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    Default Wireless surround speakers


    Hey guys,

    I'm still learning on the go here and just had a question about wireless surround speakers. I was wondering what options were out there since I don't want wires running from my receiver to the back of the living room. I notice Aperion and Kef make some sort of wireless surrounds. Are they any good? How easy to install? What would you guys recommend? Thanks!

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    Did you see my wireless kit thread for KEF?

    The KEF kit is pricey, but works great.
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    I wonder if the much more expensive Aperion wireless surrounds have a similar hiss as that which elwaylite reported on his KEFs. I had Sony wireless surrounds back in the late 90s and the hiss on those annoyed me because I could hear it during the content. I assume the KEFs are much much improved?

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    I can only hear the hiss if the Denon is off, and I stick my ear near them. Its there, but low, don't think it affects normal listening.
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    Right now I'm leaning towards the Aperion surrounds. Setup seems much easier than the KEF's. If I didn't mind wires, this would be much easier for me. I just don't want wires running on the floor of my apartment's living room.

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    Polk is supposed to be coming out with a new surroundbar late August. I emailed them and they said it will have a completely new driver/new technology. Maybe I'll end up getting a Denon receiver, whatever the new Polk surroundbar will be, sub, and these surrounds. I'm trying to weigh all my options...

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    That rear wireless thing Polk has now is a cool idea, put the auto off on it is a huge mistake. Lotta people bitching about it.
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    ^ The reviews on the Polk wireless rear didn't seem too good when I looked that up. So I kinda crossed that off the list. Could I possibly do something like a receiver + sub + soundbar + the Aperion surrounds since a soundbar wouldn't produce the "surround" effect? Or would that not make any sense?

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    I think that would sound better than nothing at all. The soundbar for front left/right and center may screw with Audyssey setup, so you may need to tweak manually. I've heard a few sound bars, and they are much better than TV speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek1984 View Post
    ^ The reviews on the Polk wireless rear didn't seem too good when I looked that up. So I kinda crossed that off the list. Could I possibly do something like a receiver + sub + soundbar + the Aperion surrounds since a soundbar wouldn't produce the "surround" effect? Or would that not make any sense?
    I personally have never owned a soundbar, but I would give it a try if I was you. Go check out a store that you can demo one in.

    Do you have a wall with carpet that you could run speaker wire for your surrounds along? You could always stuff it between the carpet and baseboard and never see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwaylite View Post
    I think that would sound better than nothing at all. The soundbar for front left/right and center may screw with Audyssey setup, so you may need to tweak manually. I've heard a few sound bars, and they are much better than TV speakers.
    I'd just stay away from Audyssey all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Batman View Post
    I'd just stay away from Audyssey all together.

    I used to feel that way, but if you set it up properly, it does a good job. Now with the soundbar, I may would give it a shot, but Im betting it wont react right.
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    ^ Thanks. My other option would be to get floor standing speakers with subs in them. Any you would recommend for $500 a piece or less? Then get a center channel by the same brand as the floor standing speakers.. And add the Aperion wireless speakers to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwaylite View Post
    I used to feel that way, but if you set it up properly, it does a good job. Now with the soundbar, I may would give it a shot, but Im betting it wont react right.
    I just dislike the lack of tweakability. After helping my friend with his Onkyo I was happy to go back to MCACC on my Elite.

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    Oh yeah, MCACC def has em beat there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek1984 View Post
    ^ Thanks. My other option would be to get floor standing speakers with subs in them. Any you would recommend for $500 a piece or less? Then get a center channel by the same brand as the floor standing speakers.. And add the Aperion wireless speakers to that.
    You could check out the Definitive Tech BP8020ST. I had a nice long test with it's much bigger brother the BP8060ST last week and it was a fantastic speaker.

    The 8060ST gave me the biggest case of GAS I've had in a long long time.

    Any BB with Magnolia should have these in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek1984 View Post
    ^ Thanks. My other option would be to get floor standing speakers with subs in them. Any you would recommend for $500 a piece or less? Then get a center channel by the same brand as the floor standing speakers.. And add the Aperion wireless speakers to that.
    Disco has been looking at a lot, he can prob help. All Ill say is I love my Def Tech ProCinema speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elwaylite View Post
    Disco has been looking at a lot, he can prob help. All Ill say is I love my Def Tech ProCinema speakers.
    I absolutely fell in love with the new Def Tech BP Towers.

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    ^ Thanks. The Def Tech's have caught my eye. Any other options that might be as good but less money that would have a sub built in? I assume my options are limited wanting a sub built in to the speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek1984 View Post
    ^ Thanks. The Def Tech's have caught my eye. Any other options that might be as good but less money that would have a sub built in? I assume my options are limited wanting a sub built in to the speakers.
    In the price range your looking at for sure.

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