I will give you some shopping tips for purchasing some speakers, in particular wireless speakers. When shopping for any type of product, it is always important to follow the two-step strategy. Most people make the mistake to search for a product by entering if you keywords which are related to the product into a search engine and then doing a price comparison. That will usually give you some inexpensive products but the problem is that these products often times are not ideal for your application.
Step one of your research should always involve finding the product that fits your application. That means first of all, you need to figure out the requirements of your application. In the case of wireless speakers, some of the parameters to look at are as follows:
1) Speaker wattage
2) wireless transmitter range
3) number of speakers
4) number of audio channels
5) transmitter connectors
6) iPhone connectivity
7) wireless protocol
Some of these parameters might sound a bit technical. But don’t worry. I will explain some of these parameters in the following sections. The speaker wattage is fairly important because it determines how big the environment can be in which you can use the speaker. If you are setting up speaker in a fairly small space then you can get away getting a speaker that has 5 to 10 W wattage. In the case of outdoor speakers, you don’t want to get speakers that have less than 25 Watts. The same goes for applications where the listening environment is fairly large. There isn’t an exact formula for figuring out the required wattage so you should ask your local installer to get some tips.
The wireless range is also very important because unless the range of the transmitter is sufficient to go the distance to you speakers, you won’t have much fun because the speakers will not play your signal or they will frequently drop out. Again, it is difficult to figure out what the required range is because it depends a lot on your environment as well as on the presence of any other transmitters that may be interfering with your transmitter. A good rule of thumb is picking a speaker that is specified for 300 feet if the actual distance you need to cover is 100 feet.
Usually you will purchase to wireless speakers although Bluetooth speakers typically would only include a single speaker rather than multiple speakers. Also, if you purchase a set of speakers make sure that the number of supported audio channels is at least as large as the number of speakers.
Make sure the transmitter can connect to your source by studying the use a manual. Some transmitters can connect directly to an iPod or iPhone. The wireless protocol affects the reliability and also the range of you speakers. A digital protocol usually offers higher fidelity than an analog protocol.
Once you have narrowed down your selection to a few models, you can go online and take a vendor that sells that model for a price that you can afford. Taken note, however that you always get what you pay for. Pay a bit extra when purchasing the speakers if you know that your vendor will backup the product with exceptional service.