Sometimes, however, it’s the components that are invisible that make even more of a difference. Multi-room audio, video, and lighting systems can transform a comfortable room into one of luxury, with unparalleled convenience and well-designed controls.
When looking into a multi-room audio system there are a few basic aspects that must be covered. The system should offer full control of music in any room of the home, with the ability to play cds, and docks for ipods, ipads, and all manners of devices. A good system will also come with a wireless remote control. Advanced features that will enhance the audio experience include the ability to play different music in different rooms of the house simultaneously, or the same music throughout the house. Song information can be displayed on keypad controls of wall-mounted keypads or touch panels. Some systems can even be integrated into full house control systems, such as lighting control.
A multi-room video system allows for integration and full control of screens that are mounted anywhere in the house. The system integrates Skyboxes, DVD and Blu-Ray players, and various gaming consoles. Many home cinema systems work in tandem with security measures, allowing viewing of CCTV and video entryway images on any screen in the house. Parents can also enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of having their baby monitors incorporated into the system. Video systems can be customized to the specific needs of the family, with the ability to pause a dvd in one room and continue watching in the next.
Aside for allowing easy control of lights in the house, lighting controls offer many options that are great for preserving electricity and setting the mood. Many systems can be set with timers so that certain lights go on and off at designated times, discouraging burglary, and some can even be controlled remotely. Mood lighting allows for many lighting options with dimmers and even colored lights, which are great for parties. Some will even automatically acclimate to the current lighting and environment.
It’s important to remember that the system one chooses to install must work with the overall design of the space, aside for offering technical and operational features. Be sure to check that the video system will be compatible with all sorts of screens. With all systems, wires should be hidden and equipment as minimal as possible. Look for keypad controls or touchpads that are simple and unobtrusive; the controls should not draw attention. When purchasing more than one system it is a good idea to use one vendor so that the systems do not interfere with each other, and so that the design of the systems is uniform throughout the house.
Harry Cane is a tech lover who experiences daily the benefits of a multi-room system that controls audio and video. He became knowledgeable in the subject when researching the home cinema industry and the various home audio and video options.
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