So you’re ready to upgrade your home entertainment system to a wireless system. Congratulations for going wireless and eliminating more wires and cables. Even though some cabling is required with this kind of installation, no cables need to be run to connect devices since the wireless compatibility takes care of that problem.
Now that you have made this decision, what types of wireless surround systems are available and what are the regulations for having them installed? The following will answer the basic questions you need to know about wireless home theatre surround sound systems.
What does it mean to have wireless surround sound?
The speakers are what is wireless when it comes to wireless home theatre and surround sound systems. Cables are still needed to hook into the main devices like the TV and other components that must be directly connected. The wireless speakers can be strategically placed anywhere in the room as long as the system is properly setup.
What are the two types of wireless speakers?
- RF – RF (Radio Frequency) have a range of up to 100 metres and are capable of receiving signal through obstacles like walls and other items that may be between the speakers and the source.
- IR – IR (Infrared) speakers have the capability to reach up to ten metres in range. They work well as long as no interference or obstacles are between them and the source.
What you should know about wireless speakers and home theatre systems
In most cases, IR speakers are perfectly fine as long as they are properly placed. If you place speakers behind objects like your couch or chairs, the signal between the source and the speaker is likely to be interrupted, reducing effectiveness. It’s important to place these speakers in the most functional places. If you have problems with IR reception, IR repeaters can be installed to help with the signal. IR speakers are not affected by microwave technology or other electronic devices.
RF speakers have the downside of being affected by microwave technology and certain electronic devices. That does not make them ineffective, but you will have to turn off your cell phone and pop your popcorn prior to watching television or a movie. High quality RF speakers seldom have interference problems with other radio frequencies, but cheap speakers won’t block other radio frequencies.
Who must install these systems?
According to the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority), installation of home theatre and entertainment systems must be performed according to the regulations of the ACMA. High-end systems have to be installed by professionals, while end-users can often setup their own systems. These elements are all subject to the requirements found in Division 9 of Part 21 of the Telecommunications Act of 1997.
When you go through a reliable home entertainment system company, they will be able to help you with the regulations in your region if they differ from this. Some areas may require an electrician to do the initial cabling. This is why it’s important to seek professional advice and help before choosing any kind of home entertainment system.