Wireless Surround Sound vs. Conventional Hard-Wired Home Theater
The biggest drawback to conventional hard-wired 5.1-channel surround sound audio systems is the expense, time, and hassle required to buy, run/conceal, cut, strip/terminate, and connect five individual speaker wires, plus a subwoofer cable running from the outputs on back of a home theater receiver to each of the desired locations of the five speakers and the sub. Depending on your specific situation and room layout, this challenge could involve cutting or drilling quite a few holes into walls, floors, and/or ceilings to fish wires to each of the required locations, especially for the two rear surrounds. This can be a significant problem for older homes and especially renters. Good luck getting your security deposit back if you leave a bunch of holes behind when you move out. 🙁
Of course, higher-end hard-wired surround sound systems can outperform wireless systems due to having considerably larger speakers and a component home theater receiver with more power and the latest and greatest surround sound decoding capabilities, but they will typically cost you quite a bit more than you will pay for one of the all-in-one wireless home theater in a box surround sound packages that are featured on this website.
Some, but not all, wireless surround sound systems require that the wireless transmitter, five speakers, and subwoofer EACH be plugged into an AC outlet for power, so you may need to separately purchase a power strip surge protector with enough outlets to plug in behind your television, or perhaps an extension cord if one of your ideal speaker or sub locations is beyond the reach of an AC outlet due to the length of the speaker or sub’s power cord.
The last major difference between the wireless surround sound systems that are featured on this site and hard-wired systems is that the wireless systems utilize the inputs on back of your television to connect each of your source components (such as a Blu-ray Disc player and/or video game console), whereas with a hard-wired system, you connect each of your source components to one of the inputs on back of your home theater receiver.
Wireless Sound Sound Systems vs. Soundbar and Subwoofer Systems
The biggest drawbacks to a soundbar system are especially important to music lovers! Because a soundbar speaker crams at least the front left, center, and front right channels into a single unit that sits underneath your television, you cannot experience the improved stereo separation that is possible by placing individual left and right speakers to each side of your TV.
Also, in an effort to conserve as much space as possible to fit beneath a television, the low-profile cabinet of a soundbar speaker must be ultra-slim to avoid blocking the bottom of your TV screen. This limits the size and depth of speaker drivers that can be mounted on the front of the soundbar. Better sound from music (and more immersive surround sound) is best achieved from larger speaker drivers located closer to ear level.
What Else Might You Need For Home Theater...
In addition to buying your surround sound audio system, you may also need to separately supply or buy most or all of the following to complete the proper setup and installation of your system or enhance your home theater experience:
- a large smart television or a UST (ultra short throw) projector and projection screen
- one or more high resolution A/V source components such as a Blu-ray Disc player (which also plays conventional DVDs and music CDs) and/or video game console
- a stand wide enough for supporting the TV/UST projector plus a front left and right bookshelf or satellite speaker sitting at each side of it (unless you prefer placing the front speakers atop their own stands at each side of the television stand) and adequate space underneath for placing and directing the center channel speaker towards ear level and also holding components
- one or more pairs of floor stands and/or wall mounting brackets for proper placement of smaller bookshelf/satellite front left and right speakers, side surrounds and/or rear speakers
- high-speed Internet connection for streaming entertainment and online gaming
- HDMI, optical audio, and/or Ethernet cable(s)
- a power strip surge protector with plenty of AC outlets
- comfortable (home theater) seating
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