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Choosing the Right Speakers for Your Whole Home Audio System


The Pros and Cons of Various Speaker Types 

You’re probably pretty excited about the idea of integrating a whole home audio system in your Williamsville, NY property. After all, wouldn’t it be great to stream a single music track throughout each of your rooms, or even create individual playlists for different spaces? Well, it’s exactly because of the variety of places you can enjoy your audio system than there are plenty of different speaker options for you to choose from. But which ones are right for you? In this blog, we’ll define some of the most common types of speakers for your home. Read on for more.


Floor-Standing Speakers

Floor-standing speakers are probably what you think of when you hear the word “speakers.” They are typically large and imposing, with big cabinets and drivers that offer big sound. They’re perfect for spaces like dedicated listening rooms and media rooms where you want to achieve studio-quality sound, but don’t mind the look of an AV-heavy aesthetic. However, if you want to keep your components hidden, these aren’t the perfect solution for the space.

Bookshelf Speakers

The smaller cousin of the floor-standing unit, bookshelf speakers are a bit more discreet in design. They’re specifically produced to minimize their appearance but still provide plenty of power. Their name comes from their size – typically, they’re perfect for sitting on a bookshelf or counter top and they won’t dominate the space. Plus, they are the most common form of wireless speakers, so they’re perfect for homeowners who want to avoid heavy installation.

Invisible and Recessed Speakers

For the design-inclined homeowner who wants to avoid wall acne, recessed speakers are a perfect solution. These speakers usually live within the ceiling, occupying a space no larger than your average recessed lighting fixture. Integrators work hard to lay out and calibrate these units to create even sound distribution throughout a room. That way, you never have any dead spots where you have to strain to hear your audio track.

And if you want an even less obvious component, you can go with invisible speakers. Invisible speakers function almost exactly like recessed speakers, but they sit behind a thin layer of drywall to keep them hidden. As you can expect, the drywall muffles the sound slightly, but that’s generally only noticeable in a side-by-side comparison with unhidden speakers. They are a functional, practical solution for anyone who prefers aesthetics over audio quality.

Outdoor Speakers

Units designed specifically for outdoor use are fundamentally different from those made for inside your home. The biggest difference is waterproofing. Outdoor speakers are typically made with plastic or non-rust metal cabinets so they can endure outside for long periods of time. That way, they will remain functional and serviceable no matter what the weather is like outside.


Are you ready to enjoy a better-sounding property with these whole home audio speaker options? Contact Sound and Theater today!

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