Written by Admin in Whole Home Audio
Aug 24 th, 2011
If you have ever wanted to enjoy music from your home stereo while in your back yard you might find that wireless outdoor stereo speakers are the easiest way to go. These speakers work well for when you want to listen to the big game or your iPod or favorite CD too. Although speakers like this come with a few different types of features they all have basic things in common.
The short answer is, YES. All wireless speakers require some form of power. Usually, depending on which speaker system you choose, the option to power them by either using batteries or plug in electrical is common amongst the competing brands. Although using batteries is a very convenient way to go it can also turn out to be costly because wireless stereo speaker will tend to eat up batteries fairly quickly. But naturally that’s also dependent on the quality of the battery, amount of usage and volume on the stereo speakers and the climate / storage. Both high heat and cool temperatures approaching freezing will affect the life and performance of batteries.
The option for powering speakers is by using the supplied power supply. This usually is one per speaker and comes with a 3-5 foot lead so it limits where the speaker can be positioned without the use of an extension code
Possibly one of the most significant impactors of sound quality is what frequency does the wireless stereo speaker system use. Generally, speaker systems use either 900, 2.4 or 5.8 with 5.8 being the most stable and most costly.
Interference from other wireless devices in your home can cause wireless stereo speakers to perform poorly. This problem can be compounded by placing the speakers at the furthest distance they are rated. And by using weaker batteries the sound quality can degrade further.
900Mhz is a commonly used frequency. The 900Mhz frequency range was commonly used by much old cordless telephones years back but the frequency range has been abandon but many manufacturers of today’s other wireless electronics. If you plan to keep these speakers in close range and plugged into an electrical receptacle you’ll likely enjoy the greatest sound quality. It probably won’t perform perfectly but if most of yours and your extremely close by neighbors have reasonably newer electronics you’ll probably enjoy reliable sound.
2.4 is a common used frequency. This is shared with many of today’s and recent Home Computer Network Wireless Router. Much like 900Mhz, if you don’t push the boundaries limits then this a good overall options.
If high stability one of the most important factors then you want to look at 5.8 frequencies. It’s the priciest and the most stable.
You will need the transmitter and speaker kit. The transmitter will connect to your existing stereo, PC or directly to your iPod etc. Usually the transmitter uses a supplied RCA cable so depending the connections of your music device you may need a special cable. Naturally you need either one stereo speaker or one pair; they are sold in this manner based on your objective. If you want to uses batteries you’ll need those too and consider having a few extras on hand just in case you need replacements.
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