Sonos vs.Control4: Which Whole Home Audio System Is Right for You?
From a Beachside Cottage to an Estate, There’s a Perfect Solution for Your Home
Whether your Destin property is a vacation escape or your permanent residence, either way, you get to enjoy the Florida coastal lifestyle. So, what can make that lifestyle even more enjoyable? Music, of course! The good news is that home audio systems are now easier than ever to set up and enjoy, so you can rock or relax to your favorite tunes in any and every space of your home – even outdoors.
In this blog, we’ll explore two of the most popular options for whole-home audio for your Destin home – Sonos and Control4. Whether your home is a cozy beach cottage or a seaside estate, one of these systems can power the soundtrack for your residence. Keep reading below for more!
Sonos – App-driven Simplicity
Sonos is a well-known name in digital audio with a variety of popular wireless speakers and soundbars. As a pioneer in wireless, self-powered speakers, it’s straightforward to link several Sonos models into a synchronized multi-room speaker system. While the wireless speakers have excellent sound quality, they’re not the last word in audio.
You might also prefer your whole-home system to be heard and not seen, with architectural speakers that discreetly live in ceilings and walls. Can Sonos handle that? Absolutely, with two options that help bring existing or other brand speakers into the easy-to-use Sonos fold. The Sonos Port can connect with an existing audio system and bring the ease of a wide variety of streaming music services like Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music to your speakers. The Sonos Amp adds powerful amplifiers that can power both architectural or freestanding speakers, and several Amps can be linked to form a whole-home audio solution. Both options bring the ease of use of Sonos to any room in the home, as you can use any combination of Sonos wireless speakers, soundbars, Ports, and Amps to stitch together your system with the ease of the intuitive Sonos app.
If you like using your favorite Music app, built-in features like Spotify Connect and Apple Airplay make it extremely simple to direct music from popular apps to any of your Sonos-equipped spaces. Sonos Amp and Port also allow for analog (and digital) sources like your turntable to play sound all over the house.
Control4 – Scalable and Feature-packed
Control4 is a sophisticated smart home control system that includes a powerful and flexible whole-home audio solution. As an automation platform, it brings the ability to manage AV systems, lighting, climate, security, and more, along with full-featured multi-room audio.
For example, the Control4 EA5 hub packs home automation features as well as highly scalable multi-room audio with five simultaneous streams to different zones. You can use popular built-in streaming services like Spotify and Tidal and also connect CD players, turntables, and TV sound to play through your whole home system.
As a home automation solution, Control4 gives you many options for control, from apps to dedicated touchscreens to customizable remote controls like the sleek Neeo. The Control4 solution may be the best approach for larger homes, as the system is very cost-effective when you are looking to include more than five zones or areas in your whole-home audio setup. Plus, you get built-in home automation features that you can use and continue to add over time.
You can't go wrong with either Control4 or Sonos for multiroom audio; it all depends on what you want and how extensive a system you need in your Destin home. To learn more about both, contact our Florida office here or start a chat below to quickly connect with one of our experts. We look forward to working with you!