In recent years, a significant innovation in wireless technology has seen a flood of wireless speakers for TV hit the market. This choice of wireless speakers for TV is both good and bad. Good, because there is so much choice for almost every application and budget constraint. Bad because this choice can be overwhelming, leaving us unsure which wireless TV speakers best suit your requirements and within budget.
Wireless speakers for TV usually connect over VHF or UHF. Connecting this way ensures the speakers receive the frequency range. While Bluetooth is popular for streaming, there is some compression and frequency loss incurred.
Cheapest Portable TV Speaker
If you’re looking for the cheapest wireless speakers for TV, the Pyle Portable Wireless TV Speaker comes in at just under $100. The Pyle is also the easiest to use, lightest, and most compact. Keep in mind that you only have a single ⅛-inch audio input on both the base station and speaker so audio input options are limited.
The Serene Innovations TV SoundBox is the most expensive of the three but at around just $30 more, it isn’t by much. You get a total of 3 audio input options, the most inputs of the three models. The battery also lasts 8 hours, almost double the Simolio model’s 4.5 hours.
Cheapest Wireless Soundbar
If the price is your main consideration, the TaoTronics soundbar is the cheapest at around $75. The Meidong Soundbar comes in at around $88 and is on par in terms of sound and quality as the TaoTronics so there isn’t much of a leap there. The TaoTronics’ 40W does have slightly more power than the Meidong’s 30W.
The WoHome retails for around $115 and is the best of the 3 standalone soundbars reviewed in this article. With 80W of power, the WoHome sounds better than the TaoTronics and Meidong. There are also more audio inputs on the WoHome compared to the cheaper models. This will come in handy if you have more than one device.
Cheapest Home Theater
If your decision is on the price the Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Wireless Home Theater System is the most competitive of the three home theater systems. The Nakamichi Shockwafe is only slightly more but offers the benefit of being the most compact. If you don’t have much space where your TV sits or the room is fairly small, the Nakamichi Shockwafe is the best option.
Best Wireless Soundbar
The best wireless soundbar reviewed in this article is the Samsung 2.1 Wireless Soundbar. Having the subwoofer paired with the soundbar makes a big difference. Soundbars are generally thin sounding and Samsung’s subwoofer solves this issue. Just the subwoofer alone puts the Samsung head and shoulders above the other three models reviewed in this article. At 200W, the Samsung soundbar is more than double the WoHome’s 80W.
The Samsung is, however, the most expensive at just short of $200. Keep in mind that Samsung comes with exceptional after-sales service and support.
Best Fully Wireless Home Theater
If you are looking for a fully wireless home sound system with true surround sound then the Enclave Audio CineHome is the best option. The Enclave is also the most competitively priced of most brands in the fully wireless home theater systems, some of which run into thousands of dollars. It’s also well priced at under $1000.
Best Sounding Home Theater
The Enclave Audio CineHome is the best sounding of the three followed by the Samsung HT-J5500W in a close second. Not to mention it also pips the Samsung in terms of ease of setup and fewer parts. While the Samsung Soundbar does have a built-in DVD player, it also requires an additional receiver for the rear/satellite speakers and, requires cables to connect to the receiver. The Enclave does this all wirelessly but all the speakers will still require power.
Bluetooth TV speaker technology is improving, and it shouldn’t be long before the entire speaker systems use Bluetooth or similar wireless technology to interlink the speakers. Most wireless speakers for TV advertised receive audio from a Bluetooth device like your mobile phone rather than transmit from speaker to speaker.
If you’re undecided on the best wireless speakers for TV, then this comprehensive guide will help narrow down this decision for you. We’ve broken it down into three of the most popular consumer applications to make this guide easy to navigate: portable, soundbars, and home theater.
Portable wireless speakers for TV are as the name implies. They are lightweight speakers that can be moved around with ease. The sound from a portable wireless speaker for TV is going to be designed primarily for clarity. These TV speakers are not intended to be loud or produce any bass. Soundbars are a relatively new TV speaker technology (within the last decade). These wireless speakers for TV are also created to be compact and space-saving.
