What is the Best Way to Stream Music in Your Home?

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Enjoy Easy Access to High-Quality Audio in Every Corner of Your Home

In the 1970s, audiophiles would sit in front of their record players for hours-long listening sessions. Then, in the 1980s came the cassette tape with greater portability, easy fast forward and rewind functions and the ability to create custom mix tapes.

The 1990s brought the CD players, which let audiophiles easily pick out tracks, shuffle, and repeat songs. Then the turn of the millennium saw downloadable MP3s that let music lovers bypass albums and pick out their favorite singles. Finally, in the last decade and a half, there's been a new player in music reproduction—streaming which provides access to massive music libraries in increasingly high-quality formats.

Over the years, our whole home audio solutions have helped clients adapt to the ever-changing world of music and this time is no different. Below are some of the ways we help our clients embrace streaming in their Tampa, FL homes.

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4 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Whole-Home Audio System

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How a Comprehensive Solution Compares to Standalone Products

As Amazon Echo, Google Home and other smart speakers become commonplace in households in New Orleans, LA and throughout the United States, they’re also becoming many families’ go-to audio systems. You simply ask your assistant of choice, and they’ll pull up your go-to playlist, album or artist on Spotify or Apple Music. Simplicity, though, shouldn’t be the primary way you judge the quality of your audio experience.

Are you able to pull up music anywhere in the house? Is voice control the best option at the moment? Do you get to enjoy your favorite recordings in the best quality possible? Are you limited to listening to only streaming services? These are the questions you need to consider, and as you answer them, you’ll see why in many cases, a whole-home audio system is a much better option than simply adding smart speakers throughout your house.

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How to Choose the Right Speakers for Your Whole Home Audio

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Explore the Benefits of Architectural, Floor Standing, Wireless and Bookshelf Speakers

Not all speakers are built the same. Each is made for a specific purpose. Similarly, everyone listens to music differently. Researching speakers shouldn't be all about looking at specs explaining power, quality and tonality. Start by figuring out which models make the most sense according to your unique musical inclinations.

Some people pay a premium on hi-fi sound with dedicated listening spaces to sit down with their favorite recordings. To others, music is simply a passive soundtrack in the background as they go about their day. In this blog, we'll outline four popular speaker types. Knowing better than anyone how you listen to music in your Baton Rouge, LA home, it’ll be easy for you to figure out which is the best option for your whole home audio.

SEE MORE: FAQ: Answering Your Biggest Home Audio Video Questions

Architectural Speakers

Designed to disappear into your walls and ceilings, architectural speakers are often the go-to option for whole home audio solutions. You can listen to music everywhere without having to worry about speakers crowding your décor. Have our audio experts professionally lay these out, so you get a uniform sound as you move throughout a room or from room to room. Control4 then makes it easy to choose where you want to play music, change tracks, and adjust volume as needed without needing direct access to the speakers.

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How to Take Your Favorite Music Outside with Outdoor Audio Video

Follow These Steps to Enjoy High-Performance Audio Outdoors

Though the summer weather in Lafayette, LA is sweltering in August, the cool breeze of autumn is just a few weeks away. How are you preparing to spend more time outdoors once the temperatures start cooling down?

Outdoor activities don't have to involve day-long hikes or fishing trips—though we'd certainly recommend both. Usually, on a day-to-day basis, all it takes is the right drink and playlist as you sit by the pool or prepare some steaks on the grill. Let us help you embrace some added fresh air this fall with a comprehensive outdoor sound system.

Use your outdoor audio video to enjoy your favorite music in your pool, veranda, and patio. We outline five steps to get instant access to your go-to recordings without sacrificing quality or getting noise complaints from the neighbors.

SEE MORE: 3 of the Best Ways You Can Enjoy Your Outdoor Entertainment System

1. Set a Strong Foundation

Designing a successful outdoor sound installation will depend mainly on having the right foundation. Take your whole home audio outside with underground wiring that links your sources to all your outdoor speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers (if applicable). Do you like to stream music? Add wireless access points to ensure you have a strong network connection.

2. Choose the Right Equipment

The next step is adding the ideal equipment for the job. Never take indoor speakers or subwoofers outside as they will be promptly damaged and offer poor quality sound. Outdoor speakers from Coastal Source are designed to brave the elements and deliver powerful audio throughout large spaces. These speakers use airtight designs, rustproof materials, and directional amplification to offer optimal quality. Choose from landscape, bollard and rock models to find a speaker that best fits your landscaping or patio design.

3. Optimize Your Speaker Layout

Adding high-quality speakers is only the first step. The wrong layout will still result in uneven sound and angry neighbors. A professional outdoor audio video installation takes speaker layout into account to offer level sound that stays contained within your property. Line your space with speakers every few feet facing inwards, so sound doesn’t seep out. Doing this also has the added perk of bolstering the audio as it bounces off your home’s exterior.

4. Connect Your Favorite Sources

Your outdoor sound installation will be useless if you can’t listen to what you want! Linking it to the rest of your whole home audio system is vital. Each of your favorite music sources—digital libraries, streaming services, and more—is available for you to use without having to take any vulnerable equipment outside.

5. Control it the Way You Want

Integrating with your whole home audio has another benefit. All your music will be at your fingertips from the same user interface that you use to listen in the kitchen, bedroom, or media room. Now you can pull up the tracks you want, choose where you want it to play and adjust the volume from the one device. And you can even select which control method you want! In some cases, a mobile app is ideal while in others, you may prefer a waterproof remote.

 Start your journey to immersive outdoor audio today to be prepared when the cooler fall weather arrives. The first step to a custom-crafted outdoor audio video solution is setting up a one-on-one consultation with our team by calling 225.906.2589, filling out our contact form or chatting with us below.

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