So you are looking for a new wireless speaker for personal use, maybe entertainment or whatever. Today, wireless speakers come in many different types and huge price ranges. How do you know what is right for you? Take a look at these three tips to help you choose the right wireless speaker for you.
Tip No. # 1: Let’s start here: Bluetooth, WiFi, or both?
– Bluetooth Speaker: We see them everywhere and they are probably the most popular type of wireless speakers for streaming your music.
Advantage: Easy to carry and you can take it anywhere. Bluetooth works with a wide range of devices. Example: Android, iPhone, Google smartphones, etc. The price! Bluetooth is usually cheaper than WiFi speakers.
Disadvantage: some can be bulky and you can only stream one device at a time. A limited range that is up to 33 feet.
– WiFi speaker: Do you have a home network? Excellent! You can take advantage of that by connecting a WiFi speaker to it.
Pro: stronger and more stable connection. It can stream to multiple speakers and it also has a longer range than Bluetooth. They can usually go up to about 200 feet, but I would keep it less than that. You don’t want to push too hard.
With: bandwidth! Yes, if you don’t have reliable bandwidth, this can affect your speakers. If you have tons of devices connected to WiFi, this can take up a lot of bandwidth, reducing the quality of your audio. Some can be quite expensive.
– Both Bluetooth and WiFi: If you want it all, both could be for you.
Advantage: more flexibility with both. Use WiFi if you are walking around the house with your phone and you don’t want to lose connection or if you are on the go and want to take it with you, connect Bluetooth. Have people and someone wants to play music? The easiest way here is to have them connect to Bluetooth and they will be good to go.
Con: it comes down to price. You’re going to pay more because it has more features than a Bluetooth-only or WiFi-only option.
Okay, now that you’ve read the pros and cons of each, this brings us to the next tip.
Tip No. 2: What will you use the speaker for? This is an excellent question to start with. What is the main use of your speaker? Is it to go out on the terrace, inside the house, travel, etc.?
If you’re outside on the patio or grilling, Bluetooth or WiFi might work here. There are WiFi speakers that are designed for outdoors, or if you want something right next to you on the table or on the railing and you want to move it, a Bluetooth would be the best option. If you’re going to be walking in the garden, hiking, or traveling, use a Bluetooth speaker and look for something that is waterproof or waterproof and sturdy in case you drop it. I leave everything …
If you are going to listen to the audio primarily indoors, I would go with a WiFi speaker. You will not have to worry about the signal because WiFi has a longer distance and objects will not affect the signal. With Bluetooth, the walls will affect the Bluetooth signal. If you pass three rooms from your Bluetooth speaker, the signal has to go through those walls, which will weaken the signal. This can cause you to get in and out of or disconnect from your device. With WiFi, you won’t have to worry about that, just make sure you keep it below 200 feet. All you have to worry about is whether your router or WiFi can handle it.
That should make your brain move a little more in a certain direction. Let’s go to tip number three.
Tip No. 3: Functionality! There are certain things that we would definitely or would like in our wireless speakers.
– Voice and remote control: voice can be fun, it doesn’t have to leave your place, but it can also be a hassle if you don’t understand it. Sometimes accents can affect speech recognition. Using the remote, which could be a real remote or an app on your device, it can be a more efficient way to control your wireless speaker.
– Online Music Service: A good example here for WiFi speakers is the Amazon Echo. Here I can access my music account to play music like Spotify, Pandora and much more.
– Built-in microphone or hands-free speaker: This functionality is excellent. This feature is only available on certain Bluetooth speakers such as Anker Soundcore 2. When you are connected to your Bluetooth speaker and someone is calling you, you will not have to disconnect from the speaker to take the call.
– Input and output: Virtually all wireless speakers come with an auxiliary port. Here you can connect other devices, such as a TV. There are some speakers like the Anker Soundcore Boost speaker has a USB port where you can plug in your phone and charge your phone. The output can be used to add a subwoofer for when you’re watching a movie or when you’re entertaining and just want more in your audio.
If you’ve been looking for a great wireless speaker, I suggest you follow these three tips. This will help you limit yourself to what you need and not end up buying something you don’t need and save money.