08 Mar Multi-Room Music Access
Can a multi-room music system really save a marriage? Well, as I explain to our customers here at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for state-of-the-art home entertainment and audio video systems, it can sure help you make beautiful music together – even if you’re moving to the beat of different drummers.
Old technology home stereos were limited to the choice of one selected music source that would be available in any room that had speakers connected to the central home stereo system. Knobs in the walls raised or lowered the volume in each room. If the central systems volume was raised or lowered, it would affect all the rooms that were playing music. Such single source systems are inefficient, inconvenient, and provide very limited flexibility. For example, you are firing up the BBQ grill outside on the deck when you suddenly get the urge to hear the Beatles White Album. So you have to run back into the house, go to the family room and find the CD, load it, adjust the volume, then run back out to the deck before you burn your burgers. But once you get outside you realize the volume isn’t loud enough, even though the volume control knob on the wall is already cranked up full bore. Next your spouse emerges from the house in a foul mood to ask why the Bach sonata that was on the classical FM radio station has abruptly been replaced by Back in the USSR?
The modern day multi room, multi zone home stereo and speaker system fixes all of these problems. These modern systems are convenient to use and give you – and everyone in the house – the most flexibility in home stereo enjoyment. Let’s replay the previous scenario, but with a multi-room, multi-zone system. You’re at the grill, and you pick up your hand held weather proof universal remote control and select your music source – the music server or iPod, for example. Scroll your play list for The Beatles White Album. Push play and adjust the volume button to taste. That’s it. Done! Now time to flip the burgers. Meanwhile, your spouse continues to enjoy Bach, or anything else, selecting music from the music server via a wall mounted touch screen mounted in the study wall or a hand held remote. That’s what I call domestic harmony!