How do I Make Wireless Speakers?

Patrick Roland

For as long as there have been stereo and entertainment systems, one of their biggest problems stems from the clutter created by speaker wires running all around a room. Recent wireless technology allows for a much cleaner setup and is surprisingly simple if you purchase a kit. If you want to make wireless speakers from your current audio setup, it takes only a trip to the electronics store and a few easy steps to complete the process.

A variety of kits are available to help you make wireless speakers out of your current wired setup.
A variety of kits are available to help you make wireless speakers out of your current wired setup.

A variety of kits are available to help you make wireless speakers out of your current wired setup. Each kit primarily consists of a transceiver box and a receiver box that work together to take the place of speaker cables. No matter what brand of kit you choose, the transceiver generally is the smallest part of the operation and normally is about the size of a mobile phone. The receiver, on the other hand, is much larger than the transceiver, normally running about the same size as a shoe box. These two components offer a variety of wattages, and the general rule is that the more powerful the stereo system, the higher wattage on the wireless network in order to avoid sound distortion.

Wireless speakers may be used as part of a home entertainment system.
Wireless speakers may be used as part of a home entertainment system.

If you want to make wireless speakers, first locate the transceiver. This small box should have output wires attached or should have a place to input a set of wires. Locate the digital connection input on the back of the stereo or television that you are planning to use. Connect the box to the player using a digital connection cable. Most transceivers are small enough not to need an external power supply or battery.

The next step in preparing to make wireless speakers is to locate the receiver. This large box should be centrally located where you plan to have your speakers arranged. This box should have two or more inputs for speaker wire clearly labeled. Securely input the wires into the box and place the speakers where they are needed. Also, make sure that your receiver is near an electrical outlet, because it will need to be plugged in to make wireless speakers work.

Test your system by turning on the television or stereo as you normally would. If the speakers are properly set up, the transceiver should broadcast a signal to the receiver and play the sound through the speakers. Be aware that many other household products, such as microwaves and mobile phones, often operate on the same frequency and can create interference.

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@Melonlity -- I think Terrificli has a point. Why spend money for a "sound bar" when you can shell out a few bucks and make your perfectly good surround sound speakers wireless and, therefore, more convenient? Remember, we're talking about saving money here and not going out and getting more stuff.

Also, some people like "real" surround sound better than what is available from those sound bars you mentioned. There is simply no substitute for a couple of satellite speakers mounted behind you and making all kinds of racket during a movie. You won't get that with anything but a traditional set of surround sound speakers.


@Terrificli -- Why bother with a five (or more) surround sound setup, anyway? One of those sound bars that goes directly in front of your television set can handle the job and you won't have speakers all over the place.

That arrangement may be the best solution of all.


You know what this would be great for? Converting wired surround sound speakers to wireless ones. While wireless speakers are more common in current surround sound systems, there are plenty of them out there that still have wired speakers.

If you pick up a system with wired speakers or have an older with with those speakers, you have two options if you don't opt for a wireless kit. The first one involves stringing up wire everywhere and that is just ugly. The second one involves running wire through your ceiling and/or walls and that can be both ugly and time consuming.

Easy is good. A wireless kit, then, is good and a good one doesn't necessarily cost that much.

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