Is the music from your smartphone not enough to satiate your audiophile dreams?
Lucky that you exist now with modern technology!
Putting up a sophisticated home audio system is not that perplexing—or overly expensive—anymore. Well, if you have done your research that is.
Intimidating as it seems, creating a multi-room system requires you to pause and evaluate your taste and tools first so you can plan smartly and execute seamlessly.
Looking to transform your home into a space that’s reverberating with just the right amount of bass and your kind of acoustic sans the heavy wires? Read on, take notes (or just bookmark this), and start building your audio cave.
Installation & Ease of Use
Since we’re talking about wireless systems here, the installation won’t be a problem. Unless you want to go with in-ceiling or in-wall speakers, then a little bit of work is needed.
The items mentioned here range from $20 to as much as $1000. Whether you’re okay with a huge spend or you’re holding onto a thin wallet, you’ll find items suitable for your needs and your budget.
Step 1: Ask your self what you will be using the speakers for
Will the speakers be for parties, home theater entertainment or your rock band gig practice?
First things first.
You have to figure out and decide what your WiFi speakers are for. Are they for watching marathons with the whole family in the living room? Are they for your son’s band practice in the garage? Are they simply for you when you want to chill out in your own room? Or are they for all of the above?
You want to know these things because:
1. You will want to get a speaker that can cater to your specific needs.
2. Knowing the number of sources of music will show you which speakers you need to get.
If, for example, you’re looking for a speaker to enhance your movie nights, then the Sonos Playbar is an excellent choice. It enhances speech for extra clarity. Never miss the punch lines on the comedies. Or ruin the drama because you can’t hear what the actor is saying behind the sobs.
Need a portable speaker for your house parties? The Varo Sidekick is an awesome and safe choice. Aside from its portability, which lets you take the party anywhere in the house, Varo is iPX6 water resistant. Partying beside the pool? Go ahead. Spilled beer on it? No problem.
And oh, if you want an extra Alexa compatibility with your speaker (so you can order pizza while enjoying your music), you will need to go with the all-new Sonos One.
Step 2: Evaluate your home system + wireless network
What speakers will work with your current system?
Are you an Android or an iOs user?
Are you more of a Sony TV guy or Samsung TV?
Not stereotyping, but you need to evaluate your existing appliances so you can build upon them. Pick the Wi-Fi speakers that will readily work with the items that you already have.
For instance, you already have the Sonos One speaker, you can simply get the Sonos Subwoofer to dramatically increase the bass of your music system. Or get the Sonos Playbase for a full-theater sound so you can just sync wirelessly with the other speakers using the Sonos app on your smartphone.
And since Alexa is a built-in feature for this brand of speakers, you can still continue to use Alexa as you have. If you want to use Siri with it, for example, you need to install AirPlay 2 so it will work with Sonos.
Aside from saving extra money, you’ll get the most out of your connected system because of their complementing features. And most especially, you’ll get convenience.
Step 3: Plan the physical setup
How many rooms will your audio system cover? Can your network handle it?
So, get that audio vision inside your head.
In your audio dreams, how many rooms does your system cover? Your living room is one, I suppose. Then, there’s your bedroom. That’s two. And yeah, you want the sound in your kitchen too? Got it. And the nursery too so your baby will sleep soundly while you control the white noise playlist from your office? Uhm, okay.
Big audio dreams, huh? The thing is, big audio dreams call for a big Wi-Fi speaker budget too. If you want to cover 4 rooms and you only have 1 speaker, then you obviously have to buy 3 more. Unless you don’t mind bringing a portable speaker like the Aukey AudioLink with you everywhere you go.
Now, if you want to be able to play different music in different rooms at the same time (nursery rhymes in the nursery while you’re recharging with acoustic beats in your own bedroom), then you’ll need a multi-room speaker system.
And Sonos is best at this, but it’s kind of expensive.
If you’re looking for alternatives, you can check the other multi-zone ecosystems.
Step 4: Blend everything with your home style
Quirky, retro or modern?
A whole lot of people are usually driven by function.
But if you’re the kind of homeowner that cares about form just as much, then this is another thing that you want to consider when adding WiFi speakers to your home: the speaker’s style.
You can go with quirky and fun. Fabriq’s portable WiFi speakers are full of this. They come in plaids, paint-splashed, and in modern patterns. They’re not all show, of course. These porta-babies comes with stereo pairing for multi-room sound.
Another speaker choice that you can play with to up your room deco game is the speaker type: bookshelf type or floor-standing ones? If you pick the latter, there are few with WiFi. But the Bang & Olufsen comes close.
Step 5: Don’t forget your patio
How can we not think of going al fresco when it comes to chilling with your music?
There are WiFi speakers meant for that. One of them is the Tic Patio speakers, which can survive the mean heat, torrid rain, and extreme cold. They have the 2-way driver design which enables them to provide that immersive outdoor sound. And they’re super easy to mount as they come with the 180-degree multi-mount system.
Step 6: Figure out if you need to hire help
DIY or go hire?
Wireless systems are almost easy to implement and setup.
If you’re a DIY type of person, then go ahead. There’s the internet, a good source of all things DIY and customer feedback. You can almost find anything that you need to put up your very own WiFi speaker system.
The only time that you need help is when you’re too busy to do everything yourself. Or if you’re looking into adding in-wall or in-ceiling WiFi speakers that require custom installation. When that’s the case, then you can look for qualified installers in your area or take advantage of installation services by the speaker manufacturers.
Building your own wireless audio system is indeed an exciting activity to tackle.
But if you’re not too careful with the planning, you’ll end up with a mediocre system or a blown up wallet that can cause a dent in your budget. Some of these wireless speakers are expensive, especially if you’re an audiophile and wouldn’t compromise sound quality.
Hopefully, this guide will give you the big picture while giving you the little, but important details in setting up your own audio system.
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