You’ve bought new speakers, but if they’re not placed in the right spots in your home they won’t reach their full potential.
This means that you’re going to battle with a lack of high-quality sound or surround sound.
When it comes to wireless speakers, placement is even more important to consider.
What are wireless speakers?
As their name suggests, wireless speakers are speakers that don’t have cables. They work via audio signals that they receive by using radiofrequency waves.
If you’ve purchased wireless speakers, you’re probably excited to set them up in your home.
With that in mind, let’s see what are the best ways in which to set up your wireless speakers for a home theatre experience.
Top Tips And Tricks For Positioning Wireless Speakers
There are some important rules when it comes to setting up your wireless speakers.
These must be followed because research has found that not all wireless speakers are the same when it comes to the quality of the sound they produce.
Placing them correctly can make them sound better.
Here are some tips when placing your wireless speakers.
- Consider the room. Before you can place your speakers in a room of the house, consider the room in which you’ll want to put them because it matters. The best room to improve the quality of your speakers is an odd-shaped room, such as one with L-shaped alcoves or sloped ceilings. This is because a perfectly square room can cause the sound waves to bounce off the walls and create either too much bass or not enough.
- Place your speakers on a secure and flat surface. Never put them too close to the walls as this has the tendency to bounce sounds and increase the bass. However, not all speakers will produce the same effect so it’s a good idea to experiment with placing the wireless speakers close to the wall and seeing what happens. Some speakers that offer a lighter bass could actually perform better if they’re near a wall or in a corner, while others should be further away.
- Position your speakers approximately the same distance from where you will be sitting. This is a tip you should actually follow with all kinds of speakers because the speakers should be in line with your ears. The two speakers and you should create three points of an equilateral triangle, meaning that the distance from both speakers to your ears should be the same as the distance between the speakers.
- If you’ve got surround speakers, they should be put in the back of the room. For example, if you’re using surround speakers for your TV you will put them behind your seat in the room’s corners.
- In a home system, you will probably have a centre speaker, and right and left speakers. The centre speaker should be put on a table or shelf, while the right and left speakers should be in the front of the room. If you’re using the speakers to improve the sound from your TV, you should place them on either side of the unit.
How Do Wireless Speakers Work?
Wireless speakers allow you to enjoy audio from your stereo, computer, or TV in various areas of your home without the hassle of cords or wires.
They make use of transmitters that get connected to the audio device.
When you connect the transmitter to your audio device, such as your stereo, you’ll be able to put the wireless speakers in different places of the house.
How To Connect Your Speakers
Now that you’ve placed your wireless speakers properly to achieve the best sound quality, you want to set them up to your home system.
Here’s how to do it.
- Start by placing the wireless speaker transmitter next to the device you want to connect to, like your TV or computer.
- Then, plug the white composite audio cable into the “audio out – left” or “aux out – left” jack on the back of the audio device. The other end of the cable should be put into the “audio out – left” jack that’s located on the back of the transmitter.
- Plug one end of your red composite audio cable into the “audio out – right” or “aux out – right” jack on the back of the device, and the other end into the “audio in – right” jack that’s on the transmitter.
- Once you’ve placed your wireless speakers where you want them, as per our previous instructions, you should plug the transmitter’s power cord into an electrical outlet, or make use of its batteries if it has those instead.
- Switch on the transmitter and your audio device.
- Now you can adjust the transmitter frequency so that you get the best signal. Use the frequency control that’s located on the back of the transmitter.
How To Connect Wireless Speakers To Your Computer
When connecting wireless speakers to your computer, the process is a little different.
Connecting via USB is the easiest method to try.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Start by plugging your USB transmitter into the computer’s USB port. You can use any port that’s available.
- You will have to install the software for the wireless speaker system. However, what’s great is that sometimes this software, or the drivers, will be on the USB transmitter already so your computer will automatically install them.
- You could be able to set the computer to use a certain set of speakers but some speakers will override your device’s speakers whenever the transmitter is plugged into the USB port.
- Play an audio file with your media player to test if the wireless speaker is properly connected.
Wired Vs Wireless Speakers: Why Are Wireless Speakers Better?
Wireless speakers have many advantages over wired speakers.
Let’s explore these by checking out the differences between these two types of speakers.
- Wireless speakers don’t have any wires you have to worry about, unlike wired speakers. This prevents clutter from forming in your home and will contribute to a cleaner, more organised one.
- Since they’re not restricted by cables, your wireless speakers can be put in various places around the home.
- A lack of cables means that wireless speakers won’t be a danger to people, such as by causing them to trip over wires.
- Wireless speakers are extremely versatile. This is as a result of how they make it easier than ever to connect different speakers across brands. While you can do this with wired speakers, it’s often not recommended as a result of sound mismatching that can occur. Software such as Play-Fi is an example of how to ensure that the different speakers can communicate.
- You can find wireless speakers that connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Both of these have advantages. Bluetooth is often a much easier setup because many devices naturally are Bluetooth-enabled so you won’t need to worry about having a Wi-Fi signal or internet connection. By comparison, Wi-Fi is advantageous because it allows you to connect to music streaming services and even offers support for voice assistance, so you’ll have many more choices and a lot more control.
What About Their Potential Drawbacks?
As with any type of speaker, wireless speakers do have some potential drawbacks that you should consider.
Let’s check them out.
- Wireless speakers make use of a wireless connection which can be susceptible to a loss of signal and can ruin your listening experience.
- You will find that wireless speakers tend to cost more than regular speakers.
- You won’t be able to escape wires completely – some wireless speaker systems will require the main speaker to be connected to a power supply that then gets wirelessly connected to other speakers.
- While you can put your wireless speakers anywhere, they have to be within range of the signal.
Can all wireless speakers connect via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi?
Some do, but others have either one or the other. It’s nice to have both to increase your options and versatility.
Are wireless speakers just as good as wired ones?
Yes, because the technology used for wireless speakers matches wired connections, therefore both types of speakers offer high quality. It’s actually really difficult to notice any differences between them.
Speakers can take your listening experience to a much more enjoyable level, and if you like not being restricted by wiring then you’ll want to choose wireless speakers for your home.
In this article, we’ve looked at where to place your wireless speakers for the best effect, while also featuring wireless speaker pros and cons to know about before you buy them.