Reviews and Problems with Polk Audio F/X Wireless Surround
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If it would only work properly
Gail Zaccaro, Amazon
15 January 2014
Summary: The Polk F/X speaker addresses an important issue with many home theater systems. For $150 it would be the ideal product - if it worked properly. I got mine last week and was attracted by the design. Unfortunately what it offers in terms of appearance, it is utterly lacking in performance. First of all, the setup is less than trivial. I had to repeat the setup several times until I had a setting that was somewhat tolerable without the speakers distorting heavily.
Summary: So, I read all the past reviews on this product and with the mixed reviews I ordered one to see if the Series II overcame the issues that seemed to plaque the Series I(connectivity, popping sound, wifi issues.). I've been running it for a week now and it's been perfect. I'm running a NetGear N600 that runs in 2.4 & 5 mghz and haven't had any issues whatsoever. No issues with connectivity with my Pioneer VSX-1020 either.
Summary: The product works great for what it does. Does not take the place of wired separate channels , but I am happy with the results. Just make sure you get the newer improved model. The first gen of these were not as good.
Summary: I Currently own the Rocketfish rear wireless kit, decent..but dislike the setup (two speakers to one transmitter) and low wattage. I've researched thoroughly and it amazes me there are very few options for this type of setup. I understand true audiophiles will only consider wired rear surround, but sometimes it's simply too pricey or too much of a hassle.
Summary: So far a great improvement over the Sony HTIB IR wireless surrounds we've been using for years. It took a while to tweak the volume levels for the rear channels before the Polk unit sounded OK, but just right when I finally set them at -3.5 dB below the front speakers. While it might not rival the best of audiophile setups, it presents a clear and believable surround effect. Used in combination with a Polk front/center/subwoofer, I am pleased.
Summary: Works well as a surround sound speaker and definitely gets the wires out of the way. I have had some service issues with this unit. The issue is the unit will make a loud wailing sound when the transmitter that is connected to the receiver shuts down. I sent it back once but it still does this. Periodically the transmitter wakes up and then shuts down again so even with nothing turned on sometimes the surround speaker will emit the loud wail. Not fun at 3:00 AM.
Summary: I chose this unit to add to my Denon receiver to give me 7.1 surround levels when I relocated my home theater into a new location. This unit enabled me to add another pair of speakers at the very back of the listening area without adding additional wiring, which was a problem in my new location. I use only Polk speakers; I think that they are the best on the market for high-end residential use and wouldn't even consider another brand. The unit was very easy to install.
Summary: This unit doesn't provide the rear sound separation that I had hoped for. in addition the signal from the transmitter is frequently interupted causing a loud craking sound from the speakers. There may be better solutions.
Obvious past issues, should have paid attention to the reviews!
14 November 2013
Summary: Easy set up, seemed to be working, started having issues, began tech support conversations, sent me replacement parts (2 parts which in essence replaced the whole thing), and it still won't work! Now 3 weeks past the return window I can't return it and I wasted $150. Moral of the story; Don't be a good guy and try to work out problems...just send it back so you don't get stuck!
Summary: I really wanted this speaker to work out, it had the potential to be great but has too many flaws for home theater use. Speaker when idle emits a constant hiss, when the speaker goes into standby or wakes up from standby you get a loud double popping noise. My speaker went to sleep even at moderately loud volumes on 5.1 content that was actively playing, rear speaker volume fluctuates, for some Blurays it might be overly loud and others too quite going into stand-by...