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What Type of Speakers Should You Use in Your Whole Home Audio?

Imagine how great it would be to listen to your favorite music anywhere in your Houston, TX home at the touch of a button. With a whole home audio solution that centralizes control of your music, you can take it with you anywhere you go. But sound systems aren't one-size-fits-all. In this blog, we'll focus specifically on which types of speakers would work best for your system, depending on where and how you're using it.

SEE MORE: How to Build a Whole-House Audio System

In-Ceiling Speakers

Whether you're cooking or hosting a party, you can liven up the atmosphere with the right playlist. In these cases, in-ceiling speakers are the best option. They blend in with your décor, so you can install multiple ones to get evenly distributed sound. Most in-ceiling speakers also use wide-dispersion technology, so sound waves don’t go out in one specific direction. This way, if you walk past a ceiling speaker, you won’t notice you’re standing directly under it. In-ceiling speakers can also be useful in surround sound settings. In Dolby Atmos-enabled setups, you need a couple speakers above the viewer to get truly immersive, three-dimensional sound.

In-Wall Speakers

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How to Build the Ultimate Whole Home Audio System

What part does music play in your River Oaks, Texas home? It could be listening to it as you get ready for work, streaming a playlist when hosting friends or winding down in a dedicated listening room. If you often find solace in your favorite albums, it may be worthwhile to invest in a whole home audio system. We know how personal your music can be, so Relative Home Systems crafts a solution that works specifically to meet your needs. Below are some questions you should ask yourself before getting started.

SEE MORE: Elevate Your Listening Experience With Bowers & Wilkins

Should You Go Wired or Wireless?

Streaming services like Pandora and Tidal have changed the way we listen to music. With wireless access to our music, it's easy to gravitate towards a wireless speaker system as well. The demand has been so high that even high-end manufacturers like Bowers & Wilkins have joined the movement. Wireless is a great option since it’s easier to install, but it does have its drawbacks.

Even in the best wireless systems, some quality may be lost. While we can bolster your home network to play uncompressed files, a wired solution will ultimately get the most out of a whole home audio system. It is easier to incorporate multiple rooms through the use of receivers or matrix switchers and you can integrate multiple sources at once, whether it’s a streaming service on your phone or a vintage turntable.

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Where Should You Install Your Private Home Theater?

With the New Year comes new inspiration – and new home improvement projects. A big bucket list item for a lot of our clients is installing a private home theater. Who doesn't want the perfect place to watch movies without having to deal with dirty seats and loud crowds? The integrators at Relative Home Systems work with you to find the perfect place in your Houston, Texas home for an installation depending on your space limitations, family needs, and budget. Below are some of our most popular solutions and the technology behind them.

SEE MORE: 3 Enhancements for Your Custom Home Theater

The Dedicated Theater

The best way to get the most out of your private home theater is still to install it in a dedicated room. The environment is specially designed to isolate light and sound for the best results. In this type of setting, we encourage you to go with the full cinema ensemble.

For your surround sound, incorporate Bowers & Wilkins C800 speakers (pictured above) throughout the space to immerse yourself in high-fidelity sound. When it comes to quality and value, a screen is the best option for a large theater video display. We recommend the Runco Signature Cinema DLP projector with HD capabilities and a Smart Lens System that always remembers the exact position of your screen. For your video display, go with a Stewart Filmscreen product that has motorized masking, which lets you adapt the screen to your video’ aspect ratio. This way you can transition from TV shows to movies seamlessly without getting stuck with a warped resolution or extra screen area.

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How Can You Design the Perfect Home Theater for Your Next Project?

With the rise in quality home entertainment via Blu-Rays, media servers, streaming and cable, custom home theaters have become a popular request for many luxury homes. Whether it's a new construction or retrofit, for many builders and designers it can be difficult to find the balance between the technological requirements of a custom theater and the distinct style the clients want. This is why it's important to bring in a professional integrator for your next Austin, Texas project to better craft a space that meets all your clients' needs. Read on to find out how an expert integrator can help you build the perfect home theater.

Do a Thorough Initial Consultation

The first step is communicating with your clients to find out where the home theater will be installed. Once you have a space in mind, it's time to bring in a professional audio video integrator to gage the needs of the space. During this initial consultation it is important to take into account space limitations, light considerations, acoustics and preferred seating arrangements.

It is important that no electronic equipment be purchased before this stage, as the equipment needed could depend entirely on these details. Always build a home theater system to fit your space, not the other way around. After consultation, the integrator will work with you hand-in-hand throughout the installation process to ensure everything falls within your project's scope and budget.


Find the Perfect Technology for Your Needs

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3 Ways to Optimize the Surround Sound in Your Custom Home Theater

3 Ways to Optimize the Surround Sound in Your Custom Home Theater

From sound mixing to original soundtracks, moviemakers put as much effort into their audio as they do the images that go on your screen. Whether it’s the resounding boom of an explosion or the haunting whistling of the wind, immersive sound helps you escape the daily grind as you’re transported into your favorite movie. When designing a custom home theater, create a first-rate experience with audio rivaling that of a professional theater. Relative Home Systems can help you design a system primed to get the most out of your technology. 

