Archive for Whole House Audio

If I tell you that we could install speakers that you won’t see when you walk into a room, of what do you think? You probably imagine speakers hidden behind a sofa or char, or a room where you can see speakers that are flush against the wall, or plugged in up in the corners of the room.

But what do I actually mean?  I mean the speakers are invisible.  You literally do not see the speakers. You can look around the room all you want, and you won’t find them.

You still get tremendous results out of this technology, and invisible is the ultimate in home theater. It’s the way to go.

What’s that take to install? Check out this video it’s not us, but it’s similar to how it works

If you’re looking to install invisible speakers, honestly, don’t even bother researching brands.  There are a lot off them out there, and we’ll happily recommend the best ones you can get at different price points.

Are you worried about us tearing up your walls and making a mess of the house? Don’t be. In fact, some of our clients hire us for installations that we can do while they’re away on vacation.  They don’t even notice we were there, but having a complete home theater system with those invisible speakers is a nice surprise to have upon their return.

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Inner Ear Hair Cells

Electron Microscope view of hair cells embedded in the basilar membrane of the inner ear

As we age, even the little hairs in our inner ear lose some of their function which means we begin to lose our hearing in the very high frequency ranges and even some of the low frequency ranges.

The average range of hearing for children is from a low of 20 Hz to a high of 20 kHz. By the time a person hits the age of 20, years of attending loud concerts may already have killed off the ‘high tones’. Studies show that the high range for an average young adult is about 16,000 Hertz (16 kHz). In another 10 years, a 30-year-old is often down to a mere 12,000 Hertz (12 kHz). Such a person would simply not be able to detect the presence of, say, a 14 kHz squeal in an audio track.

Loss of hearing as a result of the aging process is called presbycusis. The process involves degeneration of the inner ear (cochlea). Presbycusis can also involve other parts of the auditory system. The hearing loss is progressive in nature with the high frequencies affected first. While the process begins after age 20, it is typically at ages 55 to 65 that the high frequencies in the speech range begin to be affected.

So why is this so important? Well, knowing how people hear high and low frequencies in music and knowing what type of music the family listens to most – rock-n-roll versus classical, for example — is critical to designing a home media room for that family to truly enjoy.

This is just one of the many hundreds of considerations that Sound + Image Design takes into account when working with their Clients to tailor a custom-built home media room for their Clients’ listening pleasure.

If you’re ready to take the next step in building your home theater room or perhaps your looking to build a whole house audio and video integration system, simply call our Richmond showroom at 804.741.5816.