Due to their minimalist design, soundbars are also more aesthetically appealing, especially in a small room. TV soundbars are a big step up from portable wireless speakers for TV in terms of sound quality and frequency response.
You can get a relatively full frequency response from most soundbars, especially if the soundbar is paired with a subwoofer. Due to their compact size, TV soundbars do lack a little power. If you have a larger TV room, say a living room in a house compared to an apartment, then a TV soundbar might not achieve the desired effect of filling the room. Unless you are in front of a soundbar, any surround effect is also somewhat lost.
Home theater surround sound is the most familiar TV speaker system. When compared with a soundbar, a wireless home theater system is on another level completely. Power output reaches closer to and over 1000W.
Wireless home theater technology is still evolving but, when it comes to installation and ease of use, wireless systems surpass wired systems. If you are looking for a full audio experience that caters to all listening applications then a wireless home theater system is what you are after.
We’ve split this list up into 3 categories:
The 3 Best Portable Wireless Speakers for TV
Portable wireless speakers for TV are great for many uses. Firstly, if you have difficulty hearing, you can place the portable wireless speaker beside you. This eliminates the need to have the volume on the TV too loud, often disturbing family members or even neighbors. The speaker can be placed right beside you at a low volume without straining to hear the TV.
If you are in a room share or dorm room, a portable wireless TV speaker is essential for keeping the peace. These wireless speakers for TV come with a headphone output on the speaker so you can watch TV in complete isolation if necessary. The portable speaker even includes a ⅛ AUX input which can be used to connect your PC, phone, or other devices to play music or watch YouTube videos with your friends.
Portable wireless speakers for TV are not, however, a replacement for a home theater or sound system. The speakers are small and compact made for listening clarity rather than high volume.
The TV SoundBox from Serene Innovations is an easy-to-install portable wireless speaker. This lightweight unit weighs a mere 1.7lbs making it easy to move around and place just about anywhere.
The TV SoundBox comes in two parts. The base station is placed near the TV. This doubles as the charger for the speaker and audio input. Users have the choice of RCA (left/right), optical, or ⅛ inch AUX inputs.
The portable speaker has a handle so it’s easy to lift and move around. The audio is transmitted to the speaker via VHF at 2.4Ghz. The speaker and base station are paired simply by pressing a button on each unit.
The speaker has a large on/off/volume control rotary knob on the front of the unit. On the side panel of the speaker are a tone control, headphone output, and ⅛ inch AUX input. As for dimensions, the speaker is 8.5 x 8 x 2.9” in size.
There is also an AC power input so you can operate the speaker even when the battery is flat without it needing to sit on the base station. The TV SoundBox’s built-in lithium-ion battery will last 8 hours from when it is fully charged.
The TV SoundBox is perfect for the elderly or those who battle to hear the TV. The device is simple to use and there are no complicated digital settings or menus to navigate. The unit is well labeled and the single on/off/volume control makes the TV SoundBox easy to operate for all ages.
If you live in a house share and need to watch TV at low volumes, then the TV SoundBox is an excellent choice. The additional AUX input on the speaker is great for playing music at respectable levels anywhere in the house, at a picnic, or even outside around the BBQ.
The Pyle Wireless TV Speaker is ultra-light, compact, simple to install and operate. Like the TV SoundBox, the Pyle Wireless TV Speaker comes as a two-piece with a base station and portable speaker.
Pyle manufactures a couple of wireless speakers for TV, however, the PTVSP18BK, is the most compact and lightweight. The speaker weighs a little over 1lbs. The Pyle Wireless TV Speaker only features a single ⅛ inch (3.5mm) input on the base station along with an AC input and pairing button. The single audio input is a positive when considering this will limit the possibility of confusion.
The base station connects to the speaker via 2.4GHz VHF is said to transmit up to 100 foot so there shouldn’t be an issue with connectivity. The 8-hour battery means you shouldn’t need to charge it more than once every couple of days depending on usage.
