5 good reasons for multiroom audio in (almost) every room

Tyron Cosway
26th April 2018 in Know How
Music is more than merely a pleasant arrangement of sounds. Music can actually play such an important part in our lives. You could say music can be food for the soul, as what we listen to can have a major impact on how we feel. It’s no wonder then, that we believe multiroom audio to be a very important part of a Real Smart Home.

According to the experts over at John Hopkins medicine; listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. So let’s take a look at five great reasons you should choose to have multiroom audio in (almost) every room of your home.

What is multiroom audio?

Before we get into the reasons, we should probably answer this important question. It wasn’t too long ago that this concept wasn’t even around. If I think back to how I used to listen to music around the house, it would usually involve a hi-fi in the lounge (complete with CD player, tuner, tape deck and yes, even a record deck). Then in the kitchen, there was a small radio on the window sill and in the bedroom was the ever-popular bedside alarm-clock-come-radio.

It was impossible to transfer what anyone was listening to in one room over to another room. In fact, our solution to having music heard throughout the house – usually for when we were entertaining – was to just have the hi-fi on really loud. When we were barbecuing, we’d turn the volume up and have the windows open to be able to hear music in the garden. Remembering those days makes it sound really primitive considering we now have multiroom audio.

So what is the benefit of multiroom audio then? Well, it allows you to be able to listen to different music in different rooms – or in fact, the same music in multiple rooms. The choice is yours. This could mean you listening to relaxing sounds in the living room, while your young one is lulled to sleep with their favourite audiobook in the nursery. Or, when you’re entertaining you can make sure the party never skips a beat by having the same music playing in the kitchen, lounge, dining room and on the terrace. This is all possible with the Loxone Music Server which has been developed specifically for use in a Real Smart Home.

1. Different genres, different playlists – everyone has their go-to track

Keeping a household harmonious can be a tricky job at the best of times. Throw in the fact that we don’t all share the same taste in music and choosing just one playlist to listen to throughout the house, that will suit everyone, is near impossible. Dad might like his AC/DC, Mum prefers some feel-good Springsteen and let’s not even get started on what on earth teenagers are listening to nowadays. Let’s not forget that their little princess is showing no signs of tiring from those Disney sing-along albums.

This varied taste is reason enough to have multiroom audio in your home. Each of you will be able to listen to what you want, where you want – from a variety of different sources. With speakers in (almost) every room and the Loxone Music Server, everyone can kick back and relax to their chosen tunes in their own space.

1. Different genres, different playlists – everyone has their go-to track

Keeping a household harmonious can be a tricky job at the best of times. Throw in the fact that we don’t all share the same taste in music and choosing just one playlist to listen to throughout the house, that will suit everyone, is near impossible. Dad might like his AC/DC, Mum prefers some feel-good Springsteen and let’s not even get started on what on earth teenagers are listening to nowadays. Let’s not forget that their little princess is showing no signs of tiring from those Disney sing-along albums.

This varied taste is reason enough to have multiroom audio in your home. Each of you will be able to listen to what you want, where you want – from a variety of different sources. With speakers in (almost) every room and the Loxone Music Server, everyone can kick back and relax to their chosen tunes in their own space.

multiroom audio floorplan

2. Start each day right

We’ve already mentioned the power that music has over how we feel. Listening to soft, soothing music can really help us relax our mind, body and soul. On the other hand, listening to upbeat tunes can increase our heart rate and blood pressure so we feel raring to go.

Tap into the proven influence of music to start our day on the right note. In the morning, begin with a gentle, awakening playlist to bring you out of your slumber and then have the perfect get-up-and-go music playing in the bathroom while you get ready. This musical transition is sure to help you put your best foot forward each day.

3. The right music, in the right rooms

So, you’ve invited the neighbours around for a quiet Saturday afternoon barbecue – but with the sunny weather and drinks flowing; a few more friends start to arrive. This is likely to be one of those get-togethers that ends up including a lively game of charades in the lounge a bit later and a dose of local whos-who gossip session in the kitchen, too. This is turning into a bit of a party… But it’s no problem! Your Loxone Smart Home is ready to rise to the occasion. You can simply create a music zone (ie. a group that includes all the rooms that you want the same music to be played in) so the party doesn’t skip a beat.

In the Loxone Smart Home App you can, for example, group the living room, dining room, patio and kitchen music zones to have the same music playing in these rooms. The speakers in the rest of the house can still play different music, of course, so the children can hear their favourite sing-a-long tracks while in the playroom.

multiroom audio - Loxone app

Like the sound of that?

If you are already interested in discussing how you can include multiroom audio in your project, then please get in touch for a no-obligation consultation with one of the team. Or, read on for more great reasons for multiroom audio in (almost) every room…

4. Be alerted to potential danger, straight away

You can rest assured that no matter how loud the music gets, your home will still be able to let you know of any potential dangers. If your Loxone Smart Home detects fire, smoke or a water leak then the music will be paused and a corresponding alarm sound or message will play on the multiroom audio speakers.

5. Perfect for every occasion

multiroom audio for yoga

Relax into downward-facing dog
After a stressful day, the yoga mat can be the perfect place to unwind and switch off. Having the ideal accompanying playlist can make it easier to focus on your breathing and center your balance.

multiroom audio for cooking
Motivate your inner-chef
At the risk of it turning into a bit of kitchen-karaoke, having your favourite tunes playing in the kitchen while you channel your inner Jamie Oliver can be great motivation. They say that food tastes better when you cook with love, so lift your mood with music and cook the tastiest roast you’ve served up in a while.

Experience multiroom audio live, with Loxone!

Keen to find out more about the possibilities of multiroom audio in a Real Smart Home? Come along to one of our free Smart Home Info Sessions, experience it for yourself and chat with one of the team.