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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a 58" Sammy panel in my bedroom. Would love to have 5.1 but don't need a high end setup and don't want to mess with cables. Is there a 5.1 soundbar that has wireless rear speakers (understand they need power, not a problem) as well as wireless subwoofer?

If not, someone should definitely do this.

A standard 5.1 receiver could work too if it does wireless rear speakers. Only thing I've seen are blueray players with htibox but I already have PS3.
post #2 of 14
Most if not all soundbars are designed to simulate surround sound, so rear speakers aren't needed. Having rears, wireless or not, kind of defeats the purpose of a soundbar and makes them just an expensive front array that can be trumped in sound quality by a solid 3.1 system.

A Rocketfish wireless kit can be added to most standard systems and receivers to get a signal to the rears. It's $99 from Best Buy. There are also subwoofers with built-in wireless, but they're not cheap.
post #3 of 14
There are a few L/C/R bars that would work with rear speakers and the RocketFish mentioned by Tulpa. For example this Pinnacle MB10000 or this with that and this would work OK for a bedroom I suppose. Mirage, Atlantic Technology, and Triad to name a few make better L/C/R type bars but they are more expensive. You'd have to buy a receiver too.
post #4 of 14
JVC has a unit available now that may meet your needs:

http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelI...athId=1&page=1

There is a positive review on Big River.

I own a soundbar and personally wouldn't be interested. I prefer just a bar and a subwoofer. Whole idea is to keep it simple. But to each his own.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. The JVC one sounds like what I want.

I do want to keep it simple but don't like the simulation of 2.1 bars. A soundbar with rear wireless keeps it simple, no cabling, while having true 5.1.

Sounds like Vizio is also coming out with a soundbar with rear wireless in May.
post #6 of 14
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So I got the JVC TH-BA3 soundbar for about $400 and am pretty satisfied. It's a good compromise for true 5.1 in a bedroom while not having to run rear cables. The sound quality is better than any soundbar I've checked out (including Boston Acoustics) and comparable to $500 HTIB. I'm especially glad there is no noise/static for the rear wireless speakers.

One thing to note is that each of the rear speakers do not have their own power/receivers. There is a power/receiver unit that the rear speakers together tie into. Works out fine in bedrooms for the bed but something to consider as you may not want that in other situations. I also put the wireless subwoofer under bed, which works out well.

Will be interesting to see what Vizio puts out in May.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by xenophonite View Post

So I got the JVC TH-BA3 soundbar for about $400 and am pretty satisfied. It's a good compromise for true 5.1 in a bedroom while not having to run rear cables. The sound quality is better than any soundbar I've checked out (including Boston Acoustics) and comparable to $500 HTIB. I'm especially glad there is no noise/static for the rear wireless speakers.

One thing to note is that each of the rear speakers do not have their own power/receivers. There is a power/receiver unit that the rear speakers together tie into. Works out fine in bedrooms for the bed but something to consider as you may not want that in other situations. I also put the wireless subwoofer under bed, which works out well.

Xenophonite congratulations on your new purchase. From the pictures, it appears your new sound system is the JVC TH-BA1 with the addition of an amplifier and two satellite speakers. The BA-1 received a good review from Cnet, and your BA-3 must sound that much better. Did you place the amplifier on the wall? Does the amplifier need to be near the soundbar, or is it placed opposite near the satellites?

Thanks for the review, would like to learn/hear more.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
The transmitter, core logic and controls occur from the soundbar itself. The rear speakers have a small wireless receiver/amp, which the rear speakers are physically wired into. So the rear speakers are wireless from the soundbar but wired to a rear receiver/amp that you place in back of room. Works fine for a bed as the receiver unit is hidden under bed and wires to each rear can be easily hidden. Might not be that great for other rooms depending on situation as the rear wires are exposed.

BTW, the soundbar has two digital inputs and one analog in.

I'm pretty satisfied with the sound quality compared to a $1K+ home theater sound system in another room. Music also sounds better than expected for an all-in-one solution. I also have a Sony bluetooth receiver attached to the soundbar so I can stream music to it from my phone or laptop (pandora/grooveshark/etc.).

It's obviously not an audiophile solution but is worth up to $500 methinks and mo betta than most packaged consumer-grade HTIB it seems. I'm surprised there are not other true 5.1 soundbars out there as it's a great way to keep it simple while getting true 5.1.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by xenophonite View Post

The transmitter, core logic and controls occur from the soundbar itself. The rear speakers have a small wireless receiver/amp, which the rear speakers are physically wired into. So the rear speakers are wireless from the soundbar but wired to a rear receiver/amp that you place in back of room. Works fine for a bed as the receiver unit is hidden under bed and wires to each rear can be easily hidden. Might not be that great for other rooms depending on situation as the rear wires are exposed.

I was under the impression the JVC rear speakers were wireless. Thanks for clearing this up. The industry is certainly coming up with new and original soundbar systems lately. Sony, Yamaha, Zvox and now JVC have introduced sound solutions to meet very specific needs. However for may of us rear speakers are not feasible - unless someone figures out how to mount speakers in midair.
post #10 of 14
I never thought there would be a day when rear wireless speakers would combo a soundbar when a soundbar is suppose to alleviate the need for that really. My CT500 produces great surround and rears in my opinion but it could be because I have really good ears due to my kid...
I also agree with scrope, some people just can't have rear speakers (wireless or not) in the back due to some peoples room layouts not even having a back wall (open). That's kinda why soundbars were invented, to alleviate the need for rears, I'm guessing the OP never used a Yamaha YSP soundbar before or a good soundbar in general...
post #11 of 14
This actually sounds very interesting and pretty much what I was looking for. I hate to run wires to the rear but I am ok running wires at the rear.

Does nybody else have any reviews for it? Personal or otehrwise?

Also What other options are there for real wireless HTIB systems? I was good reviews for the onkyo systems but they don't seem to offer a wireless solution in the box. Is a Rocketfish combined with a cheap onkyo system (HT-S3200) a better solution than this JVC? How do they compare?

Also Are there any wireless rear speaker systems that operate in the 5.8GHz range? I heard that this range is relatively free from noise.

Thanks.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by da1writer View Post

I'm guessing the OP never used a Yamaha YSP soundbar before or a good soundbar in general...

I've checked out YSP but it didn't feel the same as true 5.1 to me, or any soundbar for that matter - but I didn't hear it in a small room. The JVC bar really is 5.1 yet keeps things very simple for 5.1.

I forget to mention that it seems the wireless transmission is digital as there is no RF interference of any kind - am particularly pleased about no noticeable noise. Controls are also straight and to the point, with level/distance controls for each speaker and progressive muting.

I would recommend this JVC bar for a bedroom but may not be that great for other rooms/situations. The bar itself also has a fairly low profile for placing below a panel on a table stand. I found it odd that Samsung soundbars are too high for Samsung panels on a table stand.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'll be getting the Vizio 5.1 sound bar for another room and will compare to the JVC now in bedroom.

Any other new 5.1 soundbars?
post #14 of 14
[quote=da1writer;18353044]I never thought there would be a day when rear wireless speakers would combo a soundbar when a soundbar is suppose to alleviate the need for that really.[quote]

I don't think that is the entire reason people go with soundbars. I personally just don't want two big L/R channel speakers and another big center. I've done that before. A soundbar is just nice and compact, but rear speakers would still be nice on top of that.
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