Whole Home Audio/Video
|Set the mood in every room in your home.
Wherever you go background music can sooth or excite the senses. Depending
on your lifestyle background music can warm up a party or give you a
relaxing atmosphere in the evenings with your family. Today there are many
products from “multi-source – multi zone”, single “all one
zone”, to music functional intercoms. These systems can distribute music
from your main entertainment area to your bedrooms, kitchen, hallways, and
even outdoors without the bulky & low quality "boom boxes". Some systems allow each room to have its own audio
source or to "sub-zone" out it's audio (for example, your master
bedroom & bath).
We can advise you on what system is right for your needs.
|Which rooms will you need music and do you
want them to be all together or separate zones? Your budget and how many
rooms you would like to provide music in will determine the type, size,
and cost of the amplifier. Generally people choose the main thorough fairs
in the house, the master bedroom, kitchen, dining room, pool and the patio. Additional rooms can be
added later. A good installer will pre-wire speaker and control wiring,
along with documentation on where each set of wires are run.
|Decide if you are going to locate the whole
home audio amplifier and speaker distribution at the main media-room surround sound system.
Rack mount equipment can also be centrally located in a
closet or bookcase. If you plan to “source” the whole home with the
main media equipment you have the answer already. If you would like a
separate music source, i.e. an additional AM/FM receiver, CD
player/changer, music server or DVD changers, we
can help you plan the best location to house this equipment. Some
structured wire panels have built in speaker distribution modules and
impedance matching units. This is a great place to bring in all the wires
along with the other wire systems in you home.
|Selecting speakers and the placement should
be determined room by room. Serious music listening rooms such as the
family room should have speakers spaced equally around the most common
listening area. This will create a triangle known as the “sweet spot.”
In background type rooms such as the kitchen, placement can be designed
around the room decor. Various options are available, such as a stereo pair of
ceiling or wall speakers, transducers (hidden behind the wall), or a single speaker designed to give stereo sound from a
single location. Dining rooms can have in wall speakers at “knee”
height keeping the sound from being in middle of conversations. Larger
rooms might have four speakers separated at both ends the rooms to totally
engulf the room & evenly disperse the sound. In-wall
speakers considerations must be worked around other obstructions in the
walls (for example, Light switches, power outlets & sconces).
|Controlling the capabilities of the system
can be as simple as conventional volume controls in each listening area, a
wall-mounted keypad that can change source and music selection features or
an all out color LCD touch panel in wall monitor with streaming video. Locations that are convenient, or other spots based on furniture
locations, should all be thought out ahead of time. We can give you some
advice when the time comes.