Before you begin your multi-room audio project, the first step you need to take is to decide the features and connections of audio you want from your system. Compare your needs versus what your current equipment or set up provides, and then build from there. Doing so will help establish what purchases you should make or if you need to hire a contractor to help you build your system.
The following guide below will help you assess your needs and determine the best way to plan your multi-room audio system.
How Many Rooms Need Audio?
The first thing you should consider is how many rooms you are feeding audio to. From there, you can determine what equipment you need, as well as give yourself an idea about the scope of installation. Look at the current speakers and connections you have available.
A simple two-room system can be installed using the Speaker B switch on your receiver. Many AV receivers have multi-zone features that can support extra sets of speakers and sources. If your receiver doesn't have enough connections, consider using a price-friendly speaker selector switch. If the receiver can't supply enough power to all the speakers safely, it may be time for you to upgrade to a new receiver.
How Many Sources Do You Need for Power?
The number of audio sources is also a key question to answer. Do you want to listen to the same source in all zones? Or, would you prefer the option to simultaneously stream different sources to separate zones? Most receivers offer multi-zone features, but not all receivers are designed to support more than one source at a time. Your receiver must be able to handle multiple zones and multiple sources in a system.
If you live in a household where multiple users may want to access speakers at the same time, then a multi-source system will allow everyone access at the same time. How many sources you need is up to you.
● Cable TV
● Streaming devices
● Blu-ray/DVD player
● Turntable/CD player
● Streaming music services
● AM/FM tuner
● Satellite radio
Wired vs. Wireless Systems
One of the benefits of using wireless speakers and audio equipment is it gives you flexibility. If you decide you want to rearrange a room or relocate speakers, you don't have to install and reconfigure the wiring. Wired systems, however, produce slightly better quality audio and offer a more dependable signal without interruption.
With a wired system, you can still choose to utilize wireless control. Wireless remotes and apps can connect and operate multiple components simultaneously. Universal remotes also have the same capabilities.
Configuring a Digital Network
A computer network wired with CAT-5 cables can be used to distribute line-level (unamplified) signals to multiple zones in a home. This can potentially save a lot of time and effort connecting speakers.
If you choose to utilize CAT-5 cabling for audio, you’ll need an amplifier (or amplified keypad) in each zone to control the system and the speakers. This can be a powerful and flexible way to connect audio.
The type of speaker you choose can impact your interior design. Therefore, the size, style, and location of the speakers are important. Manufacturers now create high-end audio speakers in a variety of styles and designs to complement and room layout.
You may prefer in-wall speakers that blend into the background with grills that you can paint to match your room decor. Bookshelf and floor-standing speakers offer advantages of being easy to move, replace, and upgrade. However, they also take up space within rooms, so you'll want to plan for placement before you measure and install the speaker wire.
Multi-Room Audio Installation in Minnetonka, MN
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