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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2015, 03:10 PM - Thread Starter
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Exclamation Why do we still need wires for surround sound? Receiver concept thoughts...

Not all of us get to move into an unfinished house where we can run all the wire we need before the sheetrock goes up.

Now that wifi is nearly ubiquitous and more powerful than a few years back, why don't receiver manufacturers capitalize on this to make setup easier? So if each channel was setup in an encoded bitstream it could be sent to either self-powered speakers like the HEOS, or mini amps for your own speakers. Distribution to different rooms/zones would also be easier. The Heos Amp and HEOS Link are kind of the right idea, but I think should be part of modern receivers, not kludgy and overpriced add-ons.

In an ideal world, there would even be a standard for the reception, but that's just crazy talk.

Companies could make smaller recievers with amps for just the front three channels and distribute to proprietary amps/speakers for the rear surrounds.

Does this make sense to anyone else or am I just nuts?
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CRAZY TALK!... jk

Sounds like it could be do-able, The rear amp could power rear, sides, and atmos speakers.

For myself, I would rather just run the extra speaker wires and have one source to deal with.

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It is called latency. Wifi lags just use apple airplay and you will see. It is best to have one unit to control sound instead of sound going to one source then to another then another. Wifi is great for music, but not for watching movies. Bluthooth and wifi has bad latency issues. This is why most wireless rear surround speaker solutions still use radio waves.
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It is technically just not feasible, is all. Apart from the latency mentioned above, it just consumes too much bandwidth to be reliable.
If you want wireless go Sonos, if you want sth good, run cables...

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Even if it were doable, you still have the problem of finding an outlet for each speaker. I don't know many people who have ceiling outlets.
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Meridian-audio is already doing active digital speakers but not yet wifi you need something like rj45 (cat5) to connect them.
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Aperion showed a 7.1 (lossless) wireless home theater system 7 years ago @ CES, it would have sold @ >$5K...
This is a 2% market and they gave up on it...
Very few would spend the $...

Just my $0.02...
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Klipsch has a fully wireless solution coming in the fall I think. That gets rid of the latency issue between speakers by being fully wireless, but still might have latency issues with video, we'll see. I don't know if it can integrate well with a wired solution or not.
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Good to know about Klipsch.

Yamaha just announced Music Cast which looks pretty interesting too.

Maybe I was onto something....
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