There are a lot of reasons you might want to add a bit of juice to your audio setup when watching TV or movies at home, or even just when you are listening to some tunes. The quality sound experience offered by a good pair of headphones or speakers can make all the difference to your listening pleasure. However, for those with a smaller space at home it can get annoying having to trail cables across the room – and if you are using headphones, in particular, it can be difficult to lay back and relax without pulling out the headphone cord.
There is a single solution to all these issues – wireless transmission! Wireless speakers and headphones alike work by transmitting the signal from your audio output to a receiver in the speaker or headphone. There are a couple of different technologies in use, with infrared or radio transmission both being decent options. Of the two, however, radio transmission, which includes technologies like Bluetooth, is the better option as it doesn’t rely on line of sight to work. Radio transmission delivers a clear signal, and although it is not quite as high fidelity as full CD audio, you will be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
Although lots of people are aware of the fact that these wireless products are available, less are aware that you can use a wireless kit to convert your existing headphones or speakers to wireless. This might be a great option if you have already sunk a few hundred dollars into a pair of high-quality headphones, that just need a little more reach. Wireless kits come in two parts – a small transmitter that connects to your TV, and a receiving station with connections to let you plug whichever audio output you are using. An example of this type of system is the Bose SL2 wireless surround link. This device can power speakers up to 200W, using a self-contained amplifier in the receiving unit. This kit operates on a much higher frequency than some other wireless solutions, which helps to avoid some of the problems with interference from other household electrics that can plague cheaper speakers.
Whether you spring for a whole new wireless system, or just choose a kit to add a big convenience factor to your existing audio gear, wireless audio transmission will make a huge difference to your life – watching TV in bed takes on a whole new dimension, and you can even make a run to the fridge without missing the action!
As mentioned, in these days the wireless technology is going so fast that the quality of sound and transmission is almost identical with wired technology, if you purchase the branded product. So there are really not any disadvantages, some might vary from a product to product.