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Hidden Sound Solutions vs. The Full Sound Experience: Which is Best for You?

by Ann Ferguson

Did you know that there are multiple ways to customize your home audio? You can have completely hidden sound solutions so the sound happens like magic or have designated listening areas that show off what your speakers can do. But how can you choose?

Maybe you don't even have to choose! Let's go over the benefits of each and how you can improve your sound!

The Hidden Sound Experience

Aperture speakers hidden behind stylish bezels

If you dream of having music appear in your home like magic, you'll undoubtedly be a fan of the hidden sound experience. With hidden sound, speakers are integrated into the wall or ceiling (even behind the drywall!) and blended with your home's aesthetic.

You can use other techniques like custom art speaker grilles, small aperture speakers you can hide behind artwork, or create an entire visual feature that camouflages your speakers. There's no limit to how you want to disguise your speakers!

Benefits of Hidden Sound Solutions

So, what are the benefits of hidden sound solutions? The most significant one is how they blend with your home aesthetic — there won't be any obvious signs of tech anywhere, but everything works like magic! To that effect, our team of custom integrators can help create bespoke covers, bevels, and custom power lifts to hide your equipment.

The second benefit is having smooth background audio for any activity, whether at home relaxing or entertaining your friends for get-togethers. However, the one drawback is that the sound won't be as dynamic as in a fully treated room tailored to your listening experience.

The Full Sound Experience

Comparison of a two-channel system vs a home theater

The second way to customize your sound is with the full sound experience, meaning you have a fully treated room with speakers facing toward you. And there are two ways to achieve this: 2-channel audio or an 11.2 home theater surround sound!

2-Channel Audio

With 2-channel audio, you will see all the audio equipment, including speakers, receivers, amplifiers, and music sources. But the room will focus on human binocular hearing, which tailors the sound to your ears for a full room audio sound or a designated listening sweet spot.

11.2 Home Theater Sound

2-channel audio is typically for a listening room, but an 11.2 home theater sound is precisely that — for your home theater! These systems involve multiple speakers (up to 11) and a subwoofer angled toward your seating. So, whether the speakers are in front, above, to the sides, or behind you, there isn't a single spot your audio misses!

Benefits of the Full Sound Experience

The idea behind the whole sound experience is receiving the clearest, crispest audio tailored to your hearing, which audiophiles love. But even if you're not a designated musicophile, you too can benefit from a fully treated audio room — you get to hear content as close to how it was recorded in the studio!

This brings out the emotion of everything you listen to, so you can feel every bit of it in your chest! You get a mini concert just for you! The only drawbacks are that you'll see more of your audio equipment, and your listening experience will be limited to the treated room.

Can You Do Both?

A blend of hidden home audio and virtually seen speakers

Absolutely! You can have both hidden sound solutions and a full sound experience together! And it's up to you how you want that to look— our custom integrators will do the rest!

So, if you want the benefits of hidden audio in your living areas, bathrooms, studies, home office, and a dedicated listening room, there's no stopping you. And the best part is that tons of new speakers are works of art themselves with colorful glazes, so they'll even enhance your home's aesthetic.

Pro Tip: If you want multi-room audio you can control and schedule, let us know! We can customize your listening experience even further!

What's Your Sound?

Now that you know more about the difference between hidden sound solutions vs. the full sound experience, are you ready to get started? If so, our team at EdgeUp Technology is ready and waiting for your call! We'll set you up with a consultation appointment where we'll review the scope of your audio needs and work up ideas on how to meet your audio needs!

All you have to do is point at what you want, and we'll do the rest!