It wouldn’t make sense to use a weak audio system for a big screen HD projection system or laser TV at home, right? Video and Audio are twins, not a single one can be omitted.
Some guys have great consciousness during the house design and decoration stage, will make detailed and accurate AV wiring in the right place of the house. So you are the lucky man.
Not every man is so luck, what should us to do if your house is ready, and can not wiring hidden now? But you want to have a home theater with big screen and real surround sound system with very strong desire. Or the house which you live is not yours, just rent for a while. So, any solution? Real surround means not virtual sound which reflect from the wall, and no wall at all. Our living room without two ideal wall on the both sides in most cases. How to do now?
If you read the article, you will be a lucky guy again. I have a perfect solution for you without the wiring. Perfect means not only the video, but also the audio.
Laser TV is the only way to provide a big screen up to 120″ without wiring. Laser TV has high brightness screen, ultra short throw projection lens, WIFI or Bluetooth connection. Laser TV is a large screen TV with eye protection based on diffuse reflection imaging principle. The machine of the Laser TV just put on the TV cabinet. Very simple. How to select the best laser TV, please read the following buyer’s guide:
Considering how today, we will be discussing the best wireless home theater system 2019, you should know that while the “wireless surround” and not “virtual surround” system. By the way, soundbar can provide the virtual surround sound system with reflect side wall. But not ideal at most cases. There are two facts, one is the lost of the sound power, the other is no both side reflect walls. What is the meaning must have at least two REAL surround speakers at the back of your seats!
If your house has been renovated, or do not want to wiring again; living room spacious small, the projection distance is not enough; or at home with children and pets, may encounter a projector cable, and avoid being hurt by the projection light, or the house which you live is rented. You need Laser TV plus wireless home theater system!
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Well, it has happened.
Note again, not soundbar can be called wireless surround, it is virtual surround. Wireless surround not only a soundbar.
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Best Wireless Home Theater System 2019
Somehow, also be called wireless surround sound system. But theater should include the video system, here is Laser TV. By the way, you can put these wireless home theater system with other video systems, such as LED/LCD/QLED TV, common projectors, etc.
Just as the above pic, the sound from the ceiling is virtual reflect, because every room has the ceiling, so it is reasonable. Some brands are not honest, or not exactly propaganda, said their system support wireless, but only support wireless subwoofer, the back surround speakers is wired, such as Nakmichi Shockwafe Pro, VIZIO SB3651-F6 which support WIFI streaming, etc.
|Harman Kardon||Omni Bar Plus||5.1||LINK||Null||WIFI||1200|
|Enclave Audio||Cinehome HD 5.1||5.1||LINK||4.1||WiSA||1200|
Notes: the price ref is only the reference price level, not the current exact price
All the dolby atmos is virtual sound via the reflect from the ceiling of your room. But the other sound is real, called wireless surround.
All these wireless home theater is separated to two parts: soundbar with a wireless subwoofer and two rear wireless speakers. You can buy one of them, or all of them. For home theater, suggest to buy them all to build a real 5.1 surround sound system.
Different brands have different price level and sound effect. A proverb says, “One penny, one cargo”. Does it happen here?
We have come up with a list of best wireless home theater that you can buy in the market. In order to keep things fair and stable, we have included several price level and different brands to make sure that all the readers are thoroughly satisfied.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best wireless home theater.
1. Sonos 5.1 Surround set – Best Sound Quality and APP
The Sonos 5.1 surround sound home theater system is one of the best solutions on the market. With crystal clarity audio and lots of high-tech features and customization options, the Sonos 5.1 surround system absolutely smashes the competition. Unique to Sonos, everything comes in a sleek and minimalistic design, perfect for any modern living room.
It is essential to understand that with Sonos, you do not only get a home theater system. By purchasing a Sonos, you’re upgrading your house permanently with a high-tech audio solution. Unique to Sonos, they have a competent app that lets you and your friends control the entire sound system.
