WiFi Speakers

WiFi Speakers

WiFi speakers stream music from your smartphone, laptop or tablet using your home WiFi network. They can be paired with other speakers in different rooms, to create multi-room sound. WiFi speakers are also often referred to as wireless or multi-room speakers.

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Looking for speakers that let you listen to music throughout your home and even play a different song in each room? Then our range of Wi-Fi speakers is just the thing for you!

What are Wi-Fi speakers?

Wi-Fi speakers are speakers that use Wi-Fi to receive data (as opposed to a cable or port). This means that they can be used with any Wi-Fi capable device (such as a mobile, desktop, or tablet).

What makes Wi-Fi speakers so special?

  • Connection to all Wi-Fi capable devices
  • Data transmission via Wi-Fi
  • Multi-room playback
  • A range of sizes and models to fit all setups
  • Good sound quality

Since Wi-Fi speakers receive data using your home network, they are compatible with any Wi-Fi-capable device. This means that several speakers can be used simultaneously (multi-room). Now you can listen to different music in different rooms at the same time, or even listen to the same song throughout your whole house - all controlled from one convenient app. Uncompressed data transmission ensures high quality streaming and a fantastic listening experience. Our Wi-Fi speakers come from a variety of manufacturers and sizes.

How do WiFi speakers differ from Bluetooth speakers?

It can be tough to make the choice between a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker. So how do they differ from each other? At tink, we've broken down the most important points for you:

Wi-Fi SpeakerBluetooth Speaker
Range of useWi-Fi networkIn range of Bluetooth device
First installationSome effort requiredFast and easy
Area of useWithin range of Wi-Fi signalIndoors and outdoors
Power supplyMostly plugged inRechargeable batteries
MobilityLimitedVery mobile
Multi-room playbackYesNo

The main difference between these two types of speakers is how they transmit data, with the transmission method determining both the range between the speaker and device. Wi-Fi speakers can be used within a Wi-Fi network. As long as the speaker and the transmitting device are in the network, music can be played. Bluetooth speakers can only function at a distance of around 30 feet from your device. This, however, gives Bluetooth speakers their mobility because they don’t require a larger network to function.

Wi-Fi speakers are mostly powered by being plugged in. Bluetooth speakers on the other hand, are powered using a rechargeable battery. Installing Wi-Fi speakers can be a little tricky but most installations only take a matter of minutes. Connecting Bluetooth speakers to a mobile device is just a matter of pairing the two devices, which is done in a matter of seconds.

WiFi speakers are capable of multi-room playback. Different speakers from the same brand can be placed in different rooms, yet controlled from one single source (usually an app). This lets you quickly play the same song through different rooms, as well as set up different music to play in different rooms. Bluetooth speakers are a little simpler, with only one device pairing between speaker and end device being possible.

Which devices can be connected to a Wi-Fi speaker?

Currently, nearly all portable devices on the market are Wi-Fi capable and therefore compatible with Wi-Fi speaker. The most common are:

  • Smartphones
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • MP3 Players (e.g. iPod Touch)
  • Desktops

How do you connect a smartphone to a Wi-Fi speaker and how do you connect a Wi-Fi speaker to a smartphone? Start off by downloading the relevant app (available from the speaker manufacturer). The app then walks you through the installation and connection process, guiding you every step of the way. When setup is complete, you can get straight into enjoying all the great features these speakers offer.

Why buy Wi-Fi speakers from tink?

✓ detailed expert reports ✓ the best prices ✓ tailored selection of products

We make it easier than ever to find the best speaker for you. Before we add a range of speakers to our portfolio, they are carefully tested by our in-house experts. Our mission is to only sell products from the very best on the market. To make it easier for you to choose which speaker to buy, a detailed test report is available for each product that we sell.

What is a WiFi speaker?

A WiFi speaker is a wireless speaker that connects to your home directly via WiFi network. Streaming music or shows over WiFi is a much better experience, in terms of playback quality and signal strength. As long as your WiFi speakers are on the same home WiFi network, there are minimal issues with range, delays or dropouts.

WiFi speakers can be connected to other WiFi speakers in your home, to create a multi-room sound system. This way, you can enjoy and listen to the same music across all rooms in your home. If you own a smart TV, adding a WiFi speaker is definitely worth it. Once connected, there are no lip-sync issues and the sound quality is fairly better.

Picking the right WiFi speaker

Depending on your sound needs and preferences, you need to remember a few things before buying a speaker.

Compatibility: Before buying a WiFi speaker, it is important to check the compatibility options and the connection standards it offers. Of course, picking a speaker that supports the operating systems you’re most comfortable with (Android or iOS), is important too.

Portability: WiFi speakers consume more power as compared to Bluetooth speakers, and typically have to be plugged into wall outlets. These speakers are generally not portable but some brands offer Bluetooth connectivity as well.

Style: When you’re shopping for a WiFi speaker, aesthetics are also important. Depending on your home interiors and room acoustics, it is important to pick a speaker that complements your home.

Different connection types - How do WiFi speakers work?

Before buying a WiFi speaker, you need to know the terms such as Apple AirPlay, DTS Play-Fi, Sonos, DLNA and Heos. What exactly are these terms? They are the wireless standards your speaker will use to access content on a network. Most speakers support one or more of these standards but you must look for the one that works for you.

Apple Airplay accesses content from Apple devices and PCs with iTunes installed. If you’re an Android user, you can access content via a third party app. If you have more than one AirPlay speakers, then iPhone and iPad users will require an app.

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a networking standard that communicates and shares files with other DLNA certified devices in the same network. While only a few brands of WiFi speakers support DLNA, it is a common feature in older Audio-video devices like Blu-ray players, home theater receivers or TVs. So if you own a home sound system that is DLNA supported, you will need to buy a WiFi speaker that offers DLNA connectivity. DLNA is only available for Android phones and devices.

DTS Play-Fi is simply an app that integrates all Hi-Fi devices for a multi-channel or multi-room setup. Works with Android and iOS devices.

Sonos and Heos are the connection standards for Sonos and Denon wireless sound systems respectively. Works with Android and iOS devices.

Note: If you have speakers from different brands, you can still play them together. As long as they use the same wireless technology standards, multiple speakers can be integrated. For instance, if you have a speaker that supports AirPlay and the second one is DLNA only, they might not work together seamlessly.

Advantages of WiFi speakers

WiFi speaker systems offer a range of advantages, in comparison to classic speakers. Here’s a few of them.

Better range: WiFi speakers are better at tackling greater distances and physical barriers between the WiFi router and the speakers in your home. Typically, a strong connection can be established within a 100-150 feet range.

Multiroom sound: Creating a multi-room sound system is easy with WiFi speakers. You can connect multiple speakers across different rooms in your home using your WiFi network. Once paired, enjoy the same music across your home or play different tracks in different rooms, as you like! All you need is the manufacturer’s mobile app and an internet connection.

Sound quality: WiFi speakers offer a much larger bandwidth that allows for streaming lossless audio formats. These speakers send audio wirelessly and do not compress the audio files at all. This means you get full range audio content and the best sound quality, at all times.

Listen to what you love: WiFi speakers can not only play the content on your phone but also stream music, audiobooks, on-demand radio, podcasts and more. Listen to what you love - stream from popular platforms like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, iTunes and more.

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