Wireless Surround Sound – The Good and the Bad

Wireless surround sound systems can be easier to setup than wired options, thanks to the fact that you don't need to run cables across your living room. You'll usually only find that some of the speakers are wireless. For example, a 5.1 surround sound system comprises of a center speaker, front left and right, and rear left and right. Only the rear speakers need to be wireless thanks to the fact that the other three will be placed in close proximity anyway. The term “wireless” can be a little deceptive here, even for the rear speakers, as they will need to be plugged into an receiver at the back of the room. They will communicate with the main receiver through an inbuilt transmitter, eliminating the need to have cables running all across the room. The Benefits Of Choosing A Wireless Surround Sound Systems There are many benefits to choosing a wireless system over a wired one, the main one being that it's a lot easier to set up when you don't have to find a way to incorporate all the wires in your living room. It can take a lot of effort to hide the wires connecting the rear speakers to the TV, and in some cases they may even run across the room. This isn't ideal, especially for those with young children or pets who may trip over or pull out the wires. Are There Any Drawbacks? Although wireless systems can be easier to set up, and provide you with more placement options for the speakers, they do come with their drawbacks. For one, you have to make sure that all of the wireless speakers are correctly communicating with each other. Depending on the method of communication between the speakers and the transmitter, you may also need to make sure that they are correctly aligned. And, as mentioned above, it's also important to note that there are still a few wires involved. Sometimes the wireless signal between home theater speakers can interfere with other wireless devices in the home, such as a Wi-Fi network. It helps if your broadband router has multiple channels to choose from, so that the speakers and the router don't conflict. In short, most people will find the addition of wireless rear speakers a benefit to their home theater system, unless they're planning to cover up the wires against the wall or under the floorboard. Although there is some loss of sound quality associated with wireless surround sound systems, it's usually negligible in the typical home theater setup.


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