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Acoustic Research AW-871 Wireless Stereo Speakers

by Recoton
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  • Transmits RF audio signal through walls, floors and ceilings up to 300'
  • Power handling: 10 watts rms
  • 5 1/4" woofer and 1" dome tweeter
  • Perfect for rear channel speakers in 5.1 surround sound systems
  • Left/mono/right switch offers versatility and convenience
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Product Specifications

Brand NameRecoton
Speaker TypeSurround
Item Display Height10 inches
Peak Power Handling - Speakers10 watts
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers10

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Recoton
  • Model: AW871
  • Speaker Type: Surround
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Active
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 10 Watts
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Product Details

Product Manual [408kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • ASIN: B00023NDLS
  • Item model number: AW871
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,998 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 25, 2004

Product Description


Anyone who has installed a speaker system knows the worst part is figuring out how to hide the unsightly speaker cables, especially if your speakers are located across the room from the receiver. Enter this pair of Acoustic Research stereo speakers, which resolves the dilemma by eliminating speaker wires altogether. The system's powerful transmitter broadcasts its 900 MHz signal through walls, floors, ceilings, and other obstacles, giving listeners a wide array of installation options.

Acoustic Research AW-871 wireless speakers

Looking for a pair of high-quality speakers for the upstairs bedroom? No problem. Want to enjoy your favorite tunes in the basement without running speaker wire through the floor? Easy. Thanks to the system's 300-foot range, almost any home speaker scenario is possible, including positioning the speakers outdoors so you can provide the soundtrack for your neighborhood block party. And fortunately for listeners, the wireless setup doesn't compromise the quality of the audio, as the rich signal is drift- and static-free.

Each 10-watt speaker employs a 4-inch woofer and 1-inch dome tweeter, with a left/mono/right switch for added versatility. The speakers also include integrated power, volume, and tuning controls along the front faces. In lieu of an AV receiver, listeners can connect the speakers directly to most audio sources, including TVs, DVD players, VCRs, computers, and portable audio devices such as MP3 players. Alternately, they can connect the speakers to the rear channels of 5.1 surround sound receivers and take full advantage of the wireless design.

Each of the speakers comes with its own AC adapter, though listeners can also install eight C-cell batteries per speaker for complete cordless use. The speakers even recharge ni-cad and NiMH batteries when plugged into an AC adapter. Other accessories include a 1/4-inch headphone adapter and a "Y" cable that connects the transmitter to the audio source.

What's in the Box

Two speakers, transmitter, AC power adapter for transmitter, two AC power adapters for speakers, Y adapter cable, 1/4-inch headphone adapter, user's manual.

Product Description

Imagine a world without wires. Now open your eyes and see the AW-871 speakers from Acoustic Research and realize that the dream is real. These two channel speakers come with a myriad of features that make them a joy to use. They operate in the 900MHz frequency band and are switchable between three channels to let you use multiple devices in the same area without interference. You can set the speakers to Left, Right or Mono. When set to Left and Right you get a stereo signal that you can put anywhere. The Mono setting lets you put the speakers in different rooms so that more people can listen. The 900MHz frequency setting lets you not worry about walls and gives you a 300' range from the transmitter. Speaker power is provided by either eight C-cell batteries per speaker or the included power AC adapter. If you use rechargeable batteries, they'll charge right in the speaker so you don't have to worry about taking them out and replacing them.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound quality is very good.
Trike Flyer
The one speaker that did work had to constantly be fine tuned to negate hissing, popping and static.
PDX Harley Guy
I'm not using batteries; the speakers and transmitter are powered by house current.
W. J. Roberts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

111 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Kayla Pruett on March 8, 2005
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This is the second pair of wireless speakers I've purchased. I don't remember the brand of first set, but I bought them at an electronics store. When I got them home, I discovered that the instruction manual was missing. I found it online and downloaded it, and then discovered that they were nearly incomprehensible. The instructions were extremely confusing and the diagrams unclear. I eventually determined that I needed an adapter (not included) in order to plug the speaker transmitter into my headphone jack. By this point, I was done trying to get these speakers hooked up so I returned them to the store.

