Wireless Bluetooth speakers are the next step in speaker technology. The first change happened when CDs were slowly phased out by MP3s. MP3s combined high quality along with low file size, making it an ideal format for storing and transferring music. In the late 90s, Napster came on to the scene and completely changed the way music was shared. Then, the advent of quality MP3 players like Apple’s iPod further accelerated the demise of CDs. Today, Apple’s iTunes store sells billions of MP3 songs, bringing in over $2.5 billion revenue to the company annually. It can be said with a lot of conviction that CDs are indeed a thing of the past now.
The advent of MP3 players also meant the development of speakers that can work with these players. A lot of people still use computer speakers with their iPods, but if you are doing so, you aren’t taking full advantage of your MP3 player. The reason is that most modern MP3 players are Bluetooth enabled. If you plug it in into a standard speaker, you will not only be confined by wires, but will also have to get up and make a song or playlist change. A set of wireless Bluetooth speakers, however, completely changes the way you listen to music. Since the speakers are Bluetooth enabled, you aren’t limited by wires. If you want to change the playlist or the song, you merely have to press a button, without getting up from your comfortable perch on the couch/bed/etc.
Wireless Bluetooth speakers have a range of 15-35 feet This is more than enough to cover a couple of rooms. Imagine sitting in your living room and controlling the speakers from the bedroom! With a set of Bluetooth speakers, you will have complete command over your entire audio system.
Further, wireless Bluetooth speakers work with all Bluetooth enabled devices, be it MP3 players or phones. If you don’t like lugging around a separate MP3 device, you can simply use your phone to control the music in your house.
On the downside, any wireless audio system will never have the same sound quality as a wired system. If you are an audiophile, you will be disappointed with a wireless Bluetooth system. But for most others, the drop in quality is barely noticeable.
In terms of cost, wireless Bluetooth speakers are more slightly more expensive than their wired counterparts (just as any other wireless device). However, this higher price is easily offset by the sheer versatility of the speakers, which can be used with Bluetooth enabled MP3 players, phones, and even with computers. Further, Bluetooth speakers tend to be a lot more compact. Combined with the lack of wires, this small size makes them ideal for use outdoors.
Yamaha and Parrot make some top quality wireless Bluetooth speaker systems. The Parrot Boombox and the Yamaha NX-B02 both come highly recommended for their audio quality, as well as compact size. The Creative D200 wireless Bluetooth speaker is another very viable option that offers superb performance at an affordable price.