Home automation with whole home audio also sometimes referred to as “distributed audio” can apply to a number of different installation designs and concepts. The fundamental principle is that the audio system is not limited to just a single room anymore. Generally, music, TV sound and intercom messages are the primary use for whole home audio and can be dispatched to be heard in rooms or zones throughout your home and property.
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70V Wired home audio systems are good for both residential and commercial or outdoor applications, such as a beer garden or a coffee shop. In a commercial building or outdoor setting, a 70-volt audio system is usually the best solution. There are several reasons why.
A single audio amplifier can power a high number of speakers with a simple “daisy chain” wiring scheme.
You use a lighter/lower gauge, speaker wire and much less wire overall is required.
Easy system expansion — Add more speakers to an existing chain and adjust “tap settings” on speakers. Increase wattage of amplifier as needed with added speakers.
This type of home audio system combines both pre-installed wires and wireless components in a home sound system. Hybrid systems can also consist of fully wireless setups that combine two or more separately bought systems or components. These are often great if you are happy with your current system but want to easily add on extra speakers with minimal added retrofitting.
A common wireless component, 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. Sonos has home audio solutions that make it possible to integrate any speaker style or type while having the ability to hide the bulk of equipment in a separate area of the home.
Wireless systems are terrific, but most people find a hard wired home audio 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.
While wireless home audio music systems are excellent for many uses, they cannot replace the quality of installing wired systems in most applications. Many passionate audiophiles require wired home sound systems to most accurately reproduce the music from their high fidelity systems. This is especially common when analog components like record players are involved. Some also prefer being able to control their music and its sound from the familiar and full-featured audio receiver.
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.
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Smarter Homes offers a number of installed whole house audio options to fit the varying needs and budgets of our Austin Texas customers.
For Austin residents looking to install full-featured whole home audio systems, Smarter Homes provides a wide variety of options that will result in accessibility to commercial grade, high fidelity music and other sound entertainment throughout your home. Contact us today and let our expert audio technicians help you decide the best setup for you.