There’s nothing like the shake, rattle, and rumble of a movie soundtrack to make you feel as though you’re in the middle of the action. That’s true whether the sound in question is a hail of explosive spears whizzing by in Mad Max: Fury Road or the lush score that immerses you in the intrigue of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Enjoying the same sonic experience in your living room, however, has typically required living with a big, honking A/V receiver and a mess of wires.
It took a while, but the wireless revolution has finally found its way to the home theater: WiSA, a new, ridiculously easy-to-use technology lets you conveniently position speakers all around your living room for optimal sound. The amplifier is gone, and so are the pesky wires you once needed to run to each speaker.
A system like this is a huge step up from a soundbar, the elongated speaker-packed box that tries to fire sound every which way. Always a compromise, even the best soundbars can’t deliver the realism that discrete speakers can. While Sonos, a company known for masterminding whole-home wireless audio products, has for years offered a setup that combines a soundbar and wireless rear-channel speakers, even that falls short of true surround sound.
Read more on Wilson Rothman’s WiSA report here on the Wall Street Journal.