Comparing Three Approaches to Whole Home Audio
TAGS: Hi-Fi Audio | music streaming | Whole Home Audio
You’re an audiophile. Or an audio enthusiast. Or perhaps you’re not into labels; you just love music, and you like to fill your home with it. You may want to know about some of the options currently available or perhaps your Highland Park house was wired for multiroom audio years ago, but you might be looking to upgrade the speakers and the system to bring it to the state of the art standards in digital music and wireless control.
So where do you start? We’ll break down two popular approaches. But we won’t tell you any of these solutions are better than the other; it depends on your goals, your tastes, and the layout of your home, among other factors. Let’s take a closer look.
Here’s What You Want to Know
TAGS: Outdoor Entertainment | Outdoor Living Spaces | Sonance | Whole Home Audio
Whether you’re a certified audiophile, “audioholic," or simply enjoy listening to great music at the best possible quality, chances are your passion for the sound doesn’t stop outside your listening room. When you’re outside soaking up the sun this summer by the pool in Dallas, you want to hear music with the same intensity you enjoy indoors.
So how do you get great audio outside? Buying good quality equipment is undoubtedly a part of it, but there are some different wrinkles to getting impactful sound outdoors. Just as in any audio setting, speakers, their placement, amplifiers, cabling, and source material all matter. But the outdoors presents its own challenges.
Ready to learn more about getting the best audio quality in your outdoor audio-video setup in University Park? Just keep reading.
Control4 Orchestrates Smart Home Control
TAGS: Control4 | Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Whole Home Audio
Smart devices are everywhere. Smart locks, smart doorbells, smart cameras, smart lights, smart thermostats – the list goes on. Chances are you have one or more of them. Some of these devices work well together. For example, if you have an Amazon Echo speaker and use Alexa voice control, some lights will work with it – but not all. Similarly, you may find a device or two that works with Apple Homekit, but they are limited. Some smart cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but some only work with one of them.
One of the frustrations with smart home devices and automation is getting everything to work well together. While it’s a benefit to have a smartphone app and perhaps voice control over a function like smart lights, you ultimately will want a system that can tie them all together and do more sophisticated things.
What do we mean by sophisticated? Think about linking together smart lights, a smart thermostat, and motorized shades for more intelligent control over the interior environment, increasing comfort and saving on energy too. Or perhaps setting a scene for entertaining that manages the lights, audio, and interior temperature to just the right settings for your guests.
A system like Control4 can help you accomplish just that. And it also works with many of the most popular consumer smart home devices too. Read on to find out how Control4 smart home automation can orchestrate all of your smart devices in Frisco.
Get the Signature Focal Audio Sound, Built-in
TAGS: Commercial Audio Video | Focal Speakers | Hidden Speakers | Whole Home Audio
A few months ago we wrote about Focal Audio hi-fi speakers, a French brand known for producing superb loudspeakers that not only sound great but also add high style to any décor with their incredible build quality and finishes.
As custom installers, Crown Audio-Video understands all too well that not everyone wants to see speakers in their home, no matter how beautiful the designs. Fortunately, Focal Audio has a full line of architectural and surface mount speakers for a wide variety of uses, all delivering the neutral, vibrant signature Focal sound quality.
When we’re talking about a variety of uses, we mean that. Focal built-in speakers can be used in the home for background listening, critical listening, and home theater duty. Some models are equally for commercial environments like offices, and some can be adapted for outdoor and public address purposes.
Let’s dive in and take a quick look at some of Focal Audio’s custom speakers to see how they might fit your home or commercial space in Dallas.