A case for wireless audio systems

Cables are so '90s

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
Mike Yamamoto

The trend o' the week (or the day, whatever) seems to be multi-room music. First, we saw the "Eos wireless iPod speaker system," which Gadgetell describes as the world's first "whole home audio" speaker system for the ubiquitous music player. Then we came across the "ZON Multi-Room Audio Range," which Automated Home says can also pipe your iPod into every room.

ZON Audio

Both systems can be expanded with additonal speakers, depending on the size of your grounds, and both claim to be affordable products meant for the home. But there's one major difference: The Eos is wireless, which makes expansion as simple as buying another speaker and plugging it into the wall, similar to many of today's cordless phone systems.

This is huge, of course, as we found when we got our first expandable phone setup--no additional jacks, cables, wires or unsightly duct tape throughout the house that would never come close to passing a fire inspection. Which makes us wonder: Unless the quality is vastly superior even to the untrained ear, will hard-wired systems soon become obsolete for the entry-level home market? For semi-Luddites like us, the answer is definitely yes.