Integrating great sound with great design

When it comes to the design of a custom-built home the architect has a vision, the interior designer has a vision, and design consultants all have a vision. If you’ve ever been to a model home showcase you can see this vision; clean lines, clean spaces, everything placed perfectly where it should be without a chair, window treatment, plant or coffeetable book out of place. But where’s the technology?

You see, what Sonance found is designers and architects typically hate technology. It’s clutter. They keep as much of it out of these model homes as they can because it takes their perfect design and adds chaos. It’s that very chaos that takes these buildings and turns them into homes. So what do you do if you want high design, but still want premium audio in your home? Sonance has the solution, and it’s not just a solution that meets the needs of the designers: it’s a solution that also meets the demands of those that crave quality audio.

Eliminating the clutter & the compromise

When you look at the layout of a home created by a designer or architect, you’ll rarely see rooms with two large floorstanding speakers, rear surrounds and a giant sub in the corner. It’s not part of their plan, it’s not on their radar. But if you’re an audio fan, these are necessary elements to have in your home. That’s where Sonance comes into play, by incorporating Sonance in- wall and in-ceiling speakers, these elements disappear into the room, allowing the room to be the focus, while still allowing great sound in the space. And with Sonance, when they say great sound, they mean it.

While other architectural speakers may lose sound quality to be able to squeeze a speaker into your wall or ceiling, Sonance, the inventors of the in-wall speaker, have never compromised on sound. In fact, for this brand, the emphasis on premium sound has always come first, with research and innovations to ensure their in-wall speakers compete on an equal playing field as any giant floorstanding speaker. So even though you may barely notice Sonance speakers on your wall or in your ceiling, you’ll definitely notice the amazing sound when the system is turned on.

A good example of matching the size and shape of the speaker with the size and shape of the lighting fixtures to help the audio blend in.

Lighting’s influence on audio dispersion and design

For Sonance, the relationship between how you provide light in a room resonated strongly with how they wanted to provide audio for those same rooms. To accomplish this task, Sonance went about this idea of lights influencing sound in two ways: design of the speaker unit and the dispersion of sound.

When looking at lighting design, Sonance was quick to discover that there are many different sizes and shapes of in-ceiling lighting. To incorporate speakers into this world, Sonance found it essential to have speakers that matched, with a host of sizes and shapes, so when you look up you’re not seeing large round speakers with tiny square lighting units. Now the design of the speakers matches the lighting design of the room, helping the speakers disappear even further into the architecture.

For dispersion of sound, Sonance looked at how in-ceiling lighting was being used to light different rooms. One needs only look at their own home to realize how rare it is to have a single light used to illuminate an entire room. Kitchens, for example, have lighting over the island, under-lighting for the cabinets, and in-ceiling lights that scatter the space to properly light the entire room. Bigger lights in certain areas, smaller in others, but enough lighting to create scenes and groupings to fill the space with the appropriate amount of light from edge to edge. Looking at how this light filled the room, Sonance discovered audio should work in the same way. A single speaker couldn’t provide the proper amount of sound for an entire room. You needed multiple speakers properly placed to bring exquisite sound to the entire room. And like that lighting — more in some areas, less in others — allowed for “audio scenes.” Now sound permeates every corner of your house without loud areas here, and quiet areas over there. Instead, you have clean, even sound everywhere. This doesn’t just make for a more design-friendly space, it makes for a more well-balanced audio space. No longer do you have to be in the perfect seat in your living room to truly enjoy your home audio system, you can be anywhere.

By using multiple speakers surrounding your room or outdoor area, you get clean, even sound no matter where you are in the space.

Sonance has also incorporated this thinking into their outdoor speaker line. Where once the only solution was to mount speakers on your house and blast the sound to your yard, Sonance’s Sonarray systems look at the yard as a whole. The Sonarray system uses eight smaller speakers to surround your yard with sound, pushing the audio in. Now, you can have even sound throughout your yard without blasting those near the house, or your neighbors. The Sonarray system also includes a sub for high- quality bass. And if you have a larger yard, multiple Sonarray systems can be connected together, so no area is without superior quality sound.

Hear it, don’t see it. That’s Sonance’s influence on design.

The dream solution for design and sound

Magnolia Design Centers work very closely with Sonance to ensure solutions like these can be incorporated whenever Magnolia enters a home. While some will still want the latest floorstanding speakers and surrounds on display, those who want a more discrete solution will also have a great choice. Design and acoustic brilliance, together without any compromise: that’s the solution Magnolia and Sonance can bring to your home.

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