Updated December 23, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Wireless Surround Sound Speakers

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in February of 2019. If you're aiming to rid your home theater of a tangled mess of cables, you're in luck. Today's wireless surround sound speakers can reproduce audio with near-lossless quality at a modest cost. Ranging from budget-priced options for casual consumers to more elaborate sets, our top picks feature a simple installation, an intuitive operation and, most importantly, state-of-the-art performance. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Bose Lifestyle 600

2. JBL Bar 5.1

3. Sonos 5.1

Editor's Notes

December 20, 2020:

One thing to be aware of when searching for wireless surround speakers is that many systems market themselves as wireless, when it is actually only the subwoofer or perhaps another component that is wireless and the surround sound speakers still require hardwiring. We have made sure that no models like that have found their way onto this list. Every unit is truly wireless, including the subwoofer, satellite speakers, and any others that are included the package. Please be aware though, they will generally require a wire from the hub to your TV.

February 22, 2019:

Until recently, wireless speakers and sound systems had been a fairly large disappointment. The losses in audio quality due to outdated Bluetooth codecs and the like were unforgivable. One had to decide whether they really wanted to do away with a few wires at the cost of high-definition sound. Finally, this is changing. While some are looking for an inexpensive, minimal set-up like a standalone subwoofer or a soundbar with a pair of tweeter-equipped speakers, others are aiming to transform their entertainment room into a home theater. For those who fall into the latter camp, the Sonos 5.1 is the obvious choice. Yes, you're paying extra for the name and all the marketing that has gone into building said name, but it truly is a fantastic work of engineering. Between its slew of features (speech enhancement, night mode, smooth integration with Alexa & streaming services, the cleverness of Trueplay, etc.), and its triumphant, crystalline aural reproduction, it's worth shelling out the money. On the other hand, if your relationship with sound and home entertainment is merely casual, great options exist at a fair price. Even our #10 pick, the Vizio 2.1, is pretty impressive and affordable. At a budget-friendly price you get a soundbar and a fairly good subwoofer. Those upgrading from the travesty of built-in television speakers will marvel at the upgrade. Yes, most (read:all) of these options aren't completely wireless, but at the moment, such options don't exist. Most systems need, at the very least, to have a direct power source running to the receiver or central unit. Still, nearly all these subwoofers and auxiliary speakers are able to operate without cables, and because of this, you're spared the sight of having multiple speaker cables running across the middle of the floor or snaking along the sides of the room.

4. Sony HT-Z9F

5. Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q90R/ZA

6. Kef LS50

7. Enclave CineHome II

8. Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR

9. Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400

10. Air Audio Pull-Apart


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on December 23, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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