What Is a Multi-Room System?
Multi-Room System – music sets the mood of your home, providing the perfect backdrop whether working, entertaining or relaxing. Being able to enjoy your favorite songs in any room is a great way to improve your lifestyle, and many of our systems allow you to enjoy different tunes in different areas.
Our wide array of architectural speakers not only blend in with any home’s décor, but come in a range of styles to meet individual performance needs. And beyond your personal music library or music played on a docked iPod, you can enjoy an unlimited variety of tunes streamed from the Internet: Tidal, Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, Songza, SiriusXM, TuneIn etc. We carry a wide range of multi-room systems including some that work wireless for easy installation in existing homes.
If you goal is to provide sound throughout the apartment so that in each and every room you can choose to listen to different music, watch different content, to manage all equipment both locally and remotely – then you need a multi-room system. It consists of the signal sources, amplifiers, cable network, various types of speakers – indoor, outdoor, in-ceiling, in-wall, architectural, heat and moisture resistant (for pools, saunas and bathrooms).
The simplest multi-room setup can be considered a two/three zone audio AV receiver. It is usually sufficient to cover several areas such as your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, hallway etc. Music can be listened to in different zones from different sources or from the same source. All receiver zones may be combined into “Party Mode” where a single source is used for all zones with a single volume control.
The latest models of AV receivers also include a second HDMI zone, which allows you to use 2 different HDMI sources for video. For example, playing a film with a Blu-ray-player in your living room, and having IPTV signal in your bedroom. In this case the entire system can be controlled from a mobile device (smartphone, tablet), which is very convenient.
Now, If the idea is to distribute video and audio to more than three rooms (large apartments or private homes), then this kind of AV receiver will not suffice. In this case it is necessary to use more advanced equipment and distribution network.
There are two types of network design – centralized and local, each of them with its advantages and disadvantages.
Centralized: Centralized system assumes that all of the equipment – signal sources, amplifiers, switches – are housed in one place, usually in a special server rack to which speakers and TVs and projectors are connected via cables. The rooms then include wireless or wired touchscreen control panels in order to operate the system. Alternatively, most Apple or Android devices can perform similar functions. This approach is the most common one, designed and built by certified technicians. It can be found in any Multi Room system around world, and until recently, it was the only possible solution in the multi-segment.
Local: Several years ago, we saw the appearance of localized system (such as Sonos). They have no central core modules, so these systems are installed directly on the premises/zones.
Data exchange and management takes places over the wireless network, so it needs to be stable and reliable.
All modules have a capacity to work with local or Internet based network content: a computer folder, the NAS-servers, Internet radio (TuneIn), streaming services (Spotify, Tidal etc), as well as line input and USB-in some models.
There are three types of devices:
• with acoustics
• without, but with built-in amplifier
• pre-amplifier module only (connected usually to the amplifiers and receivers, if you want to expand their functionality).
No touchscreen panels or keypads are required here, the whole system is controlled from a mobile device through a native application (if necessary the panel can be set separately).
Here, with a mobile phone /tablet, you can control the sound in as many rooms as you want, group or ungroup different zones and see all the information about the status of the system on a real-time display. Zones can be arbitrarily added at any time, which is virtually impossible in the case of a centralized system.
The implementation of multi-room systems has several stages:
• Extensive consultation with a client where your integrator can get a clear idea of the desired system.
• Confirmation of the system’s configuration
• Designing multi-system, with the calculation of the cable network and the arrangement of components;
• Feeding and acceptance of cable network;
• Installation, configuration, system programming;
• Release Date to the customer and production for Servicing.
Call us to find out more about integrating Multi Room audio and video in your home!