How to Convert Home-Theater Speakers to Wireless


Getting rid of the speaker wires in a home-theater system removes clutter and potential hazards from the room. The fastest way to convert speakers to wireless involves connecting the speakers and your home-theater system to a transmitter and receiver kit that uses radio frequencies to send the audio signal from the amplifier or receiver to the speakers. You'll still need short sections of speaker wire to connect the speakers to the wireless receivers.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless speaker kit
  • Speaker wire
  • Wire strippers
  • Cut two 6-inch lengths of speaker wire for each speaker you want to convert. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation from both ends of each wire.

  • Connect the two strands on one end of each wire to the terminals on the wireless transmitter, with the colored or striped wire attached to the red terminal and the plain wire connected to the black terminal.

  • Connect the other end of each wire to the terminals on your home-theater receiver labeled for that speaker. For example, when converting surround-sound speakers to wireless, connect the wire from the left terminal on the transmitter to the left-rear terminal on the home-theater unit.

  • Attach a speaker wire from each wireless receiver to the two terminals on the back of a speaker. The left speaker connects to the receiver labeled for the left speaker -- for example, LR or LS for left rear or left surround. The exact labeling may vary with the brand of wireless speaker kit.

  • Plug in the power cords for the wireless receivers and transmitter.

  • Turn on the home-theater system, as well as the wireless transmitter and receivers. The wireless units typically have a sliding power switch on the back.

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