Multi Room Audio Installations - October 19th, 2008
There is nothing better than being able to listen and share all your music throughout the house. Audio distribution and source control in different zones (rooms) is usually called multi room audio. A multiroom audio installation can be done as a retro-fit, but ideally, it should be part of a plan when building or remodelling a home.
There are a lot of multi room audio solutions offered, so one can choose something suitable for his needs and specific requirements. AMX, Elan and Netstreams are some to list.
The cabling architecture of a multi room audio installation is fairly simple; running two cat5e cables, a 4-core speaker cable to every wall touch panel location and ceiling speaker, will be sufficient for most multi room audio systems available in the market today. All cables are usually directed to a central location, where the sources are located. Switching and control is done at that central location point, keeping all equipment together and avoiding clutter.
The most common way of playing back music in multi room audio installations is with the use of in ceiling speakers. In ceiling speakers offer a discrete appearance without usually compromising at the overall sound quality. In ceiling speakers with back boxes are always a preferred choice, because sound does not bleed into the adjacent rooms. There are also instances that in wall speakers are used for a multi room audio installation, in case a higher quality sound is required.
Multi room audio installations can add value to a home and also make it an easy and pleasant experience. Correct planning and choosing the suitable multi room audio equipment is the ‘recipe’ to a high quality system.