Enjoy vibrant CD-quality audio with this Rocketfish™ RF-WHTIB wireless rear speaker kit, which features a wireless range up to 100' for clear transmission. Multiple placement options allow flexible use.
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Sounds Great BUT can interfere with WiFi
Posted by: GeekInTexas from: Austin, TX on
Let me start by saying it works as advertised. It is easy to setup, install, and sounds great. We have it spanning 50 or so feet to power rear speaks in our kitchen leading to an open plan living room.
What I don't like!!! I spent three days and then purchased a 2.4GHz spectrum analyzer to discover my WiFi interference was due to this speaker system. The trace shows a strong RF signal and when I switch off the transmitter it all goes quiet. Plus the speaker system shifts frequencies randomly, presumably to avoid interference, so don't be fooled into thinking your WiFi is fine after install. I noted two traces, presumably for left and right channels, at WiFi 4.5/12 and then it shifted to 6/14. Good luck :-)
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: James from: on
So I was actually going to the store to just buy some new wire and I saw this and was ecstatic! My wife didn't want wiring to be exposed all over the place from the rear speakers to the receiver and this was the perfect solution. At first I didn't have any sound to the rear speakers when I was testing it but I just had to change my receiver to the All Surround setting just to send a signal to all speaker outputs to verify that the device was working properly. Once I got the unit and the new Monster Platinum XP wire installed I was in heaven and the sound was crisp and pure. As you can see in my photos I don't have any wire moulding yet but the wires will be covered soon. I'm not sure if it matters whether the wireless receiver is up high or down low, the manual didn't specify a requirement, but at the height I have mine installed (approx. 5 feet) I've had no interference or sound issue. The sound is spot on, no delays, and works great! I love this purchase.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great sound. Tons of WiFi interference
Posted by: ryan0130 from: Duluth, GA on
I bought the rocket fish about 1 1/2 months ago in order to avoid paying someone to come out and replace some worn rear speaker cables. It installed easily, and it has great volume output with an excellent sound quality.
I WOULD NOT purchase this product if you are dependent on WiFi like I am. From the moment I installed the rocket fish, my internet speed plummeted. At first, I thought it was my router because it was old. I upgraded to a well known, high performance wireless N router. I also upgraded all of my WiFi dependent equipment to wireless N as well. My internet speed was still terrible. After reading on the rocket fish website as well as other websites, I turned off my rocket fish and isolated my strongest WiFi channel on my router (speeds between 17-20Mbps). I went downstairs and turned the rocket fish on and it went back down to 2-3Mbps. I conducted multiple speed tests with and without the rocket fish turned on and I got consistent results every single time.
This product DOES NOT run interference free as advertised. It WILL interfere with your WiFi.
28 out of 36 found this review helpful.
product customer service stinks!
Posted by: disappointed10000 from: Home on
We bought this because we were tired of looking at the rear speaker wires & were excited about the wireless option. super easy set up & worked good for about 6 months. Then it started cutting in & out and made popping noises that worried us about damaging our speakers. Didn't do it all the time so we waited. The receiver was only about 12 feet away & in direct vision so there really shouldn't have been any interference. There wasn't any other electrical equipment nearby either. Although sporadic, we had no idea what was causing the issues. Then, it went out completely. Wired the speakers directly & they worked fine. Reset the receiver several times = nothing. We waited till the weekend to trouble shoot & called the customer service line & discovered we were 3 DAYS past the one year warranty. Would they help? No. Would they discount a new system? No. Could they do ANYTHING? No. Our request for replacement/repair supposedly went to an "upper authority" for review & was given 7 business days for a response. 2 days later the response was, Sorry - can't help you. Didn't offer to fix or even a discount on a new system. So now we are $160.00 in the hole for an unusable product.
34 out of 42 found this review helpful.
Works-expect to see it discontinued soon
Posted by: RickIN from: Carmel, IN on
The product has worked well for me. I have 2 units, up and downstairs, for 2 different Home theaters. I bought the first well over a year ago (slightly different than current model) and the second a few months ago.
