What Can Wireless Speakers Do For Your Soundbar?

picture of a modern living room with a sony tv with wireless speakers attached to the wall opposite
Sony HT-RT5 Soundbar with 2 Wireless Rear Speakers

Buying a soundbar can be a great way to enhance the sound on your HD TV. They are easy to install, there are models that are good for almost any TV that you can find, and they provide a much better audio experience for watching movies and TV shows. For many, this is reason enough to make the purchase, but many of the newer soundbars can do much more.

One of the features that you will find on some of the newer soundbars is the ability to connect with wireless speakers. This capability opens up some nice options that can help to make the system even more useful or make it even better for providing sound to the shows, movies and games that may be on the TV.


Surround Sound

With many of the units that have wireless speaker compatibility, you can convert the soundbar into a true surround sound system. Instead of watching programmes in stereo, you can get the full 5.1-channel experience that is intended when movies and TV shows are made.

One of the best things about this option is that it gives you the choice of upgrading to surround sound at a later date. When you purchase your soundbar, you might just want the improved audio without investing in the full cost of a surround system. This gives you the ability to get the soundbar first and then later, when you want surround, you can buy a set of speakers for the rear.

Additionally, these systems are much easier to setup than traditional surround sound systems. Since the components are wireless, you do not have to run wires which can be a pain to conceal. You just connect the sound bar to the TV (which in some cases may be done wirelessly), connect the wireless subwoofer and then position the wireless rear speakers and link them into the system.

Some soundbars – like the Sony HT-RT5 shown above – already come with the rear speakers. If you want the ease of installation that comes with full surround experience, a system like this comes with everything that you need right from the start.

The main point that you will want to look for on these systems is that they have 5.1-channel decoding for the surround sound. Otherwise, it might be compatible with wireless speakers, but it is still only going to provide standard stereo sound.


Multi-room Expandability

Another great feature of soundbars that have compatibility with wireless speakers is that they can be expanded into multi-room sound systems. Popular soundbars with this capability include the Sonos Playbar, the Samsung HW-J7500, the LG HS7 and the above-mentioned Sony HT-RT5.

With systems like this, you can buy wireless speakers that can be mounted in different areas of the home or moved around, as you need them. The soundbar then works as a hub for wirelessly streaming music to these different speakers. With many of these systems, you can even have one person using the soundbar for watching the TV and it can still stream music to speakers that are in another room.

For the most part, these systems will be controlled by an app that you can download for your Smartphone or tablet. The app will provide a range of different control options to enable different speakers and select different music sources. In addition to that, you might be able to set up different music zones for streaming different playlists. That said, the features will vary from one model to the next, so it is recommended that you look into the features before making a purchase.

If you want a soundbar or a soundbase that has the ability to work with wireless speakers, there are several models that are currently available. Before you purchase, you might want to look a little deeper into the features and see the different options that some of these systems provide. Beyond looking into the system and its features, you may also want to check out the different speakers that are available, the cost of the speakers and find out if there are any additional pieces of equipment that you may need to make it all work.



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