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JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module

B&H # JBWEM1 Mfr # WEM1
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Price: $329.95
Product Highlights
  • Full Spectrum Pro Sound
  • Powerful 2.4GHz Transmitter
  • 50W Per Channel Receiver/Amplifier
  • 70' Operating Range
  • Speaker Level and Line Level Inputs
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Wall Mountable
  • 100-240VAC

With their continued excellence in high-quality audio reproduction, JBL introduces the WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module. Enjoy wireless audio throughout your home or office from your PC, A/V receiver, iPod, or other portable music devices without making unnecessary holes in your walls or floors to accommodate messy speaker wires. It features high frequency wireless technology capable of receiving crystal clear audio within a 70' operating range - it's built around a reliable 2.4GHz proprietary system and offers a 4-position ID code selector that ensures optimal performance.

The system's wireless transmitter features RCA (line level) and speaker level connectivity, and the receiver module boasts a 50W per channel amplifier, mini-jack input, (2) speaker outputs, subwoofer output, and an EQ switch that works in conjunction with compatible JBL speakers. In addition, it offers full spectrum pro sound, worldwide dual voltage capability, Auto On/Standby, wall mount brackets and a convenient remote control.

If you want to surround yourself with sound - not wires - with a unified, stylish, and easy-to-set-up wireless audio system - look no further - you won't find a better solution than the WEM-1.

Completely Wireless
This system eliminates the need to run messy wiring from your favorite audio device to a pair of speakers located across the room. In a nutshell, it's capable making any speaker wireless.
EQ Switch
It offers a choice of EQ positions that's compatible with the following JBL loudspeakers: CSB55, CST55, CS600 satellites, CS400 satellites, Control NOW, and Control Monitor.
Subwoofer Output
Juxtaposed to the speaker level outputs is a convenient low-frequency output for connectivity to a separate powered subwoofer. Note: this output is full-range and not filtered or low-passed.
Wall Mountable
The Transmitter and receiver/amplifier may be mounted horizontally, vertically or on the wall with the included brackets. Also, the receiver includes a convenient vertical stand for wire management.
Auto On/Standby
When no signal is detected for approximately 10 minutes, this system will automatically switch to the standby mode, then instantly turn on when a signal is detected.
Unobtrusive Design
The small, sleek design of this system enables discrete placement throughout your home or office.
Dual Voltage
This system can be used worldwide with its dual voltage capability; its power requirements range from 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz.
Remote Control
A convenient IR remote control is included with this system; offering the ability to control volume output, muting, and input selection.
General
Type Wireless
Frequency 2.4GHz
Transmission Range 70' (22 m) Depending on Conditions
Frequency Range 20Hz - 20KHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 80dB
Amplification 50W x 2-Channels
Inputs Transmitter: Speaker Level x2 Sets (Spring Clip), Line Level x2 (RCA)
Receiver: Front-Panel Mini-Jack x1
Outputs Receiver: Speaker Level x2 Sets (Spring Clip), Subwoofer x1 (Mini-Jack)
Number of ID Codes 4
EQ Section Yes, compatible with select JBL speakers (CSB5, CST55, CS600, CS400, Control NOW, and Control Monitor)
Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.2 x 6 x 3.8" (29 x 154 x 98mm) (Transmitter)
1.2 x 6.1 x 4.6" (29 x 158 x 116mm)
Weight 0.6 lb (0.6kg) Transmitter
0.9 lb (0.4kg)
Color Black
JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module
  • Receiver/Amplifier
  • Power Supply for Receiver (Dual Voltage)
  • 2 x Wall Mount Brackets for Receiver
  • Pedestal
  • Transmitter
  • Power Supply for Transmitter (Dual Voltage)
  • Wall Mount Bracket for Transmitter
  • 2 x Panhead Screws (M3 x 4)
  • 4 x Round Self-Adhesive Feet
  • Remote Control
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    JBLWEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module
     
    4.1

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (15)
    • Improves functionality (8)
    • Excellent interface (6)