I expect BB to drop this unit in favor of it's more profitable higher priced new brother, The Rocketboost Wireless HD Audio Starter Kit.
Just a guess, as The Universal Wireless Rear Speaker Kit does a respectable job for a third to half of the price of the HD.
It is a very handy way to keep wires confined. That said you will still have to run wires from the receiver to the speakers so it works best if there is a way to hide the rear cords.
The product appears to be made a little on the cheap side but it does the job, otherwise i would have probably given it 5 stars.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great for what it's for.
Posted by: M1ke from: FL on
I had read many of these reviews before purchasing. I was nervous about the snapping, crackling, popping, hissing, possible wireless interference, and a glaring red cylon eye staring at me that the others had mentioned. I have a couple tiny Cambridge Soundworks rears that I really didn't want to run 100' of expensive flat wire that I would have to later paint, and then notice out of the corner of my eye. My couch sits about 14' back from a rear projection 65" with the rears on each side. I placed the speaker unit behind the couch on the floor and ran the speaker wires to it. I plugged the smaller transmitter unit into my receiver switched outlet and hooked up the tiny little stock wires to the sender. Powered the thing up and ran a test tone cycle. Everything worked. I had to track down a lazy connection (my fault) on the rear right, but after that was hammered out, everything worked fine.
I sampled several movies like the new star trek and even some podcasts through the Apple TV, sound was nice and clear with not delay I could perceive. So far so good. Any issues, I have the receipt and 30 days. Don't necessarily be afraid of these negative reviews, give it a chance and return it if it doesn't work for you. I do wish I could turn it off remotely, so it just stays powered on constantly.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great so far
Posted by: Austin from: on
2 weeks in: I read so many reviews on this product because I desperately needed a wireless solution. We are renting a house and can't hide wires under the floorboard and I didn't feel like running wires on the ceiling.
The reviews for this product paint a pretty bad picture. Popping, wireless interference, and dying after a few months. While I can't speak for the last point yet (I will update my review if it does happen), I can say that I have had 0 issues with this product so far. It's actually been even better than I would have imagined.
Here's some explanations that might help others:
Popping probably happens because of the receiver volume set on the rear speakers to 100. Set it to 75 and then run calibration on the system. Never put any speakers to 100 or there will be distortion.
Wireless interference might happen and my router is only a few feet from the receiver itself. What I did was run a WiFi analyzer to help pick the best channel with the lowest interference. Once I did that, I haven't had any issues.
Again, this product works fantastic.Try it out yourself and cross your fingers it doesn't die on you like the other reviews mentioned.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great idea, poor instructions and quality
Posted by: tjapplegate from: on
Purchased in store 6 months ago. Returned 1st one b/c it didn't work. After the 2nd one didn't work I finally realized it was because I had the sender and receiver switched. It made sense to me for the smaller unit (The sender) to be at the rear speakers instead of the larger unit (the Receiver) to be at the stereo receiver. Wrong. The LARGE receiver unit for this is suppose to be at the rear speakers. This is more than likely why so many people couldn't get it to work.
THEN after 6 months, I stopped getting sound from my rear speakers. Connection LED was blinking indicating no connection. I tried to re-pair the (pre-paired) units using the connection buttons however then the Receiver would not power up at all. Taking back to BB, again.
4 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Good sound easy set up but
Posted by: Megadon from: on
Sounds great, connects properly, but it interfears with my wifi. I was happy with not having exposed wires (I live in a Town House) and my home theater system sounded great. Almost immediately I had problems with my Roku and computers on my wifi system. I did all the usual resets but nothing helped. I found that there were others that had this problem. I turned the RockFish transmitter off and my wifi works great. Turned it back on and problems started again. I would not get this system if you have a lot of wifi connected devices.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
It works good
Posted by: Skinnytees4life from: Phoenix, AZ on
It does the trick. The only feature I would have like added to this is automatic shut off when you turn off your stereo. Since it doesn't have one it either needs to stay on 24/7 (which will make the shelf life on this shorter) or every night you will need to manually switch off the one connected to the receiver and the one connected to the wireless speakers. If your ok with this then I recommend.