More than a few do it yourself homeowners desire to integrate a quality sound system into their residences. If that describes you, there are some necessary strategies that you need to bear in mind to get the most out of an integrated sound system for your home.
By considering and applying these strategies when you embark on the exciting process of installing an integrated sound system in your home, you will outfit your residence in a manner that fully meets your needs, goals, and objectives. You will also save time and money in the process of installing and maintaining your sound system into the future.
Think About the Future
When you start the process of installing an integrated sound system in your home, keep an eye on the future. You will save yourself a tremendous amount of grief in the future if you plan for it today. When installing an integrated sound system in your residence, there are a couple of key factors that you need to keep in mind for the future.
First, lay the groundwork for future expansion. If you are serious about putting in a high quality system in your residence, you will be doing some serious work at the premises. For example, even in the era of WiFi, you may be doing at least some hardwiring at the residence.
Rather than undertake the foundational tasks associated with a sound system for your home in a piecemeal fashion, take care of these tasks when you make the initial decision to outfit your home for sound. For example, if you are like many people who want to place an integrated sound system in a home, your budget may permit you to purchase and install speakers and other equipment for a two or three rooms right now. However, you dream of having a far more comprehensive and expensive system in the future. By laying the foundation for that type of growth in the future, you will save time, money, and wear and tear on your residence in the future.
Second, lay the foundation for future technological upgrades when you initially install a home sound system. If you are interested in installing a great home sound system today, you likely are a person who understands how quickly technology upgrades. You undoubtedly already have some inkling that the time will come when you will want to upgrade your integrated home sound system.
As is the case with expanding a sound system further throughout your home, when it comes to the potential for future technological upgrades, you are best served laying the foundation for that type of upgrade at the time you lay out your initial system. This will also permit you to save time, money, and wear and tear on your home when the time comes to upgrade your residential sound system technology.
Use Four Conductor Speaker Wire
As noted, even in the era of WiFi, cables and wires remain important in high-quality home audio systems. One important point that you do not want to overlook when contemplating outfitting your home with a tremendous sound system is to use four conductor speaker wire.
Most speaker wire utilized in home sound systems is classified as two conductor. What this means is that there are two separate wires within the cable. This is enough to connect a single speaker via each cable. This includes speakers that are affixed to the walls of a room.
With a four conductor speaker wire, you can hook up two speakers. This may not sound like a “big deal” on the surface, but it really is a significant factor. For example, with four conductor speaker wire, you need only pull one cable when you want to install a pair of speakers in a particular room. Bear in mind that pulling cable from room to room does represent one of the major tasks associated with the installation of an integrated home sound system, particularly when done as part of a home improvement rather than new construction effort.
Make a Wiring Diagram
A bid mistake that oftentimes comes back to haunt a homeowner is the failure to diagram the wiring associated with a home sound system. Time and again, homeowners think they can commit the scheme to memory. In the final analysis, that rarely works. At some future date, when an upgrade is desired or something seems to be wrong with an audio system, a homeowner has forgotten major elements of the wiring design. Armed with a wiring diagram, you avoid what can prove to be a major problem at some future date.
Jessica Kane is a writer for SoundStage Direct, the number one online source for the best vinyl records and turntables.