Casual Bluetooth speakers and Surround Sound Speakers, or Home Theater speakers that are Bluetooth-enabled, are far more expensive. More or less, they cost three or four times the price of a single Bluetooth speaker. While that is, in a way, a bit overwhelming, those who love watching movies and enjoy the cinematic vibe wouldn’t mind.
Wireless Surround speakers or Home Theater speakers need so much attention when being installed. It is due to the variety of functions that need to be there to work. Wired Surround Speakers take so much time setting up, though. So, you can rest assured that by purchasing Wireless Surround Speakers—which are more expensive—you’ll save time setting it up.
How It Works
Wireless Surround speakers or Wireless Home Theater speakers usually involve sub-woofers and their main speaker. There could be three speakers, sometimes two–two huge sub-woofers, one soundbar, and four smaller speakers that you can place anywhere at home. The frequency of each speaker is high, and you can rest assured that these speakers are wireless (except for the four smaller speakers since they’re supposed to be connected). For example, consider the best wireless surround speaker in the market–the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra Surround Sound System that costs $1,499.99; it has six speakers if you get the complete set.
Now, these surround speakers work because the audio signal will travel to the soundbar—or whichever of the speakers is the Receiver. Upon receiving that audio signal, the Receiver will transmit it to the other speakers connected to it via Bluetooth or an app by the brand of the speaker. It is best to remember that these speakers do work without wire, but some need an outlet to work. Yes, we can’t exactly take those away yet. But, at least it’s good to know that that’s usually the only wire we’ll see when using the wireless surround speakers.
So, how do each speaker work, and what are their functions?
The Surround Speaker “Receiver”
The Receiver is for wireless and wired setups and routing many multimedia resources. The Receiver is typically the “brain” of the operation. It is the core function of the sub-woofers and other speakers that come along with it.
Others refer to Receivers as the group’s amplifier—this is true. The only difference between the Receiver and actual amplifiers is that they have more functions, making them suitable for home theater setups. Which completely does not defeat the purpose of getting wireless surround, sound speakers.
It is also on the Receiver where you’ll find ports for HDMI cables. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth pairing buttons are also on the Receiver, and these two functions enhance the audio and your viewing experience.
The Center Speaker
The Center Speaker is mandatory when using a receiver instead of a soundbar. Since this speaker should have the most powerful audio in your setup, make sure that you don’t underpower it because it would lead to your audio distortion. The majority of the sound blast through the metallic grills comes through the center speaker. Hence, a wireless center speaker is crucial in your setup.
The Front Speakers
There are usually two front speakers that you can set on both ends of your TV. They’re usually with a group of surround sound speakers that don’t have a soundbar present. It’s because soundbars, with their already lengthy bodies, already stretch out their speakers to both ends of the TV—hence, there’s no need for separate front speakers.
Putting that aside, these front speakers enhance the audio, giving a more realistic sound to the movie you’re viewing. Be careful, though. Some models have wires and models that are wireless. So, make sure to inquire first before purchasing.
The Rear Speakers
These speakers are smaller and usually at the back part of the room. Their role is to enhance background sounds such as distant chatters, off-screen conversations, the bustling sound of the environment, etc. They usually come with speakers with five or more channels. Following the speakers’ name, it is best to place it at the back portion of the room for it to live its purpose as “rear speakers.”
Subwoofers are usually big, and they do more than enhance the audio. Without these, the movie would sound neutral or less impactful. Subwoofers are in-charge of the repercussions, improving the bass’ low rumbling and the balance of the treble. The subwoofer is why you can feel the deep bass resonate through the floor and the walls.
Soundbars are a newer addition to the family of speakers. The soundbar can stand alone or have other speakers accompany it for better audio quality. This speaker is like an all-in-one coffee where you can save more than buying and setting up multiple speakers with different roles. While there may be those that prefer the usual group of surround sound speakers, soundbars have shown improvement over the last few years. Perhaps an era where soundbars dominate the surround system industry will come.
Wired or Wireless?
You can go wireless or wired for your surround sound system due to the changing times and the continuous improvement of technology. With that said, a surround system that requires wires and cables to connect and to your TV will prove to be a tiresome and meticulous process. It also defeats the purpose of wanting to keep everything minimal and neat. Wireless would help you save time in setting up the speakers, and there would be no need for you to look for ways to connect your speakers without risking the family tripping over the cables. Of course, there’s always a neat way of setting up a surround sound system with so many cables and wires but going wireless will always help you save time and effort.
But please remember that the “wireless” surround sound system will not be completely “wireless” as you still need your subwoofer to be plugged into an outlet for it to work. Surround sound systems are different from the casual Bluetooth speaker that you need to charge for a few hours and use for an entire day. No, surround sound systems are not rechargeable and hence need an outlet as their power source.