Whole House Audio
Multi Room Audio Systems
An HW Automation multiroom audio system lets you enjoy music from several audio sources—such as XM® and Sirius® satellite tuners, CD players and even your iPod®—in any area of your home, inside or out, all at the same time.
Dad can relax with jazz on the patio. Mom can work out to to oldies in the bedroom. The kids can play games while listening to their iPod in the family room. With a multiroom system, everybody gets exactly what they want, when they want it.
Typically, all of the equipment is neatly concealed in one location, out of sight. All wiring is hidden within the walls. What you see are elegant keypads and speakers, intelligently designed to blend with the décor.
You can even extend your music outdoors with weatherproof speakers. At the push of a button, you're listening to your choice of music. Wherever. Whenever. Welcome to the uncomplicated world of HW Automation multiroom audio.
We all enjoy good music and a well designed music distribution system in your home will allow all the members of the family to browse select and enjoy their own music in every room.
In conjunction with hard drive storage of your existing music collection, ipod docks, DAB and internet radio, HWA Entertainment Systems will also allow you to listen to internet services like Spotify, rhapsody and Napster for unlimited access to a world full of music.
Depending on the level of quality you require and how you store you music, i.e CD's. iTunes, hard drive, and how you want to access that music there is a solution for you. We can install your high-performance audio system in your home on its own, or as part of a wider system incorporating your HD video system, lighting, security and heating control.
Individual Collections and Party Modes
Multi room music systems will allow you to share your collection throughout the house, so can choose to listen to music independently, or in every single room in your home.
When you are entertaining, simply select party mode which will allow you to play the same music throughout the rooms you select. Independent volume control means the games room can be loud and raucous, while the dining room can remain quite and reserved. You to lock designated controls panels to prevent children or guests from selecting different music through the house or turning up the volume too loud.
With each and every client, HWA is committed to deliver the best sounding and looking systems meeting your budget. It's time to get the most out of your home. Truly relax and enjoy music as it should be heard, through an HW Automation Entertainment System.
For New Construction
When a home is under construction it's the perfect time to consider installing an HWA multiroom audio system. You can choose what rooms you want music in and what kind of speakers you want. Put the keypads and touchscreens in the spots that will work best for your lifestyle. And before the walls are installed, all wiring, cabling and brackets can be put in place to ensure a clean look when the house is finished.
The majority of HWA's multiroom controller systems can be prewired, with keypad and speakers as well. We offer systems that accommodate virtually any size home and any size budget, from our versatile and feature rich systems to our affordable amplified keypad systems.
For Existing Homes
Anytime is a good time to add an HWA system be it during renovation or in conjunction with other installations, such as a home theater, security or intercom system.
New homes are often equipped with all the wiring necessary for a multiroom audio system. Check with your home's builder to find out what wiring is available in your home – you could be just hours away from a complete audio system. In existing homes or remodels, installers simply pull new wires behind the walls. In either case, your HWA system will be heard, but hardly seen.
Once your multiroom audio system has been installed, you still have options to expand it in the future. You can add music sources, speakers, video, or more rooms to the system if the need arises or your preferences change.
Want music in additional areas?
Most controllers can be daisy-chained to add more rooms. Try adding an extra pair of speakers or maybe an outdoor zone with an amplifier and weatherproof speakers.
Looking for new music formats?
You can add more sources like a satellite tuner or iPod dock. HWA has a variety of sources that can be added to a system with minimal fuss and maximum enjoyment.
Sound Systems Never Looked So Good:
Floor standing or tower speakers have been around for years and in many ways remain the standard against which all other speaker types are judged. In general, they are larger than other types of speakers, reproduce a wide range of frequencies including deep bass, and are usually more efficient giving you more volume per watt of amplifier power.
Tower Speakers tend to be more expensive than bookshelf speakers, but they're hard to beat for big, room-filling sound.
If you're working with limited space (or budget), bookshelf speakers are a good alternative to floor-standing models. With bookshelf speakers, you get smaller speakers that you can place on stands or on shelves and excellent performance in a smaller box (usually with a smaller price tag)
Satellite speakers can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, or can be placed on stands or shelves. Because they're so small, they almost always handle only highs and mids. The combination of satellite speakers and a subwoofer takes up little floor space, is easily integrated into your décor, and delivers rich, full sound.
The subwoofer is, of course, much bigger than the satellites. But because of the omni-directional properties of low-frequency sound waves, you can place the subwoofer in an out-of-the-way location without sacrificing performance.
In-wall & In-ceiling speakers:
In-wall and in-ceiling speakers work in the same way as regular speakers, but they're mounted in a frame and set into the wall (or ceiling). Instead of a separate speaker cabinet, they use the wall itself as the cabinet. Though most in-wall speakers are full-range, you'll probably want to add a powered subwoofer to your system for bass reinforcement. Some manufacturers produce in-wall, in-ceiling and in-floor subwoofers as well.
With proper installation, these speakers sound great and can blend seamlessly into your room's décor - they even have paintable grilles. Plus, you don't fill up your floor space with speakers. Keep in mind, installation is more involved than setting up traditional speakers. And you will, of course, need to run your speaker wire behind the walls and/or ceilings.
Speaker wire is an important part of your speaker setup. Very old or very cheap speaker wire can degrade sound quality. Of course, if you have a hard time believing speaker cable quality makes a difference, just think of your luxury vehicle running on cheap inferior tires!. Better quality speaker wire results in better sound quality and is especially noticeable with higher-quality speakers.
Outdoor speakers are a very popular way to bring your favorite music outside. They are weather-resistant, so they can be placed under the eaves of your house as well as on covered porches or decks. A speaker with plenty of power handling and a wide frequency response will perform best in a large open space. Outdoor speakers can also be purchased as “rock speakers” to blend in with your landscaping – especially good around pool areas so they are at your ear level while swimming!