Wires can make an otherwise attractive home theater system appear messy and unsightly. If you want the enjoyment of a surround sound system or music throughout your home but don’t want to hassle with all the wires, a wireless speaker system may be right for you. If you’re concerned about the price, relax. You may be surprised at the affordability of a wireless speaker system.
Although your system will not be completely wireless, all those annoying wires going from your receiver to your speakers will disappear. Short speaker wires will be necessary to connect your speakers to the wireless receiver. Short wires will also be needed to connect the wireless transmitter to your amplifier or home theater receiver.
Purchase a wireless speaker set. These can be found at many electronics retailers such as Best Buy or Radio Shack starting around $100. For this price, you will get one receiver and one transmitter. If you are want wireless music throughout your home, you will need to purchase additional receivers for around $60. Make sure that the receivers you purchase use the same frequency as the purchased transmitter. The easiest way to do this is by purchasing the same model receiver as the one that come with your wireless kit.
Hook the wireless transmitter to your receiver or audio component. Check your device to ensure it has the proper receptacles for plugging in the wireless transmitter. The most common type of connection used for wireless speakers is RCA connectors. If your audio device doesn’t have RCA inputs, you will need to purchase an adapter. These are usually around $10.
The receiver will require power, so ensure that it is set up near a power supply. You may have one receiver for two rear speakers in a home theater system or one for each speaker located throughout your house. Since you are spending the money to make your audio system wireless, a little planning will be needed when deciding where the speakers and receivers will go. You don’t want to get rid of the audio wires only to have a power cord running along your wall or floor. Factor in power outlets when planning the location of your audio equipment.
Keep in mind the polarity of your speaker wires when connecting your speakers to the receivers. Black cables are traditionally negative, while red or white cables are positive.
Now that your transmitter and receiver are plugged into your system, you’re now ready to enjoy home entertainment without having to look at those unsightly cables and wires.