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The Right Equipment, Network and Other Factors to Maximize Your System’s Potential

In the age of Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming music services, there’s no reason not to install a whole home audio system. But how do you make sure you end up with a system that’s functional, easy-to-use and makes your home a more pleasant environment? We want to create the ideal audio system for your South Bay home, and in this blog, we go through some pointers on how to make that happen.


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Choosing the Right Gear

There are a host of technical elements to consider when it comes to whole home audio. First and foremost: wired speakers or wireless? Both types of systems have the merits and disadvantages depending on your needs. Wired speakers are unobtrusive, easy to install and can be placed virtually anywhere in a room, which helps preserve your design aesthetic and helps generate a proper surround sound effect. However, wireless speakers lack the output power of larger, standing speakers, which can be a problem for larger spaces in your home.

Another critical component is the receiver. There are two key points to weigh here: the number of sources the receiver can handle and whether it can supply enough power for all of your devices. If all you need is a system that can play one or two audio sources, a simpler receiver with a Speaker B switch is a way to help keep costs low. However, if you want to listen to multiple audio sources in different areas of your home, you need a more advanced piece of hardware to handle the different audio streams.



A collection of speakers is a great way to listen to music anywhere you want, but whole home audio offers so much more potential if it can be linked to other electronics. Imagine being able to dim the lights in your home theater, turn on the TV and lower your motorized shades with a single button press.

The right array of components and software offers seamless integration for all of these different types of equipment, gives you greater control and makes everything easier to use. You can even add a smart speaker to give you voice control over your system. And be sure to connect your audio system to any streaming music services you use so that you can access virtually any song or playlist.


A Strong Network

Of course, if you’re going to be bringing all of these disparate gadgets together, you need a reliable network to keep everything running smoothly. A network that isn’t up to the task will result in frustrating communication issues between the different parts of your system. We can make sure that doesn’t happen by giving your network a boost.


Go with a Pro

The best way to make sure your whole home audio needs are met is to work with knowledgeable, experienced professionals. South Bay Automation is your local expert in the area of home automation, so let us create the ideal audio setup for you. To learn more about our services, fill out our contact form online, call us at (310) 372-2212, or stop by our showroom at 820 Manhattan Ave, #206 in Manhattan Beach.