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What I’ve never loved is the wiring.
Wires galore! Wiring is usually the most tedious part of the set-up, and always the least attractive part of the over-all look of a nice sound system. (Is anything less fun than dealing with that mess of dusty wires behind your stereo or TV?)
Dreaming of the day
Which is why, as a kid, I was forever dreaming of the day in the future when I would be grown up, out of my parents house and a) I wouldn’t have anyone yelling at me to “Turn down that music!” and b) there would be no more wires!
I used to groan to my friends, “Ugh…I can’t wait for absolute wirelessness!”
Well, that day has arrived – although now I have a wife who tells me to turn down the music. Wireless technology is almost as miraculous as I’d always imagined it would be. While much of my home is wired inside and out for wireless playback, I still find myself hardwiring a few of my smaller systems, because to my ears, the sound is just slightly better.
Excellent wireless sound options
I confess, I’m no expert on explaining how the technical end of how wireless technology works, but working for Trend Micro has made me more aware of the potential for security breaches in traditional wireless networks. This got me thinking of the potential for breach in all of our wireless devices, as we more onward into a wireless world.
How safe is your wireless gear?
I’ve heard (unconfirmed) whispers recently of security breaches of Xbox and PlayStation through wireless headsets, enabling the cyber-crooks access to email addresses and passwords stored within the gaming software. That freaks me out a bit, which is why I tell all my friends and family to always safeguard themselves in wireless situations.
Learn how to protect your system
The Internet is loaded with useful hints on how to protect your system against threats while wireless, and it’s a good idea to read up on some helpful wireless security advice.
We all know there are flaws to every new technology, and wireless sound has come out swinging, in terms of how good it sounds so early in its evolution. But, I think it has a few more years to go before a blind side-by-side comparison test can stump an avid listener.
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