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Rocketfish™ - Wireless Subwoofer Transmitter/Receiver Kit - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 764 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must tweak settings for this to work well!

    Posted
    Deitiphobia
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    Users complaining of sudden subwoofer pop in...you can fix that problem easily by simply increasing your subwoofer output level on your receiver and then compensating for the increased level by lowering the level at your subwoofer. You’ll have to play around with it to get the levels to taste but this will eliminate the sudden pop in of the subwoofer because the levels are too low and your sub keeps going to sleep. That is the number one complained about problem that can easily be fixed. The delay in sound is the #2 issue. This was automatically fixed by my YPAO microphpone that set the subwoofer distance at 32ft even though in reality it was only 5 or 6 feet from the YPAO microphone. (YPAO is that mic that came with your receiver to automatically configure your speaker settings). It’s doing that to correct for the lag. You can also do this manually. At least double or triple the distance setting of your sub. That will cause the receiver to fire the sub a bit early so by the time it gets to your ears its in sync with the other speakers. Makes sense right? These two issues are pretty much the only issues people complain about with this device and its a shame because they have easy solutions. This device is not plug and play and will require you to make these modifications to get it to function properly. I think it’s a great device and I’m glad I have it. Works great at 13ft between the transmitter and receiver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Riddled with problems

    Posted
    Engineer

    I will start by saying that, I have had a Rocketfish wireless rear-speaker kit for years that is absolutely great. So, I was excited to get the wireless sub kit. Unfortunately, I wish this unit was better. I have this installed in a medium size bedroom being driven by a brand new Sony receiver that works just fine with a wired subwoofer connection. Wireless span distance is approx 15ft with no major obstructions. 1. The unit frequently seems to quickly go to standby mode. Even in the middle of a song, whenever there is a pause in bass. Then unit takes about a full second to re-engage after bass becomes present. 2. The unit seems to have a internal LPF that is set way too low. 3. There is a perceivable delay in signal. 4. The time this unit takes to get out of standby mode vs the time it takes to enter standby mode is ridiculous. 5. Unlike the rear speaker kit, this kit seems to also lose accuracy of frequency response with transmission. (which is horrible for a unit only designed to transmit less than 100Hz freq range) 6. There seems to be a minimum amount of volume where below a point all transmissions stop. This cutoff of signal is very sharp. This results in periods of low volume audio feeling empty with sudden bursts of bass infill followed by more flat bass free listening. I'm not sure what this kit would be good for. Maybe a home theater setup that was only played at very high volume? I'm not sure. I know for me and my application where it is used for movies, music, TV, games and at various volumes this unit is super frustrating. I will be returning this product for sure.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Based on 5GHz WiFi Direct, clean sound!

    Posted
    rwojo
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    I've been having issues with my Yahama YSP-5100 sound bar, which has a wireless subwoofer feature already. The symptoms included: - Interference with 2.4GHz devices including WiFi, Bluetooth and Zigbee - Clicks/pops when on (interference from other 2.4GHz devices most likely) I've been searching for a wireless subwoofer kit, but most are in the $150-200 range. Then I found this Rocketfish subwoofer kit for a fraction of that. I'm happy to say it works GREAT! I looked up the FCC ID and it seems to be based on Ozmo 5GHz WiFi direct radios, which explains why it doesn't seem to bother my 2.4GHz devices or be bothered by others. My condo is extremely dense and congested. However this Ozmo-based device is a P2P WiFi Direct link. It obeys by standard WiFi rules on standard WiFi 802.11n channels. It's low latency, doesn't seem to interfere with other devices and because it is 5GHz, doesn't go through walls like 2.4GHz and thus is a great short-range solution for everyone. The device itself is small, easy to set up, and the only thing I can really fault is the auto-sleep feature. After 5 minutes it shuts off and can take a few seconds to start back up when it detects LFE audio. That means if you pause a movie to go make some popcorn, it may take ~5-10 seconds before you get your LFE channel back after hitting play. All in all, not really much of an issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great..and Issues...but could have been my AVR

