Want to build the wireless audio system of your dreams, but don’t know where to start? Confused by all the jargon?
No sweat. Even if you’re starting from scratch, this simple guide will help.
When designing a wireless whole-home audio system, keep in mind these factors:
The best whole-home audio system can play music in any room, from any source—regardless of the distance.
Whether you will get that luxury depends on the audio equipment’s wireless technology.
With that in mind, here’s how each wireless technology stacks up quality-wise.
Bluetooth speakers can connect with your smartphone, laptop or other compatible source of music you have.
Some examples are:
Wi-Fi speakers use your existing Wi-Fi to stream audio. You control them from a remote control, which is usually a dedicated app on your smartphone.
Some examples of this are:
This is an extension of Wi-Fi technology.
When you connect a “bridge” to your wireless router, you’re creating a separate dedicated wireless network that your Wi-Fi speakers can tap into.
A good example of this is Sonos Bridge or Sonos BOOST.
When building a wireless system, there are “must haves” and then there are “nice to haves.” Knowing which is which helps you get started without breaking the bank.
Whatever equipment you get, make sure all your equipment is compatible and play nice together.
If you want a wireless audio system that sounds great all over your home, we recommend Sonos. See an overview of how Sonos works.
Sonos speakers communicate directly with each other when they’re using your home’s Wi-Fi network, so they stay in perfect sync all over your home and you never miss a beat.
They also come with a dedicated wireless network option for those of you who don’t have reliable Wi-Fi.