I want to install wall mounted speakers in my dining room. My stereo is
in my family room which is about 25 feet away. Does anyone sell wireless
speaker kits so that I can avoid running wire to the dining room speakers?
Im sure google will find them, but you will never get the full fidelity
with wireless if sound quality is your 1st concern with average priced
equipment. Top quality wireless equipment in itself is very expensive.
wireless speakers usually come in 900mghz or 2.4 GHz styles
some will overlap with cordless phones or wireless internet.
I have a few pairs of wireless speaker rokon <sp?> or some such brand. I
purchased them on eBay for 40 bucks. They are ok for background fill music.
the sound quality is similar to radio shacks small Mimius speakers the
driver is 5-1/4" with a decent tweeter so the response is 80-20,000 at low
listening levels. I set them on the patio or down by the pond when I'm
another option is flat speaker wire, if you plan to paint the room soon. The
wire goes on like masking tape and you paint over it.
this way you don't need batteries or outlet plugs to hook up the speakers.
They sell the RCA. I have some and they sound OK, not "audiophile OK" but OK.
One problem is you have to turn them off when you turn the stereo off.
Otherwise they will hum, crackle and pop searching for a signal.
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That's what I have. I'm sure they are not audiophile quality (But I
don't have a good ear, I don't pay attention, and I listen mostly to
news and talk radio, where I don't even need stereo.)
I bought two pair at some sort of discount store. One of the first
pair and one of the second pair worked fine, so I re-paired them and
took two back. The seller said he knew about the problem and gave me,
no exchange needed, a 3rd transmitter (from a different brand). That
works with all 4 speakers (and makes me think I should have tested the
second original transmitter. I had assumed the problem was the 2
I intended the speakers for listening to web-radio**. I have the
computer in my office/spare bedroom, and one speaker in my bathroom,
one in my personal bedroom, one in the kitchen, and one in the
basement. I plan to move one outside in the summer. I can go from one
room to the other, hearing the same station everywhere (I don't even
have the computer on cable, but often it works even with a 24K dial-up
connection. OTOH sometimes it won't work with a 53K connection.
Apparently it is more complicated than just connection speed.)
This also has the added advantage that when I'm expecting someone to
Instant Message me, I can go downstairs and it beeps out of the remote
speaker. Also when Buzme rings, I hear it from the remote speaker.
If I had it to do over, when I ran my coax to almost every room for
the cable tv, and also phone lines to the bathrooms and attic and some
other places, and burglar alarm wires -- I ran all those -- I would
have also run speaker wires, TV audio and video cables, s-video wires
(which didn't exist then), and I think there are now a couple other
kinds of wires I don't even know about that I would run if I could do
It's hard, especially going from the basement straight to the attic,
to add more later. I started with one wire twice as long as needed,
and used it to pull the others through. Now that wire is all in place
and attached to something at the end. It was very hard to drill the
hole through the 2nd floor within the "stack". I had to put in a
partial attic floor, lie face down and use the 2 feet of my arm, the 6
foot drill bit (which was getting dull by now, and my attmepts to
sharpen were not successful) and I still needed a one foot extension
to reach the floor and start drilling. In this case the flexibility
of the bit was not an advantage. Maybe I should have bought 6 more
one foot extensions. They would have been stiff.
But it was well worth all the effort to do this.
And the flat paintable tape someone suggested would also be better
**Weren't they supposed to sell dedicated web-radios by now or a year
ago? I haven't seen any.
If you have a one story house, you chould consider hard-wiring the
speakers through the attic. When you're in the attic, if it has no or
a movable floor, you can see the tops of your walls downstairs.
That's what I did for speakers in my bedroom. (The major problem there
was not wiring the speakers, which was easy, but it was that the
stereo was next to the outside wall (The odds are this doesn't apply
to you but I mention it in case:), and the roof was only 6 inches high
at that point in the attic. I tried for hours to get it, drilled
through the outside wall once (fortunately brown caulk exactly matches
the color of my house (and hasn't shrunk or come loose from the
half-inch hole in 15 years!) and I ended up drilling on purpose
through the ceiling right by the wall and then going into the wall. I
still have to cut a notch and then spackle so the wires can't be
The small problem of going from the attic to holesin the wall was
that in one case (a phone jack) I needed a second person to fish out
the wire while I was in the attic moving it. But usually I was able to
look down the hole in the top plate of the wall, and see the light
coming in the hole in the wall sheetrock.
Get an electronic studfinder. They are great!!! About 100 times as
good as a pivoting magnet studfinder.
If you have a multi-story house and your dining room is on the first
floor, they sell (at burglar alarm stores, and maybe now at Home
Depot) 6-foot flexible drill bits. You cut a hole in the wall and
insert the drill bit down to the floor and drill into the basement.
(Well, that might be hard to do only a foot or so below the ceiling.
The bit bends but still takes a foot or two to make a 90 degree turn.
Also, there is probably a fire stop half-way down the wall that you'd
have to go through. When I drilled down from wall switch boxes, I
never bumped into a fire stop.
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On Tue, 01 Feb 2005 11:25:15 GMT, Freedom55 <"joinertake this
You might want to take a look at Acoustic Research AR) 900 Mhz
transmitter and their various speakers. While not fully audiophile
quality they do suffice for MOST situations, especially if used for
background or mood music.
You can also find a number of them on eBay. They do work quite well.
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