Wireless Home Theater Systems – Are They Truly Wireless?

You love the idea of having a home theater with a great quality display and awesome surround sound, but the idea of running wires all over the room doesn’t appeal. The lure of wireless home theater systems is understandable. But it’s important to know, before you head out the door with your credit card in hand, that there really is no such thing as a truly wireless home theater. You can buy systems with fewer wires than others, but none completely do away with all wiring.

The biggest benefit of a wireless speaker system is that you might not have to string wires from the front of the room to the back, but you’ll still have wires running from your receiver to your front speakers and maybe even speakers on the side if you opt for a 7.1 surround system instead of a 5.1. When you see advertisements for wireless home theater systems and wireless surround sound, they’re referring only the rear speakers, the ones on the left and the right behind where people will sit to view the screen.

This can be important for people who don’t know how they’re going to hide the wires that run from front to back. The problem is that the quality of wireless speakers is still a bit behind the quality of wired models. And if you’re going to invest in a home cinema, do you really want to scrimp on the quality of your wireless surround sound system?

While it’s possible that you might not notice a quality difference, it’s just as possible that you might. The rear speakers are what give the surround sound its all-encompassing quality. If they suffer from interference, as the speakers in wireless home theater systems do sometimes, or introduce distortion, then you’re going to be disappointed with your viewing and listening experience.

One of the biggest reasons wireless stereo speakers aren’t usually the ones that true audiophiles choose is that the quality of sound is of utmost importance to them, and if you’re going to take the time and money to purchase and set up a home theater system, it’s counterproductive to buy something that’s not quite as good as it could be, that can pop, hiss and cut out because of radio wave interference. Especially when you’re sacrificing a little quality and still not getting truly wireless operation.

If you’re still considering a wireless home theater system, you can choose between infrared or radio waves as the method of transmission. Both have problems, but infrared speaker receivers can’t be behind large furniture, for instance, while radio wave speakers can be anywhere in the room or even in another room and still pick up the signal.

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