Home Audio: Multi Room Audio

You might have the best audio system in the world, but they will not be able to reproduce sound faithfully unless you pair them with high quality speakers. Gone are the days when a single speaker used to rule the world of music. Single channel audio (monophonic) used to rule the world during those days. It was during the 1930s that Alan Blumlein, a British engineer at EMI, invented the stereophonic sound system. This system split music into two different channels and emitted it through two different speakers. This provided a different type of audio experience. To get the best sound experience, individuals had to keep one speaker to the left and the other to the right of the amplifier or any other source of audio. It gave an illusion that the sound was coming from a point located at the centre of the dual speakers.

Splitting the sound

It made it possible for audio engineers to split the original audio the way they wanted. As a result, sound recordists (the person in charge of recording sound during the production of a movie) could create effects such as sound fading from the left speaker and emerging from the right speaker. The listener could literally feel as if a car (this is just for demonstration purposes... in fact, the recordist can apply this effect to any audio) was moving from the left side of the room to the right. Things have changed much more in the recent past. One can now use multiple speakers to create a surreal sound effect in the room with the help of modern generation speakers. In fact, they can also use WiFi (wireless fidelty) speakers in different rooms for a wireless multi room audio environment. However, the quality of the sound depends on the type of speakers one uses.

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Woofers and tweeters

To get the best in multi room audio experience, one should ensure that the speaker system (the box that holds the speakers) contains

A normal speaker

A tweeter, which reproduces high pitch sound faithfully such as the high notes at the upper and audible sound spectrum

A woofer, which reproduces the lower spectrum of the sound range properly... you might have heard the heart thumping boom boom' drum sounds... the woofers are responsible for reproducing such sounds faithfully

Choosing the proper speaker

Instead of going by looks, go by the sound experience when purchasing a speaker set. However, this option is feasible only when you purchase your requirements from brick mortar stores. When purchasing from online stores, ensure that you purchase speakers manufactured by a reputable brand. You will find many popular international brands available on online stores. Make sure that you check the wattage of the speaker too since this determines its sound delivery capability. A low wattage speaker is ideal for multi room audio, whereas a high wattage is required for playing music in an auditorium or for other outdoor functions. Remember, some of the leading brands might cost you a lot of money. However, that should not be a constraint for the audiophile... an individual enthusiastic about high fidelity sound reproduction.