The portable speaker is almost identical in terms of features and layout to the TV SoundBox except it’s much lighter and smaller (Dimensions: 8.5 x 8 x 2.9”). There is a large on/off/volume control on the side of the unit and tone control on the rear.
There is a separate AC input on the speaker for charging or running off socket power. A ⅛ inch headphone output and ⅛ inch AUX input are located next to the tone control. Lastly, a pairing button to connect the speaker to the base station.
The Pyle Wireless TV Speaker is an even more simplified version of the TV SoundBox. So perfectly suited for the elderly, users who may be hard of hearing or unable to move around. The Pyle Wireless TV Speaker could easily be fitted to a wheelchair without getting in the way.
With the ⅛ inch AUX input on the speaker, the Pyle Wireless TV Speaker could be used as a portable speaker for around the house or outdoors.
The Simolio wireless speaker for TV is packed with features to suit any application. Layout and design are almost identical to the TV SoundBox. The Simolio comes in two models. One model with a ⅛ inch input and the second, for $20 more, has two inputs including an optical input.
The speaker without the base station weighs close to 2lbs making it the heaviest of our three portable wireless speakers for TV. The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery will only last around 4 and half hours. This is almost half the TV SoundBox and Pyle’s 8 hours. The Simolio does, however, have an auto-off feature that turns off after 3 minutes if no audio.
This feature saves battery life if, for instance, you fall asleep watching a movie or TV show on Netflix where the program stops at the end. The simple base station control panel has an on/off switch, AC power input, and ⅛ inch audio input. As mentioned, for an extra $20 you can upgrade for additional optical input. The base station connects to the portable TV speaker via VHF at 2.4GHz.
The portable speaker control panel has an AC power input, ⅛ inch AUX input, and ⅛ inch headphone output. There is also simple tone control. A large, easy to access on/off/volume control is located on the front speaker. As for dimensions, the speaker is 9 x 7 x 3.25” in size.
Simolio has gone a step further than most brands and included two AC power supplies. One for the base station and a second for the portable speaker. Also, included is a set of specially designed headphones perfect for listening while lying down. There are three earpieces to fit most ear shapes.
The Simolio TV speaker is perfect for the elderly or hard of hearing who need to bring the speakers for the TV closer. The battery is not as strong as other models but the additional AC power cable solves this issue.
With its own ⅛ inch input, the speaker can also be used around the house or out and about.
The 4 Best Wireless Soundbars for TV
Soundbars have become one of the most popular home entertainment speakers options. Their minimalist design means they take up less space and generally look cool in any room. Manufacturers design soundbars to match the width of most standard TVs. The speaker can be neatly installed directly below your TV. Alternatively, the compact, low-profile design means a soundbar will take up minimal space on a TV cabinet.
Speakers for modern flat-screen TVs are located on the rear. This makes the audio quality thin sounding and often you have to turn the volume up for clarity. This means the TV is usually louder than it needs to be disturbing people in other rooms or your neighbors.
A soundbar eliminates this by focusing the sound into the room directly at those sitting in front of the TV. Because the soundbar is far better designed for sound than a flat-screen TV, you get a fuller, richer sound at a lower volume. You could go as far as installing a soundbar behind the sofa or bedpost bringing the action closer to your ears for even more clarity at low volumes.
A wireless soundbar has the added benefit of receiving audio wirelessly, usually via Bluetooth, allowing you to connect your phone and other devices. This eliminates the need for AUX cables. Essentially, these slimline devices replace bulky home theater systems including the multitude of cables and components.
The Wohome 38-Inch Wireless Soundbar is a powerhouse of a speaker with multiple input options and incredible sound.
The Wohome 38-Inch Soundbar packs a powerful 80W of sound! There are four full-range speakers, split two each left and right. Two tweeters and two subwoofers are also distributed one of each left and right. This enables the Wohome 38-Inch to deliver a full, rich, and clear sound. With 80W you’ll have more than enough volume in most living areas or bedrooms.
