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Most cost effective solution for wireless audio on all three levels of townhouse?

2,955 819 May 22, 2018 at 07:57 AM
Hey Everyone,

Just bought a townhouse (new construction, not completed yet). And I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions on a good setup for wireless sound throughout. My mother has Samsung Soundbar and subwoofer that has bluetooth audio and it's exceptional sound, my thoughts on that though is that it would look weird in rooms without a TV and might be overkill for smaller rooms. I have a now 8 year old Denon 5.1 Receiver and speaker setup that I have been using for my main TV's surround sound (still works great) but the townhome will have tile floors so there isn't going to be an option of running speaker wire under the carpet like I had done in the past. I'm thinking I'll be needing to get bluetooth rear channel speakers for that setup as well but I'm wondering if I should even bother or just get a new surround setup that already has wireless speakers, bluetooth connectivity and 4K HDMI support (4K is not really important to me since I just have my Xbox One X video signal go straight to the TV with audio going to the receiver).

The model unit had pre-wired speakers in every room but I don't believe mine will have that. Obviously if it does then this is irrelevant, but...

I don't want to use Google Home Minis or Alexa Dots. The audio quality is not good enough for my liking, I might be able to get away with only having a subwoofer on the main floor if the other speaker's drivers are big enough but... I'd like to spend as little as possible (it is slickdeals of course) but the soundbar my mother has was $130 so that's the max target I'm looking to spend per room/floor. I'm not sure if multiple soundbars can be linked however.

Thanks in advance!

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What is your source going to be?
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What is your source going to be?
I could have it be a media PC but I'd also like bluetooth functionality from a phone. Will be locally stored (owned) music files
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There's tons of various shapes and sizes of bluetooth speakers on Amazon that you could set on a bookshelf, end table, etc. Here's a Bose one that might work for you...
https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Sound...h+speakers

There's also systems like the Sonos that might work better if you want to link them all...
https://www.amazon.com/Sonos-PLAY...onos+multi

But first things first, is there any audio wall plates or blank wall plates in the rooms? If so (blank ones), open them up and see if there's wires behind them. Sometimes the drywallers cover wires, and sometimes the builder opts to leave them above the drywall, so they're not dangling from the ceiling. A toner/wand can locate them if they're up there.

Being that you can't carpet run anything makes it a little more challenging... but there's ALWAYS a way to hardwire things. Just depends on how creative the person is and how much repair work you mind doing. Wires can be fished up or down walls, baseboards removed and wires hidden behind, raceways/channels, poking wires through a wall into a closet/pantry/etc. and then running them up the wall to the next floor, etc. Unfortunately, I've had to do all these at some point or another when I was a low voltage installer.
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There's tons of various shapes and sizes of bluetooth speakers on Amazon that you could set on a bookshelf, end table, etc. Here's a Bose one that might work for you...
https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Sound...h+speakers

There's also systems like the Sonos that might work better if you want to link them all...
https://www.amazon.com/Sonos-PLAY...onos+multi

But first things first, is there any audio wall plates or blank wall plates in the rooms? If so (blank ones), open them up and see if there's wires behind them. Sometimes the drywallers cover wires, and sometimes the builder opts to leave them above the drywall, so they're not dangling from the ceiling. A toner/wand can locate them if they're up there.

Being that you can't carpet run anything makes it a little more challenging... but there's ALWAYS a way to hardwire things. Just depends on how creative the person is and how much repair work you mind doing. Wires can be fished up or down walls, baseboards removed and wires hidden behind, raceways/channels, poking wires through a wall into a closet/pantry/etc. and then running them up the wall to the next floor, etc. Unfortunately, I've had to do all these at some point or another when I was a low voltage installer.
Thanks for the reply. Sonos is the obvious solution but they're very expensive. I guess that 3-pack you linked does fall close to my range though.

The townhome isn't completed yet so I'll see if I can see if they are running the wires and just not the speakers. I'll ask them how expensive it would be for them to do the whole system but I bet it will be the same answer as them providing the refrigerator and washer, which is "You're better off having someone else do it"
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Wait...do you mean that the drywall isn't even up yet? If so, you could prob run the wires yourself. As long as it's low voltage, builders generally don't care, as long as it passes inspection.
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