- 1 x PLAYBAR or Beam
- 1 x SUB
- 2 x PLAY:1
Additionally, you connect the system to an Amazon Echo to use Alexa. This lets you make calls, set alarms, play music, set timers and control the Sonos system instantly with voice control.
You can easily play music from over 30 different streaming services with varying songs in different rooms at different volumes and settings. This solution can connect to your WI-FI and even update itself to stay up to date.
The soul of the set is PLAYBAR. The PLAYBAR is geared with six mid-range drivers and three tweeters.
But for the Sync problem, Strong suggest select the Beam which support HDMI ARC, not Playbar.
Here are the key points that make this the best home theater system in our opinion.
- Great minimalistic design and minimal cord usage
- Stunning sound quality from the deepest bass to the highest audio peaks
- Feature-packed with lots of unique options in their App
- Optimization modes for dialog enhancement and night-time use
- Extremely customizable and continuously improving with automatic updates
- High-quality support from Sonos
- It is a little expensive compared to some competitors – We still think it is well worth the money, though!
- Not support other wireless mode, such as Bluetooth.
- A little audio lag behind the video, if work with common LED TV. I will discuss about the audio delay issue later.
2. Samsung HW-N950 – Best of the Best, it is BEST!
Samsung has a very famous wireless home theater, named HW-K950/ZA, which launched in 2016 and support 5.1.4 dolby atmos. Now it is upgraded to HW-N950 which support 7.1.4 dolby atmos, and use Harman Kardon speakers.
The Samsung HW-N950 is the company’s latest flagship soundbar, and forms part of its ‘Cinematic’ range. The new model offers both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support in a 7.1.4-channel configuration, and is the first Samsung product to be developed in conjunction with the recently acquired Harman Kardon.
Unlike most other soundbars, the HW-N950 uses a proper 7.1.4 speaker layout, with a wireless subwoofer, actual wireless rears with upward-firing drivers. As a result, it’s able to deliver a genuine immersive audio experience, without resorting to acoustic beams or applying psychoacoustic processing.
The main soundbar is well made, with a solid construction that uses metal grilles on the top, front and sides. It combines this with a brush-metal finish to the edges and rear.
- Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Object-based sound.
- 7.1.4 Channels/4 upward and 2 side-firing speakers.
- Rear wireless speaker kit included.
- Seamless connection with Samsung TVs.
- Works with Alexa.
- Support WiFi or Bluetooth
The ambition of the N950 is evident in its speaker layout, with a 7.1.4 system that utilises no fewer than 12 speakers built around a total of 17 drivers. The front three channels are composed of three drivers each, using two woofers and a wide-range tweeter. All the other channels each use a single driver.
The influence of Harman Kardon was immediately apparent, with the N950 producing pleasing musicality when it came to TV and movie scores. This also means the N950 is a great performer at streaming music, and although most people will buy this soundbar with film soundtracks in mind, it’s comforting to know that it can hold its own with 2-channel audio as well.
This superb 7.1.4 soundbar package delivers an excellent Dolby Atmos and DTS:X performance, combined with a comprehensive set of features. No other soundbar can approach this level of immersion. Despite being expensive, you’d struggle to build a separates system for less.
It is the best wireless home theater until now. The strong combination of the Samsung’s electronic technology and Harman Kardon’s speaker technology.
- Fantastic sound quality
- Highly immersive performance
- Genuine Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
- Easy to set up
- Well made and attractively designed
- Support Video Passthrough. This feature is very important, otherwise the Audio with Delay with the Video.
- Basic audio calibration
- Not cheap
3. Harman Kardon Omni Bar Plus – Best Sound Quality
Follow the Sonos, Harman Kardon launched their own wireless home theater, Omni Bar Plus. Harman Kardon – A Legacy of Sound Achievement. Never disappoint with their sound quality.
