Four Essential Elements That Make A Great Whole House Audio System
Music is a wonderful mood enhancer. If you need to get energized, an upbeat tempo can get you going. If you need to relax, a smooth jazz playlist might be just the ticket for a mellower mood. At home, you rarely just sit and listen to music – there’s always something else to do, and you don’t stay in the same room in the house. But you don’t want to stop hearing the music as you move through your house. With a whole house audio system, the music can flow seamlessly from room to room as you go about your home routines in Tucson – even outdoors.
Perhaps you’re sold on the idea of hearing your favorite tunes in every room. And it may be hot outside right now, but what could be better than enjoying your music on your patio in the beautiful Arizona desert throughout the fall, winter, and spring? Read on to find out what you’ll need.
Speakers, of course, are a critical part of any audio system. In a whole house system, there are many different types and brands from which to choose. There are wireless speakers, bookshelf speakers, floor standing speakers, in-ceiling and in-wall speakers, and outdoor speakers. And you can mix and match types within the same system based on the room and how you will be listening.
The luxury of many choices is a good thing. While you might want the consistent voicing of the same brand of speakers throughout, it’s not absolutely essential. You may want the convenience of Sonos powered wireless speakers in secondary rooms and Origin Acoustics architectural speakers in larger areas and in your outdoor spaces. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and we look to design and install the system that works best for your needs.
Speakers need amplifiers to power them unless they’re built in as in many wireless models. Your media room will likely need amplifiers depending on how many speakers you will have. Also depending on how many areas will have speakers, distribution amplifiers may be required to drive them effectively. Why talk about amplifiers? Because matching them to the number and types of speakers used is critical to sound quality.
Do you have a big music collection? Or do you like streaming music from Pandora, Spotify, or Tidal? Perhaps you like to listen to good old local radio – there are still some great stations out there. No matter your preferences, you want access to your preferred music sources. If you’re an Apple fan, that may mean being able to access your iTunes music library off of your computer or portable device. If so, you might want a system our partner Elan, which can bring multiple audio sources together with simplified control. But there are many other options, including Sonos wireless, and systems built around home theater receivers like those from Yamaha with multizone and streaming capabilities.
If the system isn’t easy to use, then it will likely be a source of frustration no matter how good the components and sound quality. Do you prefer your smartphone as a remote? Or have the option of touchpads mounted on a wall? Or a more traditional wireless remote with real buttons, customized for your preferences? We work with partners like Elan for home automation systems that can be operated from a variety of remotes, and we take your preferences into account to create the perfect solution.
Let us build you a whole house audio system that will both rock and relax you. Reach out to our team of audio experts to get your system started today.