    Posted
    Audigr
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    In the interest of full disclosure I returned mine...although the reason I returned it may have been an issue of my particular AVR and not the Rocketfish unit...detailed below. I bought the Rocketfish wireless subwoofer unit as we have a large room, wanted the sub at the opposite end from the surround receiver, and running the wiring properly posed issues due to one of the walls and access below. It was very easy to set up...basically make RCA and power connections for both sender and then receiver, the led color changes to indicate that its paired and you are good to go! Truly that easy. I did have a couple issues however: 1-There is a bit of a delay but I was able to compensate by adjusting the distance/delay settings on my Denon AVR (set sub distance 'greater' and AVR therefore reduces the surround delay which will compensate for the little bit of wireless lag in the RF sender/receiver). 2- The unit would kick in and out of sending signal at lower volumes. If I ran at higher volume it was fine, but at lower to moderate volume it was on/off, on/off. I tried various setting adjustments on the Denon and was not able to get it to be consistent at lower volumes. Like I said, I cant say for sure it was the unit and not my receiver. I dont have clipping w/ sub wired direct, but the receiver may not have been pushing enough power at lower volume for the RF to send? It does go into standby, but that's only supposed to be after a period of inactivity and the led on the RF was staying steady 'On'.. I would not recommend against buying. The RF certainly couldn't make it any easier to get a sub installed without having to run wiring and once adjusted it was great at mid-high volume...just wish I could have gotten the lower end clipping figured out!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great -1 star for the headache

    Posted
    Geo525
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    WORKS GREAT ...NOW!! if you bought this and ended with the dreaded popping issue, please read below. If not ENJOY!!.. this does work just need to add additional troubleshooting tips. I had this SAME ISSUE and hated the popping! My fix was easy and came after trying several things. Most suggestions are to move things around (listened to all the line of sight comments, avoid other devices, moved them closer together etc), I even bought RFI filtered power strips to avoid any noise coming directly from a wall plug. Didn't do it. FINAL ANSWER IS ! If your sub has only a L/R plug and no direct sub line, then you MUST match it on the receiver end as well ! Even though my receiver has a direct sub line for some reason when I used adapters (not included) on both ends matching L/R. The popping stopped, even at super low TV sound (mainly dialogue w/no action) which was my biggest pet peeve. It would kick on/off like crazy. Mind you the wireless will still shut off the sub after about 15 seconds if no activity but you wont notice it. Afterwards I moved everything back to my original setup, over 15 ft away, no line of sight, everything tucked away and hidden. Works great! Hope its not to late!! or maybe revisit with this approach. Best of luck!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wanted to like it.. But just couldn't

    Posted
    RobertC104
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    I originally set this up on my surround sound unit because I needed it be wireless. We rearranged our living room and the way the wires would have been installed it would have been in the way and people would be tripping over them. This was (what I thought) the solution to my problem. I was thinking this is awesome! Exactly what I was looking for! The set up process was pretty simple and straight forward but shortly after it was set up I cut the volume up on the unit to test this out.. And man, I was disappointed. First, in order for the wireless units to pick up a signal you have to cut the volume way up. This is an issue when you have a need to watch movies at a low volume. Second, when the volume is not turned up, there's a hum coming from the rear speakers and sub. I'm assuming this is the wireless units looking for or picking up a bad signal and passing this through the speakers set up. Needless to say, this is a little annoying. It got so bad that unfortunately I couldn't stand it any longer and just returned the items back. I ended up going with a soundbar. easy set up and cheap. Not my first choice of course because I wanted my own speakers to work and I wanted my sub to blow me away but that didnt seem to work out. This was very disappointing to say the least out of this product, but Best Buy always takes care of me and didnt have any issues returning the items.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Good (Info in my review explains my setup)

