Wireless Home Theater

With the advent of the wireless home theater, consumer can have the joys of home theater technology without the arduous task of managing multiple cables, at least from speaker to speaker (they still require power cords). But this isn’t all that’s good about these systems. As technology advances, prices will go down and more people will be able to afford the wireless home entertainment system.

One of the strongest advantages of a home entertainment system is that you can achieve surround sound with speakers all over the place without having to deal with pesky wires running all over the house. Another interesting aspect of the wireless entertainment system are the digital media players that can be integrated with these televisions, DVDs and speakers.

With wireless home theater technology, one can get all of their media in one place for a relatively low price if you were to invest in several different forms of media separately. Imagine getting your video, audio and photos all in one place; on your TV set in the living room … with a remote control! This is specially useful in a struggling economy, where you no longer have to be forced to pay a hefty cable bill. Instead, you can stream television and movies through your Internet connection.

As of yet, there isn’t a true 100% wireless set-up, although each separate component in itself may be wireless. But it is only a matter of time. Someday, all visual and audio components will be integrates without the assistance of a single wire … and affordable for more consumers. Another consideration to take is that wired sound through traditional speakers is still superior to its wireless counterparts. On the upside, installation of speakers on a wireless home theater system is often a breeze, and the difference between wired and wireless sound is increasing becoming one and the same in quality.

Here are come considerations regarding wireless home theaters:

  • You have the option of adding on wireless speakers to an existing entertainment system, or purchasing a fully integrated new system.
  • While battery-powered speakers exist, they do not have the power needed in a home theater environment.
  • The real benefit of wireless home entertainment centers is that the speakers do not have to be wired all over the place.
  • There is presently not a lot of variety when it comes to wireless home entertainment systems, especially those of the affordable variety.
  • Installing wireless speakers is relatively easy.

The Creative GigaWorks G550W is an example of such an add-on, meaning it is only a speaker system and can be combined with your existing entertainment system. Ween choosing wireless speakers such as the Creative GigaWorks G550W set, think long and hard about where you are going to place them when you get home. Front speakers are best with tweeters at ear level, and subwoofers are good to keep in the corner. Rear speakers are best placed three or four feet above the front speakers.

The below systems were among the most searched for wireless home theater sets on Google, and the experts give them generally positive remarks:

The Logitech Z 5500 is credited for a strong and sharp sound. The system’s features include a wireless remote control, Dolby Digital, DTS and PCM (Pulse-code modulation) capabilities, coaxial and optical digital inputs and a headphone jack. The Logitech Z 5500 is criticized for being pricey and for having a subwoofer that leaves more to be desired. However in summary, this system is considered a very capable product with a strong sound in any audio format.

The Sony DAV FX100W gets high scores for having a good design. It has a five-disc DVD/SACS/CD and puts out HDMI for up to 1080p. This system has wireless surround speakers and tower speakers. Unfortunately, the subwoofer is difficult to set up, as is the speaker assembly. The subwoofer is also criticized for being too heavy on the bass. In the end, though, the Sony DAV FX100W is a strong contender for its advanced features and competitive sound quality.

The Panasonic SC-HT640W is considered an affordable all-in-one set. Features of this five-disc DVD system include wireless rear surround speakers, mini-speakers that you can mount on walls and two music port jacks. While the Panasonic SC-HT640W is compact, its sound isn’t as far-reaching as others in its category. The system is generally considered a good value for somebody looking for a system on a budget.

The Acoustic Research WHT6024 has a strong sound quality, a skilled subwoofer, surround speakers with rear settings, and good connectivity. The speakers still require cords to power up, although they are on stands that double as receivers. Unfortunately, these speakers are criticized for being shaky in foundation, difficult to set up, a bit high on the treble and a bit on the costly. Despite these drawbacks, the Acoustic Research WHT6024 is a good system for movies (as opposed to music) and for those with easy outlet access.

The Klipsch CS-700 is praised for being iPod friendly and easy to set up. It includes two speakers with Dolby Virtual Speaker technology that creates a surround-like sound. The set includes wireless subwoofers — one 3-inch, and another 8-inch with 200 watts. Klipsch has a good reputation for good speakers, and this system is a 2.1 channel model and is expandable. The main console includes a DVD/CD player ad a radio tuner, as well as a flashy black design and three inputs. One of the coolest features is that the Klipsch CS-700 can stream audio to “RoomGroove” devices elsewhere in the house.

The Samsung HTDB390 is known for its smooth design and has a DVD player, small satellite speakers and wireless surround speakers (that still, unfortunately, require power cords). Other strengths of the Samsung HTDB390 include automatic setup and calibration and a compact subwoofer. Unfortunately, the automatic calibration feature is criticized for being off, and the connectivity is described as weak. This is a system that runs hot and cold on a variety of fronts.

This Wireless Home Theater Review is Written/Updated on Apr 18th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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