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Remember, speakers still need a power source — even tiny ones like those mounted on the ceiling of this room. Wires for speakers mounted on a wall or ceiling still need to be pulled through a wall and come out at the point of connection.
One way audio companies are getting around the interference issue is by using airwaves designated expressly for that audio or video signal. That's what Apple has done with AirPlay, and now a great majority of audio products are enabled for AirPlay, meaning they will communicate with each other and access music stored in iTunes.
Libratone speakers are new from this Scandinavian company and should appeal to fans of all forms of design. The fabric covers look like felt, and the audio quality should appease some of the most devoted audiophiles.
The playGo from Bicom does just that with a high degree of fidelity, and comes in white or orange.
Technology is progressing at a pretty rapid rate. One promising product is the MusicLites light bulb speaker. Developed in partnership with Sylvania, these bulbs look like the kind used in overhead can lighting. Just screw them in and sync with a transmitter that plugs into a computer, stereo or mobile device. The sound plays through the lightbulbs, wherever they are in the house.
It's a great concept, but there are a few drawbacks to this product in its first incarnation. The bulb looks slightly different than traditional can light bulbs, and doesn't dim in concert with the rest of the lights in the room when controlled through a wall dimmer. It can dim when using the MusicLites remote control, but it doesn't match up perfectly with the lighting level elsewhere.
I had trouble syncing the system when I tried it at home. It's a great idea but not quite ready for the mass market.
Audio companies know that consumers want wireless products and are developing them as quickly as possible. But achieving a quality product is a lot more difficult than we'd like. As one loudspeaker manufacturer once told me: If wireless worked well, there would be no wired products.
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