When it comes to inputs, the Wohome 38-Inch Soundbar will leave you spoiled for choice. This choice means you should connect all your devices without ever having to unplug or swap out. Inputs include Bluetooth, optical, coaxial, RCA (left/right), 2 x ⅛ inch AUX and USB.
A sleek control panel on the side of the soundbar allows you to power the unit on and off, change input modes, adjust the volume or play/pause for certain Bluetooth inputs.
The Wohome 38-Inch Wireless TV speaker comes with a remote control which enables you to control all aspects of the device. Each input has its own button making switching between the six audio inputs simple. Volume can be increased/decreased and muted. If you’re paired with a Bluetooth device, you can skip, search and play/pause using the remote control.
Wohome has programmed three audio presets to the TV speaker which is also controlled from the remote. In 3D or, movie mode, is a surround sound preset. SR-1 is a music mode that includes a bass boost. And lastly, SR-2 is programmed for speech and clarity, good for the news, sports, and TV shows.
The Wohome 38-Inch Soundbar (38.6 x 4 x 4.1 inches) has been designed to direct sound perfectly whether mounted on the wall or placed on a TV stand. When on a low TV stand, the TV speaker tilts up so it fires at a suitable listening height. If mounted to the wall, the soundbar will fire straight ahead at head height.
This well-thought-out design means you get full sound and exceptional clarity no matter how the soundbar is installed.
The Wohome 38-Inch Wireless Soundbar is designed for 40 inch TVs and above. This doesn’t mean the 38-inch can’t be used with smaller flat-screen TVs. This recommendation is primarily for aesthetics when mounting the soundbar on the wall below the TV. If you are on a bit of a budget, the WoHome is designed to produce a surround sound experience.
Bear in mind this would only be effective in smaller rooms when you’re sitting in front of the TV speaker. With the soundbar’s variety of inputs and features, you can watch the news, movies, or even play your favorite games. The impressive sound levels mean you can immerse yourself in whatever is on TV.
TaoTronics offer some of the most competitively priced soundbars on the market. TaoTronics soundbars are simple to operate and come with good instructions for installation. They also have customer service in the US with offices in Fremont, CA.
TaoTronics 36-Inch Soundbar delivers 40W of power from four 10W speakers. This is impressive when considering the compact size. The speakers are split left and right with 1 full range and 1 low-mid speaker on either side. The low-mid is what gives the TaoTronics soundbar improved bass frequencies.
A small input panel on the rear makes way for the AC input, ⅛ inch AUX and optical inputs. A ⅛ inch RCA cable is supplied for connecting to your TV or other devices. If you are concerned there is no HDMI input, this isn’t an issue.
Audio from your decoder is fed to the TV, this can then be output to the TaoTronics 36-Inch via the supplied audio or optical cable. The TaoTronics soundbar also includes Bluetooth input. As for dimensions, the TV soundbar is 36.2 x 2.1 x 2.8 inches in size.
On the top panel of the TaoTronics 36-Inch, you can power the soundbar on/off, adjust volume, pair a Bluetooth device, or change inputs. Useful if you can’t find the remote! The TaoTronics 36-Inch comes with simple remote control, similar in size and layout to an Apple TV remote. The remote allows you to select between the three audio inputs Bluetooth, audio (AUX), or optical.
The volume can be increased/decreased or muted. If you are playing music via a Bluetooth device, you can stop, start, skip, or change menus via the remote control. The remote can also power the soundbar on and off.
One simple yet useful feature of the TaoTronics 36-Inch Soundbar is the 3 different colored LED indicators visible through the grill on the front. The LED illuminates a different color depending on the input. Yellow for optical, green for AUX, and blue for Bluetooth. This assists with knowing exactly what input you’re on from across the room.
If you wish to mount the TaoTronics 36-Inch Soundbar, there are two flush mounting holes on the rear panel.
The TaoTronics 36-Inch Wireless Soundbar is designed specifically for mounting below a flat-screen TV. Therefore, this model is best suited for a 36-inch TV although as previously mentioned, this is simply a guideline and the soundbar can be used with any TV. The TaoTronics works as a good audio booster for your TV.
