In this article we are going to take a look at some of the best wireless surround sound systems available today. The first question you may have is do I need a wireless surround sound system? For more information on that checkout Wired vs Wireless Speakers. Overall though, if you want to improve the quality of watching TV, improving the quality of the audio will definitely enhance the entire viewing experience, and adding surround sound will give you that.
Before wireless was available, adding surround sound involved a lot of wires and face it, wires aren’t great to look at especially crossing floors and climbing walls. So to have surround sound you would also have to find inventive ways to hide the wires. Well with the advancement in wireless technologies, that is no longer necessary. The sound quality of wireless speakers is very competitive in regard to its wired counterparts so it makes good sense to go wireless.
Initially wireless surround sound was expensive and so wasn’t a good choice for many people. Today though, wireless systems are more affordable with high quality sound making them a good choice. And there are a lot of choices, so let’s take a look at some of the best wireless surround sound systems currently on the market. The systems below are in no particular order and since there are so many high quality systems, we will show you seven that consistently rate the highest.
Vizio 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar System
So our first entry is the Visio 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar System. This is a great system if you are short on space and includes a 36-inch soundbar, two rear speakers, and a wireless 6-inch sub woofer. The soundbar contains two upward firing drivers so the sound won’t get lost in your furniture or bounce off the walls.
This system also includes Dolby Atmos decoding that will give you a multi-dimensional immersive sound and DTS Virtual X technology to give you extremely clean audio. What is also great, is this system is moderately priced.
With the Vizio Smartcast app you can make your smartphone or tablet a remote control for your speakers, meaning you can stream the audio to different rooms that have compatible Vizio components. For convenience, these speakers have both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity so you’ll be able to listen to music without interruptions from phone calls. Overall, this is a great compact system at a great price.
Certifications: DTS, Dolby Audio
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth
Type: Surround Sound
Yamaha Audio YAS-209BL Sound Bar
The YAS-209BL Sound Bar is an interesting system because it only has two pieces, but this wireless soundbar system has great audio performance with its implementation of DTS Virtual:X. It also has Bass Extension and Clear Voice features that optimize certain frequencies to get a better sound.
Connections include both HDMI in and HDMI(ARC) out, optical digital and Bluetooth. The sound bar can be connected to Ethernet and Wi-Fi for Spotify Connect and Alexa support. The YAS-209BL is a great system that is extremely affordable.
Certifications: DTS Virtual – X virtual 3D surround sound
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI
Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System
Sonos is a leader in home audio and was one of the first companies to make high quality wireless sound systems. Known for multi-room wireless speakers and smart speakers the system is controlled with an easy-to-use app. The Sonos 5.1 is customizable with various Sonos speakers and includes a soundbar called the PLAYBAR that pairs only with Sonos products and a sub woofer called SUB.
As far as sound quality, your entire room will be filled with a surround sound that offers a deep bass allowing you to hear certain parts in the track you hadn’t heard before.
This Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System is sleek and elegant and will fit well into your home entertainment system. This system doesn’t come cheap though.
Type: Surround Sound
Enclave Audio CineHome 5.1
The Enclave Audio CineHome 5.1 is a true wireless system with outstanding value. There are no wires connecting the numerous speakers that work together utilizing 14 speaker drivers to deliver 360 degrees of HD audio. It’s two Bi-pole surround speakers have two full-range drivers and Dolby Digital and DTS that spread the uncompressed, 24-bit HD sound through the entire room.
In addition to wireless audio there’s also many additional features including three HDMI inputs, Bluetooth connectivity built-in with Googlecast, and with the Enclave Audio app you can stream music from you favorite service.
Certifications: Dolby Audio & DTS
Type: Surround Sound
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SSE
The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 surround sound system is at the higher end of wireless systems. This system includes a 600-watt, 45-inch Dolby Atmos/DTS soundbar, an eight-inch sub woofer, two surround sound speakers, and a remote control.
The highly rated soundbar has life-like audio and comes with DTS digital surround sound effects and a Cirrus Logic Quad-Core Digital Signal Processing chip set that can process soundtracks with high speed and detailed precision and clarity.
The two rear speaker incorporate the exclusive Spatial Surround Elevation (SSE) processing technology to reproduce the surround sound you get at an actual cinema. The only issue I see here is that these speakers are wired even though this item is considered to be wireless.
You’ll also get a deep bass at 25hz and crystal clear sound up to 104db. As far as connectivity, there is UDB, Bluetooth, and an optical coaxial. Overall with this system, you’ll enjoy an immersive TV experience with an outstanding sound.
Certifications: DTS, Dolby Atmos
Connectivity: HDMI, RCA, Bluetooth, UDB
JBL Bar 5.1
The JBL Bar 5.1 is a basic but superior system. It includes a soundbar, a wireless sub woofer that has a ten-inch driver to provide a rich bass, and two detachable battery-powered wireless surround sound speakers. The two speakers have over 10 hours of playtime.
The system is compatible with Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and DTS, and is rated at 510 watts with Bluetooth connectivity.
Certifications: DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic
Connectivity: 1 Analog, 1 Optical, Bluetooth, USB
Bose 5.1 700 Home Theater Set
So here’s an item from Bose. Bose of course is a well-known leader in the audio industry and produces products with a clean sound and great design. It’s no surprise that they have an item on our list. The Bose 5.1 700 surround sound system consists of the Bose Soundbar 700, a wireless Bose Bass Module 700, and two Bose surround speakers.
Made with a tempered glass panel and slim black design, this is one of the better looking systems on the market. It has a color changing LED screen and just a few buttons.
This system is also expensive and in terms of performance there are systems that are comparable for less money but lack the appearance and features that come with this Bose. Another thing is, the components of this system are sold separately so you can build the system over time.
As far as the sound quality, the surround sound performance is almost perfect and the wireless connections between the components work flawlessly.
The initial setup can be a little complicated but this system can integrate with music streaming services and the soundbar has built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and Alexa. It also supports Airplay and Google Assistant.
Certifications: DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth
So there you have it, seven different wireless surround sound systems at different price points that all give you a high quality home theater sound experience. Whether you are in the market to add a wireless surround sound system to your current home theater or you are starting from scratch, maybe one of these systems will be perfect for you. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this list or if you think I missed something. Also, leave any questions you may have. Until next time may the sound be with you or some facsimile thereof.