Originally Posted by castleofargh
not sure you're in the right section.
wireless has 2 "weaknesses" :
-the speed and quality of the transmission. it's getting better with time and starts being interesting.
-you need to have all the power inside the speaker or phone. so power source and space usually force the manufacturer to make sacrifices.
so IMO, wireless will be the future, but like mp3 replacing wave, it will be for convenience, not for quality.
You also need to consider where the digital to analogue conversion takes place, with a high quality set up you might have something like:
computer > DAC > Amplifier > Headphones
So people tend to invest in each part of the chain according to their preference/budget.
Currently, the way I read it, wireless effectively puts the last three stages into a single unit. This is currently a big compromise.
I have a pair of Bose AE2w that I use sometimes when out and about, direct from my phone and the sound quality is fine, but well short of great, When I use this, it's for convenience and there is a lot to be said for no wires when out and about.
My home listening is almost always when in front of my computer and moving is not an issue so wires don't worry me much...
Finally there's the issue of interference, which can certainly affect some wireless transmission...