Distributed Audio – Office

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Distributed Audio?

A distributed audio system is a clever way to achieve sound coverage for large areas in less time and with greater efficiency. This type of installation typically consists of installing speakers on the walls, ceiling, or underneath flooring; then routing signals through an amplifier to control volume levels so that each room has specific requirements met according to its size.

Distributed audio can be used to have “sound masking” throughout hallways, helping to reduce the sound transfer between different rooms.

Multi Channel Vs Multi Zone Audio

 

A multi-channel amplifier will reproduce the same audio source distributed at the same volume over multiple speakers. For example, having background music in your office provided by in-ceiling speakers. When you turn up the volume knob, the volume is increased on each speaker equally.

A multi-zone system will give you independent control over groups of speakers in different locations. For example, having different music playing in your office lobby vs the main working area. This would require a multi-zone audio system.

Controlling Your Distributed Audio System

There are several ways to control your distributed audio system, and we work with clients to determine the best way for their specific use case. In smaller offices many find using the smartphone app easiest, and in larger offices we typically mount a tablet for an easy, centrally located control centre.

How Many Speakers Do I Need?

 

Ultimately this will depend on factors like your ceiling height, your room layout, and decor. That being said, for office layouts, a good rule of thumb is if you have 10 ft. ceilings, each speaker will cover about 400 sq ft. Having multiple speakers also gives you the ability to set a lower, but consistent volume across the office. Having a single speaker in a corner can lead to situations where the volume is too loud for those closest to the speaker, and too quiet for those across the room.  

How Much Should I Budget?

After decades of office & boardroom installations across Ontario, our trained & certified installers have seen it all. We can help you determine what type of distributed audio system will work for you, and we can provide you with a budget range to help assist your planning. Click the button below to get started. 

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