Best Wireless Speaker Conversion Kits – How to Convert from Wired
Wireless speakers offer so many benefits. But they’re not often the best speakers for the money, especially if you want high-fidelity audio. Luckily for you, there is an alternative to getting more convenience, in the form of the best wireless speaker conversion kits.
This type of kit can turn your favorite wired speaker system into a seamlessly integrated wireless speaker system that you can arrange in any way you want.
Or, a system of speakers that you can use to stream audio from one device to multiple rooms in your home. Here’s how it works and what type of devices you can get.
Best Wireless Speaker Conversion Kits for Any Home Theater Setup
Table of Contents
- Best Wireless Speaker Conversion Kits for Any Home Theater Setup
- How Does a Wireless Conversion Kit Work?
- The Importance of Amplification
- A Few Words on Rear Speakers and Subwoofers
- Main Purpose of Converting Wired to Wireless
- Converting Wired Speakers vs. Buying Them
- Channel Control Is Almost a Must
- Wireless Protocols
This is one of the best conversion kits by far due to its connection stability, built-in amplification, and multi-room capabilities. The signal transmission is done without compression first. This means that the signal maintains the audio quality of the source.
Each wireless amp is just 5”x3.5”x2”. This is a very compact design and one that’s easy to hide. Even better, you can mount the amps on the back of some speakers.
The amps are rated at 80W each. That’s a lot of power even for medium to larger rooms. Although this conversion kit comes with only two amplifiers and a transmitter, the transmitter can support two additional wireless amplifiers for a total of four.
So, you can use this kit to get started and upgrade to full wireless later on. What I like even more is that it should also work with most home theater receivers, as well as any analog input.
An affordable kit is the BIC America WTR-Sys. Now this is a simple four-channel conversion kit that can support a range of devices, including A/V receivers, subwoofers, powered speakers, and so on.
The kit comes without any amplifiers. It only contains a receiver and a transmitter. That said, you can still use it to convert active speakers (powered speakers) into wireless. That’s because there’s no wireless power transmission technology yet – only for low-level signals – so if you need to convert any passive speakers to wireless you’re going to need new amps to amplifier the wirelessly transmitted signal.
When it comes to the range, with the help of the antennas the devices get up to a 60ft obstructed range. This is very good for small to medium-sized rooms. I also like that Velcro strips are included, which should help with concealing the devices.
USB power adapters, USB cables, and RCA to RCA stereo patch cables are also included. Overall, this is a nice low-latency conversion kit for powered speakers or those who have an amplifier that they can relocate to amplifier the wirelessly transmitted signals.
This is one of the most basic conversion kits that you can use. The 5.8GHz receiver transmitter combo has superior performance to most other similar products on the market, especially standard kits that work on 2.4GHz.
I also like the Dynasty for another reason. At 5.8GHz there will be less interference with other devices so there’s no need to worry about the home router when setting up your wireless speaker system. That said, the signal range is not great, as it tops out at around 50ft obstructed.
But, it does get up to 100ft range when not obstructed. Which is not bad if you ask me, and the obstructed rating is mostly for installing in another room, as furniture and stuff are usually not full obstructions.
What’s also great is that this kit comes with a channel frequency selection and 45 different channels to choose from. This should further minimize any risk of interference and should maintain high audio quality.
This is an interesting conversion kit. It comes with two 25W class D amplifiers, which means that it should take care of the smaller passive speakers that you wish to place remotely. Furthermore, the sleek compact design should make it easy to conceal the receivers and transmitter.
A dedicated subwoofer channel is very important and the OSD Audio wireless conversion kit provides that. I will also point out that this system can convert up to a 5.1 speaker system.
Although the wireless protocol is 2.4GHz, having access to 34 channel frequencies should help with maintaining signal stability and quality. While it may not have the most powerful amplifier, it’s still a good conversion kit for the money.
If you want to go really budget with your conversion kit, then the Amphony iFinity may be your only option. It doesn’t have an amplifier so it won’t work directly with passive speakers.
However, if you have an amp or powered speakers in your configuration, then you’re good to go. The kit offers a wide frequency response range, thus making it ideal for speakers and subwoofers. Each device is very small and easy to conceal.
What’s even better is that the transmitter can handle up to four wireless receivers. That said, the kit only includes two. Even so, this is an affordable system even after buying two extra wireless receivers (which you’re going to need if you have 4 rather than 2 speakers).
The signal strength is good but there might be some latency at times. With that in mind, this is one of the simplest conversion kits in terms of installation and pairing due to the one-button interface. If you’re new at using this type of conversion kits, this could be the right choice for you.
How Does a Wireless Conversion Kit Work?
