Originally Posted by Pitch Shift
Guys, I think we're really missing the potential of Aperion's proposed setup. Being wireless is more of a convenience for the fronts. Honestly, if you consider the mark up, it would probably cost you less to have a contractor, or hell even a random Best Buy installer, run wires in your wall than to go wireless (which still needs power cords). People who have no option to conceal wires can rejoice as all they'll have to see is a few feet of power cord. On the other hand, audio lovers should be rejoicing because they are offering truly bi-amplified ICE powered speakers
. Bi-amplification (with an active cross over) is a big deal. Save the money you were going to spend on amps, and throw half of it at a great processor. Not only will it be less expensive over all, but it will sound better, too. There are many, many articles on the benefits of active speakers. Automatic setup is just icing on the cake.
I do agree on the major benefits being for the fronts from an audio perspective. Bi-amping, ice powered, automatic setup etc are all great features.
BUT if you have a brick wall, or putting them on a back wall for a lot of people 30% markup is cheaper than running audio cables not just through that wall, but from there to the Audio equipment. I can hide power cables running up a wall with a fake "column" etc then just run that to the closest power outlet - no biggie. Getting new audio cables to my receiver would kill my setup.
Same for my living room -- if I could hook up my living room to a receiver in the basement (not counting on this just saying) and go wireless for the rears then that is a definate go. Even if I have to hook up my living room with a receiver in that room a full wireless system that does great sound will be considered. I can hide the front cords pretty well, but the rears are impossible and there is no way am getting moving on in-wall cabling due to fire-places etc and there is NO WAY my wife is letting me run cables to the rears.
I know there are other wireless solutions out there, but not like this
25-30% extra - I will just wait for the first open box to come back
and that will shave some off that