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Choosing the audio Source

Finding Your Perfect Sound Companion Part 2: Wired, Bluetooth, or WiSA?

Jun 20, 2024

Welcome back to our series, "Finding Your Perfect Sound Companion." In Part 1, we explored the immersive world of surround sound systems and their transformative ability to elevate your home audio experience. We discussed how surround sound can create a cinematic atmosphere in your living room, making movies, music, and games more engaging and lifelike.

Now, in Part 2, we dive into the core technologies that transmit this exceptional sound quality to your ears: Wired, Bluetooth, and WiSA. Each technology offers distinct advantages and considerations, impacting not just audio quality but also your setup's flexibility and aesthetics.

Choosing the right technology is crucial, as it can significantly enhance your listening experience. Whether you're setting up a home theater or simply want to watch TV without needed subtitles, understanding these options will help you make an informed decision that best fits your audio needs and lifestyle. Let's explore what each technology has to offer and why selecting the appropriate type is more than just a matter of preference—it's about achieving audio perfection.

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Audio transmission

Uses Bluetooth technology

Audio quality

Up to two channels of compressed audio (stereo)


Ideal for headphones, earbuds, and portable speakers

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Audio transmission

Uses a standard Wi-Fi network

Audio quality

Up to two channels of high-definition audio (stereo)


Ideal for smart speakers, multiroom speakers, and speakers that expand soundbar-based systems

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Audio transmission

Creates a dedicated wireless network, specifically for the sound system

Audio quality

Up to eight channels of ultra high-definition uncompressed audio; supports Dolby Atmos®

Highest globally-recognized standard for wireless speaker systems


Ideal for true cinema surround-sound systems

Wired Audio Solutions

Wired audio systems are the traditional method for connecting speakers and audio components in a home theater or sound system. Using physical cables, usually copper wires, these systems transmit audio signals directly from an audio source (like an amplifier, TV, or computer) to speakers. This direct connection ensures that the audio signal remains robust and unaffected by the wireless interferences that can plague other types of connections.


Reliability: Wired connections are highly dependable. They are less prone to interference from other electronic devices, which can be a common issue with wireless technologies. This makes them especially suitable for environments where wireless signal interference is a concern.

Audio Quality: Wired systems often provide the highest possible sound quality because they transmit audio signals without compressing them. This results in clearer, more accurate sound reproduction, which is crucial for high-fidelity audio systems and essential for true audiophiles.


Flexibility and Mobility: One of the biggest drawbacks of wired systems is their lack of flexibility. Once installed, moving speakers or components can be challenging and may require rerunning wires, which is not ideal for those who like to rearrange their setups frequently.

Installation Challenges: Setting up a wired audio system can be cumbersome and might require professional installation, especially in complex setups involving multiple speakers. The visible wires can also be aesthetically disruptive, leading some users to opt for more discreet wireless solutions that offer a cleaner look.

Bluetooth Audio Solutions

Bluetooth technology is a widespread wireless communication standard designed to connect devices over short distances. In the context of audio systems, Bluetooth allows speakers, headphones, and other audio devices to receive sound signals from a source, such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer, without the need for physical wires. This technology has become immensely popular due to its convenience and compatibility with a vast array of consumer electronics.


Portability and Convenience: One of the biggest advantages of Bluetooth audio devices is their portability. These devices can be easily moved and connected to different audio sources without the hassle of cables. This makes Bluetooth ideal for personal listening and portable audio systems, where ease of use and flexibility are paramount.

Wide Compatibility: Bluetooth technology is supported by nearly all modern electronic devices, including phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs. This universality allows users to easily connect any Bluetooth-enabled device to their audio systems, facilitating a seamless and user-friendly experience.


Limited Range: Bluetooth connections typically have a limited range, usually effective within about 10 meters (33 feet). This constraint can be problematic in large rooms or setups where the audio source and speakers are far apart, potentially leading to connection drops or signal degradation.

Potential Compression and Lower Audio Quality: To transmit audio wirelessly, Bluetooth usually compresses the audio data, which can result in a loss of sound quality. While recent advancements have improved the fidelity of Bluetooth audio, it generally does not match the uncompressed quality of wired connections. This can be a significant drawback for audiophiles or for use in high-quality home audio systems.

Interference: Since Bluetooth operates on the same 2.4 GHz frequency as many other household wireless devices, such as Wi-Fi routers and microwave ovens, it can suffer from interference. This can disrupt the audio quality and consistency, especially in environments where multiple devices are competing for bandwidth.

Latency: Bluetooth can introduce latency, which is the delay between the audio being sent and when it is actually heard. This delay can disrupt the viewing experience by causing the audio to be out of sync with the video, especially noticeable when watching TV or playing video games.

Lag: In addition to latency, Bluetooth may experience lag, which refers to delays or interruptions in audio playback due to connectivity issues or bandwidth limitations. This can result in uneven audio performance, particularly in environments crowded with other wireless signals.

Bluetooth vs. WiSA Technology:

You most likely don’t need a long explanation about Bluetooth. However, what you might not know is how it is different from WiSA wireless technology. While Bluetooth is designed for general wireless communication over short distances, WiSA is specifically engineered for high-performance audio systems, providing CD-quality sound without compression, better stability, and support for more channels. This distinction is crucial for understanding why WiSA might be a more suitable choice for home entertainment systems (vs. a speaker by the pool or your earbuds during a run).

WiSA Technology

WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio Association) technology represents a significant advancement in home audio systems. Designed specifically for wireless audio transmission, WiSA supports high-definition, multi-channel audio with low latency and high reliability. Unlike Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, WiSA operates on a unique frequency spectrum that avoids the crowded 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, providing clearer and more stable sound.


