How to choose the right wireless speaker
Big or small, Bluetooth or Airplay, portable or mainspowered, smart or not – the choice of wireless speaker options is vast and varied. Let us enlighten you…
Choose the right shape and size The shape and size of your wireless speaker will dictate how you use it. For your bedroom, a sensibly sized Audio Pro Addon T3 is ideal. If the speaker will take pride of place in your living room, then the Naim Mu-so Qb makes quite the statement. If you want your friends to enjoy an even spread of sound, have a look at omnidirectional speakers such as the Bose Soundlink Revolve or smart speakers such as the Apple Homepod. A er something more portable? Try the Dali Katch or anything from UE’S range of wireless speakers, such as the UE Boom 2 or Megaboom. If you’re the adventurous type, the UE Roll 2’s rugged, waterproof build will withstand all manner of knocks, bumps, rain and mud splashes. Will it be your main music system? If you’re looking for a wireless speaker to be your main music system, be prepared to spend some cash. You’ll want to temper your sonic expectations depending on the size and price. Don’t expect huge, room-filling, dynamic and articulate sound from small, portable speakers such as the Award-winning Dali Katch. Do expect it from the more ambitious Naim Mu-so, though.
Portable or mains-powered speaker? Is portable better? Well, portable speakers have a rechargeable battery, so you can pick them up and take them with you. Depending on how big your speaker is, that might mean to another part of the house, into the garden, or all the way to the beach. Take note of the speaker’s battery life. Four hours is fine if you’ll be listening in your own garden, but you’ll probably want eight hours or more if you’re taking it on holiday. Mains-powered speakers, inevitably, are more restricted. They’re usually bigger and more expensive and are demanding enough to need a constant source of power to drive them and allow them to reach their full performance potential.
How will you stream your music? What streaming method is the best one for you? How will you be sending music from your smartphone or ipod to the speaker? Will you be sticking with standard Bluetooth? Are you invested in Apple’s ecosystem and therefore only need Airplay? Or are you thinking of a multi-room system? Most wireless speakers come with either one or a combination of wireless methods, so choose which one suits you and your current environment best.