Setting up a Wireless Whole Home Audio System

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Home theater systems really bring a movie to life, making the experience memorable and feeling as though you're in a theater watching the latest summer release. Sound, specifically surround sound, in a home theater system provides the rich audio experience enjoyed while watching a great film, because it is felt from 360 degrees.

Customized to fit any need or packaged from a manufacturer, home theater systems come in many shapes in sizes. A very popular purchase for home theater fans is the home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB).

Purchasing an HTIB for that new LCD, Plasma, or other large format TV screen is a smart decision. TV sets provide adequate speakers without the capability to really make you feel the audio experience, and an HTIB is packaged with all of the audio components necessary to enjoy a good audio experience. A typical HTIB will include an Audio Visual receiver, a DVD player, five to seven speakers, and a subwoofer.
Yamaha Home Theater
With the HTIB setup, the audio and video images from a DVD player or other video sources will be processed through the receiver and then output on the TV. The TV will only display movie images, and the receiver will generate rich vibrating audio, so you not only hear the movie’s roaring monsters, but you jump when the creature stirs in the bushes behind you.
A common problem for new home theater owners, HTIB included, is the problem of wiring. Wires are run from every system component, making the receiver the hub for the home theater system. Outputting sounds through multiple channels, the receiver makes sure each speaker plays its part. A seven channel surround system HTIB will include seven speakers and a subwoofer. Two speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer will be located up front, while two more speakers, called surround speakers, will be placed in the middle, and two speakers will be located in the rear, aptly named surround back speakers.

Failing to set up these speakers will diminish the quality of the sound the receiver is capable of producing, and home theater owners sometimes give up because of the difficulty and expense of wiring speakers. A solution to this predicament is a wireless speaker solution.

The technology is still maturing, and today only the rear speakers can be setup for wireless signals. Because rear speakers don’t require the level of output of a front, center channel, or other speaker component, wireless technologies make them a good fit as the response and signal quality will not be as strong as wired speakers. However, selecting wireless speakers still saves time and money compared to wiring from the receiver to the rear speakers.
Samsung Home Theater
A drawback to rear wireless receivers is that each wireless speaker usually comes with an amplifier and wireless transmitter. These wireless speakers will also need a dedicated power source for each speaker to power the amplifier and wireless gear.

The Audio Visual receiver must also be wireless ready, which means a wireless device will be installed in the receiver or as a bar connected to the receiver; connected so that the receiver sends and receives signals with the wireless rear speakers. A weakness of these wireless speaker setups is that all the other speakers (center, surround, front, and sub-woofer) must be directly wired to the receiver. In fact, as speaker power is boosted through amplifiers, many of these speakers require power supplies at each point.
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