wireless speakers - equivalent cable quality?

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  1. helvetica

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    Just found this article about Klipsch's new reference wireless speakers, which look amazing. I just wondered at 24bit quality, what kind of speaker cable will this emulate, or give an equivalent quality to, if they are at all comparable, which they probably aren't!
    Klipsch shows Reference Premiere wireless home theater | Digital Trends
    Any thoughts?
     
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    If these are comparable to anything its to the likes of sonos, squeezbox etc.
    Everything is kept in the digital domain, and transmitted via wifi to each speaker.
    Each speaker then decodes and processes via its own dac to analog, then amplifies and feeds to its speaker cones.

    Contrary to the hype in this article, this is not new, there are many "digital" or " active" speakers on the market containing their own amps and processing circuitry.

    How good they are, as always, will come down to the quality of the gear inside each speaker and how well they can be integrated.
    In terms of speaker wire, these units are still relatively traditional in that between the amp and cones , there will still be a physical connection, either in the form of a short piece of wire or a printed circuit track.

    Wi fi is prone to problems due to congestion and drop outs, for most willing to spend that kind of money on a quality set up, they know that wi fi is best avoided and wired is always better for getting content from point to point.

    Finally, they are of course not wireless, each unit will require a mains socket close by , and unless you just happen to have at least six mains sockets very conveniently placed exactly where your speakers are, then you are still going to be trailing wires around the room.
     
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    So I suppose in terms of quality, if the signal goes through cleanly there is no loss of quality at all as the signal is digital. The weakest link is now the quality of the signal instead of the resistance of the speaker cable.

    Yes until we can wirelessly send power, we can't really call this a wireless solution.
     

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