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Asking about wireless speakers for Zone use or surround sound. Start here.

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by schan1269, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
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    Been getting a bunch of questions asking for technology that, essentially, doesn't exist...anywhere.First we'll discuss what does exist. The single point wireless speaker. Typically being(but just one type) a self contained rechargeable speaker that you would use on the porch. Comes with a transmitter that connects to your source. Source being a phone, ipod, computer, stereo...whatever.A variation(technically not the same category) are the Bluetooth speakers that run on battery power(internal rechargeable or AAA, AA, C or D).Now up is what doesn't exist.Wireless home theater(yes, there is Sonos if you just have to have low fidelity for the sake of wireless audio transmission).There are wireless audio transmitters (Rocketfish RBAUX) that send audio from A to B. Problem is(and why "wireless home theater" doesn't exist) it must use line level.What is "line level"? In layman's terms...line level is the volume turned all the way up.To put this into perspective and answer why it doesn't work...and can't work...Remember point A and B?Point A is the source.Point B is the speaker.Point A has to send a LINE LEVEL signal to point B where the amplifier resides with the speaker.In home theater applications, A has to have control of volume.Yes there are HTiB that have wireless rear. Why? Cause it is low quality to start with. Sony stopped producing S-Air...cause it doesn't work. In short. Wireless home theater will never work...because it can't.Google "WiSA*" for the latest "attempt" that is essentially stillborn.Stop asking...please.And thank you.*Wisaassociation.org (for all the latest snooze on the subject)
     
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    As a side note about all these wireless subwoofers...Ask how many people bought one(or the accessories to create wireless) and gave up on it...and hooked it up with a subwoofer cable instead.
     
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    Great points (and I constantly get asked the same questions from people). Probably about 8 years back in an old place, I bought A/V something wireless thing to try (I figured when all was said and done if worse came to worse I'd add a receptacle in the garage attic and stick a camera under the garage soffit facing the front door and pipe it around which I ended up doing) that was supposed to be good. I tried it with a CD player in line of site up in the loft and about 30 feet away and the CD player sounded like a record player playing a record with a fair amount of wear. There are a ton of products with hollow plastic moulding that is paintable and easy to run wires into.
     
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    You can tell this was written a few years ago. Now, there IS wireless for home theater.
    Wireless back speakers, and wireless subwoofers are popular. I, personally, like wires best.
     
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    The fundamental preferred standpoint of a remote speaker framework is entirely self evident there are no wires interfacing the speakers to the sound framework, you can put your speakers anyplace inside transmission run and not need to stress over stumbling over or concealing wires that lead back to your sound framework...
     

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