With the development of technology, smart homes are slowly integrated into our lives. At the same time, thanks to the popularity of smart devices, wireless speakers have also become a very popular peripheral product, allowing users to use mobile phones and tablets at home and outdoors to wirelessly play online music or make hands-free calls. However, wireless standards are not unique. They are mainly divided into Bluetooth and WIFI. We need to understand the difference between them and choose according to our needs. Below, I will tell you the similarities and differences between Bluetooth and WIFI speakers in detail.
Parameter reveal: Bluetooth, NFC, WIFI, Airplay, DLAN
In fact, there are only two underlying connection standards for wireless speakers, Bluetooth and WIFI, and NFC often appears with Bluetooth; Airplay and DLAN are different WIFI transmission standards. This is the first concept that needs to be clarified.
The first choice of most users is Bluetooth speakers. They are rich in variety and cheaper than WIFI speakers. The cheapest brand name only costs 100 yuan, while high-end products such as Bose, Beats, and JBL are more than 1,000 yuan and less than 2,000 yuan. . Generally speaking, the maximum transmission range of bluetooth speakers is about 10 meters, and it adopts a direct connection mode without wireless routing. In addition, the volume of the Bluetooth speaker can be very small, and with the addition of waterproof and other features, it can be used outdoors.
NFC (Near Field Communication) is actually just a function that simplifies the Bluetooth connection. Mobile phones and tablets that support NFC can be connected to the NFC Bluetooth speaker by touch, and there is no need to pair with the system settings. In general, the NFC function is optional. It should be noted that iOS devices do not support NFC, so Apple users do not need to pay for the NFC function.
Obviously, WIFI transmission is more advantageous in terms of distance, speed, and stability, but it is slightly troublesome to use. Most WIFI speakers need a bridge device, which connects to the wireless router at home through the bridge, and then connects with the speaker. Because of the faster transmission speed, WIFI speakers can support higher-quality audio, and the biggest selling point is that they can realize multi-speaker interconnection, and play one piece of music at the same time or play other music separately. In other words, if you buy multiple Sonos or Samsung WIFI speakers, you can put them in the living room, bedroom, study room, and then play a piece of music at the same time, just like a concert, this is not possible with Bluetooth speakers.
As for Airplay and DLAN, they are actually different WIFI multimedia wireless transmission standards, and they must be used in a WIFI environment. Generally speaking, Apple devices use the Airplay standard, including Mac and iOS devices. If you are an Apple user, you need to pay attention to whether the product supports Airplay when buying a WIFI speaker.
DLAN is a relatively open wireless multimedia transmission standard. Most Android and Windows devices support DLAN. However, the performance of DLAN is much inferior to Airplay, so many Android users would rather choose Bluetooth speakers.
Choose wireless speakers according to your needs
Bluetooth speaker: focus on portability and outdoor usability, low price and many choices
After understanding the difference between Bluetooth and WIFI speakers, the choice is much easier. Basically, there are many options for Bluetooth speakers, with mini styles or active styles that focus on sound quality. If you focus on outdoor usability such as portability and waterproofing, Bluetooth speakers are the only choice. If you want better sound quality at home, then large, expensive Bluetooth speakers are also an option.
WIFI speakers: interconnectivity, better sound quality, high price
As for WIFI speakers, they are obviously more suitable for home use. Not only can they be bridged to form interconnected playback, but they also often have higher-end models, such as the expensive Zeppelin Air. They are gorgeous and sound and are the first choice for high-end users.
The best of both worlds: WIFI/Bluetooth combo speaker
Finally, you don’t necessarily have to choose the camp, because many manufacturers have begun to introduce wireless speakers that integrate WIFI and Bluetooth connections at the same time.