I got a new golden retriever puppy a few months ago. Her name is Chloe and she has an entire room of her own to sleep in, with a big kennel and a fancy dog bed.
Sounds so cozy, right? No, she cried and howled all night.
The next day my mom said something about playing music for dogs. That evening I got out my phone, started playing some classical violin and in 30 seconds, the puppy was asleep.
That was perfect, except I couldn’t leave the phone in the room playing every night, then I remembered, “Hey, you’re an audio video / home theater expert! Why don’t you tie this in to your home audio system?”
So I installed another Sonos speaker, this one in the dog’s room. Then I just push play whenever the dog goes to bed and she pretty much sleeps all night.
That Sonos speaker was a tiny price to pay for a good night’s sleep.
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How the Sonos Sound System Works with Home Theater Systems
The Sonos speakers use wifi and can become part of your whole home system. The great thing though is that I can listen to one Spotify playlist in one room and a different Spotify playlist in another room. So even though Chloe loves classical violin, I don’t have to listen to it all night.
You can do the same with your Amazon Music or Pandora account or whatever. The Sonos runs off an app and it will connect to basically every music streaming service you’ve ever heard of.
The cool part is that the music is playing off of the speaker itself. So all I’m doing is using the app on my phone to set it up and control it. Or I can do that with Alexa. But it’s not coming from my phone or my computer or any other device, which means I can leave – taking my phone with me – or I can take a phone call and the music doesn’t stop.
I’m using the Amazon Echo Dot, by the way, not even the full-sized Echo because I figured that I’d rather spend that extra couple hundred bucks on a Sonos speaker. So now I basically have a Sonos home theater and surround sound system throughout my house.
Become Your Own Outdoor Wedding DJ with the Sonos Amp
Several years ago, when my sister got married, she had a backyard wedding. I had a landscape speaker system sitting in storage so I got those out and put a few speakers around the yard.
I wired those up to a Sonos amplifier which we put in the guest house. Took that Sonos home theater outside just for my sister!
So I was the DJ, sitting in the audience, running the whole show – wedding march, processional and everything – off of the Sonos app on my phone.
It sounded great even with outdoor speakers (here’s my take on the best outdoor speaker systems, by the way).
The 7000 Square-Foot Home Sonos Audio System
I like the Sonos system when someone already has part of their house wired for sound and they want to add more, but it would take a lot to get that extra wiring in there.
I had a home theater design project for a client with a big, 7000 square-foot multi-story house. The custom home theater was designed, TVs were mounted here and there, and it was all set up with no problem, but it was going to be tough to get wired sound throughout the house without tearing up some walls.
Luckily, most of the wiring was going into the same area, so I hooked up several Sonos amps and then got Sonos speakers set up in every room they wanted music.
And while the amp is pretty simple, it does get a little complicated – or I guess just tedious – to set up. Plus you need good WiFi and you want it all to work with your smart home automation. So I can plan on setting all that up and figure it into my estimates when I get clients going on whole-house audio systems.
How to Set it Up Yourself and When to Call an Expert
These are some really great, fun applications of the Sonos home theater sound system, right? Ready to dive in yourself?
If you’re just sticking a Sonos in your living room and one in your bedroom, it’s really easy. Buy the speakers, download the app and follow the directions.
What should you buy? I actually like the smallest speaker, the “Sonos Play: 1,” the best. For their size they have really great low frequency reproduction, which is really odd because of the size of the speaker but that’s technology for you.
At under a couple hundred bucks, they make great sound really accessible. It’s just when you start wanting to put together a whole system, maybe with a sound bar, an amp and more speakers that it starts to add up.
But if you’re in Fresno, Clovis, Bakersfield or anywhere in between those cities, do yourself a favor before you run out and buy six of each and start drilling holes in your walls.
First, read my post about what it takes to get true surround sound.
Next, give me a call at (559) 432-8600 or . I’ll ask you a few questions about your room size, your current set-up and what you’re looking to spend, then I’ll give you an estimate on the speakers, installation and set up.
I can help you buy the right number and size of speakers and amps, I can set it all up, and get it tied into your existing system.
Then you can help the dog sleep, make your sister happy, blast out the neighbors or whatever it is you want to do with your home audio or home theater system.