    Posted
    AudioMan25
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    I've had this product for about 3 days now and at this time I've come across no issues. Prior to purchasing this item I read a good amount of reviews and none of the reviews good or bad listed their equipment setup so others can make an educated purchase. So I'll list mine: 1. Receiver and transmitter are roughly 11 feet a part. Neither are enclosed in anything and are within the same room. 2. There are two RF units within 1 foot or less away from the transmitter: A Roku Ultra and a Denon receiver model AVR-S740H. There are no RF units near the receiver (the closest units are near the transmitter). 3. I purchased this product to give flexibility in placement of my sub a Klipsch R-120SW. My 4 star rating is only due to the fact that I have only owned this product for a few days. I'll update my rating once I've had it in my home for a few months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a surprise!!! This think works like a CHAMP!!

    Posted
    rawint
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    After we installed our Home Theater system, and spent way too much money having all of the speakers wired through the ceiling and walls, we realized that the subwoofer was way to close to both the wall and a furniture piece (causing BOTH to rattle)! We thought we were out of luck, and since the walls and ceiling had long since been closed back up, we thought that buying a new wireless subwoofer would be the only solution. Problem with that, aside from just spending A LOT of money on a KEF reference sub, was that our receiver was located in the next room, in an AV closet, and wouldn't have direct line of site to the subwoofer (which, from what we saw online, most/all needed). Needless to say, we were very frustrated... That was, until we found this cheap (but effortless/amazing) solution!!! This thing works EXACTLY as promised, and then some. There's been one or two instances where it lost the signal, but it is such an easy fix that it's almost a non-issue (just need to press the link button on either the transmitter or receiver). Overall, I can't say enough good things about this product... I was hesitant to buy a RocketFish product (only because I had never used them before), and I must say I was wrong to be!!! AAA++++++++

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Drops Connection

    Posted
    Underhill
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    I purchased this in August, and initially it seemed to work. Then I started noticing the absence of a subwoofer sound. When I checked the wireless transmitters, the LED's were red instead of blue, which means they had no connection. Because the devices go to sleep if there's no subwoofer traffic, it was difficult to know whether the wireless, subwoofer, or other devices were to blame, the problem took a while to sort out. After working with a support technician at the Geek Squad call-in number, who showed me how to reboot the device and reconnect, I got the devices to connect for a short period and then disconnect. As a result, I brought the kit back to my local Best Buy, where I was able to exchange my device for another. But the problems persisted. Of course diagnosing the problem took longer than the 15-day return period Best Buy offers, so I can't even return it. This product just doesn't work.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sub cuts out at low volume

    Posted
    Rick
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I hooked this kit up and tested with music first and everything seemed fine. It wasn't until after watching some TV that I noticed the sub would pretty much go in and out on little to no bass scenes. For example, if there was a quiet conversation going on between people there would be somewhat of a white noise with the subwoofer and then it would stop. The sound of the subwoofer would also completely stop past a certain low volume on the receiver. At first I thought this was a function of the subwoofer I just bought and was almost disappointed. Then I unplugged the wireless and plugged in the coaxial cable I had and found none of these issues. I can hear the sub constantly even at a very low volume. I'm using with a Pioneer receiver and a Klipsch SW-112 Subwoofer about 12 feet apart. I'll be returning this kit and running a cord down to the basement and through the floor.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    The little engine that couldn't

    Posted
    Phaeton

    Purchased this wireless transmitter/receiver after having done some research into it's pros and cons. Using the device in a large RV in lieu of having to run extensive shielded cable through all the chases, basement, frame, etc. In testing, the unit paired quickly enough, but would have to be re-paired often. The biggest bummer about this product is that the signal to the subwoofer would frequently fade, then disconnect, then eventually return with a loud POP-thud! Within five minutes, I would have lost and regained the signal with it's typical abruptness in reconnection about four to seven times. Obviously unacceptable. The AVR distance to subwoofer is about 10' away. I've read similar reviews for other subwoofer wireless products with similar issues. The problem here is that this one (and other similar devices) fall under "cheap consumer electronics". Highly suspect that this is more the norm for a device for $60 (on up to $200). Wish someone would come out with a high quality version even if it were several hundred dollars. It would be worth it in the long run, but for now, here comes a big project in having to run shielded cable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent wireless subwoofer kit

