Wireless Speaker System

A surround sound system is not the easiest thing to install but the amazing audio effects it creates is certainly worth the effort. No other system can reproduce that unique feeling of being at the center of the action shown on the screen. It is like having your very own movie theater at home. The downside is that several speakers need to be placed around the room, along with audio cables running back to the receiver. Hiding the cables to the rear speakers is the biggest problem that needs to solved. In a large room, it can be very difficult to conceal them completely, so using a wireless speaker system may be the only option.

Like everything else that uses radio waves, a wireless speaker system is comprised of a transmitter and receiver. For some systems, the transmitter is an integral part of the amplifier, but for other systems it takes the form of a card that plugs into the back. Similarly, the receiver may be built into the speakers, or it may be a separate unit that sits between them. The transmitter and receiver need to be tuned to the same frequency to work together. If there are other wireless devices nearby that use the same frequency there could be interference problems that cause unwanted noises. Advanced systems can detect interference and automatically change the frequency to minimize it.

The “home theater in a box” concept is very popular because it avoids the hassle of choosing each component separately. It contains everything needed to set up a basic surround sound system at home. Some of these package deals even have a wireless speaker system included, but choosing the right system involves more that just picking one with wireless speakers. The size and construction of the enclosures is critical for achieving high quality sound. Shelf speakers are compact and easy to move around, but full-range tower speakers are the best ones to get if there is enough room for them. Whatever type is used, the speakers should be the same or very similar to have balanced surround sound.

The features of the AV receiver are also important since it produces the audio signals. This should not to be confused with the receiver for the rear speakers, which only picks up the signals sent out by the transmitter. Generally, the surround sound experience is better with a greater number of speaker channels. The AV receiver should be able to decode all the common Dolby and DTS formats, including the new high definition ones. A remote control and on-screen menu display are practically standard features now. Some models even have an integrated iPod dock, but others make do with just a port for a separate dock.

There is another type of wireless speaker system that is designed for use with a computer. The transmitter is connected to the audio output on the computer and the receiver unit is connected to the speakers, which can be located anywhere within range of the transmitter. Both units are small and are easily tucked away out of sight. The range is around one hundred feet, which allows media to be played on the computer and heard in any room in the house. With a modem and internet connection, audio from websites can also be heard. This makes it possible to listen to thousands of internet radio stations without having to sit in front of the computer.

As mentioned before, only the audio cables to the rear speakers are not part of a wireless speaker system. The receiver still needs to be plugged into a power socket to drive the speakers. Battery power is not really an option because of the large amount of power needed by the speakers. The batteries would have to be quite large to last more than a few minutes and they would need to be recharged frequently. Audio cables should always be used where possible and only removed as a last resort. They have shielding which makes them less susceptible to electrical interference, which is a major cause of static and other annoying noises. They also cost much less than a wireless speaker system.

This Wireless Speaker System Review is Written/Updated on Jan 15th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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