How to Give Your High-End Audio the Wireless Touch
Getting High-Performance Sound Out of Your Streaming Services
With music streaming becoming the primary way that people listen to music, audiophiles are searching for ways to enjoy the convenience of this new technology without having to give up their love of high-end audio. Getting music from streaming services typically means settling for lower-quality sound, since you’re listening to compressed files that remove much of the depth out of your favorite recordings. Thankfully, many companies in the audio industry—from equipment manufacturers to the streaming services themselves—have made a concerted effort to enhance the quality of wireless sound. Now you can bring that technology into your high end audio system.
Start With High-Resolution Streaming
On average, most streaming services offer audio quality between 250 and 350 kbps (kilobits per second). Getting more kilobits per second means you’re receiving more data and therefore a higher-quality file. Even if you upgrade your equipment, it’s not going to do much good if you’re still dealing with poor sources. There are streaming services that offer uncompressed lossless files at 1,411 kbps which is more or less equivalent to a CD recording. The two services offering lossless files are Tidal and Deezer, though the latter is only available through a Sonos wireless system.
Bring Wi-Fi to Your High-End Speakers
How you listen to these files will also make a difference. Even if you've upgraded to a Tidal or Deezer subscription, you're not going to get high-fidelity sound out of your smartphone earbuds or a portable Bluetooth speaker. Recently, there has been a rise in high-end audio solutions specifically designed to cater to music streaming fans. One thing you can do is to stream music to your existing hi-fi system through a wireless amplifier. For example, you can link your high-end speakers to a Sonos CONNECT then use the company’s mobile app to stream Tidal or Deezer. The added benefit of this type of setup is that you can create a multi-room wireless hi-fi system with one simple equipment upgrade.
Upgrade Your Current Wireless Speakers
Hi-fi wireless speakers are also available if you don’t already have a stereo system in place. Enhance the quality of your streaming services with Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speakers. With advanced digital processing capabilities, they can improve the performance of any file. Using their Airplay or Bluetooth technology, you can play your favorite streaming services including Tidal Hi-Fi.
Though they're not necessarily to the standard of most audiophiles, you can also invest in Sonos' line of speakers to listen to Deezer's high-resolution streaming files.For smaller spaces, we recommend a Play:1 while the Play:5 is better suited for larger areas. As we mentioned earlier, you can also access Deezer by connecting your high-end loudspeakers to a Sonos CONNECT amp.
With the advent of stream-able lossless audio files, you can now combine the convenience of streaming with the quality of high-performance sound. All it takes is having the right high end audio system in place. Contact Lelch AV to find out the best way to give a wireless spin to your high-end audio system.