Setting up a new home theater is never a simple “tear open the box and plug it in” affair. You’ll need a receiver at the heart of the system, and then be prepared to string 10-gauge speaker cord throughout your living room, especially if you want to achieve the best in audio quality.
That was then, and this is now, albeit $3,000 later. The Aperion Intimus 4T Summit Wireless 5.1 System promises top notch, HD quality (uncompressed 24-Bit / 96 KHz wireless digital audio) sound all without the hassle of wires. We know it sounds a bit like a car sales pitch, but there just isn’t any easier way to frame it. The speakers simply need to be plugged into a power plug, so in reality they’re not completed cordless, but since each one is individually powered, there is no need for that always bulky and expensive receiver. Instead, you’ll just plug your components (PS3, Xbox 360, Blu-ray player, TV) into the transmitter box. And thanks to a set of sensors built-in to each speaker, you can place them virtually anywhere in the room. And provided they have line of sight to one and other, the system can determine their location; rear left, rear right, etc. The included remote also acts a sort of homing beacon. Push a button and the system will know where you’re sitting, creating an instantaneous sweet spot based on your position. So, if you move, or change the configuration of your living room, you can easily reset it according to the new design and leave the speakers in their original place. The 5.1 version includes two tower speakers, two bookshelf speakers, a center channel, and an 8-inch subwoofer.
That all said, with any wireless audio system you can still color us skeptical. Airplay, while its intentions are noble, still lacks that Apple spit and polish we’ve come to expect. And Bluetooth, needless to say, compresses the audio enough for even the untrained to hear the difference between it and a wired connection. But both those, unlike Aperion‘s system, squeezes the proverbial pipe, and thus why were excited by the prospect of a wireless home theater system, even though it requires 6 AC plugs to make it happen.
Of note, the 7.1-channel version sells for $3,499 and both are available now.