There is nothing quite like being able to ditch your jumbled mess of cables and cords as you turn from a wired to a wireless speaker and surround sound system. But, if you have a pre-existing wired system and are wanting to add additional wireless speakers, will this work?
Wireless speakers come with many advantages and can be added to an existing surround sound system. You can either pair the wireless speakers directly to your media-streaming device, or you can use a wireless transmitter/receiver to connect your devices.
With either option, you gain the benefits of being able to install wireless speakers in addition to your pre-existing wired surround sound system (or, of course, you can make your entire surround sound system wireless).
Whatever you end up choosing, adding wireless speakers to your surround sound system can take your home theater to the next level. Continue reading to look at how to establish these connections and more.
How Do You Add Wireless Speakers to a Surround Sound System?
As you begin to set up your new surround sound speaker system (or add a few speakers to your existing system), there are many options that you can choose from.
Of course, this will be a highly personalized decision as not only will your home theater space vary, but your budget and aesthetic appeal will, too. With that said, there are still some pretty basic rules of thumb to follow.
So, how do you add wireless speakers to a surround sound system?
If you are incorporating wireless speakers to a pre-existing surround sound system, you can either pair the speakers directly to your media-streaming device (like a tv), or you can use a wireless transmitter/receiver to connect them.
If you want your entire surround sound system to be wireless, you can purchase a full set.
Of course, what you choose to do will depend on your current setup. While many people are choosing to upgrade their entire surround sound system in their home theaters for a completely wireless surround sound system, others want to make their wired speakers work with a few new wireless supports.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at a few of the best ways to add wireless speakers to your surround sound system.
Pair Wireless Speakers to a Surround Sound System via a Media-Streaming Device
One of the most common options when incorporating wireless speakers into your home theater’s surround sound system is to pair the wireless speakers directly to the media-streaming device. Of course, this requires that the media-streaming device has wireless connectivity enabled.
For example, if you wanted to pair your wireless speakers directly to your TV and incorporate them into your surround sound system in this way, then your TV would need to be WiFi-enabled in the first place. Otherwise, you would need to use an audio receiver/transmitter, but more on that later.
To connect your wireless speakers to your media-streaming device like a WiFi-enabled TV, you will need to establish a connection with the wireless network on both the TV and the wireless speakers.
Once the two are connected to the WiFi network, you should be able to go into the TV’s connectivity settings and add the speakers as a wireless device.
This way can be advantageous because the TV can use these speakers as defaults. However, it can be a bit tricky to make sure that the TV does not automatically cut off the rest of the surround sound speakers in your system by selecting the wireless speakers as the default.
To avoid this mayhem, you will want to make sure that the rest of your speakers are paired with the wireless speakers. If this is not possible due to your wired connection on your other speakers, then it is better to connect the wireless speakers to the A/V Receiver with an audio transmitter.
Honestly, this way will probably save you quite a bit of hassle with incorporating various power levels and controls, anyway.
So, if you are using a mix of wired and wireless speakers in your surround sound system, it is best to pair the devices with the same A/V receiver when possible to make it more efficient and streamlined.
Pair Wireless Speakers to a Surround Sound System with a Wireless Transmitter
While connecting your wireless speakers directly to your media-streaming device like a TV sounds great in theory, it can take quite a bit of technical setup to ensure that the power supplied to your speakers in this way will allow them to mesh cohesively with the rest of your surround sound speakers.
To avoid this, you can choose another alternative which is to pair the wireless speakers to the receiver with a wireless audio transmitter.
In this way, as mentioned above, you are connecting the speakers directly to the source of streamlined audio which will help the speakers to fit in better with the rest of the sound system.
To pair your wireless speakers to a receiver using a transmitter is really quite simple. Most transmitters will plug directly into your receiver, so be sure to first look at the type of connections that your receiver is capable of receiving (like a USB plug or another type of connection).
Once you have verified this, you can purchase the transmitter, plug it into the receiver, and make sure that it is turned on. If it is a Bluetooth transmitter, you will pair it via Bluetooth to your wireless speakers. If it is not, then you will likely need to make sure that it is paired directly with your WiFi network.
Once you are able to establish a connection between the transmitter and the speakers, you should be good to go. All you will need to do is to control the audio with the controls on your receiver.
In this way of connecting your wireless speakers to your surround sound system, all of the connections with the multiple speakers in your system are in one place and are more easily controlled.
Use a Completely Wireless Speaker Surround Sound System
If you want to upgrade your old sound equipment to bring your home theater into the top tech of the last few years, then you can choose to switch everything over to a wireless speaker system.
You can actually do this in two ways. You can convert all of your wired speakers to wireless speakers by using an audio transmitter as described above. Or, you can invest in new wireless speakers to make up an entire surround sound system.
If you are using an entirely wireless speaker surround sound system, you are really at an advantage. Using wireless speakers for a completely wireless surround sound system will equip you with some of the easiest setup possibilities out there.
Of course, you will still have to make sure that each of your wireless speakers is connected to the receiver or media-streaming device. However, once these connections are established, you have a lot of flexibility in where you place the speakers in your home theater space.
Not only will this free you up to avoid wired connections, but you can enjoy the aesthetic appeal of removing the jumbled cable mess that was there before.
Can Wireless Speakers Sound as Good as Wired Speakers?
If you are still on the fence about incorporating wireless speakers into your surround sound system, you are not alone. With this newer upgrade in technology focusing on a WiFi connection and pairing with “smart” devices, there can be a few areas that you might wonder how they compare.
For example, can wireless speakers sound as good as wired speakers?
Wireless speakers can have just as good, if not better, sound quality as wired speakers considering the WiFi connectivity and minimal physical technological errors that could occur.
Of course, you might have WiFi issues that disrupt connectivity, but the speaker’s performance is overall high-quality.
Still, there will always be people who prefer to use the older ways of wired speakers as they prefer the established connection that they can see and feel.
Truly, there is nothing wrong either way here. Or, as mentioned above, you can even choose to pair wired and wireless speakers in a surround sound system.
Whatever you end up choosing to do, just be sure that you establish the appropriate connections between your speakers and receiver, amplifiers, and the original source of media that you are using.
Additionally, focus on investing in higher-quality pieces of sound equipment that play a wide range of frequencies and allow you to experience a robust audio experience in your home theater (or another location).
With the right placement, proper setup, and established connections, you are sure to be pleased with the ease and efficiency of using wireless speakers in a surround sound system. Goodbye jumbled mess of cables- wireless speakers, here we go.
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