Music In Every Room
K&W Audio is Calgary’s leader in Distributed Audio, Multi Room Audio, High End sound reproduction, and quality audio components. Whether you need speakers in every room of your home, speakers on the deck, in wall or in ceiling or even stealth speakers we have them all.
A multi room audio system allows you to centralize your hi–fi equipment and then listen to‚ watch and control that equipment from every room in the house simultaneously or independently. Multi room audio systems consist of a main or hub unit which source equipment is plugged into. Cables in the walls and ceilings connect the hub to multiple rooms in the house, where wall control surfaces and speakers deliver the audio and video. Remote controls can control the entertainment in that room, providing volume‚ bass‚ treble and source equipment functions.
The term Distributed Audio, or Multi Room Audio refers to music made available throughout your home. The basic form of distributed audio is turning up the stereo loud enough to hear it out on the deck. That got a bit tedious after around age 19, and the next step is obvious – speakers in the other room. That’s where the concept starts.
Speakers should always sound great, but in this case they also need to not be obtrusive, to fit and blend in with the home. In wall and in ceiling speakers fit the bill most of the time, and the right one for your application can be perfectly defined with a little information. Questions you will need to answer to get the product that’s right for you include; what level of performance is needed? What are the mounting options? How large is the room and what materials are in it? What front end electronics drive them, and how are they wired? Address these questions and you are well on your way to determining your speaker requirements.
These Pictures are actually speakers – 2 kinds of art in one!
Simple Powerful Control
Once you’ve defined the speakers, controlling the volume and the source, which is as important as the music becomes the next task. The simplest way of controlling speakers in a remote room is with a wall mounted volume control. Add a second or third zone and that still works, but limitations become apparent. You can’t change source, and you can’t change the master volume. As well each set of speakers is only adjustable by running into that room to fiddle with the volume control.
Expand our room requirements and we now need something more sophisticated. How about a remote control which allows us to turn up the master amp’s volume, and select a new source too? Very cool, but… you really need a remote in each room, and you are still turning all of the speakers up and down no matter what. We need an actual multi-room system. They offer individual amplifiers for each room, giving higher performance sound than using one amp with resistors for a bunch of speakers. These systems also offer control options just not possible in a single amplifier situation. Wall mounted control surfaces, digital feed back to show us the radio station we are listening to, and where the one we want to hear – is. Song lists from our CD, iPod, Satellite radio, or hard drive storage device and the ability to have the kid listen to DJ Jazzy Jazz, while you listen to the Eagles.
Know Your Options
What level of performance and control is right for you? Well the best of course! To determine the best for you, we need to sit down and ask you some questions. We can provide any level of performance and sophistication. If you don’t know what options exist we can show you the gambit and make recommendations based on the way you live life. Music is the soundtrack to your life, and music in the home used to be the exclusive pervue of kings.
Not any more! It’s time to make your castle sing.