s a necessary evil, but sometimes not so much. There are plenty of wireless speakers out there, designed to deliver great sound without all of the extras.
In the past, wireless speakers have been plagued with signal drops, interference, and poor sound quality. While some of those issues have been ironed out over the years, one problem still remains: Wireless speakers are not really all that wireless.
At minimum, that pesky power cable always gets in the way. That said, because wireless speakers typically receive infrared, radio-frequency, or Bluetooth signals, they do offer slightly more flexibility over other speakers when it comes to placement. After all, finding an outlet is slightly easier than running wire, right?
When buying wireless speakers, you should consider your surroundings, including the application, range, and proximity to a power source. In some cases, wireless speakers just won’t work. Depending on the product and your application, there could be static—and that never goes nicely with movies, sporting events, or even the evening news. However, there are plenty of good options out there that buck the bad rap these products have been getting over the years. Here are eight great wireless audio options available today.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.