Whole House Audio Video
It is a true luxury to have music in every room of the house with control at the tips of your fingers.

We work with home owners, architects and designers to install aesthetically pleasing sound solutions without compromising quality. While it is very obvious that Whole House Audio/Video Systems provide an enjoyable environment, less known is that they also enhance a homes value.

At Bright Home Theater we are audio distribution experts, specializing in Sonos or higher end solutions, discreet wiring, and quality built-in speakers.

A well-planned home has a variety of fixtures and systems to keep its occupants comfortable and happy.

Architects and designers work wonders with plumbing, air conditioning, appliances, furniture, and fabric. But there’s one element designers frequently neglect: sound.

It’s easy to incorporate in-wall and ceiling speakers when you’re building or renovating a home. In an existing home, it’s easier to use wireless multi-room speakers.

Your music can come from an Internet service like Spotify® or Apple Music®, or from a computer or hard drive that’s attached to your home network. It’s easy to play one song in the family room and another in your bedroom. Or play the same music throughout the house. You can use your smartphone or tablet a remote control. Or you can install in-wall controls.

WHOLE HOUSE AUDIO/VIDEO

Whole House Audio VideoWhole house audio/video refers to a centralized audio/video system that pipes music and video/cable signals throughout the home.

Because the system is centralized, the only components present in each room are speakers and TV screens.

AUDIO/VIDEO CLOSET OR RACK

Audio Video Equipment Rack

The centralized components can either be hidden away in a closet, or if you prefer, mounted in an impressive audio/video rack system.

Racks and Enclosures form the primary structure of an installation, and provide the “frame” to support electronic equipment, power, cooling, and cable management.

REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM

Remote Control Systems

Control of the system is made possible through the use of a universal handheld remote, smartphone/tablet, or wall mounted control panel.

And it’s all integrated seamlessly with the other systems that make your home comfortable, like automated shades and lighting control.

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SONOS WIRELESS SOUND SYSTEM

Sonos Wireless HiFi System

Sonos is the wireless Home Sound System that sets up quickly and makes listening easy. Use the free app to connect directly to your home WiFi network and send different songs to different rooms at the same time.

Sonos plays all the most popular music streaming services, internet radio, audiobooks, podcasts, music downloads – you can even set it up to play your vinyl collection. With Sonos, you can enjoy whatever you love to listen to, in any and every room in your home.

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Whole house audio systems – also known as multi-room or multi-zone – have become increasingly popular over the years. With a little bit of planning and an open weekend to start and finish the project, you can have full control over how music plays throughout the entire home. Whole House Audio/Video There are several methods and technologies to consider when it comes to distributing audio, each with their own benefits and challenges. As such, it can seem a little intimidating to figure out how all the pieces come together harmoniously, be them wired, wireless, powered, and/or non-powered.

 

Multi-Zone / Single Source Systems Using a Receiver

The simplest way to create a two-zone stereo system is likely right at your fingertips. Many home theater receivers feature a Speaker A/B switch that allows a connectionto a second set of speakers. Place the additional speakers in another room and install speaker wires leading to the receiver’s Speaker B terminals. That’s it! By toggling the A/B switch, you can choose when music plays in either or both areas. It is also possible to connect even more speakers to the receiver by using a speaker switcher, which acts like a hub.Whole House Audio/Video System Installation Just remember that while it may be multi-zone (different areas) it’s still single-source. You’ll want to set up a multi-source system to stream different music ti different rooms/speakers simultaneously.

 

Multi-Zone / Multi-Source Systems Using a Receiver

If you own a newer home theater receiver, you can harness its multi-room/-source features without the need to incorporate a switch. Many receivers have additional outputs that can provide two-channel audio (and sometimes video) to as many as three separate zones. This means you can have different music/sources playing in different areas instead of all speakers sharing the same one. In some models the audio output is speaker level, which need only lengths of wire connecting to all other speakers. But be sure to check carefully. Some receivers use an unamplified signal, which requires line-level cables and an additional amplifier between rooms and extra speakers. Whole House Audio/Video System Installation

A multi-zone control system is essentially a switch box (like the speaker switcher) that allows you to send a selected source (e.g. DVD, CD, turntable, media player, radio, mobile device, etc.) to specific room(s) in your home. These control systems can send either line-level signals to amplifier(s) located in select room(s), or they can feature built-in amplifiers that send speaker-level signals to the selected rooms(s). No matter which type, these control systems allow you to listen to different sources simultaneously in different zones. They’re are available in many configurations, often ranging from four to as many as eight or more zones.

 

Whole House Audio Networking / Computer LAN

Those fortunate enough to own a home with network wiring already installed throughout can enjoy a significant advantage. The same type of cables (CAT-5e) used to connect a computer network system can also distribute audio signals to multiple zones. This saves a great deal of work and time (as long as speakers have or can be equipped with the connection), because you don’t have to worry about running wires (i.e. measuring lengths, drilling holes, etc.) all over. You just need to place speakers and connect to the nearest compatible port. Although this type of wiring is capable of distributing audio signals, it cannot be used simultaneously for a computer network. However, you can use your computer to distribute audio over your wired home network in the form of digital audio files, internet radio, or online streaming services. This is a low-cost solution, especially if you already have a computer network installed.

 

Wireless Music Distribution

If you don’t have a pre-wired home and if retrofit wiring is too much to consider, then you might want to go wireless. Wireless technology continues to make steady improvements, offering users a comprehensive experience that can also be reasonably easy to set up. Many of these speaker systems use WiFi and/or Bluetooth – some can feature additional wired connections – and often come with mobile apps designed for convenient control through smartphones and tablets. It ends up being fairly simple to add and configure additional speakers. But one notable limitation to using wireless speakers is compatibility; most wireless speaker systems are made to work/pair only with others by the same manufacturer (and sometimes within the same product family). So unlike wired speakers that are brand/type agnostic, you can’t simply mix and match wireless speakers and achieve the same seamless results. Wireless speakers can also be more expensive than the wired kind..