SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter
|Pros||Easy to setup and use, no dropouts or other performance issues to complain about.|
|Cons||Nothing of any note.|
|Summary||The SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter makes it easy to turn any subwoofer into a wireless version in 5-10 minutes. It is easy to set up and worked perfectly in testing and helped make my AV area a bit cleaner.|
If you’ve read many subwoofer reviews or guides to setting up a home theater, you’ve probably read about the subwoofer crawl. Since the low-frequency waves from a subwoofer are most affected by your room, you need to find the ideal location for a subwoofer to avoid both peaks and lows that the room can cause. But once you find the perfect location for the subwoofer in the room, you’ve got to hook it up to your system. Power is usually easy, but running a 30’ cable across the floor can be a problem. To fix this, SVS has their SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter, which they sent along as I reviewed their PB-3000 subwoofer.
Inside the box for the SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter, you find a transmitter and receiver, a pair of 3.5mm to RCA cables, and a pair of USB cables with USB AC adapters. Hooking up the SoundPath takes all of 10 minutes to do, and that’s if you need to find an open outlet for it. If you have a recent SVS subwoofer, they have a USB outlet designed to power the SoundPath so you don’t need an extra AC outlet near the subwoofer. I connected it to the PB-3000 and used the LFE input while the transmitter was connected to my Anthem MRX 1120 and used power from a 4-port USB power adapter that powers multiple devices in my AV rack.
Though it might not occur to you to do so, once you connect the SoundPath you should run your speaker calibration again. Because the SoundPath has to digitize an analog signal, transmit it, and then convert it back to analog it will introduce a slight signal lag. This is easily fixed in modern AV receivers as they will just increase the distance measurement for the subwoofer to compensate. You could try to do this manually, but I’d recommend letting the receiver do it to make sure it is correct.
After this short setup is done, there isn’t much to say aside from the fact that the SVS SoundPath Wireless Adapter just worked flawlessly in my testing. It operates on the 2.4GHz spectrum and even in my AV room that is filled with wireless devices, there was never a drop-out or other anomaly. There was no loss in bass quality, and I managed to eliminate a 25’ cable that had previously needed to run across my floor and against the wall to put a subwoofer in my desired location. If I was keeping the SoundPath permanently, SVS includes some 3M adhesive pads to make mounting the transmitter and receiver easy.
I recently reviewed the Martin Logan Dynamo 800X subwoofer that also had an optional wireless transmitter, so I’m glad to see companies making more concessions to the practicalities of real life. I will gladly accept a bit of extra wiring in my AV cabinet to avoid running wires across a room and getting the best performance out of a subwoofer by making it easier to give it the best in-room position. There isn’t anything else to say about the SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter, but that it does the job and makes eliminating the speaker wire on your subwoofer easy to do.