As years go by, the development of wireless audio technology blooms. Starting from large pieces of equipment taking days to set-up, we now find ourselves in a luxury to stream music without moving a muscle. True, this is the best time to dive into the sea of options when it comes to smart speakers, however, all those available choices can show as overwhelming. If you need help to choose the best wireless smart speakers, do keep reading.
Different types of connectivity are today available for your wireless smart speakers. In this part, we’ll talk about the ones available, along with some tips.
Since all Bluetooth smart speakers usually need batteries to operate, they are easily portable too. The bad news here is that sometimes they’re having connectivity range issues, cutting off your music once out of range. If you use your smartphone, some of the Bluetooth smart speakers might stop the music once a call comes in. On top of that, most often they work best when paired with one smart device at a time.
The benefit of owning smart speakers with Wi-Fi connectivity is the improved connectivity range compared to Bluetooth ones. Also, they can connect to several smart devices at the same time and the music will not be interrupted if a call comes in. The bad side is that they are a bit more difficult to set-up and need a power outlet. Additionally, the more devices are connected and the further the wireless smart speakers are from the router, the more the sound can become unclear. Both issues can be solved by getting some Wi-Fi extenders and more bandwidth from the Internet provider.
Near Field Communication
It is fairly uncommon for anyone to use NFC primarily since it cannot work independently. But, it does provide a better connection, because it enables the “tap to connect” feature in many Bluetooth smart devices.
If you are an iOS user, then you can enjoy the AirPlay technology to stream music from a smart device to a wireless smart speaker, solely by transmitting music via Wi-Fi.
Wireless Smart Speakers Features
Regardless of your wireless speakers’ purpose, some functions should best fit your taste and habits.
Nearly every wireless speaker has aux audio inputs in order to connect various gear, like portable music player, and some of them have USB port to charge other devices. Blu-ray, DVD and CD player equipment can be connected via optical digital audio input as well. On the other hand, via the outputs you can connect additional subwoofers, thus sending video from a docked iPad to a TV unit for example.
With regards to the wireless smart speakers’ model, you may have the option to connect an iPhone, iPod, or similar devices via USB, while some devices even contain connectors/docks accepting older 30-pin connections like the ones in iPads, iPods, or older iPhones. So keep the device you want to use in mind.
Voice Command and Remote Control
These options very much depend on your lifestyle preference. If you are frequently busy doing something with your hands, voice command may be the best solution for you. The second choice is having the traditional remote control at hand.
Online Music Streaming
All smart speakers can connect to a device and stream music from its library, however, today some Wi-Fi models provide direct access to online music services, like Pandora and Spotify. Make sure to identify your preferred music sources prior to making a purchase.
Some Bluetooth speakers models offer this feature, letting you take phone calls without physically looking for your phone.
Transport and Portability
Transporting your wireless speakers can mean taking the unit from one room to another, or taking the unit from your home to a picnic, or on the road. For such portability purposes, obviously, you need a unit that is smaller, however, keep in mind that the smaller the device, the clarity of sound will decrease proportionally.
Today, there are some great wireless speakers that provide solid value for money, options ranging from types of connectivity, battery-operation, style and sound clarity, so make sure to choose according to your daily habits.
If you look to use your wireless smart speakers (especially) outside, then you need your unit to be well protected from the dangers lurking out there. Hence, when you choose your model, make sure to pick wireless smart speakers that are made from more durable materials, or perhaps search for a feature as water resistance. Such units sometimes come in armored shells (especially if you want to use them on the beach and protect them from the sand). If you need your unit solely for indoor purposes, then units made from softer materials will do.
Wireless Speakers Benefits
Owning smart speakers these days add a lot of advantages and comfort to our everyday lives, especially in terms of portability. Now, you can freely take your music everywhere you go, in the next room or on the next mountain. You can also enjoy a cord-free environment, depending on the model you’ll decide to purchase.
Prior to making a decision for a purchase, make sure to consider your habits and ask yourself why you want to buy it. If you wish to use your wireless smart speakers indoor, then you can be comfortable in getting a Bluetooth-enabled one, being light and easy to move around.
But, if you are a type of person who’s looking to create a multi-room audio atmosphere, then Wi-Fi enabled smart speakers should be considered. This solution can connect multiple units and devices so you can play your tunes throughout the house. Such devices come with easy to use apps, offering setups that enable you to enjoy sea sounds while in the bath tub and keep your kids occupied with their songs in the other room. Regardless of how you look at it, owning a pair is a win-win situation for all.
I have over 15 years of knowledge in the technology field. Studied IT systems administration and now installing security cameras and smart home devices into user’s homes and offices.