JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module
February 6, 2009
JBL is now shipping a new wireless module. The JBL WEM-1 (SRP: $359) adds wireless capability to any loudspeaker. It eliminates the need to run speaker wires across a room or through walls, floors or ceilings. The WEM-1 includes a transmitter module that connects to an audio source; a receiver/amplifier unit that connects to a pair of loudspeakers; a remote control; and accessories. It is ideal for adding multiroom capability to an existing audio system; adding surround loudspeakers to a home theatre system without running speaker wires; distributing music to anywhere in the home from a computer; and for many other applications. The WEM-1 has an operating range of up to 70 feet. It provides a variety of connection options to accommodate a wide range of audio source components and A/V receivers. The receiver/amplifier unit features a 50-watt-per-channel amplifier and includes a subwoofer output. It provides five equalization curves that are tailored for use with select JBL loudspeakers; it also provides an unequalized bypass setting. The receiver/amplifier also has a local input, allowing the user to directly connect a portable device or other audio source to it at a remote location.