Tales of an Instagram Husband: Our Dwelling Audio Setup – What’s Gaby Cooking

TLDR: In case you don’t have a ton of time to learn this novel under (mainly my speaker journey), use these bounce hyperlinks to navigate to the precise components of this publish:

High School Thomas and my first car
Why Sonos
Our Setup
The Build
To wire or not to wire
Home Theater
Still Fly

I really feel like Huge Tymers stated it greatest

4 fifteen’s didn’t see no wires
After which I heard (increase!) from the amplifiers

Feeling nostalgic? Make a journey down reminiscence lane and watch this traditional!

Nonetheless Fly dropped in 2002, nearly 20 years in the past, after I was a Junior in Excessive Faculty (I FEEL OLD). This tune was an ANTHEM for its time and was all the time able to “bump” at a moments discover when pulling into and out of my highschool car parking zone or any social occasion. Quantity cranked to degree 11, home windows down, and my mega rad bleached blonde recommendations on full show. SUPER COOL, RIGHT? Additionally, was I the one one who had a “drive up tune”? I have to know so we are able to make a playlist ASAP.

I nonetheless don’t have any clue how this look landed Gaby again within the day lol

Anyhow I used to be 17 years outdated with a brand new drivers license and a recent set of wheels. I had simply traded in my first automobile, an excellent horny 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva that my Nice Grandparents hooked me up with for this magnificence under. My 96 Ford Mustang that I named Mallory, as a result of in response to Gone in 60 Seconds each automobile wants a reputation…duh. Let it’s identified that I assumed I used to be THE SHIT lol.

So FLY! Euro Lights, 2 12″ JL W0’s, Underbody Package, and a few circulate masters to assist make my tiny v6 sound prefer it was a v8.

So how does this tune and my first automobile play into our residence AV setup?

The road “4 15’s didn’t see no wires after which I heard increase from the amplifier” is referencing an excellent loud automobile stereo system (4 15″ inch subwoofers) which are customized put in (hidden wires) and could be performed at very loud volumes (increase from the amplifier). My ardour for customized audio options began with my automobile and over time transitioned into our residing areas from our first condominium collectively to now our first residence. The aim was easy, an excellent sounding system that was problem free and straightforward to make use of.

Until you could have been residing beneath a rock, you already know that Gaby and I bought our first residence final yr and we have now accomplished an in depth redesign/transform. For the primary time in my life I had the chance to construct out a correct residence audio resolution from scratch.


Why Sonos?

HOW IT STARTED: 2 Sonos play 3s in our 800 sq ft condominium (2012)


Gaby, take a look at these two new good audio system I bought from this firm referred to as Sonos.


Why do we'd like TWO audio system for our small condominium? 
Aren't there higher issues we are able to spend our cash on?  
The sound bar works simply fantastic... 

JUST FINE was not reducing it and my motivation for the acquisition was easy. We like to host. We don’t like to have our events finish early as a consequence of noise complaints.

Our “simply fantastic” sound bar was getting used to fill our front room/eating room and kitchen with music. This simply fantastic sound bar was not good. As a way to play music, you needed to plug a pc or iPhone/mp3 participant straight into the sound bar, you already know, much like a ball and chain. That was strike one.

The problem when utilizing a single speaker to cowl a large space is quantity. You actually should crank it to listen to music on the opposite aspect of the room. Nevertheless if you’re standing on the aspect of the room with the speaker it’s unimaginable to have a dialog as a result of the music is just too loud. The second main challenge with the amount being cranked is that we have been mainly offering music for your complete condominium complicated. Evidently the Neighbors weren’t stoked. Strike quantity two.

Flash ahead to our subsequent banquet, this time with our two new good audio system. Having two audio system allowed us to fill the area extra evenly at a decrease quantity ranges, one speaker within the kitchen and one speaker in the lounge . Decrease quantity means no noise complaints. Added Bonus: Since these audio system have been good we have been in a position to management the music from our telephones and rid ourselves of the outdated ball and chain. It was an throughout win.

After that occasion, Gaby shortly modified her place on the acquisition. To make issues higher, she would use the audio system with out me. I’d come residence from work and discover her rocking out to Taylor Swift within the kitchen. She went from skeptical to OBSESSED. Ever since that fateful occasion, Sonos has been a staple in our residence.

The great thing about Sonos is which you could construct your system as your wants change and develop. Bonus factors for the wi-fi part and never having to place holes within the partitions. We began with 2 play 3’s in our condominium and over time slowly continued to construct out our residence audio system.

Our Setup


In our setup you’ll discover a mix of wired Sonos audio system (Sonos in ceiling architectural audio system that hook up with a Sonos Amp) and the normal wi-fi Sonos Audio system (Sonos 5, Sonos Transfer, Sonos One, and many others). Historically talking, a totally wired method is extra aesthetically pleasing and seen in greater finish houses. With a wired connection there’s much less probability of audio dropping out and the audio system disappear into the partitions and ceilings. With that being stated, with a view to obtain this look it’s essential to usually rent an expert to open up the partitions and run a number of cable.

