5 Tips for Planning a House Music System

What to Consider:

So you want a home music system? Congratulations, you’re on your way to changing your lifestyle for the better! With a whole home audio system, music will become second nature for you and your family, as it becomes accessible in every room of your home in a way you have never experienced before.

This seamless music experience has been fostered for both the casual listeners and audiophiles alike due to its ease and quality! No more fiddling with CDs or scanning the radio trying to find the right song to fit your mood…. Now you have access to all the music in the world from the palm of your hand and it is able to follow you as you travel from room to room in your house.

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1. Where do you want music? Determine your zones

  • Consider where you spend the majority of your time… you may assume the living room, but don’t overlook the convenience of having music in the rooms where you spend the rest of your time.
    • Kitchen– where your family spends the most time; you will be able to enjoy music while cooking the family dinner or while eating breakfast to get you started for the day
    • Bathrooms– music provides an instant mood lifter for your morning routine
    • Outside– your backyard patio is perfect spot for speakers during cookouts or pool time
    • Garage – great option if yours doubles as a workshop

2. What style of speakers are right for you? Determine speaker style –

  • Architectural speakers are ideal when you don’t want big speakers to be the main focal point of the room.
    • In ceiling and In wall speakers provide a great option for in home speakers and can be painted the color of your walls so they blend in
    • In-wall subwoofers – clean and stylish way to eliminate floor standing subwoofers to accentuate full-bodied sound around the home

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  • Surface mounted speakers– good option for outdoor speakers that fit under the eaves of your home on your patio or balcony
  • Outdoor Patio Speakers | Home Music System Sonos | SoundVision Marin, Sonoma, San FranciscoLandscape speakers – for more outdoor speaker options browse our blog post on backyard speakers
  • Sonos speakers – can easily be placed on bookshelves, bathrooms or kids room for a separate zone
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 3. Stereo vs. Mono? Determine speaker type-

  • Stereophonic sound
    • Creates the illusion of three dimensional sound. Stereo audio is clearer and gives you the ability to detect depth and distance better.
  • Monophonic sound
    • Mono sound comes from a single source. Makes a good choice for larger outdoor audio systems because it delivers a more uniformed sound throughout the area.

4. What Quality is needed? Determine performance level-

  • Different areas don’t have to be the same
    • Smaller and confined areas like hallways may not need best quality
    • Larger theater and media rooms require better,  higher performance speakers for clearer and more accurate sound quality.

5. How will you control your music?

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  • We recommend using Sonos, nearly every online music service is available directly through the Sonos app.

    • Sonos allows you to change songs, albums, playlists and jump between Pandora, Spotify and your personal music collection all from the palm of your hand !
    • Control every room individually from different music sources or group certain zones together so  multiple rooms can appreciate the same song.
    • Find out more about Sonos on our product page and what we can offer you as an Authorized Platinum dealer.



Now that you’ve made all the important decisions… you’re ready to pull the trigger on your home music system and change the way you and your family listen to music every day for the rest of your life!

If you have any further questions regarding a home music system or want to come see how the Sonos system works,  give us a call and set up a meeting to come check out our showroom.

Until next time,

Scott Sullivan
SoundVision, Inc.

SoundVision is authorized to sell and install Sonos music products for residential, corporate and commercial residences in the Northern Bay Area including, San Francisco, Marin, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Larkspur, Ross, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Fairfax, San Rafael, Napa, Novato, Calistoga, Saint Helena, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Cotati, Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Berkeley, Piedmont.


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