Aperion’s Zona Wireless Surround Speaker System provide a level of quality mixed with convenience that many other surround sound systems can’t easily match. The transmitter hooks up easily to your output source using composite audio jacks or a quarter inch port, and then you have 150 feet to play with this pair of rear speakers which need only be plugged into an AC outlet to work. As the name implies, this works fantastically as a simple, easy to set up and customize surround sound system that fits any space, but can also work as sort of a relay to push sound into another room.
Right away, transmitted from a 2.4 GHz disc a bit smaller than a hockey puck, you have control over the volume, bass, and treble using the small, handy remote that comes with the set. An LED on the speaker will let you know that connection is made, and the audio should come through right away. Everything sounds exceptionally clear, from rumbling lows to tinny highs, and nothing sounds fuzzy, distorted, or off-level. Even though these speakers are relatively small, they can push out big sound. Likely nothing so loud that you have to worry about blowing out anything or shaking your home, but something noticeable with high detail in every aspect.
Unfortunately, because of the wireless aspect, I did experience some connectivity issues from even as short a range as ten feet. It was easily fixable by simple syncing the speakers to the transmitter again, but if you’re going to be using these as a room-to-room audio solution, bear in mind that is something you may have to do. Most commonly, the speakers would stay off when the audio source would turn on, but this was easily fixed. Once or twice I would have audio cut out while using the product, but either they would come back on their own within a minute or two, or a synchronization cleared the problem right up.
In terms of presentation, the Aperion Zona seem to be mostly no-frills. The ability to adjust the bass and treble of these speakers is something I was very happy to see, and in this instance, it works well for the product. Being able to just hook these speakers and transmitter up in a matter of minutes to create surround sound is a simple, convenient way to get high quality audio without having to set up a closet full of wires and receivers. The speakers themselves are housed in a sturdy plastic, with a firm elastic mesh on the front. They look great, work mostly without any issues, and most importantly, sound fantastic.
Bottom Line: You might not be rushing out to replace your existing 5.1 setup with the Aperion Zona Wireless Surround Speaker System, but if you want to set up something simple for a den, basement, or something portable and simple for presentations, these speakers work very effectively without being cumbersome. Any technical issues that occur due to the wireless are very easy to fix, and even adjusting the Zona’s audio qualities separate from your primary audio source means that you will be able to get the audio just right for any acoustic space.
- Easy to hook up, easy to tweak, easy to troubleshoot
- Powerful, clear sound from just these two additional speakers
- Flexibility makes them function just as well as an audio relay as effectively as they pair with front speakers to create surround sound
- Synchronization issues can occur, even from as little as ten feet away
- Used on their own, only creates four channel sound, with no rear center or subwoofer
- No way of displaying volume, bass, or treble levels means having to guess when using the remote, or unpleasant surprises when hooking up to a new audio source
The Aperion Zona Wireless Surround Speaker System is available at Amazon for $399.
Born in the Midwest, living in the Southwest, Michael Radon grew up wanting to make video games for a living before finding his calling as a writer. Though he often heads out on spur-of-the-moment adventures with little to no preparation, he's just as sure to remember his toothbrush as he is at least two portable consoles, a laptop and five to ten games on his person at all times just for those lulls in the action where he can squeeze in a few levels of gaming.