Bluetooth speakers are fantastic for using outdoors or while traveling, but the wireless format compresses the data so that sound quality gets diminished. For listening to high-quality music at home, a Wi-Fi system like the one from Bluesound is ideal. The Pulse connects to a home Wi-Fi network through a multi-step process of password entries and location designations, but once it’s set up, it will remember everything. Available for $700.
You play music on the Pulse through the company’s app, and as you add Bluesound players, you can play through multiple speakers as you move between rooms.
Bluesound plays from services including Rdio and TuneIn Radio, with Spotify recently announced. The biggest name in the home Wi-Fi audio market, Sonos, can handle more services.
For skipping tracks without using your phone, the Pulse has dedicated hard buttons on the top of the speaker, as well.