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What to Look for in the Best Whole Home Audio Visual System

Updated: Jan 16

Your home time is precious time. Your surroundings should look great and sound spectacular as well. It should be crystal clear, soothing or loud depending on the moment, but overall your home audio and visual system should provide ample sound and video for what you want, when you want, and above all wherever in the house you would like it. After all, you have invested or are investing a lot into a remodel or new custom home construction. Whole home audio visual systems are just one of the many things that have gotten better over the years, what with smart home technology and audio design technology improvements, so incorporating a superior quality system into your home should be a seamless process.

Contemporary home audio visual system.

Imagine pausing a movie in the living room, then starting it at the same spot from the comfort of your bedroom. Or having a party where the music follows you, playing seamlessly whether guests are in the kitchen, the living room or on the patio. This sort of whole-home audio visual system distributes sources, such as a streaming channel or movie, to different environments or zones throughout the home. Sources are centralized in one location (known as the “head end”), which give you the convenience and joy of your music, movies and media in any room, at any time.


One of the most important decisions when setting up your system is where to put the head end. One key point is to have the equipment seamlessly integrate into your home without noticeable wires and connections everywhere. It’s also a good idea to have installed in a dedicated, climate-controlled environment to keep equipment from overheating. Consider also a fan or cooling system in this area for the head end equipment, especially given our humid, tropical summer Florida environment. This can all be discussed with your professional AV installer.

With your central system planned to perform, what screens and speakers should you install, anyway? Newegg Insider recommends 4K smart OLED TVs with AI ThinQ and a sound setup consisting of the following, which would offer some of the highest quality home audio visual possible:

  • Denon AVR-X4500H 9.2 channel receiver

  • Polk two-way center channel in-wall

  • 4 or more Polk two-way in-wall speakers

  • 2 or more Polk three-way in-wall speakers

  • 2 or more Polk CSW155 in-wall subwoofers

Finally, using Smart Home technology, you’ll want a remote-control system that can communicate through walls with centralized equipment. Home automation manufacturers like URC, RTI, Crestron, Control4, Savant and AMX have easy-to-use apps that instantly transform your smartphone or tablet into a controller, thereby eliminating the confusion of multiple remotes.

People watching an outdoor home audio visual system


Gretchen Gilbertson, CEO of Seura, manufacturer of Storm outdoor TV’s, cautions against the assumption that indoor media equipment will function as well outdoors as long as its beneath a roof cover. “TVs designed for outdoor use can withstand extreme heat, cold and insects, are brighter and more rugged, and contain anti-glare properties,” she cautions. “This means your TV won’t fail right before your big dinner party because a tennis ball hit it.” Outdoor-specific systems are also more likely to withstand Florida summer rains and wind.

Your outdoor sound needs can be met by first calculating how many speakers you’ll need. More is better, advises Dave Raines, president of Osbee Industries, Inc., installers of luxury home media systems in Miami. Wireless outdoor speakers are favorable, as well as those that can be disguised as rocks or garden features.

During the cooler Florida months, a backyard movie is always a fun option. Make sure you have a portable screen like Airblown’s inflatable 12-foot model, or Da-Lite’s Portable Insta-Theater screen that can be easily moved in and out of the house.

Enjoy your home to its fullest extent with a quality home audio visual media system. With more than 25 years of construction and remodeling experience, the experts at J. Sweet Construction can help you make the sound decision for your home’s needs.

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