Here’s What You Need to Know About Whole Home Audio

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!


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!


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!

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