Category Archives: Installation Tips and Tricks

Find useful and helpful shortcuts for installing inwall speakers and custom home audio equipment

    In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert a standard existing passive volume control into a stand alone zone with it’s own Bluetooth name and amplifier for the speakers in that room only. The existing volume control should have it’s own set of left and right wires coming into it from a […]

    Wireless inwall speakers don’t exist quite yet but they will someday. The problem is that they need power. When we talk about wireless speakers, they either have batteries or they plug into a power outlet. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install wireless inwall speakers the best way possible. For wireless inwall […]

  In 1987, Pro-Logic, a breakthrough technology for surround sound processing, was introduced.  Inside it, a sound decoder breaks down sound into the different components making up the surround sound set up. That’s to the left speaker, the right speaker, and the center speaker. This is done through the use of a single-frequency range. Such innovation […]

    Apple Airplay is one of the best wireless home audio solutions available.  With its lossless audio design, it sounds as good as digital audio gets when delivered wirelessly.  It is bandwidth heavy but can be overcome with some design considerations.   This Do-It-Yourself wireless project will end up costing far less than other solution […]

Using Apple Airplay from Single Source Apps continued from Part 1 on setting up a 6 Zone Airplay Multi-Room System Step 3b: Configure most any audio app to play through any single zone In almost all these apps, you’re looking for the universal icon for Airplay: On their own, these apps will only play to ONE […]

The Apple Airport Express has changed the way I listen to music at home.  Everything is so easy now with just a few of these little gadgets.  They not only integrate with iTunes, but also with Pandora, Youtube and other apps that I’ve found like local radio station apps.  NPR even works! Parts list:   […]

  Inwall speakers and inceiling speakers typically do not need to have boxes built or spaces constricted. These types of speakers are designed with American homes in mind. That means that the makers of these speakers know that your house uses 2 x 4 studs, that our standard stud placement is 16″ on center apart […]

  We’re getting calls much more frequently about former owners taking their speakers with them. All the foreclosures are contributing to this new dynamic with installing in wall and ceiling speakers in their place. The problem with this is that almost no two speakers are exactly the same size cut out. They are close and […]

Subwoofer setup is really not a difficult task.  You just need to see the big picture. This article will show you how. So you’ve got a couple of rooms where you think you might want to “crank it up”. During the design phase of your whole house audio project, you might want to wire for […]

  Volume controls are just big resistors. They aren’t powered, they don’t plug into AC, and they don’t amplify. There are amplified volume controls available, but they are a specialty and will define what they amplify. This article addresses the common volume control.   Volume controls go inline with the speaker wire. They have an […]