Over the last few years, we’ve seen incredible improvements to Bluetooth and wireless technologies. This is especially true when it comes to sound systems. From Bluetooth earbuds to WiFi-enabled smart speakers, sound is more portable than ever before. But at what cost?
When it comes to designing your ideal in-home entertainment experience, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of different sound systems, including whether you’ll go wired or wireless.
Let’s start with the basics
What do we mean when we talk about “wired” and “wireless” sound systems? Every sound system involves a digital-to-audio conversion that turns information into sounds that can be heard. Wired speakers are physically connected to the source of your music through—you guessed it!—speaker wires. They transmit sound data through that connection.
Wireless speakers, on the other hand, collect digital data via WiFi or Bluetooth and then convert it to sound using built-in technology. Many assume that wireless speakers have no wires, but many in-home wireless speakers have power cords and optional AUX cords.
But the pros and cons of each go beyond the method of sound transmission.
The benefits of wired sound systems
As the original style of sound system, wired speakers have always been the gold standard. And while some wireless speakers are entering the wired realm in terms of quality, wired speakers still have a much greater range of possibility than any wireless options on the market. So when it comes to the benefits of a wired sound system, quality is first and foremost.
Wired speakers deliver a deeper, richer sound because there’s no compression required during data transmission. Plus, they’re more reliable. There’s no risk of sound interference, dropped WiFi, or glitchy Bluetooth connections.
Of course, there’s plenty of variation within the wired category. And yes, poor quality wired speakers exist. But with a little help from the Stereo Planet team, there’s a quality, wired sound system that fits just about every budget and lifestyle.
The benefits of wireless sound systems
Simple to set up. Easy to use. And portable when you need them to be. Nothing beats wireless sound systems when it comes to convenience.
For homes with kids or pets, they can seem like the only feasible solution. With a wireless system, you can say goodbye to chewed speaker cords and wires for little ones to run through.
Plus, they can be incredibly versatile. With a few well-placed wireless speakers, you can stream connected, whole-home sound. Or rearrange them for a cinema surround sound experience.
Get the best of both worlds
So, which is “better,” wired or wireless? Our answer: it just isn’t that simple. It all boils down to your specific space, budget, and needs.
Plus, who says you have to choose? We can build hybrid systems that combine the power and quality of wired with the convenience and flexibility of wireless. When you partner with Stereo Planet, we’ll work with you to create a system that fits seamlessly into your day-to-day.