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How To Convert Your Wired Speakers Into Wireless

Updated on June 26, 2010

Everybody Hates Wires!

It's a common dilemna. You'd like to listen to your music in more than one room of the house, but how do you move the speakers without running long wires everywhere?

Or maybe you have a home theater system and you're fed up of tripping over your rear surround speaker cables?

Well, one solution is to go and buy a new set of wireless speakers. There are dozens of types to choose. But what if you like your existing speakers and don't want to get rid of them?

Thankfully there's a solution. You need a wireless speaker conversion kit.

Wireless Speaker Technology

It's easy to get confused by all the different types of wireless devices found in the common home. Although we have Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G networks all around us, wireless speaker systems tend to be proprietary, using their own technology to send audio over the airwaves.

Most wireless speaker systems operate in the unlicensed 2.4Ghz spectrum. Earlier 900 Mhz wireless speakers suffered a lot from interference and signal loss. These issues are much less common today and you can expect a line of sight operating range of around 100-150 feet with near CD quality audio.

If you're planning to re-locate your speakers in another room, that distance will be greatly reduced, depending on the density of the walls.

Some Wireless Speaker Converter Kits

JBL WEM-1 50-Watt Wireless Amplifier and Expansion Module (Black)
JBL WEM-1 50-Watt Wireless Amplifier and Expansion Module (Black)

he JBL WEM-1 is a Wireless Expansion Module that allows the user to make any loudspeaker wireless. The kit contains a transmitter that wirelessly transmits a signal up to 70 feet.

Bose (40390) SL2 wireless surround link
Bose (40390) SL2 wireless surround link

The SL2 wireless surround link solves the most common challenge of home theater setup: How to cleanly connect the rear surround speakers - without drilling through walls or floors or rearranging the room to hide wires.

Creative Labs Xmod Wireless Music System with X-Fi Technology (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Creative Labs Xmod Wireless Music System with X-Fi Technology (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Xmod Wireless features X-Fi technology that makes your MP3's and other compressed music files sound better than the original CD. It plays all of the music from your PC wirelessly throughout your house and since it doesn't rely on your home network, there are no delays, dropouts or interference to deal with, and no IP addresses to configure.


Wireless Speaker Conversion Kits

No wireless speaker solution is truly wireless. There are just less wires. However the right kit can potentially save you lots of money and hassle. Who wants to undertake in-wall wiring just to hide a few cables?

Although most wireless speaker kits are geared towards home theater fans, they'll work just as well with standard stereo speakers. Speakers are either powered by an external amplifier (passive) or they have amplification built-in (active).

Passive speakers will have bare-wire or banana plug connections and active speakers use line level signals on phono or mini-jack connectors.

Rocketfish Wireless Speaker Conversion Kit

Rocketfish Wireless Rear Speaker Kit RF-WHTIB

The Rocketfish RF-WHTIB is designed to give you a wire free solution for your rear home theater speakers. It will also work just as well with an ordinary stereo music system.

The RF-WHTIB consists of a sender and a receiver. The sender connects to your amplifier output via the speaker terminals. It takes the incoming audio signal and transmits your music over the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

The receiver picks up the audio signal and using it's built in 25 W amplifier, connect to your rear speakers ( or speakers in another room)

It provides uncompressed CD-quality wireless audio up to 30 meters away. The kit includes the transmitter (sender), the receiver with stand, two 2" sections of speaker wire, AC adapter and user manual.


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      Kate 6 years ago

      Why are all conversion kits for speakers designated for "rear" speakers? I have great big Alpine 5012 speakers that I'd like to power for wireless. How to?

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      Paul 5 years ago

      Rear speakers are more common because you can use one conversion module easily. Both speakers generally don't have a problem connecting to the same wireless receiver. If they're surround speakers, the receiver would be placed in the middle of the room in front of you to reach both the left and right side of your listening area.

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      Dave 5 years ago

      The problem is, speaking from a bad experience, that the wireless speakers have a slight delay. Read the documentation. It's just enough to give a slight "stadium" effect. It's okay for surround sound systems but if you are combining with wired speakers, it sounds bad.

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