Category: Whole Home Audio

Make Your Home a Concert Hall with a Wireless Sound System

As our technology and smartphones become increasingly present in our lives smart homes are taking over. One of the best additions you can make to your home to make it smarter is a wireless sound system set up throughout the home. If you love listening to music around the house there’s never been a better time to upgrade your sound system.

Unified or Varied Sound is Easy

When you hook up a smart wireless sound system in your home you can link up speakers throughout the house together to create unified play. If you’re moving around the home cleaning or hosting guests and want your music to be consistent, a smart sound system is the answer. Don’t worry that your speakers will always have to be the same in every room, however, it’s also easy to have each room playing its own media. You get the best of both worlds!

Access a Massive Library with Streaming

Perhaps the best part of a smart sound system is how easy it makes it to access digital music streaming services. There are many different digital music providers now, each with their own convenient apps for your phone, computer or other smart devices. With digital streaming you gain access to nearly any song imaginable, in any room in your house, as soon as you want it.

Remote Control is Easier Than Ever

Controlling your home sound system could not be easier once you’ve installed a smart system. In addition to gaining easy access to your music playing from your digital devices, home assistants can be placed in rooms to give you voice control of your music. Do you have a song you want to hear? Just ask your digital assistant to play it and it will be coming over your home’s sound system in seconds.

What are you waiting for? Get your home hooked up with a smart sound system today!

Automating your home is one of the fastest and easiest ways to update your house for ease and comfort. There are so many ways to upgrade your convenience and make your appliances work for you at the touch of the button. The available technology is limitless from everything to automating your lighting system to controlling your home security system at the touch of the button. The following systems are simple ways to make your home work for you.

Automated Lighting

One of the quickest solutions for saving money and making your home more accessible is by updating to a Wi-Fi connected lighting system. This allows you to control your lights from anywhere in your home. Are you comfortably laying in bed and forgot to turn the kitchen lights off? A smart system will let you turn the lights off at the touch of a button from wherever you are. This is also helpful if you have small children who need lights out at bedtime or if you want to control your lights remotely. Don’t worry about the flick of a switch when you can control everything from the palm of your hand.

Smart Plugs

Smart plugs are another great product to easily automate your house. A smart plug allows you to turn an outlet on or off through your internet. This means that you can turn an appliance off or on if you are leaving your house for an extended length of time. You can control any electronic it is plugged into to save yourself time and money.

Thermostat Control

A smart thermostat control system is another home automation tool. This allows you to use your smart phone or tablet to modify the temperature of your house. If you will be gone for extended periods of time, you can set your system to be either hotter or cooler while you are away. You can also monitor your home from far distances to protect your house from extreme temperatures.

Update your life and your home by bringing in the best that home automation has to offer. You work hard so make your house work for you.

Whole home lighting automation offers homeowners many benefits.  Whether your home is large or small, your home’s lighting can be customized to your unique personal and entertaining needs.  Further, you can make your home more energy efficient, secure, and smart with whole home lighting control.

1. Set the Mood

Waking up for the day, winding down for the night, entertaining guests, studying, watching a movie – with whole home lighting control you can set custom lighting ‘scenes’ that will adjust at the touch of a single button to whatever mood setting you need in that moment.

2. Save Power

Why waste money on lighting that you are not even using? Home lighting control and automation can be customized so that the lights turn on/off at a certain time of day, turn off after a certain period of inactivity in a room, and can be controlled remotely so that you can turn on/off lights when you are not even home!

3. Customization

While you can turn lights on and off and dim them, without home lighting automation, you do not have have all the customization options available to you. Whole home lighting control allows you to perfectly customize your home’s lighting to your lifestyle.  Whether you set scenes or like to manually adjust lighting, you can customize where lighting is placed and how it is controlled with automation.

4. Ease-of-Use

Lighting is not particularly difficult to use but it can be made much easier and more efficient with home lighting automation. Control your lighting without ever getting up by simply adjusting the settings from your smart device, laptop or other remote control.  Control lighting when you are not home, and program settings so that, with the touch of a single button, you have the exact lighting you want!