    Cons

    • Poor interface (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home theater setups (11)
    • Large rooms (7)
    • Small rooms (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (10), Practical (7), Movie enthusiast (5), Audiophile (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Surprisely great product for the price

    The WEM-1 is doing exactly what I wanted. In my surround sound home theater I am using it to drive the back speakers without running wires all over the place. You still need...Read complete review

    The WEM-1 is doing exactly what I wanted. In my surround sound home theater I am using it to drive the back speakers without running wires all over the place. You still need to run wires from the wireless receiver / amp but that is expected with any of these "wireless" units.
    I have experienced no popping sounds and the unit was extremely easy to set up. Overall I am very happy with the JBL WEM-1 and at a 1/3 of the price of the KEF system it's a real bargain.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cool tech, flawed product.

    I used this product to set up my back left and right speakers in my 5.1 surround system. Setup was straightforward and the receiver & transmitter synced up instantly. The product has a...Read complete review

    I used this product to set up my back left and right speakers in my 5.1 surround system. Setup was straightforward and the receiver & transmitter synced up instantly. The product has a quality design and had more than enough power for my Klipsch RB-51 speakers. However, there is a noticable hiss/static noise emitted when using the wireless function (audio 3.5mm input sounds fantastic though). My back speakers are placed on either side of my couch and the hiss is annoyingly apparent when there's no audio sent to the back speakers.

    The receiver has a feature that enables it switch to standby after 10 minutes without a signal. This would be great if the speakers didn't make a jarring "pop" sound when turning off. I was watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and during a dialogue scene the hissing bothered me, just when I was starting to ignore the hiss and immerse myself...POP! That's when I decided to send this kit back.

    If your potential setup and use-case sounds like mine, don't get this product.

    (When testing, I tried all 4 signal channels on the devices and I even tried turning my wireless router off)

    If you want to use this product to transmit music from one room to another in your home, it would work great. Also, the static sounds didn't grow when turning the volume up; it's very possible that if you have your back surround speakers further away than I have, you won't notice the hiss. And I will say that you do indeed get great wireless sound when the connected speakers are getting a workout.

    In summary, the issues I mentioned were dealbreakers for me, but you may have luck with a different setup. Hopefully JBL can improve on this product...until then it looks like I'm buying a crapload of cable raceways.

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    4.0

    Good choice for wireless surround sound

    By Kyle

    from Gainesville

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Interface
    • Improves Functionality

    Cons

    • Price

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater Setups
    • Movies

    Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

    I use these for my back two surround speakers in a 5.0 setup. Works as advertised, easy to set up. Able to autocalibrate with my Sony DN-1030 reciever. Not the same as a wired connection in sound quality, but good enough for any surround sound use. Some slight static from speakers when on, but you have to put your ear right next to the speaker to notice. Dose not interfer with any of my wireless netwrok or other streaming electronics nearby. Definitely beats running wirless to the back of my room!

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    2.0

    poor design, work as intended

    By Uriah

    from SG

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

    • Poor Interface

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater Setups
    • Large Rooms

    Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

    WEM1 is more suitable for people who wish to recreate a 2nd zone or just want to route the surround speakers.
    for ppl who wish to relocate their sub-woofer, WEM1 does not take the sub output from AVR but uses L/R channels low freq for it. Its useless for people who wish to connect surround and move their wire sub-woofer. JBL actually expect you to buy 2 or these WEM1 to get it to work!

    the connector for the sub a 3.5mm stereo out, didn't make sense as most sub-woofer out there uses RCA!

    Volume control is poor, there should be a indicator to know its max or min volume given the size of these things.
    They should be able to reduce the form factor.

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    • Yes

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    2.0

    Cool tech, flawed product.

    By Jarett

    from NS, Canada

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Interface
    • Powerful
    • Wireless music rocks

    Cons

    • No banana jacks
    • Pops when enters standby
    • Static hiss

    Best Uses

    • Music

    Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

    I used this product to set up my back left and right speakers in my 5.1 surround system. Setup was straightforward and the receiver & transmitter synced up instantly. The product has a quality design and had more than enough power for my Klipsch RB-51 speakers. However, there is a noticable hiss/static noise emitted when using the wireless function (audio 3.5mm input sounds fantastic though). My back speakers are placed on either side of my couch and the hiss is annoyingly apparent when there's no audio sent to the back speakers.