    Posted
    GuyF

    I have looked for a wireless subwoofer kit and finally found the best one for me. I have tested a couple low end kits at the $40-ish price with 3.5mm sockets, 2.4Mhz, using a mobile phone chargers to power them ; I had disconnections, noises, booming sound sporadically. I also read that there are interferences with the Internet wireless router. Well, I am happy so say, after hours of listening, none of the issues noticed. I have dual band Internet wireless router and there are no interferences. Some technical aspects, I am powering the sub with Yamaha 3020 and calibrated it with the mic. There isn't lose in any frequency, however there is about 45msec delay. The sub is 6 feet from the listening location and the receiver has set the distance to 56 feet. Make sure your receiver is capable to set high distance to compensate on this latency. The async may be annoying for some audiophile's ears. Net-net, I highly recommend this kit. You get the best value for this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Diagnosis: Patient is Bi-Polar

    Posted
    Carvin127
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    After spending some time with this Rocketfish wireless subwoofer transmitter/receiver kit my diagnosis is grim. At greater than casual listening levels this unit works pretty well. I noticed no delay in the signal transmission, even through the wall in my A/V room to the subwoofer sitting 20 feet away. If you are a critical listener, like myself, that is where this thing starts to fail very quickly. Playing music at low volume will not even engage this thing. Turn up the music and little and it becomes schizophrenic, turning off and on as the dynamics of the music change. Only if you play at levels that are inconducive to conversation will this remain active. Movies are very irritating to sit through. Unless there's constant bass content this unit will go into standby mode. When the music or explosions happen suddenly, it pops loudly as it comes out of standby and has a delay of a second or two as it catches up. I can't recommend this product, unless you primarily listen to music primarily at medium levels and up. Otherwise, don't but this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    D for effort

    Posted
    Garrett
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    It's a great idea but in my situation it wasn't acceptable. The signal seemed to only pick up if bass levels were above a specific threshold. There is no configuration for this within the device. Hard wiring my sub with no modifications to settings resolves the issue entirely. When the device did enable the sub, it would result in a loud pop. During a movie at moderate volume, this would happen repeatedly. This does not happen when the sub is hard wired. I adjusted all settings I could find within the receiver and the sub. This device seems to have a hard set threshold for sub signal with no way to modify it to adjust for different setups. It may work for other people, but it did not work for me. Thankfully Best Buy has a good return policy and I'm only out the time it took me to pick it up, install, test and return it. When it did work, it sounded great. I couldn't tell a difference between the sub being wired or connected via this device. This device could be worthwhile if it allowed its sensitivity to be adjusted.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Wonderful, inexpensive solution!

    Posted
    Steve
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've used this kit for the past 5 months and so far no issues. Overall, the sound quality is good, there's no 60hz hum, static, buzzing, etc for that matter. Only a few things to note. First, there's a slight delay. Audyssey reports my subwoofer is located ~ 23ft away using this kit whereas wired shows ~7.5ft. The difference is caused by slight lag for the ADC to DAC conversion and transmission. Second, this device goes to sleep mode if LFE signal isn't sent to it periodically. Sometimes in films filled with a lot of dialog where there's no bass signal suddenly erupts with a bass scene, like an explosion, you may loose a second of that sound while the device wakes up and reconnects to your woofer. An easy resolution is to set your main speakers to "small" therefore low frequencies will be sent to your subwoofer constantly. For me, it's not a big deal since that rarely happens, by that time, any subwoofer that features auto sleep will sleep by that time. During my first setup, I did have pairing issues and had to repair it. However, it's running strong for over 5 months without a drop in connection! This is a MUST BUY!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works wonderfully

