Bluetooth speakers easily let you take your tunes from room to room or on-the-go. Wi-Fi speakers are larger and louder, and they're also part of a multiroom system: you can keep adding Wi-Fi speakers to play the same music throughout your house, or even to play different songs in every room. If sound quality is important, keep in mind that larger speakers generally have better sound, and that larger rooms will need bigger sound. Most compact Bluetooth speakers aren't intended for high-quality, room-filling sound.
For many, a Bluetooth speaker will get the job done while also offering portability when you want to take your music with you. These speakers use rechargeable batteries and stream music by pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet or computer. This means any music you have on these devices, whether you store your music in a digital library or stream music from an online music service like Spotify, can be played on a Bluetooth speaker. Just be sure to keep your device near the speaker to prevent any drop-outs.
Keep in mind two important factors when deciding to go with a Bluetooth speaker: sound quality and battery life. For bigger rooms, you'll want louder speakers that fill the room with sound without distortion. To listen for extended periods of time without worrying about battery life, you'll want to place the speaker near an outlet to keep it charged.Shop all Bluetooth portable speakers
Multiroom audio systems connect directly to your home's Wi-Fi network, which is a stronger and longer-reaching connection than Bluetooth. They have one key advantage over Bluetooth speakers: you can set up wireless speakers throughout your house to play music in perfect sync, or even to play different songs in different rooms. It's all controlled by a dedicated app on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Learn more about multiroom systems.
Start your search by checking out some of the the top-rated Wi-Fi speakers from SONOS and Bose. You can start with one speaker, and add more from the same system over time to fill your home with music. Some Wi-Fi speakers, like the Bose Soundtouch Portable, have rechargeable batteries so you can unplug the speaker and bring your music to the patio or anywhere your Wi-Fi network reaches.Shop all multiroom systems
Wireless speakers make listening to your music easier than ever, whether you've downloaded music to build a library or you stream music from online music services like Spotify and Pandora. Once paired, Bluetooth speakers will play music directly from your device's music apps without any additional setup. You control your music using these apps, just as if you were using headphones. Multiroom systems use a dedicated app that centralises all your music sources and controls your speakers, letting you choose which speakers are playing what music source.
Take the speakers or home theatre setup you love and upgrade it to wirelessly stream all your music. Wireless audio components let you connect your existing speakers to your Bluetooth-enabled device, or to your home’s multiroom music system.Learn about transforming your existing speakers
Take your music with you on the go by pairing your Bluetooth-enabled device with these compact, lightweight speakers.Shop portable Bluetooth speakers
It all depends on you. Do you want your speaker to fit in your pocket or a backpack, a briefcase or a suitcase? Are you carrying it up a mountain or taking it poolside? Check the specs for size, weight and shape before you buy.
Most portable speakers use Bluetooth for an easy wireless connection–no Wi-Fi required. Once you’ve paired your smartphone, tablet or computer to your speaker, you can start streaming music wirelessly–Internet radio, music services like Pandora and Spotify, and music stored on your computer or in the cloud. Bluetooth speakers have a range of approximately 30 feet, so your device and speaker need to be in close proximity. Before purchasing a Bluetooth speaker, make sure your devices are also Bluetooth enabled.
When you're on the go, power sockets are out of the question. Most portable speakers use built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that offer a range of 8 to 15 hours of playtime. If you can't recharge or want to be an eco-listener, you might want to take a look at solar-powered speakers.
Lucky for you, portable speakers now come in waterproof and water-resistant models, perfect for the pool, the beach, the slopes or a rainy day. Some can even be immersed in water for up to 20 minutes for an impromptu underwater party.
Look for shock-proof, dust-resistant casings to protect your speaker from the elements. Dedicated carrying cases can also provide added protection during transit.
Size is a big factor in sound quality. In general, the smaller the speaker, the smaller the sound, so you'll need to balance quality with size and portability. Also pay attention to the number of drivers–the more they've got, the better the audio quality. For audiophiles on the go, some portable speakers feature aptX audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that delivers higher-fidelity sound.
Many portable speakers offer “stereo pairing” functionality, allowing you to pair two speakers together (one becomes the left, the other the right) for richer stereo sound. You can also team up with a friend to socially share music between the speakers.
Many portable speakers double as a speakerphone, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. They feature built-in noise-cancelling microphones for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation. Some speakers even offer the ability to recharge your smartphone via a USB port and mini charging cable.
Play music throughout your home in perfect sync, or play a different song in every room, and control it all from a free app on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can start with one speaker, and add more over time to fill your home with music.Shop all multiroom systems
Stream all your favourite songs, whether they're in your digital music collection, online radio stations or online music services like Pandora, Spotify or Deezer. These music services integrate directly into a free, dedicated app used to control your multiroom system. Most platforms support all major online services, but look into compatibility for the system you're considering to make sure it supports your favorite service.
A free app is used to control what speakers play which songs. You can group speakers together to play the same song across your whole home, or keep them separate to play different music in each room.
Wireless speakers come in different form factors, making it easy to expand throughout your house. Take a look at what different speakers are offered by each multiroom system to understand what form factors best suit your needs. For example, the Bose SoundTouch Portable has a battery to easily be moved from room to room, and the SONOS PLAYBAR brings streaming music to your TV room.
Bring new life to your existing speakers by connecting them to your multiroom music system. They'll be fully integrated with your system, letting you stream your music library and online music services to your favorite home theatre, stereo or wired speakers.Learn more
Bring streaming music to your existing speakers by connecting them to your wireless audio system or by pairing them with your Bluetooth device.Shop all wireless audio components
Wireless audio components give you the freedom to move around in your house as you listen–conveniently control and stream music from a distance of 30-60 feet. Relax in your favourite chair and control your music while in the same room as your speakers.
Wireless audio components turn your favourite speakers into a music streaming system–no receiver needed. You can wirelessly play your own music, online music services and Internet radio in your home.
These questions can be answered by looking at the product information, questions and answers, and customer reviews on the product page.
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