The Harman Kardon Omni Bar+ needs just one cable to connect to your HD TV and lets you easily set up a wireless HD music system in your home. It also adds access to music streaming services such as Spotify Connect and Chromecast built-in. With Dolby Digital and the included subwoofer you can have new home theater and because it can connect to any Harman Kardon Omni+ speakers, you can easily set up a whole home wireless music system.
Like other brands, Omni Bar Plus has three option for the back surround speakers: Omni 10+, Omni 20+, and Omni 50+. Make the option with different budget.
The design of Omni bar refers to the legendary product Harman Kardon Sabre SB35, which achieved almost all of the Audio Awards in the past.
The Harman Kardon Controller APP is shit. It will upgrade the firmware automatically without choice. Even while you DO NOT want to upgrade now.
Compare with Samsung HW-N950 which also produced by Harman Kardon, it is a little weak of performance and software. But it is much cheaper. Be honest, it is very good if you just want to listen surround music without the video.
Compare with Sonos 5.1 surround set, Harman Kardon Omni Bar Plus is much cheaper with similar sound quality.
- Fantastic sound quality with legacy brand
- Three option with the back surround speakers
- Well made and attractively designed
- Support WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Optical, or aux Audio input
- Poor APP
- A little Audio delay while WIFI connection with the back surround speakers
- Not support Video passthrough
4. Sony HT-Z9F plus Z9R – Best HD
Sony HT-Z9F plus Z9R is the best strongest competitor with Samsung HW-N950. It support HD Video HDMI Out, perfectly worked with AV player. Sony describes the HT-Z9F as a 3.1-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar that features 7.1.2-channel surround sound.
The HT-Z9F is a scaled down verion of the Sony HT-ST5000. The main soundbar has just three 2.5-inch drivers to handle the front right, center and left channel duties, while built-in pyscho-acoustic processing expands the sound stage to magically create the effect of side and even (to a degree) height channels overhead.
The latest mid-range soundbar also backs many of the higher-end streaming and Hi-Res Audio features found in last year’s HT5000, like built-in Chromecast support and Spotify Connect. It even supports Google Assistant voice operations, allowing users to issue verbal commands through a linked smart speaker.
The Sony HT-Z9F is positioned for anyone with a flat-screen television that doesn’t quite cut it on sound, and that includes most television. This unit features a compact design, so it won’t over power the room decore, and because it uses pyscho-acoustic sound enhancement it will fit almost any room regardless of ceiling height, furnishings and construction materials. It also eschews many of the connecting wires that custom electronics installers charge handsomely to conceal.
The Sony HT-Z9F won’t replace a good object-based audio home theater system with discrete multichannel speakers, including actualy up-firing or ceiling speakers, but it makes a very convincing contender against other soundbars. We found the overall sound quality to be very enjoyable for both music and cinematic experiences, and design lends the system placement versatity in most rooms. This is one of our higher mid-range recommendations in the soundbar category.
- Compelling virtual Dolby Atmos performance
- Excellent upmixing of 5.1 and stereo content
- Surprisingly musical
- Perfect Support HD Video
- Can be confusing to use
- A tad ugly sans grille
- The sound is not smooth while something interrupt wifi connection
5. JBL Bar 5.1 – Best Design and Cost Effective
Choosing a soundbar is a difficult task nowadays, with a seemingly endless selection on offer. Manufacturers need a unique selling point to stand out, and the JBL Bar 5.1 certainly has that.
The soundbar has two speakers that magnetically attach to either end of a central bar, meaning you can have a single unit, or you can disconnect the speakers, and put them behind your couch to create a truly wireless 5.1 surround sound system.
It also comes with a subwoofer of the kind found in more traditional ‘wireless’ setups, as it’s wired to a power supply but connects to the soundbar wirelessly. Each satellite speaker has a battery life of about 10 hours, and are charged when plugged into the soundbar.
