Music technology is constantly advancing, creating new opportunities for us to listen to our favourite songs clearly and conveniently. Yet with every new advance, a new challenge is created. In particular, recent advances in Internet access and computer size have made it easier than ever to play your music from any location. But without the right equipment, you will not be able to hear these songs in their full quality.
HiFi speakers are critical for filtering out noise, distortions, and other flaws that would otherwise disrupt your music. By understanding how high fidelity technology works and investing in the best wireless HiFi speakers, you can achieve a pleasant listening experience in any environment.
What is HiFi and why is it important?
HiFi, or high fidelity, is a general term for quality audio equipment that can replay sounds at a high level of quality. To provide this quality, speakers must be able to read large compressed files and reproduce their sound with as few distortions as possible. While different music experts will have different specific definitions for HiFi, for our purposes in this article, we are looking at speakers capable of processing files that are at least 24 bits and 192 kHz, and can handle lossless compression such as FLAC. We are also only looking at speakers than can be configured in a standard 2 channel, Left – Right configuration.
Most recent advances have focused on storing larger files in more convenient ways and on preventing audio data loss. MP3 files, for example, compressed music into a small file size making it easy to transfer over the slower internet speeds of the past, and took up less space on early generation iPods. Unlike CD’s which featured uncompressed WAV files, however, MP3 files would lose a large portion of the data they stored, harming the quality of the music. More recently, FLAC files have become a new standard for audio compression. FLAC utilizes lossless compression so none of the data is lost, think of it somewhat like a ZIP file for audio. These files are larger than MP3’s as they hold more data, but still smaller than a fully uncompressed WAV.
Visual depiction of the quality difference between MP3 & FLAC, from VOX.ROCKS
As convenient as FLAC and high quality audio streaming services are, they are only valuable if you have quality speakers to play them on. If your wireless speakers are not HiFi compatible, you will be unable to play FLAC and other better-than-cd quality audio files.
Advantages of Wireless Speakers
Gone are the days of having to run wires through your walls and floors to have a great home audio setup. This new generation of speakers utilizes your home Wifi network to sync together, and stream music from your phone or computer. Many of these speakers will have the ability to stream from popular sources such as Tidal and Spotify. You can typically also stream any audio from your iPhone utilizing the wireless airplay technology. Here we are looking for speakers where you can utilize 2 of them to create a 2 channel, Left – Right setup to mimic traditional HiFi systems, but that by no means is the only configuration possible with these speakers.
Wireless HiFi speakers offer a higher standard of convenience and quality for listeners, but not all such speakers are created equal. For best results, consider the leading audio equipment of this year:
Designed to operate in as many indoor and outdoor environments as possible, the Heos 1 Portable Wireless Speakers can resist high levels of humidity, as well as temperatures anywhere between 41 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes them ideal for use in environments that would otherwise be hazardous for speakers, such as the bathroom. These twin speakers come with a dual band WiFi connection, and are compatible with a wide array of streaming music services, including Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, SoundCloud, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio. There is also a Heos app for Android, iOS, and Kindle devices, allowing you to connect your smartphone or tablet to these speakers with ease.
In addition to wireless access, the Heos 1 speakers come with stereo lines and USB ports so that you can play traditional sources of music with them. They have auto-switching AC power adapters that can handle between 100 and 240 volts, as well as 50 to 60 Hz. One bonus feature of the Denon Heos 1, is the ability to buy the “Go Pack”, which is a rechargeable battery and splash guard which turns this unit into a portable wireless speaker. Combined with their easy setup process, these speakers will make it easy to listen to your favourite music in clear, crisp quality, no matter where you are.
Different rooms have different acoustics, meaning your music may sound very different depending on the room, even when you are using the same speaker. To solve this problem, the Paradigm Premium Wireless 600, or PW 600, speakers take advantage of Anthem Room Connection methods. Included with the speaker is a microphone that will monitor the sound output, determines how the audio waves perform in a given space, and adjusts the speakers to maximize that performance. In this way, the speakers can provide the same high level of quality audio throughout your home.
Besides the room correction technology, the PW 600 speakers offer a high level of power, with 400 watt dynamic peak performance and 200 watt rms performance. They take advantage of wireless streaming technology from DTS Play-Fi, which provides sound quality of up to 24 bits and 192 kHz. It can connect to PCs, Android devices, and iOS devices, from which you can play Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, BBC via Internet Radio, NPR, and a range of other music and audio content services. They also have USB and ethernet ports to accommodate other connections.
The LG Music Flow H3 NP8340 Speaker
With a 30-watt amplifier, connections for Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and ethernet, and sound quality in the range of 24 bits and 192 kHX, the H3 speaker maximizes both sound quality and convenience. This HiFi innovation is compatible with a range of different audio streaming services, including Spotify, Napster, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and GooglePlay. It also works with a myriad of different devices, including iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, and most other Windows and Mac products. Thanks to its Multi-Room Mode, you can sync multiple speakers to play the same songs throughout your house, or play a separate song on each.
Besides increasing convenience, the H3 speaker is also designed to save power. Though it consumers 30 watts when playing at full capacity, it only uses 5.4 watts when on network standby and only 0.5 watts on regular standby. As a result, you can enjoy your favorite music in pristine quality while lowering your electric bill and preserving the environment.
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