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I have a problem with setting up surround speakers in my living room. Using wires to an AV receiver is difficult as I have to go past a window area and a hall door area.
Between the surround left and right, there is the hall door. So using wireless surround speakers with one wireless receiver is difficult, as I still have to wire across the hall door area..
Then there is the KEF wireless rear speaker kit which has 2 receivers. Unfortunately, in the corner where the left surround has to be placed, I have no power outlet to power the KEF receiver/amplifier.

I have been searching for solutions. Soundbar is an alternative, but a good soundbar is expensive, and I read not a true alternative for true surround.

So I got the following idea: to use portable Bluetooth speakers which are battery driven and use a bluetooth transmitter connected to the AV receiver.
The portable speakers are battery powered, so I am not depending on a power outlet. There seem to be some good sounding speakers from Bose and Jambox.
Mostly, I listen to CD's and look at TV with programs fed by STB, and then I just would use wired front speakers. Occasionally, I would see a bluray movie, and then I would use the rear Bluetooth surround.

This is just an idea. Please comment if it would work, and how good it would work.
post #2 of 6
Battery powered? I wouldn't do that.. I bet the fronts will outpower the backs in such a way that you wouldn't hear any surround effects. Not to speak the cost..

If you really can't wire the surrounds, then just forget about them all together and enjoy a 3.1 or even 3.2 setup. Invest that money into a better front stage and I'm sure you'll enjoy movies too. Surrounds is a nice addition, but you can enjoy movies too without them, don't worry.
post #3 of 6
I agree with PatrickVogeli. It would be better than you invest in a full set up or purchase bluetooth speakers that could give you what you need. I think you can check out the Jawbone JAMBOX. It's small but sound levels are great.
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Originally Posted by turboman123 View Post

I have a problem with setting up surround speakers in my living room. Using wires to an AV receiver is difficult as I have to go past a window area and a hall door area.

I'm guessing that running wires through your walls or around obstacles is totally out of the question, right?
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Originally Posted by turboman123 View Post

Between the surround left and right, there is the hall door. So using wireless surround speakers with one wireless receiver is difficult, as I still have to wire across the hall door area..
Then there is the KEF wireless rear speaker kit which has 2 receivers. Unfortunately, in the corner where the left surround has to be placed, I have no power outlet to power the KEF receiver/amplifier.

You could try these plus any speakers of your choice:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-382
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-384

Note that some folks have had reception issues, but it will probably work alright over a short distance with a clear line of sight. You could power the transmitter and one receiver/amp from outlets, and the other receiver/amp with batteries. In your case, you would use only the left speaker output on one receiver and only the right speaker output on the other receiver, of course. Unfortunately, these receivers cannot be bridged for higher output capability on a single channel, but they may still suffice.
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Originally Posted by turboman123 View Post

I have been searching for solutions. Soundbar is an alternative, but a good soundbar is expensive, and I read not a true alternative for true surround.

The most sophisticated (and rather pricey) soundbars use crosstalk cancellation or even dedicated drivers in a phased array to direct sound (like modern radars do radio waves) from the surround channels toward the side walls to get strong and well separated reflections, but none of these effects really sound like having actual surround speakers. The more affordable soundbars either create a virtual surround effect that is even worse or don't bother trying to simulate surround channels at all (really just replacements for the extremely poor speakers built into thin flat-panel TVs these days).
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Originally Posted by turboman123 View Post

So I got the following idea: to use portable Bluetooth speakers which are battery driven and use a bluetooth transmitter connected to the AV receiver.
The portable speakers are battery powered, so I am not depending on a power outlet. There seem to be some good sounding speakers from Bose and Jambox.
Mostly, I listen to CD's and look at TV with programs fed by STB, and then I just would use wired front speakers. Occasionally, I would see a bluray movie, and then I would use the rear Bluetooth surround.

Aside from the small size and limited output capabilities of such speakers, you wouldn't be getting an authentic substitute for surround speakers, which should literally surround you on both sides. Personally, I'd rather just live with a 3.1 system than put up with something that sounds wrong, although that wouldn't stop me from trying to do better. It seems that your best bet for true surround sound, barring difficult or more complicated solutions such as running wires through your walls or rigging a large battery and inverter for one corner of your room to power wireless receivers and amps, is the equipment that I listed above, as far as I know.
post #5 of 6
It could be possible i think. there are different type of bluetooth speakers and i think you can use it as surround speakers. Try this Jawbone JAMBOX . Its one of the best bluetooth speakers.
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I've got the same idea as Turboman123. I have bluetooth speakers built into my theater seats. And It would be great if there was a way to channel one 5.1 signal to two different sound cards. Wired Front,Center and Sub but bluetooth rear built right in the theater sofa is what I'm trying to accomplish .

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