The roots of the home audio systems may feel like a wave ripping through present day, but actually has roots in the 1800s. According to Complex, the first real breakthrough for home audio came in 1877 when Thomas Edison created the mechanical recording machine called the phonograph, otherwise known as the record player. Although you can still get a record player to play your vintage collection of vinyl, there are more efficient and modern ways to play your music at home. Here are five ways to do it.
Optimize your speaker space
A big home theater system is a luxury but isn’t always the answer for every homeowner. Whether you’re short on space or just want a more discreet sound system, you can optimize your speaker space while still enjoying your favorite music. Place your speakers on speaker stands to get them off the floor and tuck away in corners or alongside your couch or entertaining area. The best part about speaker stands is you can move them around as your needs change, from hosting guests to curling up with a good book and music.
Stream your favorites
There’s something nostalgic about record players, but the reality is we want to hear our favorites while staying mobile. Stream all your favorites right on your smartphone and carry with you to your home office, next to a bedside table for a long soak or while getting ready for bed. You can also stream your favorites without spending a bundle from Pandora to Amazon music. There are plenty of choices, just make sure you create playlists to set the mood for any situation.
Surround yourself in sound
If you’re streaming your favorites around the home, it’s always a fun idea to go for surround sound. Perfect if you’re watching musical documentaries or just want to stream music through your television, surround sound can make you feel like you’re enveloped in music. Pick a room that you love spending time in and add a snack area, bar or mini library to enhance the experience.
Indulge in a home theater
You could also up your game on the surround sound and go for an at-home theater system to transform your room into a listening and movie-watching headquarters. The quality of the music and sound cut through better, and you may realize some of your favorite movies have amazing music you just never really noticed before. Host a launch party for your home theater and play all your favorite movies and soundtracks for an event to remember.
Tap an assistant
We all want more help around the house, and getting our music organized and accessible should be a joy instead of another stressor. Google Home or Alexa is a smart place to start with wireless audio and the help of a smart assistant. Just tell it what you want to play and your smart assistant will do the rest while you focus on more important things; like expanding your musical knowledge.
There are tons of ways to play music at home, but it all comes back to the most satisfying experience for you. Whether you want a grand representation in a home theater program or just the ability to set-up a speaker stand or streaming music dock and enjoy your day, pick something you love to listen to at the end of a long day.