Wireless Home Theater Systems?
When it comes to the Klipsch Reference Wireless Home Theater system, it’s fairly simple: no wires other than to power plugs. No complicated receiver. Just killer home theater sound.
You might now be wondering what that means. Perhaps you’ve heard others boast about being the “best wireless home theater system,” claiming a truly wireless signal without the potential for interference.
But, can they back those claims up with virtually lossless audio and easy plug and play installation? We thought not. Whether you’re starting with a 2,0 Reference Wireless Home Theater system or are going for the 5,1 gusto, we want to walk you through how to get the most out of your wireless home theater system.
How do Wireless Home Theater Speakers work?
Klipsch Director of Innovation and Technology Matt Spitznagle says the difference between wireless and wired is fairly simple. “You no longer need to run wires from a receiver or amplifier to your speakers,” he says. “We put the amplifiers in the speakers, which reduced the size of components needed to make a system work.
“There are a couple of other advantages this provides. Rather than bolting on a low-quality amp to our passive speakers, we built a custom electronics package to get the most out of Reference Wireless. The crossover is done in a digital signal processor, which is 100% consistent in each speaker. Every speaker driver has its own customized low-noise amplifier channel. Yes, that’s 5 amp channels in the RW-34C. Each speaker has its own power supply so every speaker gets 100% power all the time.”
How can I get the Best Sound out of a Wireless Home Theater Speaker set-up?
Besides using Klipsch speakers? (that’s a joke...sort-of)
Spitznagle says, “make sure the wireless surround decoder/transmitter has the right features to help you get the most from your system. An Axiim Link WiSA-ready multi-channel wireless USB audio transmitters have features like basses management and the ability to tune your system to get the most out of your components.”
The placement of wireless speakers is just as important as it is with our traditional speakers. There is an advantage with wireless: You have more flexibility to get the speakers in your ideal locations because the wiring isn’t a limitation, as long as you have outlets nearby to power them,” Spitznagle says.
Does Placement Matter When It Comes to Wireless Home Theater?
Spitznagle says yes. “Make sure your left and right speakers have good separation and are aimed at your listening position,” he explains. “If you have a center speaker, place it below your TV. If you have surround speakers, these are usually placed to the side and back of your listening position. Subwoofers can usually be placed anywhere in a room but, to get the most from them, we recommend experimenting with various locations if you can.”
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Do I need a receiver for my Wireless Home Theater System?
No. But, Spitznagle says you will need a WiSA-ready transmitter that can take audio from your source and broadcast it to your Reference Wireless speakers. The good news is these devices are much smaller than an A/V receiver.
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Do I Need a Subwoofer?
“It’s not 100% necessary,” explains Spitznagle. “But without a sub, the overall output of the system is limited and you will miss the very lowest basses in your music and movies. We typically recommend a caisson de basses, but the system will configure itself to get the best from whatever Reference Wireless speakers you have.”
What About Surround Sound Speakers?
If you are using your Klipsch Reference Wireless system for movies and TV content, we recommend them. They add a truly immersive experience to any video that has surround audio.
Why is Klipsch Reference Wireless a better Wireless Home Theater System Option?
Flexibility and performance. The speakers do not have to be wired to other components or to each other. They have all the performance of our Reference speakers and include amplifiers and precision crossovers tuned for each speaker. It’s a perfect system for getting Klipsch sound where you don’t want to run wires,” Spitznagle says. “Another way we look at it is as a high-performance alternative to a sound bar. The Klipsch Reference Wireless home theater system is as easy to install as a sound bar, but with much higher performance. Because these speakers are wireless, you can arrange them however you choose for your room and for better imaging than any barre de son can offer.”
Matt Spitznagle is the Klipsch Director of Technology and Innovation. Spitznagle has been with Klipsch for 15 years, serving in various engineering roles. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and holds a patent for signal processing in wireless speaker tech.
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