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# 210544 1-Apr-2017 13:51
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Hi all,




We are currently in the middle of a home renovation and I have to remove the existing speaker cable that is run from my amp the rear speakers. Ideally I'd like to swap to a wireless/bluetooth set up for the rear speakers to save me from rerunning the cables.


What are the options for doing this? My Yamaha amp does not support any wireless communication so I'd need to look at an adapter type kit.


Sorry if this has been covered before.





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  # 1752709 1-Apr-2017 15:33
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Keep the cable.


Wireless rears still need power and are still subject to either:


Drop outs


Incompatibility with numerous sound formats










A while running a decent gauge cable will repay you in spades.

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  # 1753577 3-Apr-2017 10:03
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I've been pondering more options...


I'm contemplating ditching the entire speaker set up and going to a good soundbar and sub.


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  # 1753689 3-Apr-2017 12:50
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Sonos does a completely wireless 5.1 set up (apart from power cords) expensive though $3k+

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  # 1753821 3-Apr-2017 14:34
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Sonos surround sound depends on two things...


1: You play no DTS content (Blu-rays / DVD's) as the Playbar cannot decode DTS


2: Your TV is able to take HDMI audio and send it out as a multi-channel Dolby signal... and not just downscale it to PCM.


Some very new higher spec TV's can, most TV's in house holds can NOT do this.




You could look at implementing an Optical switch to get around the 2nd issue, but to make it 'acceptable' in a home, you'd want a switch with IR and a smart remote like a Logitech Harmony.






You could wait for Sonos to update their Playbar. But as the Playbase was recently released with no additions in this space, I wouldn't hold my breath.




Of course, you could just jam the soundbar into one of the fake surround sound modes and kid yourself that it's working, but ultimately that's not what I'd call a 'solution'...

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