Powerful Solutions to Enjoy Whole Home Audio the Most Effectively
Expand Your Home Audio System’s Capabilities So You Can Take Your Favorite Tunes With You Anywhere in the House
Your phone allows you to carry thousands of songs in your pocket and listen at any time with headphones or through the device speaker, but wouldn’t you rather listen to your favorite music using a set of quality external speakers?
For a dyed-in-the-wool audiophile, earbuds are hardly the ideal way to listen to anything; only a high-performance audio system will do. And to get the most enjoyment from your audio library, no matter where you are in your house, you’ll want a whole-home audio system.
There are plenty of whole-home audio solutions to choose from, depending on your budget constraints and what you want your new devices to do. Depending on the system you choose, whole-home audio allows you to stream a single audio source to multiple rooms or stream multiple audio sources separately to different rooms. To make things simpler for you, we’ve put together this guide to help Mesa, AZ residents find their ideal whole-home audio system.
If you’re on a limited budget or simply want a quick and easy way to expand your home music system, you can do so using a Speaker B switch on the receiver for your home theater or stereo. A Speaker B switch can power another set of speakers anywhere in your home, as long as you can run wires from the receiver to the second set of speakers.
Another wired option that requires minimal investment is to stream audio through your home’s existing computer network. If you’re using CAT-5e or CAT 6 cabling, you can transmit audio signals through those cables remotely using a multi-zone amplifier. Just be aware that you may also need to install infrared “flashers” to relay control commands across large areas.
Some receivers have multi-source or multi-zone capabilities, depending on how new the equipment is; consult with a professional audio installer to learn more. If your receiver can send multiple audio sources to multiple rooms, you will either need amplifiers in every room or built-in amps and tuners to power all your components. This type of system is well-suited to in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, which improves your home décor.
The final category of wired whole-home audio systems uses what’s called Power Line Carrier (PCL) technology. PCL systems send audio and control signals from the source to the speakers using your home’s existing electrical wiring. The big advantage of PCL systems is they don’t require you to run any additional wiring, which makes them well suited to retrofit projects.
Of course, not every home is suited to wired home audio systems, or perhaps you have budget considerations. Fear not; there are wireless solutions available for these situations.
Many wireless systems have the same basic setup as a traditional wired system: A receiver or amplifier sends signals to a speaker, only the signal is sent wirelessly instead of through cables. Sonos, for instance, has the Amp and Connect:Amp, both of which function as the hub for speakers in multiple zones throughout your home, even outdoors. You can buy similar devices from other manufacturers.
Another way to set up a wireless whole-home audio system is using digital or wireless adapters. These devices let you wireless transmit audio signals between components. If you have enough adapters, you can stream audio from your PC, receiver or amplifier to any number of devices. The only limiting factor is how well the wireless signals can be transmitted through your home.
Regardless of whether you choose a wireless or wired option, we would love to help you enjoy more music throughout your home. To learn more about our whole-home audio solutions, call us at 480-816-1900 or fill out our contact form. You can also click on the chat box in the corner of your browser to speak with a customer service specialist.