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Everything You Need to Know About a Multi-Room Speaker System

Blog - June 22 2020

The phrase “whole-home audio system” may sound novel to many homeowners, but it’s highly likely you’ve already experienced them. Restaurants and shopping malls can play the same music in multiple rooms of their building, and your home can too! Have you experienced a whole-home audio system before?

With a smart system managed from your preferred device, you can adjust volume, skip tracks, and choose different songs or media channels for every room. Whether you want to host a party with a different vibe in every room or listen to a podcast as you move through your home, it’s all possible with a whole-home audio system!

But how does the technology work? We’ll highlight three ways we can install a whole-home audio system in your home.

With a Receiver

A receiver amplifies your audio and organizes media sources into channels, including your CD player, Blu-ray player, cable TV, and more. Audio visual equipment hooks up to a receiver and transfers audio to speakers. Perhaps you already own a home audio setup. You’re in luck; the receiver you already own can probably create a multi-room environment.

The majority of receivers are equipped with multi-source features so every room can listen to audio simultaneously, even if it’s from different sources. You can add speakers by running wires to additional rooms with the help of a professional who can install cables with in-wall or in-ceiling speakers for a sleeker aesthetic. A traditional receiver has the strong benefit that grants users the ability to hook up an infinite number of media sources, including vintage turntables, CD players, smartphones, and the latest streaming devices.

Through a Wired Home Network

It’s likely your home already has computer network wiring, which makes it far easier to hook up a whole-home audio system to your existing system. Running wires is often the most difficult and expensive part of the process. If you don't already have the required wiring, CAT-5e or CAT-6 cables can be installed with the help of professionals. This type of wiring can carry both analog and digital audio, as well as video to any part of your home.

Over Wi-Fi

If you don’t already own the above options or don't feel like purchasing or retrofitting, our third suggestion is going wireless! Wireless speakers have dramatically improved in recent years and provide simple setup. Nowadays you can buy speakers and subwoofers that work together, connect over Wi-Fi, and are controlled from an app on your phone. A custom multi-room audio system and built-in speakers can function whether you have a wired or wireless network.

Are you looking forward to outfitting your house with a whole-home audio system? Call us at Pure AV today!