Gone are the days when you had wires and cables going throughout the entire house. The technology evolved and enabled us to get rid of the pesky cables. Huray! Those running cables were a nuisance from day one: messy to install and replace, tripping hazard, you name it!
Luckily the wireless revolution arrived and saved us from all that nonsense.
Within only a few years things changed considerably in the world of portable speakers. There is a big leap from the standard size with small speakers with poor battery life and questionable sound quality to the latest models that get you hooked on.
In the past years, these gadgets gained more and more popularity, which lead to a hyper-saturation of the market. Today you can find them on the shelves of any electronic store. You may have passed by the isle without paying too much attention to them for the simple reason that you did not know what they were.
What made them so appealing was probably the fact that they eschewed the physical-cable limitation by relying on the Bluetooth protocol. These gadgets enabled us to listen to digitized music while being away from the computer. These portable speakers that link wirelessly to the source have made our lives much easier. Thanks to them enjoying music or sharing it, it all got simplified.
You might have heard the Bluetooth word mentioned here and there, but still you can’t grasp how does it really work? How do you connect your phone or tablet to the Bluetooth speakers? Nothing simpler than that. It is actually an one time operation.
Bluetooth connectivity relies on the components that each of the above mentioned devices come equipped with. This features requires software and hardware components. Both devices are equipped with an antenna chip that sends and receives signals at a specific frequency. The incoming signals are interpreted by the software and then they are sent out in ways that other devices can “read” and understand.
Thus the phone transmits to the Bluetooth speaker which uses its build-in amplifier and speakers for playback. The audio files and information sent by the phone is being “read” by the Bluetooth speaker, along with other indicators like volume and track controls. Once you paired the device of your choice to the Bluetooth speaker, turn it on and you are done. Most of the speakers will remember and recognize the device when it’s in their range.
Since the smartphone became the new music players of choice for mostly everyone, the demand for demand for Bluetooth speakers has risen dramatically. Nowadays more and more people appreciate the portability and recharge-ability of these small Bluetooth speakers.
After trying some models like BIG Jambox or Soundlink II, you will be surprised by the quality of the sound given the size of the speakers. Switching from the stereo to the bluetooth speaker does not sacrifice the audio quality.
Their portability is also another factor that carries a lot of weight. Who would like to move around a four or five kilograms heavy unit around the house, or drag it to the car, park or in vacation?
In a nutshell, what makes a Bluetooth speaker better than your headphone? Well, it is cheap, practical and portable and able to deliver good sound quality.
The “-proof” feature has been taken to another level. The products offer so many incredible features, unseen before: waterproof, dustproof, sandproof, snowproof, shockproof.
The Bluetooth speakers are designed to be portable, whereas the Wi-Fi are mostly installed and used in fixed, semi-fixed or predetermined locations.
Bluetooth speakers connect directly to their source which can be a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet, while the Wi-Fi speaker uses the Wi-Fi network to act as a bridge, linking the devices to the source.
Best quality price ratio. There are so many models available on the market, for all tastes and pockets: from really tiny ones or the size of an actual wallet that could fit in the palm of your hand, to some really stylish high-end speakers. It should work without any glitches, have a nice design, be portable and offer an amazing sound range.
Size. First of all, you should decide what size is suitable to your need and lifestyle. Before stepping into the closest Best Buy or electronic store, you should have a clear idea of what you are looking for. Is it going to be an ultra-portable or semi- portable speakers, or a miniature model that you can toss in your bag all day long? Where are you planning to use it most of the time?
Portability. Most of the models have improved their battery life. Some are able to deliver 12 to 15 hours of continuous playback thanks to their built-in rechargeable battery. If portability is what you need, then you hit the jackpot!
Hands-free functionality. You definitely want to opt for a model that automatically pauses the music whenever the user receives a call, and can you connect to the call by pressing the play button without even touching the smartphone.