Conversion kits come with a wireless transmitter and receiver setup. Sometimes they will also have built-in amplification, which you’ll need for converting regular speakers to wireless.
When you connect your speakers to a conversion kit, the transmitter sends audio signals through radio frequencies (RF) and therefore there’s no need for a complex wiring setup anymore.
While this usually translates to more freedom of placement, there are also other reasons to convert your wired speakers into wireless ones. You may want to get the wires out of the way or you may have a pet that eats them.
However, your choice of conversion kit is going to be dependent on many factors. The most important factors will be tied to what type of speakers you have, how many, and what’s in the rest of your audio system.
The Importance of Amplification
Amplification is key. Not all speakers have built-in amplification (active speakers) and not all home theater audio systems will have an amplifier.
This is because you cannot convert amplified audio signals to wireless – or at least there isn’t an established technology for that yet. This means that you can only convert un-amplified low-level audio signals to wireless.
It further means that after sending those signals wirelessly to your speakers, you’re going to need an amp (whether one that comes with the conversion kit or one you have lying around) to amplify the low-signal signals and power your now-converted-wireless speakers (passive).
However, that problem goes away if your speakers are active or have built-in amplifiers. If that’s the case, you only have to connect a cable between the wireless receiver and the speaker’s built-in amp. Or, it'll also work if you have an amplifier that you can relocate to between the wireless receivers and the converted-wireless speakers.
A Few Words on Rear Speakers and Subwoofers
Rear speakers are often not passive. Because of this, when using a wireless speaker conversion kit, it should at least be able to convert those two passive speakers and the subwoofer.
If you’re an audiophile then perhaps you’ve been experimenting with dual subwoofer configurations. This can truly offer a room-filling experience with no dead spots and fewer instances of bass nulls or standing waves.
However, note that few speaker conversion kits will have dual subwoofer support. While most manufacturers will usually list this as a feature, you can also check the pictures at the back of the transmitters to see if there’s a subwoofer input. You could split the subwoofer audio out but it’s not going to be stereo.
Main Purpose of Converting Wired to Wireless
Obviously cable management comes to mind. Even though you will still be using some cables, to connect the speakers to the transmitters, those cables are short and easy to conceal. And, in most cases, so are the transmitters themselves.
But some people also prefer using a wireless conversion kit for multi-room audio system setups. Some transmitters are that powerful that the signal can easily pass through walls. This is a great way of sharing audio throughout the home, without having to drill holes into walls or to run hundreds of feet of in-wall cables.
Converting Wired Speakers vs. Buying Them
It’s no secret that wireless speaker systems are quickly becoming just as good as wired systems. Still, there are some caveats when it comes to latency, interference, signal quality, range, and so on.
But the more you spend, the better the speaker system. That said, wired speakers are usually cheaper and better than their wireless counterparts, dollar for dollar.
As such, it is often cheaper to upgrade a wired system into a wireless one with a decent conversion kit than going full wireless from the start. It’s definitely a lot cheaper than upgrading your whole speaker system after spending money on redoing your living room or remodeling your home theater room.
Channel Control Is Almost a Must
Channel control is a very important aspect. Being able to switch channels will allow you to minimize signal loss as you can technically avoid sharing the same frequency with other devices outside of your speaker setup.
Although there’s no guarantee that having more channels to choose from will ultimately be better, it does give you a better chance of finding a stable and interference-free frequency.
As you’ve seen, the majority of conversion kits, even some of the very best wireless speaker conversion kits come with the 2.4GHz wireless protocol. This should mean that it’s the standard right?
Well, as that may very well be, there is a problem. 2.4GHz is also what most internet routers use as well as other devices. That’s why interference can be quite common when using the wrong kit or due to a wrong placement of the transmitter and receiver.
It is also the main reason why it’s usually better to have some sort of channel selection.
Now, an alternative would be using a kit with a 5.8GHz protocol. This type of wireless transmitter is less prone to interference. But this too isn’t foolproof by any means. It’s just less likely to fail you when you need it the most or to cause an unsolvable audio latency.
With that in mind, if you aren’t forced to use the conversion kit in close proximity with your home router, then the chance of interference will already be considerably reduced.
Reduce the Clutter and Upgrade Your Speakers at the Same Time
Using a wireless conversion kit is so easy that there’s almost no reason you shouldn’t upgrade your wired configuration, for the right price that is. Setting up is simple and pairing devices usually takes mere seconds.
When you also factor in the amount of decluttering possible and how many more speaker placement options will open up to you, things start to look even better. If you use the tips in this article I’m confident you’ll be able to narrow down at least two or three conversion kits that will serve you well.