TV shows, news, and movies can be enjoyed at better levels and clarity than your TV’s built-in speakers. For gamers, the TaoTronics will definitely be an improvement on standard TV speakers but don’t expect to be blown away by a wall of sound. Bear in mind that TaoTronics does only produce 40W.
With its unique, stylish spherical design, the Meidong 36-Inch Wireless Soundbar will look good mounted on your wall or placed on any surface. The flush-mounted buttons can easily be operated on the front of the speaker without looking unsightly.
The Meidong’s 36-Inch Soundbar (35.4 x 3.1 x 2.3”) incorporates an acoustic design feature that gives the effect of listening to a surround sound system. This is especially useful for watching movies and playing games.
This surround feature is great, however, because there are only two speakers, the Meidong 36-Inch Soundbar is slightly underpowered at only 30W. If you require more power, then the Wohome or TaoTronics may be better suited.
There are several inputs on the Meidong’s 36-Inch Soundbar speaker for TV. RCA (left/right), ⅛ inch AUX, optical, and Bluetooth. You can switch between modes via the control panel on the speaker itself or use the remote control.
The remote control allows you to switch between the 4 inputs AUX, RCA, optical, and Bluetooth. Each input has a separate button so changing between the 4 is as simple as pressing a button.
There is 3 sound presets, Music, Movie, and News which can be changed on the remote too. The usual on/off, volume control, and mute can also be controlled on the remote. Play/pause, skip, and search functions on the remote are available for Bluetooth devices.
When placed on a TV cabinet the Meidong 36-Inch Soundbar TV speaker directs sound up to a listening height. When mounted on the wall, the speaker fires straight ahead. This design feature enables viewers to enjoy a full, rich sound with excellent clarity whether it’s mounted or not. Simple mounting points are built into the rear panel.
The Meidong 36-Inch Wireless TV speaker is certainly a step up from most flat-screen TV speakers. If you’re looking for better clarity for watching TV, series, and movies, then the Meidong will be perfect. The only downside is the Meidong isn’t very loud. If you’re looking for something for gaming or you like watching movies loud, then you won’t be overly impressed with this wireless TV speaker.
The Meidong does, however, look good. So in a small room or even in the bedroom, this wireless TV speaker will be a vast improvement to your standard, built-in TV speakers.
Samsung is one of the most trusted names in consumer electronics. Their attention to detail and high standards of quality control produce some of the best wireless speakers for TV on the market today. Samsung 2.1 Channel 200W Wireless Soundbar TV speaker (model HW-M360) lives up to that reputation.
The Samsung 2.1 Wireless Soundbar can be used on any TV however if you have a Samsung TV or other Samsung product, this TV speaker will have some added features and benefits.
The Samsung 2.1 Wireless Soundbar comes in 2 parts, the soundbar, and a subwoofer. With the addition of the subwoofer, you get the design aesthetic and acoustics of the soundbar without losing any bass frequencies which are generally lacking on soundbars.
The subwoofer incorporates a 6.5-inch driver delivering an impressive 130W of power output. The soundbar is made up of 2 x 35W drivers with a combined power output of 70W, giving the total system its 200W of power. The soundbar and subwoofer connect wirelessly.
This means no cables trailing down the wall or along the floor between these wireless TV speakers. If you have any other Samsung Bluetooth TV Speakers, these can be paired with the Samsung 2.1 Wireless Soundbar too. This means you can build your sound system should you wish.
Audio inputs include optical, ⅛ inch AUX, USB, and Bluetooth. The audio inputs, along with the AC input are recessed in the back panel of the soundbar. This means the soundbar can sit flush when mounting without cables pushing against the wall or sticking out the side. As for dimensions, the soundbar is 35.73 x 2.11 x 2.78″ and the subwoofer 7.05 x 13.9 x 11.79″.
A remote allows you to control these Bluetooth wireless speakers for TV from across the room. With the remote, you can select the audio source, switch between the five audio presets (surround mode, standard, music, clear voice, sports, or movie), change volumes separately on both the soundbar and subwoofer and play/pause/skip/search for Bluetooth devices.
