April 27th, 2016
Many modern homes today are incorporating wireless home theater systems into their entertainment preferences. Wireless home theaters eliminate unsightly cables, allow flexibility to move from room to room, support customization of multi-room setups, and centralize control of the system. Wireless options for home theaters are constantly evolving. As new technology emerges, new options for wireless home theater systems expand. Depending on the types of components you want added to your home theater system, there are a few solutions you can utilize. Here we outline four different options available for your wireless home theater.
For entire-home speaker setups, Wi-Fi offers the greatest amount of range and reliability. The speakers and receiver in many systems often have a wireless connection built in, but you can also buy wireless-ready systems. With a wireless-ready system, you would add a wireless transmitter and receiver to the system setup to enable connectivity. Wi-Fi is great for flexibility, because it easily allows component additions on the network. Wi-Fi promotes great connectivity and high fidelity sound throughout your home. Although Wi-Fi is popular, there are several wireless home theater variations designed around Wi-Fi networks. One such variation of Wi-Fi-connected home theaters is called Miracast. This system provides point-to-point wireless transmission without proximity to a Wi-Fi Access Point or router. This setup allows the transfer of both audio and video content between two devices.
Bluetooth can stream music from any Bluetooth-equipped device, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers throughout the home. For people who like to have music in various rooms such as the living room, patio, bedroom, or other areas of the home, this is a good choice. If you have only one or two paired speaker setups, it will work well. More speaker setups may require a different wireless option. Bluetooth works well for short distances, such as an average-sized room.
If you are already an Apple iOS user, AirPlay is a good option for your home theater. AirPlay speakers will only work with iOS devices or with computers that have iTunes installed. The AirPlay option provides wireless connectivity and can stream music to several speakers at once. This is a good option for multi-room use in your home.
Whether you have Android or iOS devices, Sonos can connect with either kind. The standard system usually includes a powered player for speakers, three powered speakers, a sound bar and a subwoofer. The non-powered system component connects to your home theater system to deliver a reliable signal to any room. Sonos is known for providing clear audio throughout the home. If you are planning to have a multi-room setup of up to 32 rooms, Sonos is a good option.
Wireless home theater systems are great for customization, convenience, and state-of-the-art equipment. Working with a company that specializes in home theater systems can help you make the right choices for your wireless installation. At Synergy Integrated Systems, we can customize a wireless home theater for your home, using technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Sonos and more. Contact us today for a free estimate.