This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET Top 5: Wireless music technologies
About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Wireless music technologies

3:34 /

The dock may be dead, but you can still crank your music up with these five iPhone-compatible wireless solutions.

If youÃ?Â?ve recently upgraded to an iPhone 5 or a new iPod Touch or iPod Nano, youÃ?Â?ve probably noticed that it doesnÃ?Â?t work with your old speaker dock. AppleÃ?Â?s new Lightning connector is a punishing blow to your old accessories, and if you invest in a new speaker with a Lightning dock, whoÃ?Â?s to say Apple wonÃ?Â?t change their connector again next year? Fortunately, there are tons of great, affordable ways to listen to your music wirelessly. IÃ?Â?m Donald Bell, and in this CNET Top 5 IÃ?Â?m going to tell you the top 5 wireless audio technologies for your home, all of which are compatible with the iPhone 5. Starting off at #5, a Bluetooth speaker adapter. If you already have a speaker that you like, you can make it work over Bluetooth for less than $30. By going Bluetooth, this is going to work with just about any phone or tablet, and it will even work with the new iPod Nano. Now, it does degrade the audio a bit and the wireless range is limited, but if youÃ?Â?re looking for the cheap way to go wireless - this is it. If you donÃ?Â?t already have a great stereo worth patching with an adapter, how about #4? A Bluetooth speaker. As wireless speakers go, the Bluetooth variety are the more affordable of the bunch. You still have to sacrifice some audio quality and range, but there are some beautiful options out there including some great portable speakers. At #3: AirPlay. Now, thereÃ?Â?s something sad about being driven to a new proprietary Apple format, after the last one just burned you. But if youÃ?Â?re a fan of AppleÃ?Â?s whole Ã?Â?It just worksÃ?Â? mantra, then AirPlay is for you. It works with both audio and video, so you can stream content to an Apple TV, or an AirPort Express router, or a dedicated AirPlay speaker system. The audio quality is better than Bluetooth and so is the wireless range, since it works over Wi-Fi. The downside is that it only Ã?Â?officiallyÃ?Â? works with Apple products, so if your kid goes Android, youÃ?Â?ll just have to disown them. But if you do have a few Android users in the home and Bluetooth feels beneath you, thatÃ?Â?s where #2 comes in: a Sonos music system. Great sound, great range, and a great cross-platform app that controls everything. Compared to other options, Sonos is a little pricey, but itÃ?Â?s a solution for your whole house. From one app, you can put Barry White in the bedroom, Barry Gibb in the kitchen, Barry Manilow in the dining room, and then some Motorhead in the living room just to balance things out. Now before we get to our #1 wireless music system for replacing your old speaker dock, let me make sure that youÃ?Â?re aware of the $5 fix: a minijack cable. Plug this thing into the aux input on the back of your old speaker system and youÃ?Â?re good to go. The dock may be dead, but wireless speakers arenÃ?Â?t cheap, so just get a cable. Alright, and finally, our #1 option is a bit of a surprise. ItÃ?Â?s the Sony STR-DN1030 AV receiver. Is it small? No. Portable? Not a chance. But if youÃ?Â?re like most people these days, the best speakers in your home are hooked up to your TV. You plug this $500 receiver into the heart of it and you can use any wireless music standard you want. Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA, Wi-Fi -- it works with all of them. Now, I know a lot of you arenÃ?Â?t in the market for a new receiver, but I had to hand it to Sony -- they threw everything in here. Really, the perfect wireless system is going to depend on your needs and your budget. For a more in-depth rundown of all of these wireless audio options, check out John FalconeÃ?Â?s article, Ã?Â?The Dock is DeadÃ?Â? over on iPhone Atlas. And for more Top 5Ã?Â?s like this head over to Top5.cnet.com IÃ?Â?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

iPhone 6 You Up - The Music Vi...
2:55 October 23, 2014
We celebrate the iPhone 6's biggest launch ever with "iPhone 6 You Up". All night.
Play video
Facebook Rooms joins the anonymous-chat...
2:54 October 23, 2014
A new app from Facebook puts a twist on anonymous messaging, Apple stores still see long lines for iPhones,...
Play video
Microsoft's Chromecast competitor...
1:39 October 23, 2014
This little dongle sends your screen from your Windows machine (and some Android devices) right to your T...
Play video
Take a look at the Windows 10 Start...
1:21 October 23, 2014
Windows 10 has revamped the Start menu; let's check it out
Play video
Marantz SR5009 receiver: stunningly...
1:44 October 23, 2014
The Marantz SR5009 looks and feels more upscale than the competition's receivers, and follows through with...
Play video
Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet vs....
2:14 October 23, 2014
Sharon Profis compares the security, ease of use and availability of some of the most popular mobile payment...
Play video
Rubbin'. Shuntin'. Bumpin': The...
13:23 October 23, 2014
Racing is a family affair in Texas. The XCAR team left their London headquarters to experience first-hand...
Play video
Ask the Editors: iPad Overtime:...
8:58 October 23, 2014
Jeff Bakalar sits down with Scott Stein to discuss his reviews of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Should you...
Play video