Multi-Room Audio-Video

Multi-Room Audio-Video

With the collaboration of Multimedia Tech, Business managers today are adding multi-room audio-video systems to their place of business.

These commercial AV systems allow a single bank of components to broadcast a signal throughout a business into multiple locations without purchasing new parts for every room.

These also eliminate the need to transport media, such as CDs or Blu-ray discs, from room to room.

These systems make it simple to listen to some music in the lobby area while someone else delivers a phenomenal business presentation to a potential client in the conference room.

Acknowledge the Elements of the System

Several different elements comprise a multi-room audio-video system. There are many additional options a user can add to a network, but there are a few basics. First, the consumer will need an A/V receiver

AV Receiver

This receiver should have powered outputs to avoid requiring a separate amplifier. If they do not, an amp may be needed for each room to listen or view different sources in a multi-room audio-video setup, the receiver will need to have two-room or three-room transmission capabilities.

For the signal to be sent to more than two or three areas, a speaker selector or connector block can be added to the system to send electronic signals to up to ten rooms.


Speakers are another fundamental part of the system.

Many consumers choosing multi-room audio-video prefer to use speakers that mount on the wall or ceiling so that they effectively disappear.

Freestanding and cabinet speakers can also be used.

These speakers should be located in each room, receiving audio or video transmissions.


Next, each system must have at least one AV source.

These sources can range from Pandora or Spotify to play online music to iPods and Blu-ray players. There can be many sources.

Their number is usually limited only by the ports available on the receiver.

Video Distributor

To transmit the multi-room audio-video signal, a distributor is necessary.

The video distributor takes the signal from the source and magnifies it to reach other rooms.

There are available in many different forms, mostly depending on the type and quality of video transmission sent.


Last, but certainly not least, each multi-room audio-video system needs to have adjustments. Depending on the complexity of the system, controls may be only at the source, or individual control pads may be placed in each room.

Consider Wired or Wireless Options

The two main types of multi-room audio-video systems.

The setups can either be wired or wireless.

Each type has its own advantages and limitations.

It is important to note that the term wireless is misleading for multi-room audio and video transmission because wireless speakers do not have their power sources.

They must be plugged in. However, there is still less wiring involved than the alternative.


When choosing between wired and wireless systems, consider the lighting.

If the consumer is building a building, wiring can be incorporated into the building process.

If it is an existing location, there will be many wires running throughout the area, or in-wall wiring will have to be installed.

In-wall wiring does provide a higher quality signal, though the expense for installation can be limiting.

The advantage of wired systems is that they can be set up to the user’s exact specifications. Additionally, multi-room audio-video wired networks generally have a higher quality of performance.

Wireless systems have evolved a great deal since their beginnings.

They are great for those who want the flexibility to change the configuration of their multi-room audio and video system.

Because of the lack of wiring, users can place speakers almost anywhere, and they always have the option to change their minds about speaker placement in the future.

Though there can sometimes be interference, it is not very common.

Wireless speakers also tend to create a deeper sound stage when using surround sound.


Multi-room audio-video systems can be incredibly convenient.

They allow consumers to project audio and video signals to several locations throughout the building.

The components making up a system include receivers, devices to split and control speakers, and the speakers and source devices themselves.

These systems can be wired through the business for the best signal quality, or mainly be wireless, which provides the user with the flexibility to relocate devices as they need to.

Varied remote control options allow users to control all the component devices with a single remote or remotes in each room.

Decisions related to installation come down to whether the client can incorporate the installation process into the construction of the building, and so run cables in the walls, or retrofit an existing multi-room audio-video system.

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