As homes become more insular and space becomes premium, every design aspect should contribute to the overall enjoyment of music. There are music systems to suit every pocket, from portable speakers where you can connect your smartphone, laptop or, for those who still have the iconic iPod, to theatre-style surround sound. Every room in the house can be wired (or blue-toothed) to take advantage of the centrally located music system. These systems can be retrofitted although it is always better to work with your architect and sound specialist when you are building or renovating your house.
Some audiophiles insist on an entire room dedicated to music and these rooms are usually furnished with the ultimate enjoyment of music in mind. A properly designed room will have the seating in the optimal position to take advantage of the stereo effect. Furnishings will complement the acoustics of the room. The room may or may not be soundproofed, depending on the tastes of the house occupants. So kick back on one of these and check out our take below:
Not every audiophile is lucky enough to have a dedicated soundproofed music room. Enjoying music while everybody else is sleeping does not necessarily mean that you have to turn the volume right down and sit with your ear pressed against the speaker. Headphones have also been treated with technology upgrades and the better quality ones have built-in volume regulators to minimise damage to your ears. Iconic names such as Sennheiser have always been one of the go-to names in music enjoyment. Bluetooth technology enables the listener to be several metres away (25m+ is not unheard of) and they can be used with your SmartTV as well.
The hot trend for 2015 is to return to vinyl. Although the sound quality of digital is far superior, there is a nostalgia to the golden age of records. The newly designed vertical turntables come in all configurations to match every décor taste and budget.
The crowdfunding company Kickstarter, announced in the middle of the year a project to raise money for a floating turntable – an interesting concept indeed!
Even in this age of insulated music enjoyment in the form of earphones plugged into a smartphone, the race to make the perfect music system is still being run between the biggest names in home entertainment. Bang & Olufsen, Sony, Phillips, Pioneer are all recognized names in home theatre and music system designs. The aforementioned Gramovox has become a serious player in the sound system arena and they bring old-fashioned ideas and designs and modernise them to fit right in with current lifestyles and décor trends.