If you haven’t seen my recommendations on products to make your surround sound speakers wireless then make sure you check out this article here – Making Surround Sound Speakers Wireless.
That’s a good start if you’re looking at products to make wired, passive speakers wireless. This is usually surround sound, atmos height speakers or subwoofers.
After writing that post I received a lot of questions around how these wireless speaker kits work and how to install them. So, this article should help clarify any questions you have around how to connect and operate a wireless speaker set up.
My current recommendation for wireless speaker kit units is the Dynasty ProAudio WSA-5RP. This unit is a solid performer with strong signal strength and no dropouts.
After many months with the Dynasty ProAudio I’m very impressed. It’s easy to set up, not popping and no drop outs. Easy choice even if the price is a little higher than you might want.
For this article let’s use the Dynasty ProAudio as our example of how to connect a wireless speaker set up.
The units usually come with either 1 x Transmitter and 2 x Receivers or 1 x Transmitter and 1 x Receiver.
In the case of the Dynasty there is 1 x Transmitter and 1 x Receiver. The Amphony 1800 unit I owned before the Dynasty WSA-5RP it has 1 x Transmitter and 2 x Receivers.
The benefits of each suit might not impact some people but it can be handy if, in the case of the Dynasty ProAudio you only have one power plug available at the back of the room. Or in the case of the Amphony you need to have your rear speakers quite separated so you need each to have a separate power source.
Again, let’s first use the Dynasty unit as an example.
First I’ll answer a few FAQ and then I’ll include some diagrams and images to illustrate the set-up.
Do I need to change the volume on the wireless units separately?
No. Once connected when you change the volume on the Amplifier it will change to volume on all speakers. The behaviour is identical to wired speakers.
Do these wireless speaker kits need to have line of sight?
Ideally, you will have line of sight but it isn’t always required for units like the Dynasty ProAudio which can operate with some obstructions.
Do wireless speaker kits need special power or wiring?
No. You connect the transmitter to the surround speaker outputs from your amp and you connect the surround speaker wires to the receiver unit. They have a built-in amp to power your wireless unpowered speakers.
Will this wireless speaker kit work for powered speakers?
These units are not designed for powering or sending signals to powered speakers. There are units that will send audio signals only to powered speakers like the Dynasty WSA-5TR.
I’ve done my best to demonstrate the connected units without completely having to unwire my units. It’s not perfect but hopefully it illustrates how simple this is.
So, let’s demonstrate what the connected units look like?
Remember, there will always be a transmitter (usually a single unit) and a receiver (or receivers if there is one for each speaker.).
For the purposes of this article, I will assume you are connecting surround sound speakers. These can be used with any speakers you like, including front main speakers, subwoofers height speakers or side surrounds but for now, let’s just assume you are making your surround speakers wireless.
For the transmitter, you connect your L/R speaker wire to your surround sound speaker outputs on your amp just like you would if they were going to a wired pair. But you connect them to the transmitter instead.
See images below.
Step 1: Connect wireless to the back of the transmitter
Those speakers then connect in to the back of the wireless speaker transmitter.
Step 2: Connect the wires from the HiFi Amp from the back of the wireless transmitter
Part one is now complete. You have set up the first part of the process which means the audio signal is now coming out the back of your Amp in to the wireless transmitter. Now, we just need to connect our speakers to the receiver at the back of the room.
As mentioned the unit we are using is the Dynasty ProAudio which has one receiving unit with stereo (two) speaker outputs. We also have the Amphony 1800 which has a receiver for each individual rear speaker.
Step 3: Connect output wires from the Wireless Speaker receiver to go to your speakers.
As you can see from the image above there is a left and right output. Don’t worry too much if you get the left and right wrong as a quick speaker test will tell you which is which. Left should be on the left when you are facing your home theatre/stereo set up. Right is on your right shoulder when facing forward.
You will see in the above image the small volume control. This is a signal strength/volume setting that you only need to set once and leave it. If the sound in the surround speakers it too low overall, or to loud, you can dial this up and down and then set it. It isn’t something you need to constantly tweak
If you have Audessy or YPAO I would recommend you set this to about 1 O’Clock and run your integrated HiFi Amplifier speaker calibration software. Then see how it sounds.
Step 4: Run the wires from your receiver to your speakers.
The finished look
The following image shows you where I have my wireless transmitter. I could put tape over the bright LED but I don’t even notice it when watching TV or Movies.
It’s worth noting that it is in an enclosed space with a glass door on the front, which isn’t a problem.
I first owned the Amphony 1800 until it died and then I moved to the Dynasty. It’s been about 4 years of using these wireless speaker kits and I love them. Instant PAF (partner acceptance factor) approval, no wires and less fuss.
If you are looking for a powered speaker wireless solution you can check out the Dynasty Pro Adio WSA-5TR.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.
I’ve tried to demonstrate this as best I can with a full video but I think it will provide some clarity to you.
Also check out the full review on the Dynasty ProAudio here: https://makelifeclick.com/dynasty-proaudio-wsa5rp-wireless-surround-sound-review/
and the full video here:
Endless hours of experimentation, professional work, and personal investment in Home Theatre, Hi-Fi, Smart Home Automation and Headphones have come to this.
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This post was last updated on 2023-03-20 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.