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Wireless speaker system puzzle

I'd like to use a wireless speaker setup for a HT/music system in a great room used mainly for casual viewing and listening. The problem I have, if I understand correctly, is that it looks like most of these systems like the Sonos 5.1 system are designed to connect an HDMI out directly to a sound bar, and then the sound bar plays the L/center/R channels in the contained speakers, and wirelessly broadcasts the surround and sub channels.

But I'm using an overhead projector, so using a sound bar doesn't make sense.

It doesn't look like Sonos has a way to broadcast a 5.1 signal that can then be played by speakers around the room. Am I missing something? Is there a different product out there that does do this?
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If you read this Lifewire article and scroll down to “The WiSA Solution”, there are several interesting solutions that might work for you.
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What exactly are you wanting when you say “wireless speaker system?” The back speakers, or all of them, including the front three?

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If you read this Lifewire article and scroll down to “The WiSA Solution”, there are several interesting solutions that might work for you.
Thank you, WiSA is exactly what I had in mind.

And it's great that it's a standard, instead of getting locked into one manufacturer. Will be interesting to see how many manufacturers make products supporting this.
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What exactly are you wanting when you say “wireless speaker system?” The back speakers, or all of them, including the front three?

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Yes, including the front three.

Normally folks have a TV and source all grouped in the front of the room. I'm sure this is why Sonos and others make products specific to that arrangement. But with a projector, it's not uncommon to have the center of gravity for the system (sources, etc.) be in the back of the room, or in my case, in a closet in the back of the room. WiSA appears to be better suited for those configurations.
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Thank you, WiSA is exactly what I had in mind.

And it's great that it's a standard, instead of getting locked into one manufacturer. Will be interesting to see how many manufacturers make products supporting this.
There aren't many. As far as speakers go, Klipsch and Bang & Olufsen are probably the only brands you've ever heard of.

You'll require the hub from Axiim. It's the only one available, from what I can see.

The major downside to WiSA is that it does not support auto room calibration, second-zone capability, Dolby Atmos and tons of other audio processing formats, nor the myriad of streaming services. Aside from the wireless capability, it's actually extremely limited.

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