A wired multi-room audio system, commonly referred to as architectural audio, provides many key advantages in comparison to a wireless speaker system, including:
Reliability – Wired speakers transmit sound signals through physical wires, which provide a stable and consistent connection between the audio source and the speakers. In contrast, wireless speakers use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or other wireless technologies, which can suffer from signal interference, dropouts, and other transmission issues. These issues can cause interruptions, distortion, and other problems that can affect the sound quality.
Aesthetic – The term “wireless” speaker is somewhat misleading, as every speaker needs to be plugged in to receive power to function. This is evident with these types of speakers scattered around multiple rooms taking up valuable counter space with visible dangling wires that often look messy. Built-in audio systems on the other hand, have all of that wiring run through the walls and ceiling to flush mount speakers that blend in perfectly with the design of the home or building providing for a far better aesthetic.
Sound Quality – Wired audio systems are driven by an amplifier that typically provide more power than what the wireless speakers have. This allows these wired speakers to produce more dynamic, detailed, and nuanced sound at higher volumes without distortion. Also, amplifiers typically have higher quality digital to analog converters (DACs) than those used in wireless speakers. This results in noticeably improved sound quality, especially when it comes to reproducing high-resolution audio formats like the ones Juke can support.
Price – While there are wired audio systems that can become very pricey, the Juke Audio solution is offered at the same or better price than the wireless system when doing multiple rooms. As an example, a typical wireless speaker that can be incorporated into a multi-room audio system is around $250 per speaker, whereas a passive in-ceiling / in-wall speaker costs on average $100 per speaker. Therefore, if you’re planning to install 16 speakers, you’ll save $2,400 on speakers, which is enough to cover the cost of the Juke amplifier to drive / control these speakers and still save almost $1000.
While wireless multi-room audio systems have continued to grow prevalent in recent years, that is almost fully attributable to the ease of installation, not the performance. If sound quality, aesthetic, and reliability are factors of importance to you or your customer, then a wired audio system is most certainly the way to go when looking to do a multi-room system. The upfront work to run the speaker wiring will pay dividends with high quality sound that that can be relied upon for years and years.