    The receiver has a feature that enables it switch to standby after 10 minutes without a signal. This would be great if the speakers didn't make a jarring "pop" sound when turning off. I was watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and during a dialogue scene the hissing bothered me, just when I was starting to ignore the hiss and immerse myself...POP! That's when I decided to send this kit back.

    If your potential setup and use-case sounds like mine, don't get this product.

    (When testing, I tried all 4 signal channels on the devices and I even tried turning my wireless router off)

    If you want to use this product to transmit music from one room to another in your home, it would work great. Also, the static sounds didn't grow when turning the volume up; it's very possible that if you have your back surround speakers further away than I have, you won't notice the hiss. And I will say that you do indeed get great wireless sound when the connected speakers are getting a workout.

    In summary, the issues I mentioned were dealbreakers for me, but you may have luck with a different setup. Hopefully JBL can improve on this product...until then it looks like I'm buying a crapload of cable raceways.

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    4.0

    Gives new life to classic studio monitor

    By None

    from Washington, DC, New York City

    About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Interface
    • Improves Functionality
    • Provides auxiliary inputs
    • Small and unobtrusive

    Cons

    • Limited aux connector
    • Limited speaker connector

    Best Uses

    • Remote speakers
    • Small Rooms
    • Television Shows

    Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

    I purchased the WEM-1 for connecting classic JBL Monitor speakers, model 4311, to an audio amplifier elsewhere in the home. The JBL wireless expansion module replaces an old Kenwood wireless unit purchased several years ago which had begun to fail. The JBL is far superior, driving the old monitor speakers beautifully and providing excellent sound.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Amazing product!

    By TV Director

    from Camarillo, CA

    About Me Movie Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Interface
    • Improves Functionality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Theater Setups
      • Large Rooms

      Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

      The WEM-1 allowed me to add rear surround sound without having to run wires under the floor or through the ceiling joists. The unit can handle both pre amp outs or amplified outs. The auto on off system saves energy. It took me five minutes to set it up and the results are amazing!

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      4.0

      "I would buy this product again and agai

      By John

      from Ontario Canada

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

          It would be really great if you could just purchase the receiver. I now have a total of 6 transmitters and I only use one.

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          5.0

          Good product

          By Bo

          from hong kong

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Rooms

            Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

            Easy to use and good product

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Greates product since slice bread

            By Drummer "G"

            from Orlando, Florida

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Theater Setups

              Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

              I used this product to safe myself a world of grief and frustration. With the use of the WEM-1 I eliminated the need to crawl through my attic, over wooden beams and mounds of blown insulation and blowing a whole in my exterior wall to bring the speaker wire through. Instead I connected the WEM-1 to the rear speakers of my surround system by connecting 2 pairs of short wires from my receiver to the WEM-1 transmitter and 2 short wires from the WEM-1 receiver to the rear speakers. Plugged in the power of each device, turned on my receiver and wallah. That's it? Yep, that's it! No fuss, no mess, no probs. I can't detect any audio delay and the audio quality is superb. It's mounting versatility is great, vertical floor mount, feet pads for horizontal placement and a wall mount. All the hardware was provided. I'm considering purchasing another WEM-1 for the Zone 2 of my receiver so that I can wirelessly and effortlessly connect to the outdoor speakers. Hum, Great idea!!

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              5.0

              Simply Awesome!!!

              By Ronaldo

              from Sydney Australia

              About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Musician, Practical, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Interface
              • Improves Functionality
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater Setups
                • Large Rooms
                • Movies
                • Small Rooms
                • Television Shows

                Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                Wireless connection to my AV receiver is very good. Enjoying now my HD surround experience to the max.Would be recommending this product to friends.

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                4.0

                Worked beautifully right out of the box!

