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Wireless or Wired Whole-House Audio: Which Should You Choose?

We Explore the Pros and Cons to Help You Make the Best Decision

Wireless or Wired Whole-House Audio: Which Should You Choose?

If you’re interested in transforming the way you listen to music at home, it may be time to consider a whole-house audio solution, from which you and your family can seamlessly bask in endless tunes from anywhere throughout your Van Wert, OH property at the touch of a button.

Though many decisions go into creating the perfect whole-house audio system for any unique home, one of the first decisions you must make is whether to opt for a wireless or hard-wired speaker system. Does one offer higher-quality audio than the other? Is one more flexible than the other? Below, we’ll explore the basics of both options, as well as share our recommendation.

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Going Wireless

An obvious advantage of going wireless is the convenience of no messy cables. A hard-wired whole-house audio system requires careful design and installation of cable paths through your ceiling and walls, which isn’t always ideal if your home is already built. Conversely, wireless speakers run on your network and can be placed virtually anywhere around your home without the dependency of installed cable paths.

Wireless speakers also offer flexible sound. With the ability to move your speakers around freely, you can customize your sound system at any moment’s notice. Hard-wired speakers, however, can’t easily be moved once they’re installed into your walls and ceilings.


What’s more, many music fanatics would argue that high-fidelity wireless speaker brands on the market today are nearly as good as high-fidelity wired speakers. Whether some audiophiles agree or not, it’s true that high-quality wireless speakers are available in large numbers. In fact, we provide leading wireless speaker solutions from Sonos and Denon HEOS to Bose SoundTouch and more for homeowners who find that wireless is the best solution for their home.

However, a big drawback to wireless speakers is their dependence on your home network. If you want highly reliable, high-fidelity audio, your home network must be able to support the heavy bandwidth from your streaming music. Your home network already supports a large variety of smart home and consumer devices, which can cause your sound system to suffer. What’s the point of investing in high-fidelity wireless speakers if you can’t enjoy quality music because of a weak home network?

Going Wired

By now, you know that a wired whole-house audio system doesn’t necessarily offer the same flexibility or ease of installation as a wireless system does. But that’s where the disadvantages end. Opting for a wired audio system ensures you never have to settle for compromised sound quality due to a weak network.

A wired whole-house audio system lets you carry heavier signals via cables instead of relying on your Wi-Fi. That means you’ll experience less compression of your favorite music as studio-quality audio makes its way through your high-resolution speakers. You won’t ever have to worry again about lagging or buffering tunes when others in your home hog the bandwidth on your wireless home network.

Going wired also means you’re not limited to bookshelf speakers that you typically see with wireless sound systems. Instead, you can choose beautiful, powerful loudspeakers for a 2-channel audio experience or go with architectural speakers that conceal behind your walls and ceilings for sightless audio that stays out of the way.

Lastly, you don’t have to limit your source components to streaming from your smart device. You can connect media servers, CD players, turntables, and more to your wired audio system for a more varied selection of your favorite music.

 

Which Should You Choose?

While the choice between a wireless and wired speaker system is up to you, our audio specialists at Innovative Concepts AV recommend you consider the elite performance, sophistication, and source variety that come with a wired whole-house audio system. We work with industry-leading speaker brands like Paradigm, Klipsch, Bose, Triad, and Origin Acoustics to bring unparalleled audio systems to homes across Ohio and Indiana.

Don’t settle for wireless speakers that could distort the audio they produce due to lower-grade manufacturing or a weak home network. Instead, confidently listen to your favorite songs through a wired audio system that allows you to hear every note, string, chord, and key precisely as the music creator intended—with as little alteration as possible. That’s the power of a wired whole-house audio system.

Learn more about how to bring whole-house audio to your property by connecting with our team here or sending us a live chat below today. We look forward to serving you!