Imagine music flowing through your rooms like light from the windows or cool air from the vents. That’s what it feels like when the speakers are built into your walls or ceilings. If built-in speakers aren’t for you, you can use compact, self-powered wireless speakers that easily fit on a bookshelf, table top, or kitchen counter. A Whole Home Audio system can give that special feel to your home
A few years ago, the only way to get a sophisticated multi-room audio system with a touchscreen remote control was to hire a professional installer and pay dearly for custom programming. Now you have options that are surprisingly affordable and easy to install. And today’s systems are extraordinarily easy to use, too — because the remote control is the smartphone or tablet you’re already familiar with. Tap to select and start the music. Tap some more to pause or change the tune. Adjust the volume without leaving your seat.
Your music can come from an Internet service like Pandora Internet radio or Spotify®, or from a computer or hard drive that’s attached to your home network. You don’t have to comb through stacks of CDs to find the tunes you want or settle for what’s on the radio. It’s easy to play one song in the family room and another in your bedroom. Or play the same music throughout the house.
With this sort of user and decor friendliness, today’s multi-room systems provide a seamless experience of whatever sound fits the space and mood you’re in. Ready to plan the perfect system for your home? Here’s some food for thought.
Wired, wireless, or a bit of both?
If you’re building a new house (or thoroughly renovating an old one), you have the perfect opportunity to conceal speakers and wires in your walls and ceilings. It can be done surgically in an existing home, but it’s not easy work for a do-it-yourselfer.
A wireless system is an obvious choice for an existing home, but may also be the best platform for a new home. Sonos is the trendsetting market leader, but challengers are emerging. For a small-scale system, Apple’s AirPlay® technology may be a good option. It’s built into many receivers and powered speakers.
For a large home, especially one in which you want to conceal the gear as much as possible, consider a hybrid system that includes a mix of wireless components and concealed wiring for in-wall or ceiling speakers. All of the hardware can be hidden away in a utility room or equipment closet, yet you still can enjoy the convenience of the touchscreen remote control app and the music service options provided by a wireless system.