You’ve invested in a home cinema system and are settling down to enjoy your first movie night when disaster strikes – the sound is tinny and sub-standard. You need a better sound system to match the awesome image projection and so you research the best system within your budget.
Invariably, you will come across wired and wireless systems; here we look at a wireless system, the pros and cons so that you can see if this is the system for you…
let’s start with the obvious! It is understandable that many people hate the plethora of wires that seem to come with such a system. The difficulty is how to effectively hide them all, without the need to re-plaster the whole living room. Far fewer wires are needed, although there are some that are still needed to connect the main units but the speakers ‘communicate’ to each other and off the main unit without the need for metres and metres of cable. A plus if ever there was one!
The latest technology
if you think the wireless connection will be intermittent and unreliable, think again. Wireless technology has moved on at a great pace, with infra-red transmission beaming a digital signal between components. Far more reliable and a great sound reproduction.
Do the pros outweigh the cons?
Unfortunately, budget will play a part. Whilst we have said the latest wireless technology is not far short of pure brilliance and genius, if your budget doesn’t stretch that far you could end up with a slightly less reliable system. Mobile phones, cordless phone and even the microwave could interfere with some wireless signals.
Again, many people find that a wireless surround sound system, even the cheapest of versions, is out of their price range although, as wireless technology gathers pace in terms of popularity, the use of equipment and methods used to create the systems will start to decrease in price.
Is it really a wireless system?
Some people think they are investing in a completely wireless system where, apart from the main cables at the rear of the unit, the speakers themselves will have no wires… only to find that they are disappointed. Even some of the high specification systems from well-known manufacturers and brands have a cable coming from each speaker, so not quite sure if this counts as truly wireless…
The choice is yours!
Surround sound systems add so much to a viewing experience, from hearing the delights of birds in the background to the heart pounding sound of elephants bearing down on you from behind but, the use of wireless is something that is still really being developed.
Of course, the final decision is yours but with professional installation, the wires and cabling for your sound system, as they are for your TV or projector, can be safely and conveniently hidden away – without the need for major house renovations, you’ll be pleased to hear!
Which would you choose, if money was no object?
This fantastic article was written by Steve Bateman from Master AV Services. Steve has extensive knowledge on surround systems having work in the industry for many years, and likes to share his knowledge by blogging.