Ready to amp up with a wireless home stereo system? That’s the first decision in the right direction to audio bliss. However, with technology changing at the speed of light, and a highly competitive market for impressive sound, it can be difficult to weed out the armatures from the best quality sound systems. Fancy marketing packaging aside – here’s the bottom line to choosing a good system with the essential features for ease and usability for dynamic sound.

INTRO TO WIRELESS

First let’s define the parameters of exactly what “wireless” means. Though it sounds straightforward, in the world of speakers it’s actually a bit more complex. There are two main types of wireless speakers. Those, which are, completely wireless (as it sounds) which require battery charges but other than that are cord free. These options are good if you’re looking for mid-quality sound – and plan to use the speaker mostly for traveling or outdoor purposes. These are often better known as “portable” speakers, or “portable wireless” speakers.

The more standard approach to wireless is what will be reviewed in more detail below – and that is the freedom of wireless control. These speaker systems (which are plugged into the wall) are wireless in that they are controlled remotely from a smart device (like your phone) and require little effort and convenience to adjust sound, channel, track, etc. The benefit of the convenience comes without sacrifice to sound on many models that offer output par none.

QUALITY OF SOUND

Going wireless shouldn’t cost the listener the ideal sound. And this is an area, which greatly distinguishes a good wireless experience from a bad one. Read and understand the speaker specs before deciding on a model best suited for your needs.

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APP COMPATIBILITY

Since control is often through a smart devise, app compatibility is one feature, which should be confirmed before purchase of the speakers. If someone is looking to be able to play sound through a variety of streaming apps, they should confirm the list the speakers offer. Subscribed to Pandora, Spotify, SoundCloud, and Amazon Music? Make sure the speaker system is optimized for each to avoid disappointment after purchase.

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Do not make the mistake of assuming all apps are equal. To be compatible with each, manufacturers will usually list those apps that work seamlessly with their user interface. Many manufacturers have an app of their own that allows you to access all of your music in one space.

CONNECTION OPTIONS

Similarly to app compatibility, output capability options are also critical in defining a “good” wireless system. Since it’s likely the source of sound control may vary, the speaker should have equally as many options. While wireless and Bluetooth are the wave of the future, one should also consider traditional connection options including USB and AUX.

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A speaker offering a variety of connection options is the best choice, as it will allow the listener the highest degree of flexibility in the listening experience – as well as a backup plan if the internet happens to go down. HEOS by Denon offers multi-channel connection with their wireless home stereo system – below you can see several port options which one should look for when making a speaker decision.

SETUP

Last but not least, with wireless capabilities, can come some complexity in set up. Speaker systems offering apps for music control often have the simplest setup and can save oneself a massive headache so your musical enjoyment can begin sooner than later.

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Bringing it full circle, the features that should be considered when selecting a quality wireless home speaker system should include the sound capability, as well as the flexibility in connection, streaming apps, and effortless setup. Finding a system that implements all of these will ensure the user has an impactful, satisfying audio experience.