Whole-Home Audio: What It Is, Types of Speakers, and Installation
If you're like most people, you probably enjoy listening to music. What if you could enjoy your favorite tunes throughout your home? With whole-home audio, you can! In this blog post, we will discuss what whole-home audio is, the different types of speakers available, and where they can be installed. We will also take a look at the latest technology in speakers and how it can benefit your home entertainment system.
Whole-home audio, also known as multi-room audio, allow you to play music in every room of your house, even extending to outdoor spaces. You can choose to have the same song playing in every room, or you can create different "zones" where each zone has its playlist. This can be convenient when entertaining or for everyday lifestyle routines like cooking time etc. Control the entire home of audio from an app on your phone. This is only a glimpse of what is possible.
Types Of Home Speakers
One of the most common types of speakers used in whole-home audio systems is the in-ceiling speaker. In-ceiling speakers are designed to be installed flush with your ceiling, so they blend in with your décor. They are also ideal for rooms with high ceilings, as the sound will bounce off the ceiling and fill the room evenly.
If you're looking for more discreet speaker options in place of floor-standing speakers, in-wall speakers are also available. In-wall speakers are installed into your wall, so they are completely out of sight. They are perfect for rooms where you don't want any speakers taking up space, such as a home office or bedroom. Some people prefer this option, even in living rooms.
For a more traditional speaker look, you can also opt for floor-standing speakers. Floor-standing speakers come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can find a pair that fits your décor and needs. Many of these speakers look like works of art and can be customized with different finishes and are truly stunning both on aesthetic and performance levels.
Another option in the latest and greatest in speaker technology is wireless speakers. Wireless speakers give you the freedom to place them anywhere in your home, without having to worry about tangled cords. They connect to your audio system using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, so you can control them using your smartphone or tablet.
The type of speakers you choose depends on the experiences you are looking for. Included in your whole-home audio system, you will want to consider what types of home theater experiences you would like. At this stage, you will think about surround sound and Dolby Atmos speakers.
Installing Whole-Home Audio
The best time to design whole-home audio, like most home technology is at the architectural design stage, so planning for wires and equipment can be part of the conversation. Prewiring when the walls are down is much easier and can impact savings. These days most luxury homes have speakers everywhere including bathrooms, garages, and laundry rooms. We often suggest running wires to as many places as possible, even if you are not going to use them immediately, but they will be there for future use to you or the next homeowner. That being said, there are many ways to accommodate whole-home audio as a retrofit.
When looking at installing audio equipment, you can also consider audio video furniture like under TV cabinets that can be configured to fit into any decor, serving as a great place to hide wires and equipment. These cabinets also have fan systems that keep equipment cool and protect furniture from heat damage. They are well-made high-quality furniture that is available in a multitude of configurations, colors, and materials.
When thinking about whole-home audio, outdoor experiences can also be considered, especially as the popularity of outdoor living has increased with outdoor kitchen areas, living rooms, and dining rooms. These days we see full entertainment systems outdoors with all-weather speakers that can be concealed and placed for the best listening just like indoor speakers. Some homes also have speakers at the front of the home, so that music can be heard as you walk up to the front door - this adds to holiday and entertainment festivities.
Why Hire An Audio Video Pro?
Most people can figure out how to install a set of speakers, however, if you're looking for quality high-performance equipment, decor installation ideas, and the best sounding system, hiring a qualified AV Pro has value. A whole-home audio system requires knowledge of how the equipment will sound in a room, the best brands to use, where to place speakers for the best sound and how to hide wires for a seamless look.
Another level of expertise is required when you're looking to integrate audio with video and smart home automation systems. Yes, your whole-home audio system can be connected and work in conjunction with other technology in your home through a smart home automation system. A perfect example of this is your home theater experience - imagine pressing one button on a remote or your phone - audio goes on with video, while lights dim and shades come down. Audio Video Professionals have the experience and knowledge to ensure your system is well-designed and installed, works perfectly, and is easy to use.
Whether you're building a new home or retrofitting an existing one, whole-home audio can greatly enhance your listening experience and lifestyle. With the latest technology, there are many options available to suit your needs. Hiring a qualified Audio Video Professional will ensure you get the most out of your investment and have a system that meets your needs now and in the future.
Are you ready to explore your options surrounding a whole-home audio system? We're located in Pittsburgh, PA, and invite you to our showroom for a demo. Whole-home audio is something best experienced and we would love to show you what is possible in your home and how this can be amazing for you and your family. We're here for questions too. Contact us or chat with us now.