I was faced with a challenge in my new place as far as my audio setup is concerned. At my house I had a wall behind my couch and ran cables under the floor and out vents to the speakers mounted on the wall. My new place has no wall between the living room and dining room (and they are both spacious rooms). I really had no desire to run speaker wire on the floor or ceiling, but I was sorely missing my rear channels.
Some research led me to two items that will make my living room complete (aurally at least).
The first is a wireless rear speaker solution by Rocketfish:
This is a really cool unit that has a sender unit for the audio (that plugs into your receiver) and a receiver unit that plugs into the receiver. You still have to plug in power to the receiver unit, but that is behind the couch and not a big issue.
The real bonus is that the receiver unit is actually an amplifier, so you are not sending the audio across a wireless spectrum to wireless speakers themselves...you are sending the signal to an amp which then shoots the audio signal out the speakers. Very elegant solution and not very expensive at all, plus I get to keep using my Polk Audio speakers and not low quality wireless ones.
This raised another issue of mounting the speakers. I had a wall before and now needed to raise the speakers to a proper listening level. Some research brought me to these beauties:
A great silver speaker stand pair (matches my speakers) that is adjustable and looks nice as well. They should both arrive next week and proper 5.1 surround will be mine again!!
Luckily I found my calibration mic (my receiver auto calibrates) so once the setup is ready I will calibrate and my receiver will have a feel on how to modulate and send the signals to suit the room.