4 Steps to Building a Whole Home Audio System
A Guide to Adding High-Performance Audio in Every Room
Creating a comfortable home doesn’t just mean finding a sofa that you can sink into or placing your favorite pieces of art on the walls. Your home’s comfort depends upon all of the senses, not just touch and sight. To create a home space that features your unique auditory tastes, consider adding a whole home audio system. But what does it take to build a top performing sound system in your Fort Worth, TX area home? In this article, we’re offering a guide to finding the best equipment and making the right decisions for you. To learn more, continue reading.
Plan Your System
Before you make a single purchase, you should have a clear idea of what it is that you want from your audio system. In a whole home audio system, your system is usually broken up into several audio zones. Each of these zones can be controlled separately and play different audio sources. Working with an audio professional, map out which areas or rooms will be included in each zone. You’ll want to consider how many people are in your household and where you would like audio. These decisions will help the installation team understand how they should be placing speakers.
Select Your Audio Equipment
The next step is finding the best equipment to suit your home and your needs. Speakers are one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. As the final gatekeeper of your sound, they can affect the volume, the quality of sound, and the balance. Look for speakers that include a built-in subwoofer as they will offer the best range and depth of sound. However, as a note, these speakers tend to be a little larger, so a separate subwoofer may work better for your space.
We would recommend looking for speaker first and selecting the rest of your electronics based on that decision. Your amplifier, for instance, should be the best quality version that is compatible with your speakers. Typically, you would not the preamplifier built in. You want a high-quality preamp as it will be handling the low-level signals that you use for home media like streaming services and your DVD player.
Choose Your Source Components
The best audio system in the world is useless if you can’t listen to what you want to hear. You’ll want to make sure you are using high-quality sources that offer what you want to hear. Streaming services offer an abundance of options, but many only access to compressed file, which means you won’t have the full listening experience. But some sites, like Deezer and Tidal, now provide access to uncompressed files. You could also utilize a record player if you prefer the warm sound they produce
Design Your Control System
With such a complicated system, this could end up being difficult to manage. That’s why it’s so important to include smart home control to help you easily select your audio source, select your zone, and determine how loud you would like it to sound. Working with your audio professional, you can determine what controls work best for you whether that’s a remote, on wall touch panel, or maybe an app on your phone. By pressing a few buttons, you’ll have the exact sound profile you want.
Throughout the entire process, Crown Audio Video will be there with our expert advice and years of installation experience. Contact us today for a consultation.