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Klipsch's wireless 5.1 system comes at a high end price but lacks featuresIf you're after easy setup and clean surround-sound performance, the Klipsch RP-440WF system is a big success. But if you crave value for money, pass this one by for now.
[MUSIC] Until 2016 you can count the number of truly wireless home theater systems on exactly zero fingers. But in the past few weeks we've seen two and there's the promise of more coming. While many sound bars include a wireless sub, the Klipsch reference premier HD wireless 5.1 speaker system Takes this to the logical extreme and makes everything wireless. It uses a system called WISA, wireless speaker and audio. This systems approach has two advantages. Firstly, you don't need to know how to wire an AV receiver, and secondly, you can easily add more components as you go. Set up at the [UNKNOWN] is really easy. First plug your tv and components into the HD center, Then you click the button on the back of each speaker to tell the system where it is in regards to your sitting position. The control hub features four HDMI inputs, one with 4K compatibility, and you also get Bluetooth streaming. To operate the system, you can use the control on the unit itself or the skinny remote with its unreadable grey text on grey buttons. If you're interested in this system, you could start with just the $500 HD Center, and a pair of $1,000 bookshelves. The system we looked at though, included towers, a set of channel two rears and a sub. The resultant price tag 5,000 bucks. The Klipsch does sound really good though, with plenty of low end weight, and nice midrange detail in both music and movies. However, you can easily spend half of the Klipsch sticker price and get better sound. Of course you'll need to assemble The system yourself. With this system you end up paying a lot for wireless convenience but it's still not truly wireless yet. Be aware that you'll still need to plug every component into its own power socket. [SOUND]