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Wireless Surround Sound – Awesome Idea or Horrific Mistake? We Look at the Pros and Cons.

Are you a tech wizard? Do you have a complex home audio project brewing in your mind? Are you a business owner who needs a unique, smartly contrived sound solution?

Depending on your needs and preferences, you might seriously consider a wireless surround sound speaker system. Typically, every satellite speaker connects to an amplifier – the “wired” route. Moving to wireless affords you more flexibility and allows you to shape, mold, and refine the architecture of the sound environment. But is that flexibility worth the cost?

Let’s look at the pros and cons.wireless-surround-sound


First off, when you go wireless, you don’t have to deal with the wires anymore! How great is that? Of course, you will still need to connect components to the main unit. But you can operate your speakers using infrared or radio signaling. This reduces clutter and allows you to transform your soundscape easier. This is great, especially if you run a small business where you have customers coming in all the time and don’t want people to trip on loose wires.

This also is nice because the technology is really advanced, so the sound quality won’t warp, thanks to the state-of-the-art infrared signal transmission.

Lastly, it’s always cool to be on the cutting edge. When you go wireless, friends, business associates, and customers assume that you really understand your stuff. And if you are in the business of selling other technologies — or if you simply want to “one up” your friend who always boasts about how great his sound system is, this gives you a little extra cache.


The cheaper models don’t necessarily have technology that prevents interference. For instance, cordless phones, home Wi-Fi, and even your microwave oven can distort the signals and tweak the quality of the sound. Also, it’s not cheap to go wireless.

Lastly, not all wireless solutions are truly wireless. Some speakers may need an AC power supply – a wire! – to function. Other speakers require cables for every other speaker (instead of no cables at all). Again, to eliminate these problems, you generally need to ratchet up the price.  For a detailed and systematic assessment of the right solution for you, connect with Karbon Consulting, a leader in Bay Area home theater systems – at 925-798-7600, or learn more about our firm and how we can help you at

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