How to Choose the Right the Whole House Audio System
If you want to play music in every room in your home, then you need a whole house audio system to access your sources and stream sound easily. There are two main categories of music systems you can use to achieve this—wired and wireless. So how do you choose between the two? There are pros and cons to both types, but your choice will depend on the size of your home, your budget, and lifestyle. Read this guide to find out what will work best in your Fishers, Indiana home.
Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers
You may be surprised to learn that a wireless music system has some wires. You will need an outlet nearby to plug in the speaker and power your music. “Wireless” basically means that multiple speakers can be connected without wires. So, if you put a Sonos Play 1 speaker in your bedroom, a Play 5 in your living room, and another Play 1 in the kids’ room, they can all play the same song using a wireless internet connection.
Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of a wireless music system:
- They are Movable: You can move a wireless speaker anywhere you want, take them with you when you travel, and also easily relocate them to a new house or apartment. If you are having a party, you can place more wireless speakers in one designated area for dancing or cocktails.
- Come with Many Audio Sources: Wireless speakers often come with access to a variety of music sources, like Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, and XM Sirius radio. Sonos systems give you access to over 50 streaming services as well as more than 100,000 local and international radio stations. Some require a monthly fee, but many are free.
- Can Create Clutter: Even though they are called “wireless” speakers, you will still see wires coming out of the speakers because they need to be plugged into a power source. You’ll also need a place to set the speaker, like a bookshelf, table, or stand. Sonos speakers can be mounted on the walls, but many feel that would be an eyesore. If you want a cleaner space without any wires, or if hiding all of your tech is a priority this is not a good option for you.
- Can Have Unreliable Performance: Since wireless speakers depend on a stable internet connection to operate, they could freeze up depending on the quality of your network. Even if you have a quality network installed in your home, the service could still get interrupted by inclement weather or other disruptions.
- Reduce Clutter:By wiring speakers into your home, you can save space and reduce clutter. Wired speakers are installed inside the walls and the ceiling. You may still see the speaker grills, but they will be flat to the wall and barely noticeable. That way you can fill your home with other more fun and beautiful pieces of décor.
- Even Distribution: With wired systems, the installer will put a lot of thought into where every speaker is placed in the room so that the sound fills the space evenly. Though wireless speakers do a good job of providing the volume you need to hear the music, only wired systems will distribute the sound evenly so that you hear the music at the right volume and level in every spot.
- Add Value to the Property: Wired speakers are a more fixed feature in your home. If you invest in wired speakers, it will increase the value of your home if you ever have to sell. Although, when you hear the amazing audio, you probably won’t want to!
- Not Travel Friendly: The biggest downside to wired speakers is not being able to move them easily. If you ever move, you’ll have to hire a professional to take out all the speakers or just leave them inside the property for the next person who buys it.
We hope this blog was informative for you. If you have any questions about the nature of our audio systems, contact us online or give us a call at 317-580-1922!