Understanding Whole-Home Audio

Breaking down the basics of adding multi-room music to your home

So, you’ve just heard about whole-home audio, and you want to add a system to your Charlottesville, VA property. But have you considered the complexities? Running wire throughout your home. Connecting multiple sources. If you’re not careful, it can be a stressful experience. But when you work with a knowledgeable professional, installation is simple. Ready to get started streaming your favorite tracks to every room of your home? Keep reading.

See Also: Don’t Worry, Be Happy with a Multi-Room Audio System.


Speaker and Wires

Some of the biggest frustrations that homeowners face when adding multi-room music to their properties are speakers and wires. Speakers can quickly overwhelm a room with their looks, and you have to be careful about staging them for the best sound. Wires running throughout your space can look ugly and cause hazards if you’re not cautious.

Some homeowners consider Sonos, the wireless music option. Sonos speakers can connect to each other without the need for physical cables. You can just plug and play. And the Truplay feature helps them sound great anywhere in your home — even if you put them in a cabinet or behind a desk.

Of course, Sonos has its limits. You can’t stream in high-resolution, meaning you could be missing valuable bits of information from each song. If you’re interested in high-fidelity, high-res audio, you can enjoy a hardwired system. Your integrator can run wires in your walls to invisible speakers in your ceiling. That way, every room will sound incredible, and you’ll never have to see a component.



Your sources are essential, but very few homeowners want to clutter their space with record players, AV receivers, CD changers, and various other necessary equipment. Instead, your integrator can neatly rack these items in an unused closet or the basement.

Racking serves multiple purposes for your installation. The first (and most obvious) is that your system will be heard and not seen. The second is that it makes the system very easy to service, maintain, and upgrade.

If you want to add a new source to your system, it’s easy when your installer can come in and know exactly how everything connects. That means you’ll have a quick and efficient upgrade ready to help you enjoy your system even more.



And, of course, with all that technology, you’ll need a way to control it. With a comprehensive smart home system, it’s easy to access, organize, and play all of your favorite tracks with the touch of a button.

If you’re worried that a home automation system means you also have to install smart lights and motorized shades, don’t be. The best parts of installing a system are that it’s fully customizable and that it’s completely scalable. That means you only add what you want, and if you decide to add later, it’s easy to do.

With a single touch, you can play your favorite tracks in a single room, multiple rooms, or throughout your entire home. Create playlists for each room and play your songs simultaneously. And even stream your TV system audio through your home speakers, so you never miss a moment of the big game or awards show.


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