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Pros and Cons of Wireless Home Theater Systems

Nov 9th 2012 at 9:04 PM

Blu-rays and DVDs look great, but without a high-definition way to experiencing it, they somewhat go to waste, unless you own a home theater system, in which case, you fully understand the joy of watching a something with crystal clear surround sound fidelity and in high definition on your vast TV screen. However, as with any good thing, there's a few downsides, the mast aesthetic of which is the bundles of wires trailing from one thing to another to connect all of the devices together, making it a pain to move the system once it's placed. But technology has once again advanced and we are no longer using wires for information transmission, instead many things are done without wires and it's making the minimalist's dream in the process. If you hate those ugly wires stretching around your system, then you'll want to look at a some wireless home theater systems.


The wires are obviously gone now, which is a boon for most. Using infrared or radio waves, a media player sends the information via its transmitter to an inbuilt receiver in the speakers. These wireless systems come in cheap packs and often standalone as well, should you wish to only partially replace a set. If you are a parent or simply own an animal, you might be familiar with damage to your wires, this is unavoidable when you have wires stretched back and forth, but with a wireless pack, you completely negate that.


However, there is a catch; if you enjoy your crystal clear sound on a hard wired system, then there are several aspects of the wireless sound that you may not enjoy. Between wireless and wired, it is the wired option that provides the best form of data transmission, losing no sound fidelity whatsoever. Wireless on the other hand, is not so perfect; it comes in radio waves and infrared. Due to interference, radio waves can often be a trouble to setup and result in the worst quality. While interference is not a problem for infrared, it has trouble working when the transmitter and receiver cannot see each other. Before committing to a wireless system, it is worth testing them out to see if you can accept the lower sound quality or if it will ultimately ruin your enjoyment.


Infrared and radio waves are not the only option anymore. Wireless home theater systems now come with bluetooth available. Using connection ports, receivers utilize a bluetooth connection to send and receive information and can even be used to play media from other bluetooth-capable devices. Another possibility for wireless usage is the Homeplug, a device you can inset into an power socket in your home, as it will receive information around the house, then send it to your theater components by transmitting the data on the back of the electricity.

Final Thoughts

You may not even notice the sound quality difference between wired and wireless, so going without wires would be win-win for you as you get rid of the wires as well. However, those that do notice might be willing to stick with hard-wired components until the sound fidelity improves, as it will break the experience of have a wireless theater system. Luckily, technology is constantly improving and perhaps eventually, the differences will filter out until there is never a reason to go with wires again.

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