What Are The Different Types Of Whole House Music Systems Smarter Homes Can Design?

Wireless Music Systems

With a whole home audio distribution system, you can play music from one source in any area of the house! You can even share audio from a TV source so that you never miss a beat no matter where you are.Today’s wireless systems are popular for good reasons.

Installation and setup takes less time. 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.


Hybrid Music Systems

A system in which wireless components, such as the Sonos Connect Amplifier, feeds the music to in-wall or ceiling speakers. In such a system, you enjoy the convenience of a smartphone remote control app. But the hardware is hidden in a utility room or equipment closet.

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.

Wired Music Systems

Wireless systems are terrific, but most people find a wired system with simplified controls easier to live with. Installation of a wired system can be daunting for a do-it-yourselfer. Most people will require the services of a low voltage or audio video installer. 


70-Volt Distributed Music Systems

Wired systems are also good for commercial or outdoor applications, such as a beer garden or a coffee shop. A traditional stereo system is good in a very small office or shop, where there are only a few sets of speakers.

In a commercial building or outdoor setting, a 70-volt system is usually the best solution. There are several reasons why:

  • One amp can drive many speakers with a simple wiring scheme.

  • You use lighter, less expensive speaker wire and much less wire overall.

  • Easy system expansion — just add more speakers to an existing chain.

So... What's The Next Step?

Feeling slightly overwhelmed by too many choices? Here's how to sort it all out:

  • Jot down some notes about which rooms you want music in. What kind of sound and what kind of speakers you want in each one.

  • Think about whether you want to simultaneously play different music in different rooms.

  • Consider whether you want to use a wireless device such as a smartphone or tablet as your system controller.


We’re happy to tell you that are now a number of affordable whole house audio options – and we’re proud to offer some of the best.