Whole Home Audio Is the Beginning of Your Smart Home Transformation
As a purveyor and custom integrator of home technology systems and solutions, GHT Group sees many clients at different stages of their journey into smart home technology in Georgia. While home automation has a host of benefits in convenience, luxury, and efficiency, we see a couple of areas that tend to draw people in.
The first area is smart lighting. It's fairly easy to see the benefits, from effortless control to energy efficiency. The other is whole-home audio. Whole-home audio not only brings music seamlessly to every corner of your Alpharetta property, it's also a gateway to adding more layers of smart home features. Keep reading to see how.
If You're a Diehard Audio Enthusiast, the Answer May Be Yes
The audio world is full of terminology and buzzwords. There are the traditional ones, like preamplifiers, amplifiers, woofers, tweeters, crossovers, and more. If you’re into audio at all, you know what these are. Then there are words that describe how a speaker or system sounds, like soundstage. If you're an audio fan, you know what that means, too.
Then there are the terms that came in with digital audio. How about lossless vs. compressed, MP3 vs. AAC, 16bit/44 kHz vs. 24bit/192 kHz sampling? For some people, they might have little to no meaning, other than they might surmise lossless is always better than compressed. The reality is, like in most things related to audio, there are not always absolute truths.
If you are familiar with all this as you sit in Johns Creek, GA listening to music on your whole-home audio system, you might wonder if high-resolution audio is something essential or a feature you can blissfully ignore. Keep reading to see which side of the fence you may fall.
Comparing the Most Popular Streaming Music Services
We live in a world of almost limitless content. In cable TV, an old joke was, "we have 300 channels, and there's nothing to watch." You'd be hard-pressed to make that joke today with the wonderful world of streaming content so readily available to us. With Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Apple TV+, Disney+, and so many more, it's difficult to think about not finding something you want to watch.
But this blog is about audio, not video! And the amount and range of music we can call up with a few flicks on a touchscreen are equally amazing. Today’s streaming music services boast 40 million-plus tracks of recorded music available in an instant, whether it’s from 60 years ago or today’s top hits. It’s equally difficult to imagine not being able to find some music you like to listen to on a streaming service.
You might be wondering, what's the difference in streaming services? Isn't the music library much the same? The short answer is yes. But the way you find that music, and how you interact with it is different. Some folks feel very strongly about their preference for Spotify over Apple Music or vice-versa.
So which service should you use on your whole-home audio system in Atlanta? GHT Group isn't here to tell you which one is best – that's up to you. The good news is that all the ones we'll discuss here work with whole-home audio systems we recommend like Control4.
Read on for a brief overview of five of the most popular streaming services to see which ones are for you.
All Your Music, Everywhere You Want, When You Want It
Are you a music lover? Is there a soundtrack for every activity? If that’s the case, chances are you’re the type of person that thrives on listening to many different types of music. You use it for focus, for energy, to relax, and to contemplate.
A recent study commissioned by Sonos showed that the family that listens to music has less stress and better relationships – such is the power of music to move us in many ways.
If you love music, you should consider investing in a whole-home audio system. Today's systems are incredibly easy to use, have the flexibility to pipe any audio you desire all over your house, and offer excellent sound quality to boot.
At GHT Group, we know a thing or two about audio, representing stellar brands such as Bower and Wilkins, Klipsch, McIntosh, and more. When it comes to whole-home audio, we love a brand better known for smart home automation – Control4. Keep reading as we explain why Control4 makes a superb whole-home audio solution for your Buckhead, GA home.