6 Audio Sources to Enjoy on Your Whole Home Audio System


Streaming music is great, but what else can you listen to with whole home audio?

Installing a whole home audio system is a great way to cater to the unique entertainment needs of everyone in your Henrico, VA, home. A whole home audio setup uses centralized source components and cabling to deliver music and other audio sources to individual speakers in every room of your house. With multi-room audio distribution from Control4, you can use your smartphone or touchscreen tablet to play music in a single room or every room with the press of a button.

Most likely, everyone in your family has different music tastes, and a whole home audio solution can accommodate them all! Keep reading to learn more about the various audio sources you can enjoy with your whole house sound system.   

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CDs and Vinyl Records

Are your CDs and vinyl records currently confined to one room of the house where the CD player and turntable are? With a whole home audio system, you can play your vast CD collection and favorite 60s rock n’ roll records throughout the entire house.

It’s relatively simple to connect a CD player and turntable to your sound system. You’ll need either an amplifier or receiver with a built-in phono preamp or a separate phono preamp to hook up your turntable. And all you need to connect a CD player is an input connection on the receiver or amp.

High-Resolution Streaming

Take your music streaming to the next level by adding high-res streaming services to your whole home sound system. Most streaming platforms deliver music in MP3 files — a format that uses audio compression to reduce the file size to fit onto digital players and platforms. The downside is that compression results in a loss of sound quality.

Today, multiple streaming services are available to support high-resolution, uncompressed audio files for a better listening experience. You can use platforms like Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify HiFi, and Amazon Music HD to deliver crisp, clean, and high-fidelity music anywhere in your home with the press of a button on your smartphone.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

Your whole home audio system can be used for more than just listening to music. Do you like to listen to audiobooks while cleaning the house or catch up on interesting podcasts while cooking dinner? Today, there are numerous streaming podcasts and audiobook apps at your disposal. You can use your phone or touchscreen tablet to start a new audiobook or podcast, skip ahead, or send your content to a new speaker while you move around the house.


Your TV is another non-music source you can link to your whole house sound system — all you need is an input connection on your central receiver or amplifier. One benefit of a TV connection is that having external speakers can boost the sound quality from your TV while you’re watching shows and movies. Another benefit is that you can use your smartphone or tablet to send the TV audio to another room if you need to grab a snack or drink in the middle of a show, game or movie. That way, you can keep up with important dialogue without pressing pause and disrupting movie night.

Ready to enjoy simple, streamlined, and easy-to-use entertainment with whole home audio? Then give us a call at (804) 741-5816 or fill out our online form to get started today. We look forward to working with you!

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