With these whole-house audio setups to choose from, how can you not make beautiful music? We look at different system features.
Background Music for an Open Floorplan
The Affordable Solution
Big Family, Big House
The Party Pad
The Internet Junkie
Let the Kids Play
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Let the Kids Play

There are two options when it comes to letting the kids use a distributed audio system: Turn each of their rooms into an independent listening zone by outfitting the space with a keypad and speakers, or buy them nice standalone stereo systems. Todd Levenson of evanesce in Los Angeles prefers the latter. “We usually steer our clients away from putting the kids’ rooms on the system—not because the kids can’t figure it out, but because their rooms and technology are far more dynamic than that of adults, and let’s face it, they don’t listen to the same stuff we do.”
Plus, you’ll pay less for your audio distribution system and save valuable zone inputs for other areas of your house. A decent bookshelf stereo system with an iPod dock and speakers might run a few hundred dollars; rigging up a kid’s bedroom with a keypad and speakers could cost more than $1,000 and leave you with no outputs for those backyard speakers.

Approximate cost: $400 (no labor; you can install it yourself)

SAMPLE EQUIPMENT
Tivoli iYiYi standalone stereo system with iPod dock

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