We’re right in the thick of football season and, for many people, there’s nothing better than the sound of a solidly fought game on the gridiron. Oh, and getting a good visual from the 50-yard-line helps, too. But let’s face it. Without the awesome audio we’d lose the real impact of a good tackle.
Sportscaster and football superstar Ahmad Rashad feels passionate about the importance of good audio, as you’ll see in our inside look at his specially designed sports “analysis” room. Great speakers and dual displays deliver the game-day action, but its Rashad’s collection of vinyl that evokes some serious nostalgia. With records dating back to his college days and a design reminiscent of his dorm room, the media space conjures football, audio, and video at its finest.
Good music—be it from a favorite album or a streaming music service—is even better when you can share it with others, and in this issue we’ll show you how to do just that. Our comprehensive directory of more than 20 whole-house music systems includes all the details you need to know—price, installation requirements, capabilities—to choose a system that can share music from a single set of components with speakers and listeners all over the house. Of particular importance is whether the system delivers music to speakers over cabling or wirelessly. Each approach has its merits, which can make it difficult to choose which route to take. Rather than get mired in the minutiae, we invited whole-house audio system manufacturers Sonos and Autonomic to spar over which is best: wireless or hardwired. Be sure to read their standoff.
However, there’s only so far a great audio system can bring your music to perfection. As Krissy Rushing explains in 9 Things You Need to Know About Acoustical Treatments, the room environment can throw a huge monkey wrench into the audio reproduction. Thankfully, acoustical treatments can fix most environmental ailments. They’re fairly easy to install, and can actually add decorative interest to a space, while rendering clear, crisp audio—and that’s music to our ears.