                By Bill

                from Kansas City, MO

                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Improves Functionality
                • Improves Performance

                Cons

                • Poor Interface

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater Setups
                • Large Rooms
                • Small Rooms

                Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                Very simple to setup.
                Have not experienced any drop-outs.
                Small and unobtrusive
                Sub-woofer connection poor.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Does What it's Supposed to Do

                By Great Gregghead

                from Jacksonville, Florida

                About Me Movie Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Theater Setups
                  • Large Rooms
                  • Small Rooms

                  Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                  Extremely easy to set up and operate. I now have rear speakers for my home theater, without having to run speaker wires across the room. Since it works on RF and not IR, I have the receiving unit hidden under the couch. No muss, no fuss, and worth every penny.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Works Fine....Saved A Lot of Work

                  By Isaac Images

                  from NY NY

                  About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Improves Functionality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Theater Setups

                    Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                    Got this for my upstairs speakers. Home Entertainment setup has A/B switching so I can listen upstairs only, or both.

                    It has 4 channels to choose from. Found a usable clear channel after 2nd try -- 2.4 GHz cordless phone & wireless router interference caused voices to sound like evil aliens.

                    Adjustable antenna also helpful. Would like JBL to offer additional receivers for sale on their own.

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                    4.0

                    Works Great

                    By smaclen

                    from new mexico

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Theater Setups

                      Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                      Easy to set up, works great, what else can I say. I needed a wireless option for rear surround sound and with about 10 minutes of set up time, got it.

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Barely happy

                      By Gramman

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Improves Functionality

                      Cons

                      • Performs Poorly

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                        Remote does not work at all - signal gets cut off whne you stand in front of receiving unit - non-typical subwoofer connection on receiver unit - sound quality is not bad when reception is not disturbed

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                        5.0

                        Works as advertised

                        By Greg in SC

                        from Mauldin, SC

                        About Me Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Theater Setups
                          • Large Rooms

                          Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                          I purchased the JBL WEM-1 to rid myself of the speaker cables running around the room to my rear speakers.

                          The setup was simple and quick. The most time-consuming part was measuring and cutting the speaker wires for connecting to the receiver module.

                          Once connected to the A/V receiver and the speakers, all I had to do was plug it in, and it worked flawlessly from the start. No interference with or from our phone, wireless network. As I said, it works as advertised.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Replacement

                          By Dputrich

                          from Vermont

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy Setup

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                              This wireless system connects my computer music to speakers in an adjoining room. I bought my first WEM-! from another vendor and its power supply failed. I got my money back (they would not replace the WEM) and then ordered from B&H. The replacement has worked flawlessly.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Works great!

                              By Mark the Tech Guy

                              from Columbus, Ohio

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                                    We use this in a conference room to provide wireless sound for presentations. Not really what it is intended for, but it works great. It was easy to hook up, has plenty of power, and sounds clean. We have several other wireless systems in our building (also at 2.4 GHZ) and there has never been any issues with interference. Highly recommended for any application where wireless hook up of speakers is needed.

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                                    3.0

                                    Should have read description twice

                                    By cpbost

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor Interface

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Small Rooms

                                      Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                                      I read this description fairly quickly and didn't appreciate the limitations of this setup's design. There is ONE transmitter and ONE receiver. Therefore depending on your rear speaker layout, you may still have wires running everywhere to connect the two speakers from the central wireless receiver. This wasn't what I was looking for and I had to return the product. The setup from Audio Research has indepedent receivers so it is a better setup for minimizing wires.

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                                      5.0

                                      Surprisely great product for the price

                                      By etowngolf

                                      from Burlington Vermont

                                      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Great Interface
                                      • Improves Functionality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Theater Setups

                                        Comments about JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module:

                                        The WEM-1 is doing exactly what I wanted. In my surround sound home theater I am using it to drive the back speakers without running wires all over the place. You still need to run wires from the wireless receiver / amp but that is expected with any of these "wireless" units.
                                        I have experienced no popping sounds and the unit was extremely easy to set up. Overall I am very happy with the JBL WEM-1 and at a 1/3 of the price of the KEF system it's a real bargain.

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