written by: Daniel Barros•edited by: Eric Stallsworth•updated: 7/31/2009
We look at how you can better hide your surround sound cables, by eliminating them altogether. Inside you'll find out which two wireless systems are best suited for your current setup.
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Wireless for Your Convenience
You’re ready to go on your surround sound system, but you can’t seem to figure out how to wire up the whole system. Maybe it’s time to consider a wireless system. Back in June, I wrote an article discussing the merits of wireless over wired speakers, you can find it here. Today we’ll be looking at two wireless speaker systems that give you the most bang for your buck.
The Rocketfish kit isn’t something I’d normally recommend, but the Rocketfish system performs rather admirably in normal conditions and transmits the audio data from the receiver to the speakers with an unprecedented fidelity.
This is thanks to the advanced RF receivers and transmitters that RocketFish uses. And that’s without having to pay a special premium for the system. However, this doesn’t come with any speakers, so you’ll just have to hook up to the speakers you currently have or shell out more money for new speakers.
The receiver is effective up to 100 Ft away, but I wouldn’t test that theory. Generally, a speaker and the receiver should be separated by no more than say 15 - 20 feet. With a wired connection, at that distance the connection could start to break down because of small defects in the wire; with the wireless connection, the chances of interference with the system start to increase dramatically.
Bose once again lends their expertise in all things sound to a wireless system that is truly different and a cut above the rest, but at a premium (as is the standard for all things Bose). The SL2 Wireless Link makes the RocketFish kit look like child’s play, but it does cost twice as much.
The speaker uses the 5.8 GHz frequency, which as wireless network aficionados can tell you, means that the connection is much more likely to be steady and reliable than at a lower GHz range. At this kind of range, things like cell phones, microwaves, or other electronics won’t interfere with your sound.
The receiver for the speakers once again doesn’t come with the actual speaker itself. It comes with the connection to just make your current speakers wireless. The install is quick, painless, and color-coordinated. You’ll find that hooking up this little receiver is a whole lot easier than trying to connect the whole audio system if you’re among the uninitiated.
I usually don’t advocate wireless systems because of a loss in fidelity, but for $220, you can get this Bose Wireless speaker kit and still be satisfied with your sound. Of course, this pairs beautifully with a Bose system; for those of us that don’t have $3000 to throw around, you can stick with your current receiver and still manage to get great sound.