Why you should use WLAN multiroom systems for audio
When it comes to wireless systems (for anything) there are actually more options available to you than you may think. Advances in technology and support for older platforms means that WLAN systems aren’t the only option out there. That being said, we think they’re the best.
This is especially true when it comes to audio systems. The trick is to find yourself a happy median, where the technology will work with the devices you will play music from. Then deliver a suitable input into the speakers for your music to sound rich and provide you with the level of fidelity you want.
Moreover, if you’re looking to install and run a multiroom audio system, you need to make sure that the wireless connection is actually able to meet the stresses you will put on the system. You need to ask yourself how big your house is (or at least the area you want the system to operate in), how many rooms you’re going to setup the system in and to what degree you’re willing to invest in quality sound.
One of the first options you may come across, but should likely avoid, is Bluetooth.
Bluetooth: not the golden option some might say
You might remember using Bluetooth on your mobile phone several years ago. It’s a handy connection option for those looking to complete quick 1:1 transfers on mobile devices. However, when it comes to wireless systems with a more complex network of components and in need of a longer range, their 10m connection length isn’t going to get you very far.
Wireless media adapters: they have the speed and the distance, but you need the adapter
Wireless media adapters are specially made for the purpose of making your music system wireless. There are many manufactures for this type of device (one of them being apple). Hooking this system up can be a simple case of buying the hardware, plugging it in and then letting it work its magic. They are great if you’re looking for a simple and easy to use system in your home.
However, there are two things you need to consider when it comes to this option. This first is that, for true audiophiles, these adapters just aren’t going to have the same level of sound quality as other, more refined, systems. The second is that they do require the adapters. For each room you want to set this audio system up in, you’re going to have to invest in a new adapter. There are much more cost effective ways, which will grant you better sound quality.
So why Wi-Fi?
We recommend Wi-Fi because, in nearly all cases, it can be used flexibly to fit a range of different needs and wants. Wireless systems which run on Wi-Fi are also compatible with a range of different programs which can be used on mobile devices, tablets, laptops, desktop computers and specialised music systems. With a Wi-Fi system, you’re not as limited by built in requirements as you are when it comes to other (company specific) systems.
The only disadvantage with Wi-Fi systems is that you need to set them up. Doing so might seem like a daunting task to start with but we’re always there to help and will make sure that once its setup, you won’t run into any future problems.
Wi-Fi is also great for multiroom systems because the connection length and strength is more than enough to connect up your whole home. If you do run into any problems with this, you can simply extend the system with an extra (small and convenient) device.
There are also several reliable brands when it comes to wireless receivers. Make sure to check out the Qube or the Airbridge receivers for two options which will help you get the multiroom sound system you want.