5. Remote Control

No, we are not talking about a little black remote control that you use for your home lighting. While there is nothing wrong with that, we are talking about the ability to control you home’s lighting – remotely.  Yes, whether you have left home for an hour or a week, you can turn lights on and off as needed right from your smart device or laptop whenever you want with home lighting automation and control.

When it comes to speakers, true audiophiles have a lot of very strong opinions.  After all, the speaker is one of the most important aspects of sound quality experience with your audio system.  Whether you are listening to music, watching the big game, or settling in for a movie, you want the quality of sound to be excellent.  But, while big bulky speakers, or even small freestanding speakers may produce high quality sound, they can sometimes be unsightly depending on the aesthetic of the room.  Speakers can occasionally be hidden in furniture or behind decor but when you want high quality sound and you need the speakers to be in a specific location that cannot be hidden, the best option is flush-mounted in-wall speakers.

Flush-Mounted In-Wall Speakers Sound Great

The first concern of any audiophile, and often even the average homeowner, is whether or not a flush-mounted in-wall speaker will sound as good as a freestanding speaker.  While there many factors that will influence this including brand, quality of speaker, and personal preference, the answer is – yes, an in-wall speaker can sound just as good as a freestanding speaker.  Lifewife discusses the sound quality produced by in-wall speakers, “We’ve always wondered how many of the audiophiles who deride in-walls have actually heard a good pair. We have tested several dozen of them, and many were excellent. If you install them right (we’ll get to that) and choose a good speaker, the only thing you’ll sacrifice in a stereo setup is that the sound might not be quite as spacious.”

Flush-Mounted In-Wall Speakers Look Great (or virtually disappear!)

Flush-mounted in-wall and in-ceiling speakers can be painted to match the color of the wall or even decoratively painted to match or camouflage into a wall texture or pattern. CEDIA elaborates on the sound quality produced by flush-mounted in-wall speakers that look as good as they sound (or better), “When high-fidelity speakers designed for in-wall mounting were introduced in the early 1980s, they played a pivotal role in the emerging custom installation industry…For the first time, it was possible to enjoy full-bodied sound from décor-friendly “architectural” speakers that effectively disappeared in the walls behind unobtrusive grilles.…Because they sit flush in your walls and ceilings, you don’t have to find a place for them, making them perfect for small or crowded rooms and for people who, frankly, don’t want to see speakers — or the attendant cabling, for that matter. Many feature grilles that can be painted, and some even can be hidden behind nearly any wall finish you desire.”

Stream the Best Sounding Music in Your Highland Park, IL Home

Enjoying a whole home audio system should be easy – and it is when you work with a dedicated and experienced professional installer. But if you’re new to smart technology or if you’re looking for an upgrade, you may want to brush up on certain details of the experience. That’s why we’ve put together this blog. We want to help you understand what you need to know if you’re interested in investing in a system of your very own. Want to learn more? Keep reading!

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MP3 Is Dead

If you’ve built a music collection within the past decade, chances are you’ve obtained a few MP3s in your day. The MP3 was somewhat revolutionary in its heyday because it allowed users to store thousands of files in small digital spaces. That meant you could bring your music with you wherever you went thanks to MP3 players like Apple’s iPod.

But all of that content came with a cost: MP3s gave up bits of information to compress them into file sizes small enough to store. That meant they inherently sounded worse than your average 16- or 24-bit CD. Audiophiles then had to face a dilemma: enjoy a wide array of songs that simply didn’t sound great, or invest in much larger, lossless files that offered higher quality but were much less convenient to store.

Then, in the early part of 2017, the original creators of MP3 announced that they would no longer license the technology necessary to manufacturers to play the format. The MP3 was dead – what were music lover’s to do?

Lossless Is the Future

Since the end of the MP3 there have been plenty of developments in the audio world. One of the biggest has been the emergence of lossless audio streaming. Lossless files had been notoriously hard to store and nearly impossible to stream, but thanks to the advent of Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) files, streaming services like Spotify and Tidal have begun offering lossless account tiers for their clients.

That means you’ll want a system that can handle lossless streaming (and 4K video if you’re upgrading with a full AV distribution system) without losing quality. Whether you choose a wireless Sonos system, a hardwired system connected with fiber-optic cables, you can enjoy full-quality audio anywhere in your home.

