As Bob Dylan famously sang in 1965, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” It is doubtful that Bob Dylan could have foreseen exactly how great that change would become in the audio world, and more specifically throughout the wireless audio world. Still, his mantra holds true even today as Audality wireless audio technology sits on the cusp of transforming and revolutionizing the home audio experience.
Decades of technological advancements created continually evolving changes to home audio systems. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, home audio was delivered via one-piece consoles that looked like furniture but which secretly housed radios, turntables, and even cocktail bars and TVs. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, home audio systems customized and grew in size into multiple pieces of component stereo systems comprised of amplifiers, speakers, tuners, turntables, tapes, receivers, CD players, and lots and lots of thick cables. Living rooms became showcases for various pieces of electronic equipment, piled on top of one another in cabinets; students often used milk crates as bases to arrange their respective equipment pieces in dorm rooms. Arrangement of a component home stereo system could take hours to set up but became a necessary rite of passage anytime someone moved into a new apartment, home, or dorm room.
And yet, as stereo systems became varied, the audio equipment world grew small once again. Sony emerged with the hand-held, portable Sony Walkman and later the Sony Discman, and CDs were played at home and in cars. The music world grew even smaller still with the advent of the iPod MP3. A major outgrowth of all of that change is the on-going clash between the convenience market versus the high-end market. In today’s world, smart speakers can play a song selection with a verbal command; anyone with a smartphone or laptop can stream music or select songs off a playlist and carry an entire music collection with them wherever they may go, depending on the need for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The trend is small, portable, battery-operated, wireless sound.
So, how can an audiophile (or any music lover, for that matter) who believes in the purity and essence of audio historically played through cables connected to a system with amps, speakers, and receivers feel comfortable with products that aim to satisfy the convenience market? The answer lies with Audality’s patented WiC technology. Audality’s speakers act like a self-sufficient, multiple-component stereo system. Each Audality speaker contains its own amplifier and receiver to produce uncompressed, 24-bit audio, driven by a 100-watt amp or a 225-watt amp, depending on the model.
The S5 model contains one 10-inch 8-ohm speaker, one four-inch ribbon tweeter, and a lithium battery; the S7 model contains one 10-inch 8-ohm speaker, one six-inch 8-ohm speaker, one four-inch ribbon tweeter, and a lithium battery. Audality speakers do not rely on either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and their lithium batteries will last for greater than ten hours of playtime on one charge. Each speaker has its own ability to play as left, right, or stereo, too. All of the technology that transformed the home audio world has been wrapped up into one piece of equipment. Audality technology is revolution and miniaturization at its finest.
Yes, the times they are a-changin’, and Audality is right there with you to meet those changes. As for all of you who believe that you still need a subwoofer to hear more bass even with a 225-watt amp – well, just give it some time and wait to see what Audality has in store for you next!