One of the most popular amenities for residential and commercial spaces is audio. It can deliver music to set a mood, rumble when the action hits in a movie, and even alert people to dinner or a company meeting. EDG can create a system that’s music to your ears. However, what’s included in that system will depend on how you want to use it.
Whether the system is in one or more rooms, speakers are a staple of any audio setup. However, speakers fall into one of two categories: active and passive. Passive speakers have been established as the general standard for speakers and require a separate amplifier to drive them. Active speakers allow the manufacturer to regulate consistency from speaker to speaker so that two people will have the same audio experience with the same speaker. Hi-fi speakers are key in quality audio reproduction.
Thanks to the web, there are countless ways to get music. Media streamers and even smartphones can be an important part of an audio setup. However, classic components such as turntables, CD players, and media servers may also be incorporated into one or more rooms.
And while all of those sources provide the entertainment, a surround-sound receiver, amplifier, and processor are needed behind the scenes to put audio where it needs to go—and make it sound good. How you plan to use the system, the size, and your budget will dictate the type and number of components you’ll need.
Again, the web is an important part of today’s hi-fi audio setup. There are so many streaming music services out there, as well as options to stream content through AirPlay and Amazon Alexa. A strong, reliable network setup is a must for many audio systems. Most spaces are equipped with a router and Wi-Fi. For an even stronger setup, EDG can create a hardwired system or install add-ons, such as wireless access points and repeaters. Also consider adding Bluetooth-enabled components and sources. It’s a popular alternative, but know that this type of signal only travels about 30 feet.
Digital audio files have become status quo over the years. Now the quality of those files has changed, thanks to high-resolution audio. High-res audio is basically anything better than CD quality, which is recorded at 16-bit/44.1kHz. High-res files can go as high as 24-bit/192KHz, so you’ll need a stereo receiver and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that decode those types of files.
If you’re enjoying one or more of the components mentioned above, consider sharing the wealth of audio capabilities. A distributed system can put sound into multiple rooms, allowing listeners to enjoy the same or different content. Once you figure out who will be listening and where the system will go, EDG can suggest spots for additional speaker coverage. The hub of the system is a receiver and/or amplifier, depending on the size of the space you want to cover.