Multi Room Audio

Multi Room Home Audio Systems

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Can I add to my existing multi-room audio system?

Once your multi-room home audio system has been setup, 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 multi-room home audio 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.

Arc can assist with all your multi-room home audio system designs and installations.


Looking for new music formats?

You can add more sources like a MP3 player, Media Player, satellite tuner or iPod dock. A variety of sources can be added to a system with minimal fuss and maximum enjoyment.


Is video sharing a must?

Enjoy your favourite programs throughout the house with, say a Russound video distribution solution. With these you can play a remotely located audio-video source through your system, and enjoy your media anywhere in the house.


Can I install a Multi Room Home Audio System in my existing home?

Normally yes. However, it may be more difficult if your home has no roof space and/or has concrete block walls (surface mounted cable ducting would likely be required).

For expert advice on all your multi-room home stereo and audio needs, why not contact us now to make an appointment for one of our AV consultants to visit you.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is multi-room audio?

A multi-room audio system lets you enjoy music from several audio sources such as MP3 players, Media Players, 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. Mum can work out to rock-n-roll in the bedroom. The kids can play games while listening to their iPod in the family room. With a multi-room 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.

How many speakers are in each zone or a room?

The multi-room audio amplifier provides a stereo output (two channels) for each zone. Therefore, you would normally connect two separate speakers, one for each channel. However, you can use a single two channel stereo speaker where the room/area is quite small.

What is the maximum number of zones/areas I can have?

By installing, for example, a Russound system there is no fixed maximum number of zones that multi-room audio can be distributed to. These systems are designed so that they can be extended infinitum, usually in modules of six-zone multi-room audio amplifiers.

What is the normal power output per zone?

These range from 40watts to 60watts per zone directly from the controller amplifier. However, additional power amplifiers may be added to boost power output for a particular zone, e.g. outdoor entertainment zone.

How do I control the volume in different rooms?

Normally by keypad or infrared remote. A keypad is normally installed in each zone/area. From the keypad you can also control the source for that particular zone/area. You also have the option of installing a touch screen or controlling it by your iPhone.