How to Convert Regular Surround Sound to Wireless (8 Steps)
By James Clark
Converting regular Surround Sound to wireless requires a wireless speaker kit available at electronics stores. This will allow speakers to be placed almost anywhere in a room, although the conversion will not result in wireless speakers in the strict sense of the definition. "Fewer wires" might be the better description, since speaker wires will still be needed to connect the speakers to the wireless transmitters. Depending on the number of speakers, setting up the wireless transmitters should take less than half an hour.
Unplug the receiver from the electrical outlet.
Cut speaker wire into 12-inch lengths with 1/2 inch of insulation stripped from the wires on both ends. Two lengths of wire will be needed for each speaker that will be connected to a wireless transmitter.
Connect speaker wires to the posts on the back of the audio/video receiver for each wireless speaker. For example, the rear Surround Sound speakers are typically the pair in a home theater system converted to wireless, so a 12-inch length of speaker wire would be connected to the left rear channel and the right rear channel, using the red wire for the red post and the other wire for the black post.
Attach the other ends of the wires to a wireless transmitter that comes with the kit. The wires connect to the back of the transmitter box with spring clips that lift to reveal holes for the wires underneath.
Attach the smaller wireless receiver boxes to the speakers using short lengths of speaker wire and the same connection methods as described in step 4.
Place the speakers in the desired location and plug in the wireless receivers to a power source.
Reconnect the receiver and the attached transmitters to the power.
Switch on the receiver and set it to Surround Sound mode to test the wireless speakers.
- Be careful not to cross the speaker wires red to black when connecting wireless transmitters to the speakers, otherwise the stereo signal will be reversed.
- Do not connect any equipment to the electrical outlet until all audio connections are complete.
James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.