Getting Started: The Basics of Multi-Room AV

Man trying to plug tangled cable: Texadia AV Technology for Homes KCWhen you’re setting up a new TV in your family room or “man cave,” installation is generally a pretty simple process. Most systems are designed to work right out of the box, and setting your system up is often a simple matter of unpacking the unit, plugging in a few cables and adjusting some settings.

On the other hand, some users don’t want to limit their entertainment experience to a single room. Many modern AV systems are specifically designed for multi-room use. In fact, it’s easier than ever for receivers to play multiple channels of audio programming at the same time. The important thing is to start with a design for your custom audio system and to purchase and install the right components based on that plan.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when planning your multi-room AV system:

How much do you want to spend?

You don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive AV or home theater equipment available, but be sure that the equipment you purchase has all the features that you want. When it comes to home theater equipment, you’ll typically get what you pay for. However, inexpensive equipment isn’t all bad if it offers you the functionality you need for your AV system.

If your budget allows you to purchase pricier equipment, make sure that your money isn’t being wasted on a bunch of extra features that you’re never going to use. Most importantly, remember that there’s a big difference between inexpensive and cheap.

How many rooms do you want to connect to the system?

Some audio configurations are pretty easy, such as running an extra pair of speakers to your back porch or bedroom. If you have a smaller home, you may even be able to use the same set of speakers to service adjacent rooms. Larger homes can be a bit more challenging. Depending on your layout and needs, it may be more cost effective to look into wireless whole house audio solutions to effectively run quality audio to rooms that are further away from your main receiver.

How many audiovisual sources do you want to run at the same time?

The simplest audio configurations involve running the same audio to multiple rooms/zones, with each zone having an independent volume control. Many of today’s AV systems also have the capability to accept multiple audio inputs that can be remotely accessed and controlled, which means you aren’t limited to one program for the whole house.

Contact a Multi Room AV Professional

There’s nothing quite like coming home after a hard day at work and enjoying your state-of-the-art home theater system. Today’s equipment is more sophisticated and more affordable than it’s ever been, so a family on any budget can find AV solutions that work for its needs. The challenge is figuring out what equipment you need, where to put the gear, and how to make it integrate smoothly.

Even if you’re experienced at setting up home stereo equipment, there’s simply no substitute for getting professional advice when designing your residential AV system. Making this small investment is the best way to ensure that you get the features you want and that your system is professionally installed.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you don’t need professional advice or that you can’t afford it. You do, and you can! An experienced AV professional will learn about your needs and your budget, provide you with the best options, and help you make informed decisions.

At Texadia System, our AV technicians strive to do just that. If you live in Dallas or North Texas, contact us today to talk about high-end residential AV solutions for your home.

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