A whole house AV system offers convenience and ease of access from every room in your home. Whether you want to share music or video, you can easily do so with the touch of a button. To share media, you may choose from either a centralized control panel or individual control centers installed in various rooms throughout your home. During the planning and design phase of your system setup, it’s important to determine the various system features you would like to implement. To help you make those decisions, here’s a breakdown of the various things to consider when installing a whole house AV system.


Combined Audio/Video or Just Audio?

With a whole house AV system, you can choose the type of media you would like to share. Would you prefer only audio, or do you require a combined audio/video system? While you can certainly install a whole home audio system to control music to various rooms, you won’t have the capability of sharing visual media. The choice will depend on your media preferences and how often you plan to use video media throughout your home.


Type of AV System

When installing a whole home AV system, you have two options: wired or wireless. Your choice will depend on the proposed location of the system and your distribution requirements. Some things to consider are:


●        Wired systems may be more cost-effective

●        Wired AV may be faster and more reliable

●        Finished homes may not be set up for prewiring

●        Multiple unit dwellings may not allow in-wall wired systems

●        Wireless installation is faster and less intensive


Your goal should be to have a strong signal transmitting to every room in your home. This way, you won’t be subject to transmission failures and dropouts. In some situations, a combination of wired and wireless components may be appropriate to meet your needs.


Room Designation and Speaker Placement

Last, but not least, you’ll need to determine how many rooms or zones you would like to include in your system. Doing so will help you determine the type and quantity of equipment you will need. Once you have chosen which rooms you would like to include, you can then determine where you’ll place your speakers. If you appreciate room aesthetics, you may want to opt for a less visible speaker in place of a standing version. You can hide speakers within walls or ceilings if you prefer them to be virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding area. Conversely, bookshelf or standing speakers are easily moveable, but require more space and may not complement your room’s design scheme.


Whole Home AV Systems From Bravas

If you’re considering installing a whole home AV system, Bravas has the products and expertise you need. Our highly trained and experienced staff is dedicated to providing unmatched customer service and can recommend the best AV options for your situation. If you have any questions about our products or services, contact us at 651-641-1376, or you can message us on our contact page.

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