An Introduction to Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth technology has been around for a long while now (since 1997 to be exact) so many people will have no doubt heard the name. However, we wanted to put together an easy guide to explain how Bluetooth speakers can help you listen to your favourite music without the hassle of wires.

There’s a lot of science behind how Bluetooth works, but all you really need to know is that it uses the same radio waves as terrestrial radio to transmit audio over a short distance from a ‘source’ (like your phone or tablet) to something that will play it, which we call a ‘Bluetooth speaker’. You can imagine that your phone/tablet is acting as a mini radio station, that broadcasts the music directly to your speaker!

This icon on your speaker/device stands for Bluetooth

Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but they all work basically the same. To make your ‘source’ and speaker talk to one another, you simply press/hold the Bluetooth button on the speaker . Then, you’ll navigate to the settings on your phone/tablet, find the setting that mentions ‘Bluetooth’ or ‘connected devices’. In there, you should see the name/model number of your speaker. Select it, and you’re all done!

There are two main designs of Bluetooth speakers, portable and stationary. As you might guess, portable speakers contain a rechargeable battery and are able to be moved around. These speakers are often designed to be water resistant, making them an ideal companion for the garden, camping trips or a day at the beach. Stationary speakers require mains power and are meant to stay put, like a traditional radio or hi-fi. Some stationary designs will have a separate left and right speaker, while others will have multiple speakers encased in a single case.

Many Bluetooth speakers on the market have the ability to be connected in multiples. This is what is called ‘multi-room’, which simply means you can have speakers in multiple rooms in your home, all playing the same music easily controlled from your phone or tablet. Some are even able to act as a full home cinema system!

We hope this guide has been a helpful primer to get you excited about adding a Bluetooth speaker to your home. At Richer Sounds we offer a wide range of Bluetooth speakers for all needs and budgets at the guaranteed lowest price. However, if you need a bit more help, please give your local Richer Sounds store a call and one of our colleagues will be happy to assist you further.

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