The remote also controls a 5 band equalizer. 150Hz, 300Hz, 600Hz, 1.2KHz, 2.5KHz, 5KHz, and 10KHz can all be selected and boosted or reduced. This control is unique for soundbar speakers for TV and it shows the high sophistication and technology which Samsung has put into this product.
The speakers can be controlled using the Samsung Audio Remote App. The same functionality is available through the app.
The broad frequency response of 45Hz – 20KHz makes the Samsung 2.1 Wireless Soundbar a versatile TV speaker. Programs rich in speech like news, series, and sports can be enjoyed in crystal clarity while movies, games, and music will come alive with a rich full-range sound and 200W of power.
The Samsung 2.1 Soundbar could also be a cost-effective alternative for a surround sound TV speaker. While this wireless TV speaker doesn’t offer “true surround sound”, internal delays and processing create a surround sound experience.
With the extra base and 200W of sound, the Samsung 2.1 soundbar will fill a standard-sized family living area or TV room a lot better than most TV soundbars. The wireless subwoofer can be placed beside a sofer or under the bed to offer an improved listening experience.
Top 3 Wireless Home Theater Systems for TV
A home theater system is usually everyone’s first choice when it comes to speakers for TV. A home theater system delivers surround sound with a wide frequency range and a decent amount of power to enjoy any audio application. Home theater systems are however a little more pricey and, more annoyingly, involve significant setup and installation.
The worst aspect of a home theater installation is the sheer amount of cabling often resulting in a bird’s nest of cables stuffed behind the TV stand. A wireless home theater system eliminates the need for a cable run to each speaker and they are most often quicker and easier to install.
A standard home theater system is 5.1 surround. 5 full-range speakers are positioned around the room and one sub, hence 5.1. This gives you a 360-degree listening experience, bringing to life whatever you are viewing on your TV. Even games come with 5.1 surround sound to enhance the experience.
The most famous audio format is Dolby Digital however, other popular formats include Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS Digital Surround 5.1, and 4K.
While a home theater system is generally made up of 5.1, some manufacturers reduce this to 3 speakers and a subwoofer by use of a soundbar. While this is not considered a “true surround” with delays and processing inside the soundbar, a surround effect can be achieved.
The most obvious benefit of a soundbar in a home theater system is the reduction of speakers. This is visually more appealing, generally less expensive, and more simple to install.
Another more recent advance in home theater systems is the elimination of the receiver. In a traditional home theater system, you would have all your audio feeds going into a receiver which would process the audio, amplify the signal and transmit to each speaker via a cable. Most wireless home theater systems use the subwoofer or center speaker for this function. This means less equipment and cables to clutter your living area.
If you’re on the hunt for compact surround wireless speakers for TV then, the Enclave Audio CineHome HD 5.1 Home Theater System is an excellent choice. This powerful yet compact system delivers movie theater quality without cables and complicated installation instructions.
Simply place the speakers, plug into power and you’re ready to go! No receiver or amplifier is needed. An audio signal is plugged straight into the back of the center speaker which distributes audio wirelessly to the rest of the wireless speakers for TV.
The Enclave Audio CineHome HD 5.1 system consists of 5 full-range speakers; left, right, center, back left, back right, and a subwoofer. Each speaker comes with its own AC adapter so power can be drawn from the closest source to the speaker. The center speaker performs the role of a typical receiver or amplifier. Audio inputs include Bluetooth, 3 x HDMI, ⅛-inch AUX, and optical.
There is an HDMI output should you wish to link out to another speaker or device. There is also an easy-to-access control panel on top of the center speaker.
One of the small but always appreciated features is the remote control identically matches the control panel on the center speaker. This means if you have misplaced the remote or, the batteries are flat, you can still access all CineHome’s features and controls. The panel is even laid out in a similar configuration.
The remote is sleek and modern looking in black in silver. The entire system can be controlled via the remote control.
