Easy to use audio systems that look and sound great
A well-planned home has a variety of spaces, fixtures, and interconnected systems to keep its occupants comfortable and happy. Architects and designers work wonders with lighting, climate systems, appliances, furniture, and fabric. They create the perfect settings for relaxing, engaging with family, entertaining guests, and many other activities.But there’s one element even the best designers frequently neglect or underestimate. That is audio.
Living room with in-ceiling speakers
Imagine music flowing through your rooms like light from the windows or cool air from the vents. That’s what it feels like when the speakers are built into your walls or ceilings. If built-in speakers aren’t for you, you can use compact, self-powered wireless speakers that easily fit on a bookshelf, table top, or kitchen counter.
Sonos will let you wirelessly control your music and rooms.
Your music can come from an Internet service like Pandora Internet radio or Spotify®, or from a computer or hard drive that’s attached to your home network. You don’t have to comb through stacks of CDs to find the tunes you want or settle for what’s on the radio. It’s easy to play one song in the family room and another in your bedroom. Or play the same music throughout the house.
With this sort of user and décor friendliness, today’s whole house audio systems provide a seamless experience of whatever sound fits the space and mood you’re in.
Ready to plan the perfect system for your home? Here’s some food for thought.
Wired, wireless, or a bit of both?
If you’re building a new house (or thoroughly renovating an old one), you have the perfect opportunity to conceal speakers and wires in your walls and ceilings and this can be done surgically in an existing home.
A wireless system is an obvious choice for an existing home, but may also be the best platform for a new home. For a large home, especially one in which you want to conceal the gear as much as possible, consider a hybrid system that includes a mix of wireless components and concealed wiring for in-wall or ceiling speakers. All of the hardware can be hidden away in a utility room or equipment closet, yet you still can enjoy the convenience of the touchscreen remote control app and the music service options provided by a wireless system.
Today’s wireless systems are popular for good reason. They don’t have to involve a bulky and complicated home theater receiver. You can easily carry a wireless speaker from one room to the next. And you can take the entire system with you when you move.
You’ll need some or all of the following wireless system components:
- A network bridge or access point to connect the system to your home network and your high-speed Internet service.
- Self-powered wireless speakers.
- Wireless amplifier modules.
- A wireless music source module that connects to your home theater or home stereo system.
- Some type of remote control
Your choice of components for a given room depends on the size and layout of the room and the kind of listening you’ll do in that room. Are you looking for quiet background music, raucous party tunes, or high fidelity?
Hybrid systems that include both wireless and wired components
A common misconception about the Sonos wireless system is that you must have Sonos hardware in every room. And that notion can be a deal-killer if ceiling speakers are all you can get away with in the dining room and the formal living room. Fortunately, it’s not the case.
The solution is to locate one or more Sonos CONNECT:AMP modules in your utility room and run speaker wires from there to the ceiling speakers in the dining room and the living room.
Your system might also include several other Sonos components that are located elsewhere. For instance, you might have a PLAYBAR and a Sonos SUB for TV sound and music in the family room. You could put PLAY:5 orPLAY:3 powered speakers in bedrooms and any other spaces in which the hardware fits nicely.
Now let’s turn our attention to your outdoor zone. Say you need several weatherproof speakers to evenly distribute sound about the pool and patio areas. You’ll play the same music through all of your outdoor speakers, so you only need one Sonos component for this zone.
But outdoor speakers require a lot of power, so you don’t want to rely on a single 2-channel amplifier.
In this scenario, you might pair a non-powered CONNECT module with a multi-channel amplifier. Place them in the utility room along with the CONNECT:AMP modules serving the living and dining rooms. Get an equipment rack or cabinet to keep things organized in the utility room.
To get some expert advice and a free system proposal for your home, call Laguna Home Theater at (949) 204-3331. Our Audio/Video Designers can help you put together the ideal system. Call now or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.