All that to say, I took a chance on these speakers based on the rather thorough review written earlier and I have not been disappointed. The instructions are extremely easy to follow and even better, this set came with a headphone jack adapter. The transmitter sits next to my stereo in one room and the two speakers are in the next room. They have been great from the get-go. The sound quality is quite good for the price, I have zero problems with reception, and they are easy to use. You do have to press and *hold* the front button in order to turn them on and off. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, would be that very occasionally I hear a soft popping noise from the speakers when they and the transmitter are on, but no music is playing. I don't know what causes it, but since I don't hear it when music is playing, it's a very minor annoyance.

In short, wireless speakers seem to be hit or miss. I researched speakers extensively before buying this set (and was disappointed to find that Bose did not make any, because I felt that if they did, they would not disappoint). No one set of speakers seemed work well for everyone, but I have to say that this set has been great, and I recommend them.
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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on May 25, 2006
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Even though my experience with wireless headphones were universally poor -- I once overheard my neighbor's cell phone conversation while listening on wireless headphones -- I was very impressed by the plentiful good reviews for this product and decided to give it a try at Amazon's wonderful low price. Amazon sells this product for up to $75 below the price stores ask.

However, once I got it home, hooked it up and turned on my stereo, my experiences with this set of wireless speakers was an exact replay of my expereince with wireless headphones. I set these up as the rear surround speakers in my living room as part of on my 5.1 system, fixing the speakers only about 25 feet from the transmitter. Even in that brief distance with almost no physical block between them, the left speaker consistently spit out static. The rightt speaker played fine all the time but had an annoying tendency to click while the music was turned off.

This is not what I had in mind for my home stereo! I moved the speakers around (as far as the power cords would go, anyway) and re-situated them, trying to gain greater proximity to the transmitter. This did nothing to improve matters. The transmitter indicated the signal was strong, yet that left speaker continued it staticky way throughout my experiment.

These speakers are easy to set up and easy to get working. You really don't need the instructions if you've had any experience with anything wireless. Still, I consulted the booklet to see if there was anything I was doing wrong. At one point I had the setting on both speakers at "right", so I changed that. No change in the outcome. I also re-set the transmitter from "1" to "2" and even to "3". No change. I moved the speakers again. No change. I consulted the booklet and listened again.
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176 of 192 people found the following review helpful By PuppetCamille on January 5, 2005
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The speaker system as mentioned in a prior review did not work immediately upon unpacking. Indeed, it took 30 minutes to derive sound from the speakers which I may attribute to having a rather complicated receiver that required a fair number of settings changes to make the speakers work. Probably because I know the quality of AR speakers from years ago(I used to own both AR-4s and AR-2as many many years go), I kept at it because I believed I was doing something wrong. After getting the speakers to work and they do emit a distintive AR sound, I moved them to my proposed location and plugged them in again. And lo and behold, no sound from one of the speakers. I returned the speaker to its original location and plugged it again and no sound. It seems that there is an on-off switch on the front of the speaker(read the brochure!!) that I had depressed. Also it is not a simple press and release but you are instructed to hold the button for 5 seconds and release. Once done, everything worked fine and is still working fine. I have moved the speakers several times with no deterioration in quality although I am sure the editors of The Absolute Sound would turn up their noses at my arrangement. I also subscribe to XM radio using one of their Delphi units which has a headphone jack. No trouble at all unplugging from the receiver and plugging the jack into the headphone outlet-immediate sound. I also have a wireless network and a wireless TV unit and I have not noticed any conflicts between any of the units. I will order another set so that I can have speakers in other locations throughout the house. I believe I will be able to connect the next set to the same transmitter.Read more ›
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