Whole house audio solutions are becoming increasingly popular as technology is advancing and becoming more affordable. Designing one, however, can be quite a challenge.
If you sit down and plan out what you want and how you want to accomplish it, you’ll be much happier with the finished product. Here are four main factors to consider when designing your whole house audio system.
1. Speaker & Equipment Location
There are endless possibilities when it comes to types of speakers and where you want to put them. The best decision for these factors depends mostly on the room. If you’re putting speakers in your kitchen, for example, you’re not going to want them to be tower speakers or any other type of floor standing speaker. Instead, the better option would be to install in-ceiling or in-wall speakers.
You’ll also want to think about where you want the control room to be or if you want a simplified system where everything is connected to your home theater receiver. Keep in mind that you’ll need to store your equipment where ventilation can protect against overheating.
2. Number of Zones
The number of zones or sources you have determines how many different things you can play through your audio system at once. For example, if your home audio system has two zones, you might be able to enjoy Maroon Five in the kitchen when you’re cooking dinner while your kids listen to Justin Bieber in their room.
Before you have a whole house audio system installed, you’ll need to decide if you want to have just one zone, eight zones, or something in between.
3. Controlling Your System
Many technologies are now controlled through an app on your smart phone or tablet, and a whole house audio system is no exception. While using an app can be convenient, there’s also the option to use in-wall controls (like a touch screen or keypad installed on the wall).
The advantage to going with in-wall controls is that anyone can access and control the audio by simply knowing the password or code. So, if you have a guest or friend over, they wouldn’t need to have access to your phone to change the music.
4. Home Theater Integration
Another factor to consider is how you want your home audio system to work with and connect to your home theater system. The two can be integrated in such a way that your living room or media room has its own separate zone to play movies while another part of the house can listen to something entirely different.
At Texadia Systems, our Dallas-based technicians are among the top integrators and AV specialists in the country. If you’re looking to add a whole house audio system to your North Texas home, contact us today.
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