TVs, laptops, phones, tablets, all come with an inbuilt speaker to help you listen to your audio of choice, but there comes a time when a sound upgrade is needed. And that’s where a soundbar or speaker will be at the top of your shopping list. But which type is best for your needs and what do you need to consider when buying one?
Which sound bar is best for your lifestyle?
On the surface, a sound bar may just seem like a wide speaker, but it is so much more. They offer a less expensive bridge between a TV’s inbuilt audio system and a more elaborate multi-speaker surround-sound setup. The set-up process is usually a lot quicker than a full sound system as well, as in a few minutes you can wirelessly connect a sound system that fits effortlessly into your space. The upgrade is noticeable, as the sound will fill a room to add to the immersion of your home-based cinematic experience.
Sound bar considerations
To subwoofer or not is usually the top consideration. It will increase the base, which will really make an impact when watching a film, but the existing base on a sound bar might be more than enough. Fortunately, many sound bars come with an in-built subwoofer if you really can’t decide.
Consider where the sound bar will go, as this will play a big part in whether or not you want a corded or wireless model. A wireless setup will allow for more flexibility, particularly if you have a wall-mounted TV and the sound bar is sitting on a TV stand or cabinet.
The final consideration is the size of your TV and the furniture it might reside on. Measure up accurately, so your new sound bar doesn’t end up hanging off of the edge. Curved TV? Some sound bars come in a curved shape to match.
Shopping for bluetooth and wireless speakers
These ones mean you can bring your favourite music, podcasts and audiobooks with you wherever you go, whether you're up a mountain or in the kitchen doing dishes. Robert Dyas offers a wide selection of wireless speakers that use technology, like bluetooth or Wi-Fi to receive an audio signal from a compatible device. Connecting your bluetooth speaker to your bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop is easy. Some offer additional features, like a speakerphone setting, that lets you take calls from your phone, or wireless pairing which lets you pair two speakers for richer sound.
Which speaker is right for your lifestyle?
Portable versions come in all shapes, sizes, colours, and with features that may make your listening experience that bit better. Whether you plan to use your speaker on the move or at home, it’s best to pick one that best suits your future needs.
If you’re primarily going to use it at home, you’ll want one that has a sleek design that complements the look of your room.
Going to be out and about with it? A waterproof bluetooth device makes it simple to enjoy your music at the park, pool, or beach without worrying about sudden downpours or impromptu waves.
If travelling is your thing, you’ll want a speaker that is lightweight and small. One with a handle or dip may also prove useful.
The benefits of a portable bluetooth speaker
The big benefit is the ability to share audio on the go. It means you’ll always be ready for a party in the park, on the beach, or right in the comfort of your own front room or garden. Portable bluetooth units also come in a variety of colours, sizes and styles, so you can find just the right look for you.
They aren’t just for parties either, they are great for listening to music on a long bike ride, or for finishing that podcast while you do chores around the home. All wirelessly with no interruption. Go waterproof with your wireless speaker choice and you’ll be able to go to more places safely with its rugged hard-wearing design, like hiking, biking, or to the beach.
A rich audio experience
Tiny yet mighty. Portable bluetooth designs are small, without giving up any sound quality. This is because they are equipped with a built-in amplifier for full-range audio wherever you are.