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Truly wireless setup

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    Hi,

    I'm sorry if this question was already asked, I couldn't find it thru search...

    I'm looking for a way to reduce wires and units as much as possible (by reducing units I mean that for example a soundbar with integrated woofer is better than separate units in my case...)
    The rear speakers need to be battery powered. I understand that woofer/soundbar will have to have power, but Ideally I'd have a bar under the TV and two battery powered speakers in the back.

    There are only three off the shelf options I found:
    1) Oneaudio (various options, micro/mini/medi w/ or without woofer)
    https://www.oneaudio.cc/wireless-surround

    2) JBL 5.1
    https://www.jbl.com/bar-series/JBL+Bar+5.1.html?dwvar_JBL Bar 5.1_color=Black-USA-Current

    3) Damson S-series
    https://www.damsonglobal.com/us/homecinema

    I was wondering whether

    a) someone has some experience with any of these
    b) are there any other options I'm missing?

    Is there a soundbar that can cooperate with wireless battery powered speakers?

    I'm not much of an audiophile, but I do enjoy good sound

    The budget is up to $2k, but I'd prefer to stay in the 700-800 territory if possible.

    Also, if it supports dolby atmos, that's a huge plus.

    Thank you in advance!
     
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    Unless you are a sporatic user, I expect the battery-charging will get old within a year or two.

    Consumer wireless audio is notoriously blinky and unreliable. Based on that, I’d go with the JBL system, as it has an unusually high Amazon user approval rating (combined 4-5 star reviews) of 80%. 40% to 70% is more common for these devices. Whatever you decide on, I’d suggest you make sure it has a generous return policy. Good chance you’ll need it.

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    Hi Wayne,

    Naturally, this system will be used very sporadically. Also, for several reasons, it's not physically possible to wire the rear speakers, so it's either that, or front only. If charging will get old, which it very well might, I'll have front only, but I see no reason (except saving some money, which is always a good reason) to give up right away.

    Among the "off the shelve" solutions I am very inclined to go for the JBL, as you suggested (that is why it's first on the list), I just have a feeling that I'm missing something, and there's a way to mix and match wireless speakers, because there's quite a selection of standalone speakers...
     
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    It's not actually first on the list. Funny. I don't know how that happened :) It is there in mind.
     
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    Aren’t most of the battery-powered ones Bluetooth?

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    Most are, but a lot of them are wifi too... I have no idea why it matters though. I have zero experience with this, everything is wired in my main set-up, and I've never had a need for wireless speaker before.
     
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    Also, you said "consumer" wireless... Is there like "professional grade" wireless equipment? It's probably does not fit in the budget, but I'm curious.
     
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    No speakers that I’m aware of, but wireless equipment is common in pro-audio – mics, personal monitor systems and more. Obviously in a live performance, reliability is a drop-dead requirement for these systems. And no, it isn’t cheap, but your $2k budget could probably accommodate a pro-based system, except for the battery-powered requirement. You can find an article discussing the various options for wireless surround sound in my signature.

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