How to Get a Home Sound System that Looks as Good as It Sounds

Custom KEF home theater sound system in a Salt Lake City home.

Exploring Sound Options that Appeal to Your Sense of Style

We understand that most people love great sound, but not everyone loves speakers. So even though we can wax ecstatic about speaker drivers, cabinet design, woods, and automotive-grade metallic finishes, some of our clients might yawn and say, "Can I just get the sound without seeing the speaker?"

We hear you, and of course, you can. Architectural speakers are built into walls and ceilings and virtually disappear. While they have been around for many years, the design and quality of architectural speakers have changed markedly over the years – they can now match the quality of their standalone counterparts. So if you are designing a new media room or home theater, you can have the sound quality you want without upsetting the room's aesthetic, no matter how many speakers are in the system. 

Let's explore some hi-fi disappearing speakers you can use in your Salt Lake City, UT, home sound system

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All About Acoustics for Dedicated Home Theater Rooms

Custom home theater room in a Salt Lake City home.

Acoustic Treatment Can Take Your Sound from Good to Great

We're going to let you in on a little secret. That immersive, spectacularly intense sound you want in a home theater is not all about speakers and audio components. Many don't realize that getting the sound dialed in for every seat in a home theater is no mean feat. The secret sauce often comes down to acoustic treatment. 

In this second blog on home cinema sound this month, we’re going to focus on how acoustic treatment completes the sound installation for a home theater room. Sure, it’s not as sexy as the Sonos Faber and Focal speakers we discussed last month, but it can be just as important. A well-treated (acoustically) room with a good sound system might actually sound better than an untreated one with a great sound system. Read on below to learn more about how we apply acoustic treatment to perfect the sound quality for home theaters in Salt Lake City, UT. 

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How to Choose Speakers for a Home Theater: Freestanding vs. Architectural

Sonus Faber home theater speakers in a Park City, Utah home.

No Need to Choose Between Aesthetics and Sound Quality

Everyone loves great sound for music and movies. Not everyone, however, loves to see what makes the sound. Audiophiles love high-end equipment like McIntosh, Magnepan, and KEF, which are meant to be seen and heard. Others don't want to see any equipment, whether it's speakers for whole home audio or the home theater.

In this month's blog posts, we're going to focus on home theater sound and aesthetics. One of the things you might not know is that you don't have to sacrifice aesthetics for sound quality. If you don't want to see the speakers in your Park City, UT home, the choices for high-end sound are still amazing, but they do require careful planning and installation. On the other hand, if you like the look of speakers, you might be wowed by the beauty of some top brands. Keep reading below to learn more about home theater speaker options that are sure to please no matter which way you go. 

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Lighting Design and Automation, Part 3: How to Use Accent Lighting

Modern living room with stone fireplace in a Salt Lake City home with custom lighting design

Accent Lighting Is All about Form and Function

This is the third and last installment of our current blog series on lighting design and automation. Last month, we discussed how lighting designers take a layered approach to illuminating a space. The three lighting layers are ambient, task, and accent lighting. When all three are done correctly, it’s almost magical – lighting can transform any room in your Salt Lake City, UT home from mundane to magnificent. 

In this post, we want to focus on perhaps the lighting that's the most fun – accent lighting. As you can guess, accent lighting is what casts a spotlight (not literally, but sometimes) on something you want to highlight or enhance. What makes today’s accent lighting even more fun is LED technology, which enables unique lighting that fits into more spaces than ever and brings dynamic color control. Ready to see what you can do with accent lighting? Please read on. 

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Lighting Design and Automation, Part 2: Let’s Talk Task Lighting

Modern kitchen in a Park City,Utah home with custom LED lighting and automation.

Task Lighting is all about Form and Function

Lighting designers like to talk about layered lighting. What is it? Layered lighting is an approach that adds just the right amount of illumination to a space in your Park City, UT home, both for functional and aesthetic purposes. The three layers of lighting are ambient, task, and accent. 

Last month in this lighting series, we discussed ambient lighting. Ambient is the general lighting for a room, most often done with overhead lights like recessed cans. Task lighting is the light that focuses on an area to get work done, like a lamp on a home office desk or the pendants over the kitchen island. Finally, accent lighting is the light that highlights an object or area, such as shining a spot on artwork or light that highlights an arch. In this blog, stay with us below as we focus on task lights and lighting automation. Look for more on accent lighting in the next blog!

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