March 6, 2018

Why you don’t need a Professional Speaker Installer Anymore

You don’t need to pay a professional to install a speaker system in your home.  You used to need one.  In the past, the programming, the timing, and running the wires took a professional.  It was a complicated endeavor.  You needed a tuner, you needed to calculate the the amplification needed depending on the location and type of speaker, and you needed to know the complicated programming language used to build the system.  No average home owner wanted to take on the installation of such a complex system on their own.

Today things are different, and Sonos is one of many examples of professional quality systems that anyone can install themselves in just a few minutes.  Here is an overview of the how and the why.

Installers are Very Expensive

A professional sound or audio visual install costs between $50 and $200 an hour.  They also tack on travel fees, programming fees, and they always find a way to take quite a bit more time than you expect (and they estimate).  In labor alone, getting a speaker system installed often costs over $1,000.

Sonos is Wireless

A huge advantage of Sonos is that it is wireless.  As long as you have a strong WiFi connection in your home, your Sonos system will work very well.  If you don’t have a strong WiFi system, you can add another wireless access point (WAP) device easily yourself.  We recommend ones made by Ubiquiti Networks, for their performance and affordability.

Traditionally, you need to run wires through the walls, through the ceiling, and around plumbing and existing wiring.  This was a skill, and most people never wanted to tackle something like that.  It took a lot of subtle skill to minimize damage to existing walls and ceilings, and to fish wires in general.

Sonos solves this by playing music completely wirelessly.  All the speakers need is to all be connected to the same wireless network, and they need to be plugged into a power source.  Anyone can connect the speaker to the WiFi, and no professional is needed to run wires.

Sonos Programming is Easy

Sonos requires no complicated programming, and you can set up a basic system in under 10 minutes.  Sonos works by building upon itself.  You add a speaker, assign it a “room” and set up your controller app with your music.  Once you have one speaker set up, you can add speaker by speaker.  You can add them to an existing room, or create a new room (or put another way a different zone).  Each room can play the same music, or separate music from other rooms at the same time.

You can add as many Sonos speakers as you like, and they are all controlled wirelessly from the Sonos controller app.  Anyone who is connected to the same WiFi network can download the app, and all the programming is already set up.  With this you can have as many or as few people controlling the system as you want, and it all works the same way.

The best part is the whole process is very intuitive.  You only need to answer the questions as they come up, because the app guides you through the set up process one step at a time.

You Don’t Need an Amplifier

If you have Sonos speakers, the amplifiers are built in already.  You don’t need to lay out any extra money for amps, or program how power is distributed across your system. The speakers are “all in one” enclosed devices that fully power themselves, including the subwoofer.

Music is Streaming Now

You don’t need a receiver, or a CD Changer, or a record player to play music anymore.  Now, everything is electronic, and Sonos is your gateway to an electronic world.  You can stream any music you want, from Apple Music, Itunes MP3, Pandora, Spotify, streaming radio, or any one of hundreds of streaming music services.  You don’t need to worry about keeping your music anywhere but the cloud, and you don’t need any additional electronics to play it.

Don’t waste money on a professional just because you want high quality sound in your home.  Get a Sonos system, even if it costs slightly more than some alternatives.  It will make up for its price when you install it yourself and save hundreds of dollars on labor and home repairs from running wires.