3 Great Playlists for Fall

3 Great Playlists for Fall

Use Your Whole House Music System for Special Occasions The holiday season is such an exciting time of year, and there’s no better way to entertain and relax than with music. Is your audio system ready for the upcoming months filled with family gatherings and fun parties with friends? A whole house music system can take a lot of the work out of it. How? Automation allows you to plan your playlists ahead of time and couple them with other settings in your Carmel, IN smart home. Continue reading to learn more. SEE ALSO: Wired Vs. Wireless Speakers – What is Best for My Home? Cocktails Music is a key part of hosting a swanky cocktail party with friends. First, create your playlist or pick a themed station from Pandora or Spotify and play the music as guests arrive at your door. Couple the music with a lighting setting that dims the lights and keeps the shades down to maintain privacy in your home. You can add in other settings for your thermostat and security too to make your party perfect. Dinner Play soft instrumental music for a dinner party. Or, if it’s Thanksgiving dinner, play the radio so everyone can listen to the football game loud and clear. It’s easy to change the music from one channel to the next using your smartphone or with a touchpad hanging on the wall in the kitchen. Navigate to softer music for dining and then the radio for that game everyone is anticipating. Fun and Games Whether you are simply watching a movie or playing board games, the sound system can...
Quality Is Making a Comeback: Do You Know Your Audiophile Lingo?

Quality Is Making a Comeback: Do You Know Your Audiophile Lingo?

Digital music is ubiquitous, but performance is making a huge comeback with the resurgence in vinyl—which inherently is higher fidelity than digital music. It seems like every retail outlet now has prime real estate devoted to selling old-school records. You can also order vinyl online at places like Amazon or The Edit. You can also now download and enjoy high-resolution digital audio tracks, which is also contributing to the renewed interest in better performing audio systems. If you want high quality digital music, check out Tidal. Ready to take your system up a notch or two and enjoy really high-quality sound? Then you’ll want to be familiar with the lingo. Here’s a quick guide to understanding some of the basic gear and terms of the audiophile world. Amp/Amplifier – If you really want to do your music or movies a solid, invest in a separate amplifier and processor. These two pieces of gear separate out the amplification and processing functions that are normally combined in a receiver. The amplifier amplifies the signal and drives it to your speakers with gusto. You can get a two-channel amp for a stereo music system, a multichannel amp for a surround sound setup or even a headphone amp for personal listening. Bright/Brightness – This is a term used to describe music that is usually displayed in the upper frequencies. While brightness isn’t negative, it can become unpleasant if music is overly bright. Cables – Cables simply transfer the audio signal to your headphones or speakers. There is some controversy surrounding cables and whether or not they make a difference in the sound quality....