When you really stop to think about it, what’s one of the best things about going to the movies? It’s watching a film on an enormous screen while listening to it with surround sound, right? For the $15 that a ticket cost, in order to check out an action film that you’ve been looking forward to seeing all the while feeling like you’re right there with the actors, that sometimes makes it well worth the price of admission.
But what if you could get some of that experience at home? At least when it comes to the sound?
The good news is that you can and it starts by creating a multi-room audio system for your house. If it sounds a bit complicated, don’t worry. Below, we’re going to provide you with five tips so that you can know what it is required to set one up:
Do some online research. Luckily, thanks to websites like You Tube, Crutchfield and even PC World, you can get step-by-step instructions on how to make your own multi-room audio system (just go to one of those sites and put “multi-room audio system” in the search field). However, before you make the commitment to do that, we want to share with you some of the things that you should consider. That way, you can decide if it would be more cost effective for you to do it yourself or hire a professional to install one instead.
Consider the amount of sources that you have. First, it’s a good idea to think about if you have multiple sources in each room and if you would like the sound to come through all of them. For instance, do you have a CD player in your home office and a big screen television in your living room? If you have these are other sources such as Satellite Radio and a few computers, it’s best to use a multi-source system in your house.
Think about if you want a wired or wireless system. Even though wireless systems are innovative, there are many contractors who will still recommend that you go with a wired one, especially if you’re in the process of building a new home, because you can set up your audio, video and network wiring before your walls are put in place. Also, there are a lot of people that still preferred a wired system for sound quality purposes.
It’s better if you already have a computer network already installed. If you consulted with a home audio systems company such as CasaTunes, one of the things that they would probably tell you is that it’s easier to set up a multi-room audio system if you already have a computer network installed. The reason why is because being that each room is going to require either an amplifier or an amplifier pad, a computer network can easily send signals to various rooms in the house. If you don’t have a computer network in place, it’s a good idea to get one.
Have some speakers that are either built into the ceilings or walls. Bookshelf speakers are OK but if you really want a professional look, in-ceiling or in-wall speakers are far better. So as you’re putting your multi-room audio system together, consider splurging a bit on the kind of speakers that you get as well. That way, you can enjoy amazing theatre sound and a sleek look in every room that you have. And that’s absolutely awesome.