The input button allows you to scroll through your inputs on the TV. The OK/SELECT button in the center selects the desired input. This is great if you have the TV on but, if the TV is off and you want to play music off your Bluetooth device, you have to switch the TV on, select the Bluetooth input and then switch the TV off again. A minor annoyance that shouldn’t ultimately take away from the listening experience.
Hitting the menu button will bring up the CineHome HD 5.1 menu on your TV. Through this menu, you can switch between sound presets, pair a Bluetooth device, and change speaker settings.
Having all these settings appear on the TV makes it easy to see what’s going on rather than squinting at the front panel of a receiver or remembering which LED is supposed to be illuminated. The usual volume control and a mute feature are also accessible on the remote control.
Supported Audio Formats include: HDMI 3D, ARC, 4K, DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II
The Enclave CineHome HD 5.1 is what’s called a true surround system which means the speakers are positioned in the physical surround-sound positions. This is opposed to a soundbar or other wireless speakers for TV which only delivers sound from the front using delays and processing to achieve a “surround effect”. This true surround sound system is perfect for listening to louder audio applications including movies and games.
Supported formats include HDMI 3D, ARC, 4K, DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II.
While you can install the CineHome in a small room or bedroom, you might find the sound system to be overkill. The CineHome is designed for medium to large living spaces where you perhaps have three or more sofas. The CineHome’s design and placement ensure you will experience the surround sound experience from anywhere in the room within the speaker configuration.
Nakamichi has brought together the best of both worlds by incorporating a soundbar into their wireless surround speakers for TV. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 Surround Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer is a compact surround sound system built for looks and power with an impressive 400W output.
The 45-inch Shockwafe Pro 7.1 soundbar is positioned on a TV cabinet or mounted below your flat-screen TV. This sleek yet powerful soundbar houses a total of 8 speaker drivers with a combined power output of 80W! Inside the soundbar are 6 full-range 2.5-inch drivers, 2 x center, 2 x each left and right. There is an additional tweeter on the far left and far right for ambiance and FX.
The satellite, or rear left and right speakers, comprised of a single 2.5-inch 15W driver in each. An 8-inch, 60W subwoofer takes care of the bass frequencies and is placed on the floor near the soundbar below your TV.
The full system produces a frequency range of 35Hz – 22kHz producing a peak sound pressure level of 104dB just right for every listening application.
While the subwoofer and soundbar connect wirelessly, the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is not 100% wireless. The satellite speakers are connected via speaker cable. When you consider you would need to connect your satellite speakers to a power source if they were wireless, this flaw appears insignificant. If you have a rug in your living area, these satellite cables can easily be hidden.
The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 allows for several audio inputs including; Bluetooth, optical, coaxial, ⅛-inch AUX, and 3 x HDMI. All inputs are located on the rear of the center-positioned soundbar. There is a USB input, however, this is for firmware updates only. Any updates would need to be downloaded to a USB flash drive and then plugged into the rear of the soundbar to update.
The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 comes with a remote control that has both back-lit buttons for night mode and includes a LED display. The remote is unique in that the sense is under the remote rather than in the head. This means you can look at what you’re doing on the remote while using it. Doesn’t seem like a necessary function and leads to a new, unnecessary learning curve.
With that said, the functionality is comprehensive allowing you to switch between inputs, control play/pause/skip/search for Bluetooth devices, volume control, and configuration settings. You can also switch between the 9 sound presets depending on what you’re watching.
Supported Audio Formats include: Dolby Audio and DTS Digital 5.1
The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has enough power and frequency response to cater to all listening applications. The system can process both Dolby Audio and DTS Digital 5.1. Movies, sport, the news, music, and even games can be fully appreciated in this system. This versatility is good value for money when you consider the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is priced at around $500.
The Nakamichi Shockwafe is going to work best in small to medium-sized rooms. This compact wireless speaker system could even be installed in a bedroom. In larger rooms, the surrounding experience may be somewhat lost.
Samsung’s HT-J5500W 5.1 Wireless Home Theater System is a powerhouse of features and technology built-in. These 1000-Watt 3D Blu-Ray wireless speakers for TV will impress even the most difficult to please audiophile. The receiver doubles as a 3d Blue-Ray DVD player reducing the necessity for two separate appliances.
The Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Wireless home theater system consists of the standard front left/right, center, rear left/right, and subwoofer. The only disappointment with this system is, it is not 100% wireless. Cables run from the receiver to each of the front TV speakers and subwoofer.
The wireless connection is between the front and rear TV speakers. A second receiver is placed at the rear of the room and connects wirelessly to the front receiver. Cables then connect the rear receiver to the rear speakers. While this system isn’t completely wireless it does eliminate the need for a cable linking the front and rear speakers.
The Samsung HT-J550W’s primary receiver/DVD player can also connect to the internet over your WiFi connection. This means you can stream online content directly from the internet. You can also sync your PC and other devices to stream content to the receiver. Both of these are useful features in the digital age where content can be sourced from a multitude of devices.
Samsung devices, in particular, will enjoy some added features and benefits. If you own a 3D TV, the receiver is compatible with this too.
There are minimal audio inputs on the Samsung HT-J550W’s receiver. As well as Bluetooth, single RCA, optical, and HDMI are all that the receiver has space for. As the DVD player is built-in, this won’t be too much of an issue. External devices like gaming consoles and satellite TV will plug directly into your TV and the audio is fed from the TV to the receiver.
So you are concerned with insufficient inputs, this won’t be an issue at all. The receiver also receives FM/AM radio. There is an FM antenna input alongside the other audio inputs. If you prefer LAN over WiFi, there is a LAN port to connect to your router or network switch.
The Samsung HT-J550W’s remote control allows you to control all aspects of the sound system including the DVD player which means one less remote. Another great plus for having a built-in DVD player.
You will find an array of audio and picture settings in the menu, too many to go into in this article. To give you an overview of the menu options there is picture, sound, network, system, language, general, and support. So everything you will need to access or control the system can be done using the remote control.
One great feature is the ability to upgrade the system’s software and firmware from the menu panel. You also have the option to set this to auto in which case upgrades will be performed automatically. Obviously, this is assuming the receiver is connected to the internet.
The Samsung HT-J550W also supports a comprehensive list of video and audio formats.
The Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Wireless Home Theater System is an inexpensive setup. If you’re looking for a cost-effective home theater system with a Blu-Ray DVD player, there isn’t much competition for the HT-J5500W around the $300 price range.
Just about every audio, video, and image format are supported by the Samsung HT-J5500W. With the ability to update the system’s software and firmware, you’ll be sure that any future formats are just an update away from being compatible.
The Samsung HT-J5500W is designed for medium to large-sized family rooms.
To summarize, we have explored three applications for the best wireless speakers for TV. Portable wireless speakers for TV are great for when you need to bring the sound closer to your ears. This is especially for the elderly and hard of hearing. If you live in an apartment where your neighbors are close by and can hear the TV or, you don’t want to disturb others in the house, then portable wireless speakers for TV will solve this issue.
All the portable speakers featured in this article come with a headphone output which can allow someone to watch TV with complete silence in the room. This is great for a dorm room or room-sharing where you have someone working, studying, or sleeping in the same room.
For small TV rooms, the bedroom, or even if you’re on a bit of a budget, a wireless soundbar speaker for TV is a great choice. Some soundbars have the added benefit of a “surround experience” which can be a good substitution for a large, more expensive home theater system.
Due to their compact size, wireless soundbars are also more aesthetically pleasing and take up less space. For instances where your flat-screen TV is difficult to hear, usually because it is located on the rear, a soundbar TV speaker can bring the sound to the front, improving volume and clarity. Soundbars are generally thin-sounding so if you need some bass, get a wireless soundbar with a subwoofer. Soundbars can also offer a useful solution to noisier entertainment areas, for instance, if you need to give your outdoor TV a boost when guests are over.
If you want a full listening experience the best option is a wireless home theater system. With 5.1 surround sound, you can enjoy all your best TV shows, movies, and games through an enhanced listening experience. Wireless home theater systems are generally easier to install and operate compared to traditional systems.