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

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 769 reviews

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  • 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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Diagnosis: Patient is Bi-Polar

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    Carvin127
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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
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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Did not work with my subwoofer

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    Pakenpod
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    I believe this only works to transmit the sound signal, but does not have enough power to drive the subwoofers that don't have their own power plug. My subwoofer is part of a home theater amplifier (a sony bravia 1000w "creap" system bought in 2005) and is powered by the amplifier itself, so I was skeptical that the wireless kit would have enough amplification to drive it - and I was right, unfortunately. The speaker wire has a proprietary sony plug, so I had to also cut the wire and buy 2 speaker-wire-to-RCA kits to complete the connection. The amplifier has an auto-calibration feature where it plays some loud tones though all the speakers to set the surround sound. At this point the subwoofer sounded so low that the calibration ended in error. I disassembled my wiring and returned everything. I already had another kit for the surround speakers which has worked for many years and didn't seem to interfere with this second kit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good For Some, Just Not Me

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    Thrasher
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    The setup was super easy, flexible, and everything needed is included. The downside for me was it's operation... to cut down on feedback the signal goes dead when there is little bass present causing a delay and gradual increase in volume once the bass comes in. For my setup and sound system I noticed this delay and it drives me nuts. I also experienced some cutting out causing loud popping noises periodically, but this is likely due to the concentration of wifi devices in my living room. For most gamers and movie watchers this system would be adequate and was a heck of a lot easier than running 35' of expensive subwoofer cable to setup, but in the end, I settled for the cables.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wireless flawed

    Posted
    chilipepper0791
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    Bought my wireless subwoofer transmitter/ receiver one & half months ago started off okay then one day three or four days ago heard the subwoofer going off and on during a movie. Thought it odd so I did some test and just continue to hear it turn off and on when I knew it should be on. The transmitter and receiver showed connection but nothing was coming from the subwoofer. Took the kit back 2 times get new ones to replace the older one but it neither transmitter/receiver worked. I would not buy this product till they figure out the problem. I plugged my subwoofer into the home theater receiver no problems.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    could be better

    Posted
    Bmaster
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    The first month I had this product it was Awesome. Worked great and was able to get my sub to a spot in the room I wanted without cords. In the last few weeks though it has been turning off for no reason. Usually just for a few seconds then it comes back on. Sometimes I have to turn the volume way up to get it to come back on. And last night while watching a movie it stopped working and I had to unplug/replug it to get it started again. It was way cheaper than any other brand I could find I figured I'd give it a shot. maybe I just got a bad set, or it's just a piece of junk that doesn't last more than 2 months.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wireless will never be as good

    Posted
    Surreality87
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    So I tried this because I didn't want to run my sub cable through the floor to the back of my room. I ended up returning it. It works in the fact that it does what it's supposed to but there was a constant hum coming from my sub and it would give loud pops at random and when turning on the system. I found a way to route my sub cable and all that went away so I know it was the wireless kit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wireless is always hard

    Posted
    Sharky
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    I purchased this so I could not have to run wires in my house. Problem was that you have a to have a good receiver to make this device work great. Mine was older and it had too much of going in and out on the sub and would cause it to pop a lot when you would get a larger boom. I like the device itself and it is nice and small and compact and easy to hide behind the sub. I ended up returning and ran the wires in my wall to the sub location. I would recommend this to someone with a newer stereo but mine did not do so great with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great idea - wished it worked for me

    Posted
    Blox
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    I owned the Rocketfish wireless rear speaker kit and loved it. It was rock solid and never had any dropouts. I was hoping I could use this for my sub in my home theater. Initially, I had some sound and after adjusting the gains on my sub I'd lose signal. I thought it was something in my setup but the audio would just stop after a few minutes. I ended up returning the module and running my trusted heavy duty shielded RCA in my new place. Great concept but I couldn't get it to work consistently.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works well except for the thumping

    Posted
    Alex
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    This kit works well in terms of getting the subwoofer signal with minimal delay wirelessly. The problem is that it periodically thumps in the middle of playback. It seems that, when a scene is playing that has little or no base, the unit must enter a low power mode. As soon as it gets sufficient bass signal, it wakes back up and thumps before operating normally, which generally sounds very out of place. This is a very repeatable problem.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating

    Posted
    Foss
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    So I have the rocket fish receivers that work for my normal surround speakers and those work flawlessly. So I purchased the subwoofer kit thinking it would do the same, and the signal comes in and out it is not consistent like the speakers. For the price point I would expect this to work at least 50% of the time. I currently have it disconnected and not using my subwoofer because of the poor quality my sub was receiving and making movie experience frustrating

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sort of works sort of doesn't

    Posted
    FrustratedInc
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    In theory, this is a great product. But in reality, it connects and frequently disconnects, meaning you've got to constantly walk to the transmitter and receiver and "reset" them so they can communicate. It's not just every once in a while, either. Every few minutes. The receiver and subwoofer are no more than 20' feet apart, either. If only the clown who built this house had hardwired the sub like he did all the other zones, I wouldn't be in this predicament.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Popping sounds

    Posted
    JRoberts
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    Installation is simple, no issues there. Very useful for a sub crawl. Wireless will introduce a significant delay ( 10s of milliseconds ) and you will need to compensate in your AVR settings if available. Loud poppping sounds. Likely due to either interference in the signal or the subwoofer going to sleep in auto mode. In either case, the product should handle the event more gracefully.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great idea poor compatibility

    Posted
    Ikatsu
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    I love the idea of this product and have used the Rocketfish - Wireless rear speakers but this product just didn't work for me. I have a sony receiver and for some reason it just didn't pick up the LFE sub signal and would not work for me. It is probably great for those that it worked for but I just decided to move the sub to the front of my room instead of having it at the back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Worked Less Than 50% of the time

    Posted
    RetroAces
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    I connected it just like the instruction states, used advice from previous reviews and it still would pop in and out very loudly during content watching. This was completely intolerable. Decided this product was not worth it and took it back. Look for another alternative. Might work better if it used the 5ghz spectrum instead of only 2.4ghz

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great idea but doesn't always work.

    Posted
    Howard
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    We has this installed as part of our home theater set up. At first it worked, then occasionally it would make a popping noise during songs with fast beats. Also, if viewing TV or if volume turned down, the receiver would not pick up the signal and the subwoofer would not turn on. I returned the item and bought a 24 foot cable in stead and it's working great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sure But...No. Not Really.

    Posted
    JoystickJedi1972
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    Sure they work. Sure you can move your subs anywhere in the room. Sure they change from "Red" to "Blue" when connected but every now and then the cause your woofer to thump for no reason when the sound changes. I can do without that. So no thanks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I was hoping.

    Posted
    keithk
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    I am hoping the ones I purchased were defective. Occasionally, the subwoofer will kick out this loud boom when a song is playing. I went and purchased a cable and attached it to the subwoofer and I have yet to have a loud boom. I will purchase one more set of wireless just to see if my first one was a bad product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the speaker kit model.

    Posted
    Ayod
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    Bought this for a second sub I was running in my setup. I have the regular speaker kit as well and that runs flawless, however when using this with my sub there is a constant humming sound possibly from a ground loop. Ended up just running the sub cables directly to the receiver.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend