From Analog to Digital: What’s Playing in Your Home?
Take Full Advantage of an Integrated Sound System Installation
If you’ve been following our blog, you know that you can enjoy excellent audio throughout your home or in a dedicated listening room, as long as the conditions are right. Once you have the best speakers for your space, and a room specially treated for appropriate acoustics, it’s time to decide what to play on your sound system installation. Georgia audiophiles will want to take full advantage of all the music available to them. In this edition, we’ll detail the various ways you can enjoy music in your home.
Among the most popular ways to experience music today are streaming services. The upside is that you have virtually endless amounts of music at your fingertips, without taking up any valuable storage space in your home or on a server. Spotify Premium offers a great selection of songs and albums, but other services like Deezer and Tidal promise high-fidelity tracks and exclusive content. The result is hours of music for your enjoyment.
It’s not uncommon for many experienced music lovers to talk about how MP3s are ruining music. The fact is, despite being very popular with younger audiophiles, MP3s are compressed files, meaning you lose a lot of the sound when you save music digitally in the format. The good news is that there are plenty of lossless file formats like FLAC, WAV and ALAC that make digital music sound as good as, if not better than, analog audio.
The biggest problem with lossless audio formats used to be their size. For many years, they simply could not be stored in a reasonable way, because the components were just too large. More recently, however, smaller storage devices have become available and affordable, so you can enjoy every detail of uncompressed tracks without missing a beat.
Let’s be honest; digital music comes with its pros and cons. On the plus side, you have a ton of great music to listen to without having to take up too much space in your home. But for many, listening to the music is only half of the experience. That’s why it’s been so much fun seeing the revival of analog music formats – specifically vinyl records – over the past couple of years.
Many of today’s record players are designed with the finest components and are capable of working both wired and wireless connections. You can stream a vinyl record throughout your whole home’s Sonos system, or just enjoy it in your dedicated listening room – the same way you enjoy digital music.
Plus, you can store the analog audio you already have digitally – in lossless file formats -- to access it anywhere. Analog to digital converters look like traditional record players, but they can be plugged into your computer via USB to transfer the sounds.
Are you ready to get the most out of your sound system installation? Contact Georgia’s leading audio experts today!