    Posted
    Vince
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    This product works very well. I did need to increases the subwoofer output level at the A/V receiver by way of the menu in the A/V receiver and because I don't know if your A/V receivers default, if even fixed, is high enough, I can't say whether or not your subwoofer(s) will come on readily. But once I got the output adjusted correctly the subwoofers come on just as soon as low bass frequencies are present. The sound quality is fine and clean without any issues. I have the transmitter close to the A/V receiver and there are no interference issues. The subwoofer receiver I have close to the subwoofer but hidden nearby next to a bookcase so it will work fine with the signal passing through or around other objects. I am quite pleased not to have to try to find a long wire to run around the perimeter of the room. I have the subwoofers stacked on top of each other towards the back of the room facing into a dining area on the far side. This configuration enabled me to kill a problematical 40Hz bass mode due to the room size that was causing a loss of smooth bass in my listening room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good wireless subwoofer connection

    Posted
    chapke
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought this item with a sub-woofer and I had my A/V receiver auto calibrate the addition of the sub (sub gain at max). The wireless receiver unit is about fifteen feet straight line distance from the wireless sender unit with a clear line of sight between the two (other than an occasional person walking between them). My units were constantly dropping their connection even when nothing has physically changed about the room. After doing some messing around with the speaker settings on my A/V receiver I discovered the signal coming out of the A/V receiver was too weak causing the wireless sender unit to go into standby mode. I maxed out the output level for the sub on my A/V receiver and turned the gain down on the sub and I haven't had a problem since. Rocketfish needs to make these units more sensitive to the audio signal to avoid such problems. Other than the setup issue this is a great product when it's quirk is figured out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for remote sub-woofer location

    Posted
    BeerGeek
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    I recently needed to relocate my subwoofer to another location within my family room. I was dreading the thought of crawling underneath my house to run the subwoofer speaker cable to the new location. BUT I then stumbled upon the Rocketfish wireless subwoofer solution. Install was really easy. You plug a cable in at the receiver side and at the subwoofer side. Keep in mind you'll need to have power at both your amp/receiver and subwoofer location so you can power the Rocketfish transmitter and receiver. It works like a charm! I can't tell any difference in quality or response between when my subwoofer was directly wired versus using the Rockfish solution. It even shuts down connection when there is no signal going to the subwoofer. My subwoofer install is only about 8 feet from the transmitter so I can't comment on how great it works at further distances. Having said that my transmitter is installed with my amp/receiver in a metal and glass enclosed cabinet and it has no problems transmitting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Works but very noisy

    Posted
    Apachemech
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    I purchased the rocket fish wireless subwoofer adapter to place my subwoofer approximately 20 feet from my about receiver. I connects easily with only a few wires. That's the good part. Unfortunately it sends a very noisy signal to my subwoofer. It causes popping and humming noises to randomly come from the subwoofer. The adapter seems to work ok at medium to high volumes when the noises are drown out by the music or movie media. While listening at low volume it does not even send a strong enough signal to make the sub operate. It is not a adjustment problem I have another sub connected at the same time with a wired connection and it functions properly. I have also ran an interconnect cable accross the room with no additional adjustment of the sub or AV receiver and it functions properly without the rocket fish adapter in the loop. My recommendation will be to seek out other means of connecting your subwoofer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded expectations

    Posted
    MrPoman
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    After using another 900 MHz wireless unit my expectations were low. This worked immediately as advertised right out of the box. The only thing that you have to be aware of is that this unit will add some delay, so your receiver will have to be able to cope with it. Mine said that my subwoofer was 3' from the calibration mic after a speaker auto calibration, so I just set it at the max which was about 30 ft. You also have to be sure that you don't have the signal to the transmitter attenuated or the auto turn on function won't work correctly. The first time I ran the auto cal, my sub volume was turned way up, and the receiver attenuated the sub 13 dB. With this attenuation, the auto turn on did not work correctly. Setting the attenuation back to 0 dB and turning the volume down on the sub fixed this so the auto turn on works perfect. In my setup, the sub is only about 10 ft from the receiver so wireless range is not an issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend