How to make surround sound wireless

Written by james clark
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Transforming your surround-sound speakers into wireless speakers that can be placed almost anywhere will require a wireless speaker kit available at most large electronics stores and through online retailers. Prices for a conversion kit start at about £65 and climb as high as you are willing to spend. Whatever you buy, make sure the hardware is rated compatible with your speakers. Follow these tips to get started.

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Things you need

  • Surround speakers
  • Wireless speaker conversion kit.

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    The Steps

  1. 1

    Buy a wireless speaker conversion kit rated to the impedance values of your speakers. If your speakers are arated at 8 ohms, for example, and the wireless kit can handle speakers with impedance values of 4-16 ohms, you'll be just fine. Most kits come with the equipment necessary to convert a pair of speakers to wireless. If you wish to convert more than one pair, you will need additional kits.

  2. 2

    Place the wireless transmitter from your kit behind your audio-video amplifier and connect the speaker wires from the amplifier outputs to the corresponding jacks on the transmitter. Short lengths of speaker wire from the amp to the transmitter will work best.

  3. 3

    Connect your surround speakers to the receiver unit that came with your wireless kit using short pieces of speaker wire. Follow the usual connections--red wire for positive, silver wire for negative.

  4. 4

    Plug all the equipment into a power source and switch them on.

  5. 5

    Place your surround speakers attached to the wireless receivers in your preferred location. Most wireless systems work best when there are no physical obstructions, such as a wall, to the radio signal that sends information to your surround speaker.

  6. 6

    Test your set-up by playing a DVD or audio CD and adjusting the volume and delay controls on your amplifier.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep a clear line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver for best results.
  • Depending on the quality and price of the wireless speaker kit, you may notice some diminished sound quality due to the radio transmission taking the place of a speaker wire with a dedicated connection between amp and speaker.

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