Do you have Bluetooth wireless speakers that you wish produced better sounding music? Here’s how to increase the sound quality.
Bluetooth speakers make it easy to listen to music with your friends without worrying about tripping over wires. The speakers are easy to move, making it possible to bring your music with you whether you’re cooking or taking a shower. The problem is that sometimes the sound quality is lacking.
There are a few different complaints about sound quality. Sometimes, the speakers aren’t loud enough. Other times, the sound that comes out contains static or feedback.
Most of the time, it’s easy enough to fix these problems. Here are some things to keep in mind that will help you increase the sound quality of your wireless speakers.
The Sound You Hear Isn’t Always Coming from Your Wireless Speakers
When you turn on your speaker and start blasting your favorite band, the sound isn’t always coming going from your speaker to your ears. Sound works like light in that it bounces off of other objects in the room. The sound coming from your speakers bounces off of walls, the floor, tables, lamps, etc. before it reaches you.
The key to quality sound is to minimize the reflections that occur before it reaches your ears. Each time sound reflects, it changes.
If possible, place the speakers at ear height when you’re sitting down. If you use more than one speaker, place them an equal distance from where you’re sitting. You want the sound to reach both ears at the same time to combat distortion.
If you’re using one speaker, place it in front of you for the same reason. If you’re moving around your house as you’re playing music, understand that the sound is going to change as you move. There isn’t much that you can do about that unless you take your speaker around with you.
Distance from Walls Affect Sound
Putting a speaker close to or against a wall reinforces its bass output. The problem is that some speakers don’t handle bass well, making it boomy and distorted.
You’ll have to experiment with your speakers to find the best distance from walls. Sit in the middle of the room your speaker is going to be in and have your friend move it from the wall a little bit at a time.
You’ll have to take the distance from furniture into account as well. It’s not only the bass that’s affected by this; every aspect of the quality of music you hear changes. Stream your favorite band and don’t be afraid to move things around. Getting the best sound takes some work, but the finished product is well worth it.
Know What You Want to Listen To
If you go online, you’ll see a lot of people complaining about $20 wireless speakers because of sound quality. Most of the time, their complaints boil down to attempting to listen to something bass heavy.
If you plan on using your wireless speakers for podcasts, talk radio, or AM radio, you’ll be able to get by with a regular wireless speaker. If Cannibal Corpse, Muse, or The Roots is on your playlist, you might need to splurge a little.
While streaming music from your laptop or phone, check the settings and play around with the audio mixer. If the sound isn’t what you expected, try adjusting the bass, treble, and other settings. You might have to play around for a bit to find your ideal settings.
You pay for what you get. A wireless speaker you buy at Walmart isn’t going to give you the same quality as a Sonos from Best Buy. If you consider yourself an audiophile, go big. For those that want something to listen to casually, don’t worry about the expensive speakers; get something that fits your needs.
Check Your Internet Speeds
If you’re streaming from a service like Google Play or Spotify, your internet speed could affect the quality of music.
A lot of people only associate buffering speeds with their connection. Slow speeds could, however, affect the sharpness of sound coming out of your speaker.
Make sure that you don’t have multiple things on that drain your speed. Laptops, smart TVs, and gaming systems on at the same time can slow down the best internet connections and impact your music.
Remember that each streaming service offers different levels of quality as well. Do some research before you sign up for one or take advantage of the free trial they offer to make sure you’re getting one that meets your needs.
Keep in mind that connecting devices automatically impacts the quality of music. The rise in popularity of smart devices, like the Amazon Echo to speakers, can have an even greater impact.
When you plug your headphones into your iPod, the data goes straight from point A to point B. Playing a streaming service on your phone and connecting that to a wireless speaker has the same effect. Once you connect that to a smart device, you’re adding yet another point. The more points you add, the more of an impact you have on quality.
If you want to know more about connecting your speaker to a smart device, read more here. Don’t forget to make sure that any device you consider buying offers this option. There’s something satisfying about saying “Alexa, play AFI” and hearing “Morningstar” start-up without having to search through your queue.
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