Wireless Speakers, Piece by Piece
January 29, 2014 1:33 PM Subscribe
I'd really like to get some wireless speakers I could plug my ipod or iphone into in and have it play throughout the house. Money is tight at the moment, which got me thing that one way to do it would to buy speakers piecemeal. To start, get one speaker that is portable. As money comes along, add more speakers to it. But I am afraid I have no idea what to look for when looking at speakers.
I've been trying to figure it out by looking at what's offered on amazon, and I'm at a loss. I have never paid much attention to stereo equipment, but these days I really want to fill the house with music. I'm hoping to keep the initial expense under $100, and ideally under $50. I've tried to figure it out on my own, but I'm afraid that I don't know what I'm looking for (which is really embarrassing, to be frank). I purchased a small $20 speaker that plugs in to the headphone jack and it's actually not half bad in a quiet room.
The problem it's not loud enough to hear in the shower or over the din in some rooms in the house that have air filters or am running fans. And it's too quiet for large rooms, it really has a 10ft radius for good sound. So one requirement is to be louder than a room with running water, and fans since those are the two places I'd like to use a speaker. I did see some shower speakers, but I don't think I want that; it seems to single purpose.
I'd also like something that would put out descent sound while on a boat with the motor running; I usually rent a boat a couple times a year. However the last one isn't a necessity, and might be something I could get later. Ideally that would work with the same system.
I looked into airplay as well, but it looks more expensive, and I didn't really see any speakers that did both airplay and plug into an audio jack (though, perhaps I just misunderstood what I was looking at). I'd only want to play directly from the mac once in a while; playing from the iPod and iPhone would be more important.
Ipod is an older model with the bigger charger, iphone has the lightening connector. I would also like to have one that can do bluetooth, but it isn't necessary.
I'm not an audiophile (because you couldn't figure that out from this post), I just want speakers with decent sound, no hiss and not too tinny or clipped.