High-Quality Sound: WiSA provides CD-quality, uncompressed sound, preserving the audio's fidelity, which is critical for a truly immersive listening experience.

Interference-Free: By using frequencies less congested than those used by typical Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, WiSA ensures a stable, drop-out free audio connection, crucial for uninterrupted enjoyment.

Scalability: Adding or repositioning speakers is hassle-free with WiSA, as it eliminates the need for running new wires or cables, perfect for customizing home audio setups to individual preferences.

Low Latency: WiSA technology features ultra-low latency, which is essential for syncing audio perfectly with visual media, such as movies and games, thereby enhancing the overall entertainment experience.

Precision Timing: WiSA ensures precise timing between speakers, which is vital for maintaining the integrity and spatial quality of surround sound.

Easy Installation: Setting up a WiSA system is typically plug-and-play, involving minimal steps and no complicated wiring, which appeals to both audiophiles and casual listeners alike.

Multi-Channel Capability: WiSA supports up to 8 channels of audio, which allows for advanced setups like 7.1 surround sound systems without the complexity of traditional audio systems.

Compatibility: Through ongoing partnerships and certifications, WiSA is increasingly supported by a wide range of manufacturers, making it easy to integrate with existing and new audio equipment.

Dynamic Frequency Selection: WiSA can automatically select the best frequency for audio transmission, reducing the chance of interference even in environments crowded with other wireless signals.

Robust Security: WiSA also incorporates advanced security measures to protect against unauthorized access to the audio stream, ensuring privacy and safety.


Availability of Components: While WiSA technology is growing in popularity and support, the availability of WiSA-certified components can still be limited compared to more widely used standards like Bluetooth. This can make finding specific components or matching certain aesthetic or functional needs slightly more challenging in some regions.

Cost: Typically, WiSA systems represent a higher initial investment compared to traditional Bluetooth systems, reflecting their advanced capabilities and superior performance.

Why WiSA Is the Best Choice for Surround Sound Systems

Advanced Technology:

WiSA offers a robust solution that surpasses traditional wired and Bluetooth systems. Supporting up to 7.1 channels of uncompressed 24-bit audio at 48 kHz/96 kHz, WiSA is perfect for home theaters and audiophiles seeking the ultimate sound experience. By delivering superior audio clarity and depth, WiSA enhances every listening moment, making movies feel like cinema and music sessions more immersive. This high-level performance is why WiSA has been acclaimed with numerous industry awards.

Ease of Setup:

Setting up a WiSA system is remarkably straightforward, eliminating the complexity associated with traditional wired audio setups. Without the need for cables, you can freely position speakers anywhere in your room, which allows you to optimize both space and sound quality effortlessly. This flexibility not only improves your living space aesthetics but also enhances your audio experience by allowing optimal speaker placement. The ease of setup and usage is a key factor in why WiSA has received widespread recognition and awards in the industry.

Growing Ecosystem:

The ecosystem of WiSA-certified products is rapidly expanding, featuring top brands like Platin, which are dedicated to providing the best in audio technology. This growth ensures that consumers have a wide range of options that are guaranteed to be compatible and perform exceptionally. The continual expansion of WiSA-certified products makes it easier for consumers to build and upgrade their home audio systems with confidence..

WiSA E: Elevating the Wireless Audio Experience

As the latest innovation from the industry's most forward-thinking wireless company, WiSA E represents the next wave in audio technology. This groundbreaking advancement not only simplifies the integration of high-quality sound systems but also sets new standards for versatility and user-friendliness in home audio. With its ability to transform TVs and other devices into central hubs for wireless audio, WiSA E eliminates the need for complex wiring and bulky components, ushering in a new era of simplicity and seamless audio performance. Positioned at the forefront of the audio technology evolution, WiSA E is crafted to meet the demands of future audio needs, making it a quintessential element for anyone looking to future-proof their home entertainment systems.

Seamless Integration:

WiSA E technology transforms TVs into hubs for wireless audio, enabling multi-channel wireless transmission without extra components. This integration makes WiSA E an excellent choice for simplifying home audio setups.

Exclusive Technology:

Experience dedicated multi-channel audio that avoids Wi-Fi congestion, ensuring seamless and uninterrupted playback.

Universal Harmony:

WiSA E supports interoperability among diverse brands, allowing users to mix and match speakers and sources with ease, enhancing flexibility in audio system design.

Versatile Adaptability:

Available as firmware or low-cost modules, WiSA E can be integrated into a wide range of products, including TVs, speakers, projectors, set-top boxes, and mobile devices, making it versatile and widely applicable.

Effortless Expansion:

With WiSA E, adding components like a subwoofer or a center channel—or even expanding to a complete immersive home audio system—is straightforward and quick.

Rapid Adoption:

Over 15% of newly produced TVs have incorporated WiSA E in the last quarter alone, with projections suggesting this trend will continue to grow rapidly.

Future-Proofing Audio:

WiSA E is paving the way for the future of sound with its wireless, integrated, and universally compatible technology, ensuring it remains at the cutting edge of audio solutions.

As we've explored the various audio technologies available today, WiSA stands out as the premier choice for those seeking a high-quality, hassle-free audio experience, especially in home theaters. Its advanced features and growing adoption make it a compelling investment for the future of home audio. The unique combination of superior sound quality, ease of use, and broad compatibility makes WiSA not just a leader in the market but a visionary in the audio technology landscape.

Click here for Part 3 of our series, where we will dive deeper into Platin's specific systems that utilize these innovative technologies. Discover which Platin setup could be the perfect fit for your audio needs, ensuring you make the most informed decision for enhancing your home entertainment experience. Don't miss out on learning more about how these cutting-edge solutions can transform your listening experience.

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