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Old 07-08-2007, 06:25 AM
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Yes I know wired is better but I have some hearing loss and do not need perfect speakers but still enjoy the effect. I was in line at SAMS Club and some one was carrying out a set/kit of Samsung wireless speakers. Wow easy to install in my situation I thought,

Does anyone have an opinion on wireless speakers?????????
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:40 AM
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It would be great if they actually worked worth a darn. I haven't been impressed enough to not spend hours running wire in the walls and attic.

Yet.
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Old 07-08-2007, 12:56 PM
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My Mother has a Toshiba 55 Plasma and wanted to go with a "all in one" type solution that would yeild decent sound with minimal wiring fuss. I talked her into a Sony Dream System (DAV-Model Number) For what she wanted it's elegant and the rear speakers are wireless via Infrared so unline RF there is no "hiss" and the IR Sender and Receiver's are large arrays so it takes a lot to block the signal. Each rear speaker is amplified so you need an electrical outlet near each one.

The other nice feature is that they are in tall, slender aluminum enclosures, they really look sexy and fit in with the "thin" plasma set..

But at the end of the day? Not good enough for me.. I run big honkin 27 pound (each) bookshelf's for my L/R Surround they are mounted high on four axis brackets and I ran the wiring through the attic.. Not fun, but the sound is better than the majority of movie theaters that I have been in

So if the speakers are wireless IR, "maybe" if they are wireless RF, fuhgetaboutit!

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Old 07-08-2007, 01:57 PM
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I don't think they are actually wireless. I just shopped for them and instead bought a Sony system and ran the wires around the baseboards to get the surround sound. some or all (I'm not sure) wireless surround systems actually have wires on the two BEHIND speakers. There is a battery operated receiver box that is not connected to the main unit which is in front of you. It picks up the signal from the main receiver and then through wires sends the sound through to the two rear speakers. so as it was explained to me, there are wires to the two rear speakers, but not all the way around the room to the main receiver. I'm confused now ???
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:47 PM
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Thanks for the reply s, will look further into the speakers.

My neighbor, not really critical of anything, has the Bose radio, the small one that is supposed to do great things and give the impression of surround sound(????????) hooked to here LCD tv, I have not listened to it but she is happy with it. I know it would not be theater quality but I have a definite hearing problem so it might work for me. Any comment about that.
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:14 PM
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Most Bose owners are happy because they were told they were getting high quality.. And a lot of guy's wives don't allow them to have a real home theater setup

But the truth is still the same, big sound doesn't come from small speakers, it never has and it likely never will. The Bose setups are ok for very small livingrooms but if you put one in a big living room with vaulted ceilings and more than 13x16' of space it will not yeild very much output.

If I was going to waste $1000+ on anything Bose makes, I would seriously just get the "real" surround sound setup.

This is the system I recommended to my Mother and would recommend to anyone who is not looking to build a true component home theater setup. You can buy this whole system which includes a DVD/CD Changer/Receiver along with Sub, Front Left and Right, Center Channel and Rear Left and Right Surrounds, for less than $900.00


Sony DAV-FX900W

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Old 07-08-2007, 06:41 PM
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Hard to beat 601s for front and 301s for the rear with a big honkin HK receiver. I use altec lansing for center for some reason. It will make BIG clear sound. Hardly ever use all their capabilities but occasionally (NASCAR) CRANK IT!
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:16 PM
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i had a great home theater......then i got married.

now its all inwall/ceiling. i'm lucky that she allowed me to keep the subwoofer in the corner.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:39 PM
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Speaking of Bose... My system did an ok job in my 24 x 25 room with vaulted ceiling but the bass absolutely sucked so I ditched it and went for something which will rock the house - my neighbors house that is . Watching movies could not be better and the Bose front/rear cubes actually do a decent job.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:11 PM
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I on the other hand do not agree that the bose cubes do a "good" job. But I am also the guy that is building a set of line array's for front left and right duty that will have a sensitivity around 110DB 1 Watt, 1 Meter...

The Bose acoustimass system has massive frequency gaps in the transition from the "subwoofer" (which it barely qualifies) to the jewel cubes, but you won't find any Frequency Response Plots in any Stereo Mag since Bose will just sue anyone into obscurity if anyone has the least little thing bad (or truthful) to say about the product.

I guess I shouldn't use "my" acoustic goals as a measure for all products though. Considering I'm the guy that has the subwoofer that runs off a 220V outlet... The first time I watched Star Wars AOTC I had to go fetch my subwoofer since in my haste I forgot to add my floor spikes and it took a 7' walk across the livingroom

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Old 07-09-2007, 04:27 AM
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bose systems suck for anything more then a fancy clock radio............and the bose speakers are not worth the money in my opinion.....maybe 15 years ago yes, but not anymore....
if you want a jamming surround sound, bite the bullet, run the wires, and save yourself some money and install jbl speakers.....for the base, go with a jbl 15 inch base cube (down firing) placed right behind the sitting area....for the surround, jbl series 23's are great....for the center, jbl series 28's....and fro the mains, the biggest set of jbl towers you can stand........add plenty of power, and adjust to your liking.......the local movie theater will be wanting to do a walk through to see how you set it up !...............and for God sakes, dont spend all the time and money doing this and then set your sitting area up against the back wall !
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:58 AM
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SBF,

Geez it sounds like Phil Itralude(sp?) from The Home Theater Forum wrote that! He's one of the most outspoken proponent of JBL for HT.. I can't argue, JBL Home Audio is nothing like it's car audio division, thier home stuff is pretty stout!

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Old 07-09-2007, 12:35 PM
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Home theaters can be addictive and it's frustrating that things become obsolete so quickly. I have a 50" pio elite plasma, yammy 130W receiver and B&W speakers all the way around. What stinks is the audio stuff is in the basement and the plasma is hanging solo in the family room. Now that I have an area in the finished basement a projector is becoming tempting.....

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