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A tidy piece of kit
on 23 November 2010
This piece of kit allows the two rear speakers of a Samsung home cinema system to operate without any wires running directly from the speakers to the blu-ray player.
The signal for the rear speakers is transmitted from a tidy little 'plug-in' fitted in the back of the player to a receiver box that is slightly bigger than a standard DVD box, but about 4X as thick. The 'plug-in' sticks out from the back of the player by no more than 2.5cm and is totally unobtrusive.
The receiver box sits on its end on a little, flat stand. It has to be no more than
5ft from a plug socket, as it's a powered component. Each of the rear speakers is connected by wire to the receiver box, so it's not strictly 'wireLESS'. However, it meant that I only had to find a neat place to hide the receiver box (behind a sofa)and then run wires the short distance to each rear speaker. It saved having to run wires all the way round the room from the blu-ray player to the rear speakers. I didn't use the cables that came with the kit as they were just too short for my layout, so I replaced them with the much longer cables that came with the home cinema system itself.
One slight irritation is that the rear and centre speakers on my Samsung 5:1 home cinema system don't work when watching cable TV, so (like a good boy) I turn off the receiver box to save a bit of energy. When I do this a message appears on the front of the blu ray player every 30 seconds saying "Rear Speaker Check" and this can be a little distracting after a while. The easy solution I suppose is to notch up my electricity bill by 0.0001% and leave the box switched on.
The sound from the speakers appears to be clear and free of any distortion and the installation is quick, easy and very tidy.
I agree that it's quite a lot of money to pay just to avoid having to move a bit of furniture and lift/refit some carpet, so you need to consider this before buying.