Utilize Hi-End Speakers for Crisp Audio

Ultimately, the hi-fidelity sound in your custom home theater will only be as good as the quality of your speakers. Bowers & Wilkins’ CT700 and CT800 series bring authentic movie theater sound into your home. Incorporating the same technology that has made the English company the loudspeaker of choice for recording artists worldwide, the speakers offer every detail in crisp quality.

To incorporate the latest Dolby Atmos surround sound technology into your home, you can also go with Triad’s Bronze LR-H, combining a traditional speaker with an upward facing Dolby ® Atmos enabled speaker.  The loud speakers are crafted one at time to ensure top quality and are available in custom finishes and colors to better match your room’s décor.

Arrange Speakers Strategically for Optimal Sound

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3 Ways to Optimize the Surround Sound in Your Custom Home Theater

3 Ways to Optimize the Surround Sound in Your Custom Home Theater

From sound mixing to original soundtracks, moviemakers put as much effort into their audio as they do the images that go on your screen. Whether it’s the resounding boom of an explosion or the haunting whistling of the wind, immersive sound helps you escape the daily grind as you’re transported into your favorite movie. When designing a custom home theater, create a first-rate experience with audio rivaling that of a professional theater. Relative Home Systems can help you design a system primed to get the most out of your technology. 

Utilize Hi-End Speakers for Crisp Audio

Ultimately, the hi-fidelity sound in your custom home theater will only be as good as the quality of your speakers. Bowers & Wilkins’ CT700 and CT800 series bring authentic movie theater sound into your home. Incorporating the same technology that has made the English company the loudspeaker of choice for recording artists worldwide, the speakers offer every detail in crisp quality.

To incorporate the latest Dolby Atmos surround sound technology into your home, you can also go with Triad’s Bronze LR-H, combining a traditional speaker with an upward facing Dolby ® Atmos enabled speaker.  The loud speakers are crafted one at time to ensure top quality and are available in custom finishes and colors to better match your room’s décor.

Arrange Speakers Strategically for Optimal Sound

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Stay in Tune with your Music with Whole Home Audio by Bowers & Wilkins

Stay in Tune with your Music with Whole Home Audio by Bowers & Wilkins

Your music is a part of who you are. You take it with you wherever you go. Whether you’re on the highway or in line at the grocery store, your music is there to keep you company. But when you’re at home you want the biggest and best sound quality – the kind that doesn’t come from a pair of ear buds or car speakers. With whole home audio by Relative Home Systems, your entire house can sport the high-quality soundscape of your dreams.

Bowers & Wilkins, Poised to Produce the Finest Loudspeakers

The folks at Bowers & Wilkins asked themselves does a speaker have to be in a box and if the answer is no, then what would the speaker look like? The result was Nautilus. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is uncompromised. The loudspeakers’ pearlescent finish is achieved from 12 meticulously applied lacquer coats and a unique curing process.

Relative Home Systems Knows: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

That includes Bowers & Wilkins selection of premium home speaker equipment. Relative only deals with the best, and with B&W’s selection of in-ceiling, on-wall and in-wall speakers, plus their robust line of subwoofers, whole home audio has never sounded so good in Austin, TX.

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Elevate Your Listening Experience with Loudspeakers by Bowers & Wilkins

Elevate Your Listening Experience with Loudspeakers by Bowers & Wilkins

Regardless of your budget and décor tastes, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has a speaker system that fits your lifestyle and entices your ears. B&W offers a line of wireless audio products, a well-regarded line of headphones, and a series of different loudspeakers. The company is best known for its uncompromising approach to loudspeaker design and engineering and recently won the “Stereo Speakers of the Year” award. Whether you live in The Woodlands, River Oaks, or Tanglewood, Relative Home Systems can design and install a whole home audio system sure to impress even the most sophisticated audiophile.

A Speaker for Every Occasion

At the high-end of the speaker spectrum are B&W’s 800 Series Diamond Loudspeakers. When placed in opposite corners of the room, this floor-standing system offers crisp resonance. If you’re looking to class up nearly any room in your home, we suggest the CM8 Series 2. These loudspeakers deliver a sound that is both engaging and comfortable.

Small and Mighty HiFi to Go

If you’re looking for a portable wireless solution for your home, then you’ll want to explore B&W’s pick-up-and-play HiFi speaker. Perfectly sized for bedrooms, kitchens and even outdoor spaces, the T7 is portable and quite versatile. Its wireless connection lets you stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled PC, tablet or mobile phone without the need for a Wi-Fi network. Once charged, the speaker is good for 18 hours of solid playback. Take it with you to the park or your next BBQ.

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