The JBL Bar 5.1 is clearly designed for one specific audience: movie fans. The bass capabilities and sharp trebles mean you get both satisfying room-rattling sound, and crystal-clear dialogue.
This strength is also a weakness though, as it means it has weak mids, and the ‘gap’ that some systems have between mids and bass is very noticeable when you’re trying to listen to music on the soundbar.
The only concern in the 10-hour battery life. However, in reality you’re likely to only use 5.1 mode for a movie or that latest HBO drama that needs full audio effect. Pop them back into the soundbar and they charge automatically.
If you have a slim TV and need a means to make the audio bigger and better, the JBL Bar 5.1 is a really great option that will continue to give on many levels.
- Tidy soundbar setup
- Powerful bass
- 5.1 surround option
- Wireless battery-powered rear speakers
- Voice levels can be difficult to adjust, especially the bass
- Suitable for movie, not music. Sound quality is not good enough
- The cable ports is not easy to plug
6. Damson S Series – Best Dolby Atmos
First, it’s incredibly compact for a system that provides a genuine 5.1.2 speaker configuration. Second, every part of its speaker system, from the separate rears through to its subwoofer, centre/left/right soundbar and two upfiring drivers, communicate with each other completely wirelessly. The only wires in sight here are power cables.
The connections comprise two HDMI inputs, an HDMI output with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support, an AUX input, and Bluetooth. The HDMI loopthrough impressively supports Dolby Vision passthrough as well as HDR10.
The rears are reckoned to run for around eight hours at 70% volume on a full charge.
The Damson S-Series is the World’s first wireless home theater speaker system to fully support Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and 4K UHD video passthrough. With it, you can experience exactly as intended including sounds from in-front, behind and now above you bringing sounds from videos and audio tracks to life in true three-dimensional fashion. The S-Series transforms your living room into an audiosphere bringing TV, movies, box sets and audio tracks to life all around you.
- Remarkably compact design
- Includes surround/height speakers
- All speakers are wireless
- Decent build quality
- Easy to use
- Bass is very limited
- Vocals can sound distorted
- Exaggerated trebles
7. Enclave Audio CineHome HD 5.1 – Best Home Cinema
Enclave Audio was formed in 2013 with a focus on a convenient and easy to setup high quality home theater experience without having to suffer the traditional mess of wires, components, and loss of quality issues found with soundbars.
At Enclave, we understand that half of the movie experience is heard and not seen. With the popularized sound bar audio solution, true surround sound is dismissed for convenience, ease of setup, and wiring issues. The Enclave Audio 5.1 wireless home theater system solves all that and more with uncompromising true wireless surround sound with the ability to easily place your speakers as 5.1 surround was designed and intended. Surrounding you. Whether it is movies, music, sports, or video gaming, Enclave wirelessly surrounds you with every nuance of every sound, bringing your home theater experience to life as you’ve never heard it before. The Enclave Smart Center connects to your TV with a single cable and will host HDMI and SPDIF (Optical) sources, including satellite, cable, streaming appliances, and gaming consoles.
Uncompressed 24bit HD audio quality in 6 separate speaker enclosures mean true surround sound vs. today’s ‘popularized by convenience’ soundbar systems. Simply place your speakers in the appropriate location, plug in the speakers’ AC power adaptors into any 110/220v power source, load up your Enclave Smart Center with audio sources, and the WiSA certified Enclave Audio system is ready to deliver 24 bit uncompressed audio wirelessly, straight out of the box with no configuration necessary.
This means the Enclave system offers incredible audio quality. Enclave wirelessly surrounds you with every nuance of every sound, bringing your home theater experience to life as you’ve never heard it before. Audio as it was intended to be heard, pure and not degraded through long runs of speaker wire or lossy audio compression.
- Easy installation
- Powerful subwoofer
- WiSA connectivity
- Support HD Video Passthrough
- Can struggle with high frequencies
- Adjusting volume can be tricky
Things you MUST KNOW before choosing your Wireless Home Theater
Well, our top list is based on what we like. This might not suit you, so we prefer you to have a look at all of the details below. That will help you in choosing your wireless home theater.
