Form Follows Function in Whole House Audio Systems
Your home layout, technical infrastructure and existing audio or media systems have a big impact on the products you will choose for your whole house audio system. Let’s start first with house configuration.
The configuration of your home is a big consideration. I’ll provide more details in future specific blogs for each scenario, but generally:
If you have a smaller house, a wireless music implementation from Apple or single zone/speaker combo from Sonos will do the trick.
If you share a dedicated entertainment center/family room with a TV, then Apple TV is a great bet if you also use iTunes.
Many audiophiles invest in a dedicated listening room. If this is you, then you most definitely want your digital system to interface with a digital audio converter (or DAC) and then feed audio to the stereo system. More on that in another post.
If your house has a lot of rooms or areas to play music (family room, back yard, living room, kitchen, master bedroom) then you have multiple “zones” and you’ll want a multi-zone system like Sonos, Savant, or Control 4. Each implement their systems using either wired or wireless technology. Understand the wi-fi capabilities given your house configuration and decide if a wired or wireless implementation is the answer.