Wireless PC Audio

Wireless connectionWhile looking for the proper audio cable to connect the sound reproducing system to your PC, you may suddenly realize that this is actually possible without any wires between these components at all.  All you need to do is to take advantage of the wireless PC audio connection. It is definitely convenient, as you can easily listen to the music at any part of your house without the usual hustle with the wires. This solution is usually implemented with the wireless audio transmitter, or the wireless audio transceiver as it is sometimes called. A wireless bundle usually includes two units – the transmitter itself and the receiver of audio signal. The exception is the FM transmitter which does not need a special receiver unit, as an FM tuner that you likely already have can serve as the receiving device.

The receiving unit is usually connected to the sound system with RCA cables, while the transmitting unit is typically connected to PC via USB or mini jack connection interface.

  • USB connection interface allows plugging the transmitting unit directly into the USB port of your PC. In case of poor sound hardware being installed in the computer, this makes possible to remove that sort of limitation. The receiving unit working in pair with the USB transmitter processes audio information as your PC sound card usually does.
  • Mini jack connection interface also has its advantages. It is more universal, as you can plug the transceiving unit into any device having a mini jack socket – MP3 player, TV, game console, CD or DVD player etc.

Wireless audio transceivers may also differ in the way that signal is passed between the transmitter and receiver units – FM, WiFi or Bluetooth.

  • Bluetooth audio streaming introduces the better quality comparing with FM in general. They are also easier to set up than WiFi. On the other hand, the risk of signal interference with the existing WiFi network (if you have any) exists.
  • WiFi audio streaming uses the same radio frequency as Bluetooth, but with the higher power, which typically results in the stronger connection.
  • FM audio streaming, or better say broadcasting, is quite universal from the point of the number of FM receiving units being around. Just don’t forget that any FM receiver in the range can accept your audio signal. This not quite a typical audio solution for home, but can serve its purpose well in certain occasions.

Also, as it is commonly admitted, the signal is better to be transferred in the digital form rather than in the analog one from transmitter to receiver, as this is expected to minimize the signal quality loss.

And finally, don’t forget about such a factor as the range of coverage for the transmitted sound signal. Take into consideration that some types of solid walls between transceiver units might also weaken the signal.

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