Since we weren’t ripping aside your complete home (solely a part of it), the combo of wired and wi-fi audio system was the proper possibility. This saved us cash on set up prices and having to buy extra audio system and amps to get music all through the home.

*Be aware that the wi-fi audio system carry out simply in addition to the wired audio system

The Construct

Gaby and I like to entertain so this was entrance and middle when it got here to designing out our system. For my part your music ought to mix in seamlessly with the occasion, it shouldn’t be the principle focus. That is the north star for our residence setup.

Set up your zones:

The 1st step: Set up your zones and work out all of the areas you need to hearken to music. In our case I wished to have a speaker in every bed room, kitchen, front room, eating room, bar, pool, pool home, BBQ/Pizza Oven space, and fireplace pit.

To Wire or to not Wire:

Since we weren’t doing actually any work to the prevailing bedrooms I used to be in a position to make use of my current Sonos audio system to cowl these zones. The overwhelming majority of the work being accomplished to our home was within the kitchen and front room areas. Since partitions have been going to be opened I opted to go along with a wired method. Every wired zone wants a Sonos Amp with a view to join together with your Sonos system. We created wired zones for the kitchen, bar, and front room. I even have wires working for my 3 out of doors zones as nicely, nonetheless this has not been setup but.

Dwelling Theater:

For the Dwelling Room I wished a encompass sound setup that was linked to the TV. We moved our current Sonos Playbar to the master suite and upgraded the lounge TV to the Sonos Arc. The Sonos Arc will not be solely a lovely wanting speaker, but it surely additionally places out some unbelievable sound and is Dolby Atmos succesful.

Whats Dolby Atmos? Dolby Atmos is a encompass sound format. Based on wikipedia, it expands on current encompass sound techniques by including top channels, permitting sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. Suppose again to the times after we might go to the films and a helicopter would fly over head and it felt like a helicopter actually flew left to proper entrance to again within the movie show. In its easiest kind, that’s Atmos.

Paired with the Arc was my current Sonos Sub and two in ceiling audio system powered by a Sonos amp to finish my encompass sound setup.

There’s nothing fairly like sitting in your front room with the amount cranked whereas getting true Atmos encompass sound. Whats even cooler is that increasingly more content material is coming to market that makes use of Dolby Atmos. Netflix, Apple TV, Disney +, and Amazon Prime all have Atmos combined content material.

If it sounds good, it has to look good. To associate with the audio portion of the lounge we went forward and bought the Samsung Body TV. This TV sits above our fire. When its not in use, it seems like a chunk of artwork. Now we have had individuals come over and never even discover that it was a TV. The proper instance of tech mixing in seamlessly with its environment.

Sonos Arc + Samsun Body with White Bevel displaying van Gogh’s Subject with Poppies.

For probably the most half the TV and Sound System are a match made in heaven. I’ll observe that there are occasions when watching dwell TV that the audio sync doesn’t line up. The published is forward of the sound. I’ve gone deep within the boards making an attempt to determine an answer with none luck. What I’ve learn is that Samsung and Sonos are engaged on an answer and can be rolling out updates sooner or later. Additionally, how cool is it that like our telephones, our audio system and tvs now have the flexibility to be up to date remotely!


Now that we have now lastly completed the principle home, we’re on the brink of kick off the landscaping a part of our transform. I’ve 3 out of doors zones which are pre-wired and prepared for audio system. As soon as the panorama goes in, we are going to set up the outside audio system.

I’m opting to go along with in-ground outdoor audio system which are basically hidden by the vegetation. Sonos does have out of doors choices, nonetheless they have to be mounted to a wall or roof. The explanation I selected to not go along with these kinds of audio system was two fold. We wished to stay to the theme of tech mixing in with its atmosphere. The second, and greater motive, is that I would like the audio system to be on the perimeter of the yard dealing with in. This manner I’m not projecting and pointing my audio system out away from the home in the direction of my neighbors. This may doubtless result in much less complaints about loud music.

For my out of doors audio system I nonetheless have some analysis to do. I do nonetheless have one set of audio system for one of many 3 out of doors zones. Our AV guy Rudy from Futuristic Media (if you are in LA you need to work with him, he is epic) prompt to go along with some in floor audio system from Jamo. We are going to use these audio system by the pool. And since I like to check every part out I’m going to purchase a unique model of audio system to make use of in certainly one of our different out of doors areas. I’m wanting on the Sonance 4.1 patio collection however have but to tug the set off on these. You probably have any strategies I’m all ears.

As you’ll be able to inform I’m an enormous AV nerd and love these items. I’d love to listen to about your setups. As all the time I’m right here to reply any questions on our particular setup or strategies for constructing out your individual, please don’t hesitate to DM me on Instagram at whatsthomaseating .

Lastly, here are some playlists I created on Spotify which are nice for almost every part.


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