While home theatre have been around since the 1920s, the ability to replicate the authentic cinema experience came about in the 1980s with multi-channel audio systems, VCR, Laserdisc, and DVD technology.
Today, home cinema is joining the age of smart technologies, providing unprecedented control over your home cinema experience with ultra-high-definition graphics and high-fidelity surround sound. It is not just smart technology that gives traditional cinemas a run for their money; online streaming services, like Netflix, Stan, and Apple TV, dominate the film market.
The age of wireless home theatre
Wireless home theatre makes home entertainment setups easier to set up and control, allowing you to stream your entertainment via WiFi or a smart device and run your high-fidelity sound with no wires between speakers and the amplifier.
Read on to learn more about wireless home theatre systems and discover which wireless systems are dominating the market in 2022.
Wireless home theatre: What to look for
Before we look at some of the top market performers in wireless home theatre, it is good to have a checklist of what to look for before designing your home theatre setup.
While all brands make many promises with their wireless home theatre components, not all systems are created equal, and while online reviews can be helpful, they cannot always be trusted.
Even if you plan on selecting your components independently, asking questions with retail specialists and combining that information with your online research can go a long way in helping you narrow down your options.
If you already have a flatscreen smart TV or projector system installed and are looking to complete your home theatre with wireless speakers, ensure your components are compatible. Nothing is more frustrating than unboxing and setting up, only to discover that nothing wants to talk or that connectivity is unreliable.
That does not mean everything has to be made by the same company. Most HiFi systems do state which systems they are most compatible with. Some online investigations can also help you solve this conundrum before committing to a home theatre setup.
Depending on which system you pick, your home WiFi can also be paramount to a seamless wireless home theatre setup, and ensuring you can meet the requirements of your new system is essential.
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High-end wireless home theatre systems require specific formats to reproduce high-definition sound in sync with the cinematic images. In recent times, the two most common surround sound formats used in the industry have been Dolby Atmos and DTSX.
Toslink (optical) and HDMI Arc have been the best way to transmit high-resolution signals in home theatre installations. However, there is a new kid on the block; eArc connectivity is becoming more popular with industry-leading brands and systems.
If you want to stay up-to-date with advancing home theatre technology, you may want to ensure your system can keep up with upcoming formats.
Wireless home theatre installation
Wireless home sound is more reliable than ever, a leading-brands creating system that was merely pipe-dreams only a decade or so ago. Read on to learn more about current trends in wireless surround sound technologies.
As our lives become busier and more urbanised, our living spaces have shrunk, with many people and even whole families opting for apartment or townhouse living. This sacrifice in space often means having separate living and entertainment spaces is no longer an option.
A wireless soundbar is an excellent alternative to a 5.1, 7.1, or 360° surround sound system, providing a nearly equal sound experience from a single slimline speaker system with a subwoofer as an option.
Some of the best smart soundbar brands and models on the current market include:
Sonos Arc Samsung HW-T650 Sony HT-G700 Bose Smart Soundbar 900
The size and shape of your space can make a significant difference to your sound quality. If you are serious about wireless home theatre sound, it may be best to talk to a home theatre professional that can help qualify your needs.
For expert wireless home theatre in Sydney and surrounding areas, contact a wireless home theatre expert here at SmartHomeWorks. We have built prestigious smart home theatre solutions across Australia’s East Coast.
Wireless surround sound
Wireless streaming to one device has become easy with today’s Bluetooth and wireless technologies. However, running 5.1, 7.2 and 360° surround wirelessly can require more planning and setup. However, what do these numbers mean in relation to your speaker configuration?
Wireless surround sound configuration
These numbers may seem like speaker versions at first glance; however, they refer to a speaker configuration. Below we will discuss how these numbers correlate to surround sound arrangements.
Surround sound speakers
If a basic stereo 2.1 system features two front left and right speakers and a subwoofer for bass, then a 5.1 system adds more depth of field front and back.
A 5.1 system is the most common surround sound configuration, featuring:
Two front left and right speakers Two rear left and right speakers One centre speaker One subwoofer
As you can see, this makes five speakers surrounding the audience, with bass provided by the sub on the floor up the front.
Beyond the 5.1 configurations are 7.1 and 7.2 systems, which you may have calculated, features seven speakers and one or two subwoofers. These configurations allow rear centre and left and right side placements, completing the full surround sound configuration.
However, some systems boast more speakers than this, including 9.2 systems; however, these are generally uncommon in home theatre setups.
Some new systems use 360° surround sound systems that use multidirectional sound technologies to project sound using the room’s natural acoustic space creating fully immersive sound from two or more speakers. Technology is constantly advancing, and surround sound systems are no exception.
Some of the more popular wireless surround sound systems available on the market in 2022 include:
Sonos 5.1 immersive sets Bose 5.1 lifestyle 600 Nakamichi Shockwave 7.1 Samsung/Harmon Kardon HW-Q90R
The wireless home theatre market is expanding, and it can be hard to stay on top of current trends, so speaking to HiFi professionals can help take the guesswork out of your home theatre setup.
Wireless home theatre Sydney
If you are looking for expert wireless home theatre installation in Sydney and surrounding areas, call our home theatre specialists at SmartHomeWorks today. We are industry leaders for wireless home theatre setup, smart home technologies, and integration for Australia’s mid-East coast regions.