Wireless Home Theater - The Pros and Cons
Wireless Home Theater System
If you’re aiming for a wireless home theater, there are probably two main reasons: multizone distribution and the streamlined look. Both of these reasons come under one main heading: the future factor.
Multizone distribution means using wireless technology to bounce signals to different parts of the house, so that you can play a movie on your home theater system and watch it in a completely different room. It has the future factor because it takes away the idea that entertainment is restricted to just one area of the home. With wireless multizone distribution, the home theater system becomes a more well-integrated part of your home.
With a wired system, amplifiers receive the line-level signals (that is, electrical signals too low to be handled by the speakers on their own) and amplify them for the speakers. With a wireless system, a wireless speaker system takes these line-level signals and sends them to self-amplified stereo speakers. Alternatively, the system might send the signal to a receiver that passes it on to your regular amplifier and speakers. Most wireless systems also carry video signals.
There are many advantages to wireless technology:
It’s much less disruptive. You don’t need to drill holes in walls and install cables to enjoy a wireless home theater.
It’s flexible – you can change your mind about which rooms you use for entertainment without making big changes to those rooms.
The future factor – the cleaner lines you get from avoiding wires, and the possibility of multizone distribution.
However, there are disadvantages too:
It’s less reliable. The signals involved are more susceptible to interference from storms and other bad weather. There may also be interference from other wireless home theater systems – does your neighbor have one?
It’s usually slower than wired technology.
The problems with wireless home theater all stem from the same issue: signals that go through the air are more vulnerable and unreliable than signals that have the security of a hardwired system.
If you’re not sure whether or not to buy a wireless home theater system, it is possible to compromise by purchasing a wired system that can be upgraded to wireless later. Panasonic offer a range of surround sound home theater systems that are described as wireless-ready: in other words, you can switch to wireless when it suits you (for example, when you move house). This kind of flexible solution may well be the future of home theater.