Wireless Connection Mode
Here wireless connection mode, means how to connect the rear speakers, not the streaming how from your player to the sound system. There are three modes: WIFI, Bluetooth and WiSA.
WIFI, must select the 5G Hz. Sonos is the leading brand for WIFI connection wireless home theater. But Harman Kardon is so smart and stronger at speaker technology, so we don’t know the future who will be the winner. 5G WIFI is faster than Bluetooth. Through an smart APP, combine the rear speakers to the soundbar, then become a 5.1 home theater, not virtual surround, it is REAL 5.1 channel. Sonos 5.1 surround set, Samsung HW-N950, Harman Kardon Omni Bar Plus and Damson S series, all of them use WIFI wireless technology. Somebody will be confused at wireless mode, some of them support Bluetooth streaming, but not to connect the rear speakers via bluetooth.
Bluetooth, is the cheapest solution to connect the rear speakers. Cheap but not good. One is the signal easy to disturb by other Bluetooth signal in your home, the other is some audio streaming delay. Sony HT-Z9F plus Z9R, JBL Bar 5.1 use this solution. For sound quality, Sony is better. But JBL Bar 5.1 is cheap enough to attract most of the customers.
WiSA is the best solution for sound quality. But need to pay patent fee, so it is not cheap until now. Wireless Speaker & Audio Association. WiSA-certified components work perfectly together to create anamazing home theater experience with no wires and no hassle. Bring your favorite games, shows, andmovies to life and put yourself in the center of the action. Some famous speaker brands support this solution, such as Klipsch, KEF, etc. Here I pick the Enclave Audio CineHome 5.1 Wireless Home Theater. Means it is the best choice for you if your budget is enough.
Synchronization of Audio and Video
It is the biggest issue for you while watching cinema. It is not problem if you just enjoy the music. The wireless connection mode is the first factor, and the next is the design of the system.
From the beginning of design, some system think about the video, some not. Sonos 5.1 surround set and Harman Kardon Omni Bar Plus just think about the great sound quality, and enjoy the amazing music everywhere in the house very easily, though they Do Not think about the movie at the beginning. But Samsung, Sony, Enclave Audio and Damson’s wireless home theaters think a lot at the video together with the audio, so their systems are much better if you watching movie at home. The soundbar voice is great synchronized with the TV image at the beginning, but lost some step while connect to the rear speakers at sometimes.
First let’s take a look at the connection diagrammatic sketch of home theater:
The Projector or TVs can not connect to the player directly, otherwise the audio maybe has some delay to the video. Someone said it is a wrong point, I do the connection like this, but has no issue. Yes, maybe no problem while the speakers are wired. But for wireless solution, the issue will be extend to bigger.
Though the AV receiver which built in the wireless home theater system will do some sync work, otherwise you will become crazy while lost the synchronization between the audio and video.
Check the above systems, Samsung, Sony, Damson and Enclave Audio has such design. Common Sonos 5.1 surround set can not provide HDMI ARC, so need change the Playbar to Beam.
Just take a look at the product size, you will find the sound power. Bigger speaker size, bigger sound power as usual, it is very simple. Not always select the bigger sound power system, depend on your room size and your precise desire. Most of the brand will put the sound power description at very visual place, so no need worry about it.
How to select the best Laser TV, please read following article:
But here, you should make some difference choice. Some of the Laser TVs have player and audio system built-in, sometimes it is advantage. But if you want the real surround sound effect, you need another Separated Audio System, just as described above. Pure Laser Projection System is much better for such choice, such as BenQ i955L, Optoma LCT115, Epson LS100, or Sony VPL-VZ1000es.
Up to now, I think you do know how to select the best wireless home theater for Laser TV. If not, please comment to me.