Are you ready to enjoy lossless music in all of your spaces with smart whole home audio solutions? Contact Davis Audio today!

Enjoy Better-Sounding Music Anywhere in Your Gold Coast Property

Great music is one of the best things you can have in your home. And no matter your tastes, you want a system that makes everything sound spectacular. But each whole home audio system we install is completely customized to the user. That means that no two look the same! With that in mind, we understand that it can be a little confusing if you’re looking to find the right speakers for your system. In this blog, well break down the different types of speakers so you can make a more informed decision when your system is in the works. Read on for more!

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Invisible Speakers

Most homeowners don’t want big speaker units taking up space in their rooms. Not only can it often lead to a cluttered look, but it can also ruin any kind of design aesthetic you may be going for. That’s why most opt for invisible speakers, so they can hear every note of their favorite tracks without looking at the devices.

Invisible speakers are perfect for homeowners who want the sound without the clutter. Often sitting within the walls, filling recesses no bigger than the ones you use for lighting fixtures, these speakers give you all of the sound you could want. An integrator can even distribute the units so that your space is evenly covered with sound, so you can stand anywhere and still get the same quality.

Bookshelf Speakers

For homeowners who don’t want to start out with heavy installation, bookshelf speakers are a perfect solution. You can distribute your audio to any room without heavy equipment. Plus, these speakers are available in both wired and wireless versions.

Companies like Sonos have made a name for themselves providing useful, elegant-looking wireless bookshelf speakers to homeowners across the country. Their solutions are a little less invasive than some, and they also easily integrate with Control4 and other smart home interfaces.

Freestanding Speakers

If you’re a true audiophile you’ll want a dedicated listening room to really experience the best of your favorite music. Freestanding speakers are the classics – large cabinets that offer bigger sound. They may not be appropriate for the living room, but they’re perfect for your dedicated music space.

Freestanding speakers are often part of a two-channel system, and your integrator can expertly calibrate them for the perfect sound staging. If done properly, you’ll feel as though you’re sitting at the concert listening to your favorite band!

Are you interested in getting more out of your whole home audio system? Contact Davis Audio today!

Enjoy Better Sound at Home – In Deerfield, Highland Park, or Chicago – Wherever You Are

One of the best parts of a smart automation system is enjoying your media distributed throughout your property. When you integrate a whole home audio system, you can listen to your music just about anywhere around the house or apartment. But there’s more to it than that! In this blog, we’ll illustrate how you can reap big benefits from integrating an audio distribution system in your home. Read on to learn more.

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What are the Benefits from an Audio Distribution System

#1 It’s Invisible

It’s a matter of taste: some homeowners love the idea of living in a tech wonderland with speakers and light up displays, but others want to enjoy it without seeing it. In fact, many homeowners interested in smart automation avoid audio distribution systems because they don’t want to clutter their space with components. However, with a custom whole home audio system, you can decide exactly which technology you want to see.

Invisible speakers are available that hide within the wall or ceiling without sacrificing sound quality. They usually fit the same recesses made for light fixtures, so you probably won’t even notice them once they’re installed. Plus, the integrator you work with should be an expert in sound calibration, so he knows exactly where to place the components to ensure consistent, even playback.

#2 Plenty of Options

If you’re the other type of homeowner, the one who loves the idea of a dedicated listening room with massive floor standing speakers and acoustically-treated walls, you’re in luck. Your whole home audio system offers plenty of options.

With the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet, you can stream your favorite tunes to a space dedicated to making it sound as good as possible. Speakers and seating can be arranged to give you the perfect sound stage. Plus, with lossless audio files you can catch every detail of each track without missing a beat.

You can even connect multiple sources, so you can get the most out of your old vinyl collection. In a dedicated listening room, you have complete control.

#3 Neatly Stored

Speaking of multiple sources: how do you have a bunch of components in your home without having it clutter up your rooms? Your integrator can neatly store and rack the AV equipment in an unused closet or basement. They can run wires discreetly throughout the house to ensure reliable connections for every component.

Are you ready to enjoy a whole home audio system that rocks your socks off?

Contact Davis Audio & Video today for more information!

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