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Sony Wireless Home Theater System

written by: Brian Nelson•edited by: Jonathan Wylie•updated: 7/30/2010

Need a high-quality home theater experience, but don't want the hassle of running wires all over your room? A Sony wireless home theater solution may give you quality surround sound and a full home theater experience without the wires.

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    That big screen TV may make you the envy of all your friends, but even a 65" Sony Bravia LCD TV won't give you that full home theater experience without an HDTV antenna, or other high-definition signal, and enough speakers to pull off at least 5.1 surround sound. Of course, Sony offers plenty of home theater receiver options to handle the highest quality audio visual experience around.

    There is just one catch. It takes several speakers in order to get true surround sound, and some of them have to be behind the viewer, across the room from the A/V cabinet and that top of the line Sony TV. Making those speakers all work takes wires and for those rear speakers, those wires have to get from the front of the room to the back of the room somehow.

    If you are lucky, your home theater room is pre-wired for surround sound. But, for many people, getting wires to the rear speakers means running speaker wire across the floor, along the ceiling, or under the carpet. In many cases, that adds extra clutter or worse. Fortunately, there is a solution, a wireless Sony home theater system.

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    Sony S-Air Wireless Speaker System

    The first efforts at wireless speakers were dismal failures. Transmitting high-quality sound wirelessly resulted in low-quality or muted sound at best, and crackling and hissing at worst. Many times, the sounds coming from the wireless speakers were not perfectly synced with the rest of the system, resulting in annoying echo like sounds. Sometimes there would be no sound at all.

    These days, higher quality wireless systems allow for a sound quality so good that only serious audiophiles using familiar reference tracks can tell the difference. One of the reasons for this improvement in wireless sound quality is a new way of delivering wireless sound.

    sony-s-air-receiver Sony Bravia home theaters compatible with Sony's wireless speaker technology, called S-Air, allow for quality wireless surround sound. Instead of making the speakers themselves truly wireless, home theater makers like Sony, have designed systems that only eliminate the annoying, cluttering wires that transverse the room from front to back. In their place, another audio unit receives the wireless signal from the main receiver. Wires run from that rear unit to the speakers allowing for fully amped sound to be delivered to high-quality speakers that do not have to be made to receive wireless signals directly.

    This allows any compatible Bravia home theater system to be a wireless Bravia home theater system.

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    Sony Wireless Home Theater Quality

    How good is the Sony wireless home theater delivered by S-Air wireless speaker technology?

    Surprisingly good. The secret to Sony's successful wireless home theater systems is that its receivers offer an automatic calibration which ensures that the surround sound signal is properly adjusted for any flaws introduced by the wireless connection.

    Users place a microphone in the main listening position. The Sony receiver sends test signals to each speaker and makes adjustments accordingly based upon what sounds reach the microphone. So, if it turns out that the wireless speakers have a slight delay and lower than expected volume, the receiver will compensate for this by adjusting the timing and volume signals that get sent to the wireless receiver. So, even if there is a delay, it is compensated for by the receiver resulting in a high-quality sound signal.

    There are other wireless systems, including ones made by speaker rival Bose, but for Sony home theater users, the Sony S-Air wireless speaker setup provides a best of breed solution when coupled with HDMI cable connections and other quality components.