Wireless Surround and PC Speakers
Thankfully along came wireless speaker systems, where the rear satellites were wireless and didn’t need meters of cable running all over the place. The speakers connect to the amplifier as normal, and the front satellites are wired. However, a sender connects to the rear satellite output and beams the signal wirelessly across the room for true surround.
If all that seems a little too much like hard work, why not connect your PC speakers into your TV and enjoy surround that way? It costs much less, the speakers are much smaller and you don’t need an amplifier. The compromise is that you can’t get true surround, DTS, 5.1 or THX, but you do get much better sound than from your TV alone.
A decent set of computer speakers, like those from Creative or Logitech will connect into the back of your TV and work straight away. Just install them exactly as you would on your computer. Plug them into the mains, put the bass box somewhere, then place the satellite speakers. If you want to go for a simulated 5.1 then hide the rear speakers somewhere.
The output won’t be anywhere near as loud as a true surround system, but it will cost at least a couple of hundred dollars less, if anything at all. This kind of solution is ideal for those who don’t have the kind of budget a true surround setup can cost. If you have a PC already, and a decent set of speakers then there is no purchase necessary.
If you don’t want a full surround sound experience, but want to improve on the standard TV speakers, then using PC speakers is an ideal middle ground. Especially if you already have them lying around.