In this review, I will assess some wireless speakers which are popular in different markets. I will focus on their performance as well as usability in different applications. If you are on the lookout for a new pair of speakers then this post is definitely worth reading.
First of all, I’m going to look at speakers which are usable outdoors. As an example I’m going to use wireless speakers from Amphony. The speakers are fairly bulky and come in a plastic enclosure. They have an amplifier built in which is rated for a wattage of 80 W. Having a power fall amplifier such as in this case is crucial for outdoor applications. The outdoor environment usually has lots of sources of noise. Noise is generated by wind is well as cars driving by and pedestrians. In order for speakers to be useful outdoors, you will need a speaker that has sufficient volume. This volume can only be achieved by having a powerful amplifier.
However, the disadvantage of this speaker is that it has to be plugged into a power outlet. That is hardly surprising because if this speaker was to be run from batteries, the batteries would quickly die because commercial batteries are not designed to provide large amounts of current for an extended amount of time. The wireless feature is great because you don’t have to worry as much about running speaker wires all over. However, the trade-off obviously is having to have a connection to a power outlet.
Next, I’m going to look at Bluetooth wireless speakers. Bluetooth speakers are usually designed for portability. That means they are typically fairly small and run from batteries. In addition, they don’t require a transmitter unit because they can pick up a Bluetooth signal directly. Most Bluetooth speakers work with smart phones and tablets. However, Bluetooth speakers also have some serious limitations. If you want to use them outdoors then you will have to place them fairly close by. Otherwise the sound would be drowned out by ambient noise.
In addition, Bluetooth speakers usually have a fairly limited wireless range. In most cases, you cannot transmit for more than 100 feet. Like I said, if the speakers are close by then this is not much of a problem. Another limitation is the fact that Bluetooth speakers usually don’t allow additional speakers to be added. Therefore, the stereo separation suffers to some degree. Some manufacturers incorporate two speakers into a single unit but obviously the spatial separation between the two speakers is quite limited.