What you need to know about Bluetooth

Bluetooth connectivity has played an important role in revolutionising how we listen to our music today.

Portable Bluetooth speakers are without a doubt one of the most popular options when it comes to enjoying your music wherever you are. It allows you to wirelessly connect and stream tracks straight from your smartphone or tablet, using music services such as Spotify and Deezer or playing them from your own library. Continuous improvements in portable Bluetooth speakers also mean that they now commonly deliver punchy sound and a long battery life that far outweigh their small size.

Some headphones, stereo amplifiers and even home cinema products also feature Bluetooth, giving you the freedom to enjoy hi-fi quality sound without being bound by wires.

Pop in-store with your smartphone to find out more and try out our huge range of Bluetooth products for yourself.

An Apple lover’s guide to AirPlay

iPhones, iPod Touch, iPads… in fact any Apple product with Wi-Fi built in is able to wirelessly send music to an AirPlay speaker or receiver. With a simple tap on the icon you can connect your portable device, meaning easy command of your music with the controller in the palm of your hand.

This gives you amazing flexibility of what you can listen to. Most iOS and Mac devices will have plenty of storage for your entire CD collection, or if you prefer to discover new music, features such as Spotify Connect allow you to browse an almost infinite selection of tunes.

If you want to free your music and send it to the best speaker in the house, with Apple AirPlay getting the most out of your music is as easy as a button press and you’re away!

We have a number of products ready to demo with AirPlay built in, so pop in-store today to see how you can get the most from these devices!

Internet radio vs DAB radio - what's best?

There’s no doubt about it, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radios are brilliant products. Digital radio transmission offers many benefits over traditional FM/AM radio, such as a huge array of stations, wonderfully clear sound, and unbelievable ease tuning in - eliminating white noise between stations.

Internet radio, on the other hand, offers far more stations (over 20,000 at last count!). It doesn’t rely on local radio signals and instead allows you to listen to music and talk shows from all over the world in the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you’re travelling to another country, you can still tune into your favourite stations from back home.

Although the quality of internet radio stations vary considerably, they have the potential for better sound quality than DAB. Another advantage of internet radio over the alternatives is catch-up services, such as BBC iPlayer Radio. With all of this ease and functionality, you’ll be discovering new music and relaxing with your old favourites as easily as 1-2-3.

If you’re interested in DAB or internet radio, pop into your local Richer Sounds store for a demo and a chat about how you can improve your audio experience.