I think the picture above illustrates the problem a lot of us have. There are a lot of circumstances where it is impractical or impossible to run speaker wires to the rear surround pair without them looking like hell and being in the way. The lamps in the photo are actually dual function, they are wireless speakers as well.
They aren’t bad looking lamps, but I am not sure if the fidelity from these matches their excellent ability to power a lightbulb. I wouldn’t expect it to be equal to even a $500 pair of speakers, but if it gave me even decent sound, it may be good enough. The base of the unit has 3.5mm line in and out jacks on the base as an added feature. It uses 2.4 GHz wireless, so the possibilities are there for good sound.