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Using Connected Devices to Create a Music Lover's Paradise

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Last updated on December 5th, 2019

Is there anything better than kicking back on the weekend with a cold drink while listening to some of your favorite music?

If you’re a music lover, chances are you want your home to be the ultimate entertainment space. And with the newest connected devices, you can integrate the latest audio technology directly into your home. As you design your home, make sure to incorporate some of the following ideas into your living room, outdoor entertainment space, and more.

 

Start with a Whole-Home Speaker System

The first thing you’ll need is a comprehensive speaker system, and luckily, there is no shortage of options to choose from. If you’re building a new home, you may want to discuss having speakers built into various rooms of your home. If you’re looking to outfit your existing home with wireless speakers, however, there are a few noteworthy systems to choose from.

One of the top-rated smart speaker systems available today is from Sonos. This brand offers everything you need to outfit your home with phenomenal sound, including large wireless speakers for open areas, soundbars for your TVs, and even a bridge to upgrade your existing stereo. Sonos speakers can be connected and controlled via your smartphone, and they can stream music from services like Apple Music and Spotify.

Musically inspired loft with connected devices like speakers
Pinnacle at Serrano, Venosa model in El Dorado Hills, CA

 

Another popular high-resolution sound system is Bluesound, which offers both wireless speakers and home theater setups. These speakers can stream music from more than 20 popular streaming services, and the brand even offers a unique vault: a CD ripper and streamer where you can download and store all your favorite tunes for easy access.

If you have other smart tech in your home, you can control these devices and your speaker with a home automation hub such as Control4. This brand offers indoor and outdoor speakers, as well as soundbars, that can be connected to in-wall control panels, allowing you to stream music, dim the lights, and so much more, all with the touch of a button.

Sync Your Lights to the Music

Want to take your music-listening experience to the next level? With the help of smart light bulbs, you can create a visual experience that includes sound.

Connected devices like Philips Hue bulbs allow you to synchronize your lights with music. The Hue Sync app automatically translates your favorite songs into a “light script” or light show, which you can then customize, picking the perfect color scheme, intensity, and more. You can also use this feature with games and movies, making it a must-have for your home theater.

Music room connected to outdoor living space
Sorrento Trail at Bella Vista Ranch, Verano model in Reno, NV

 

Dust off Those Vinyl Records

If you have an extensive collection of vinyl records that doesn’t get used much anymore, you’ll be happy to hear that today’s hottest music technology includes a number of record-playing gadgets. For instance, Sonos offers a variety of sleek, modern turntables that can sync up to a speaker system, allowing you to listen to your favorite records throughout the house.

You can also use smart gadgets like the Love Turntable to stream music to your home’s speaker system. This unique device works on records of any size, and you can control it from your smartphone—playing, stopping, or even skipping tracks.

Musically designed study with connected lighting technology
Fenton’s Corner, Radford model in Doylestown, PA

 

Get the Latest Music-Creation Technology

There’s plenty of new technology for music creators, as well. Here are a few products you may want to check out:

  • Katana-Air: This wireless guitar amplifier lets you jam out anywhere, and you can even play along with songs streamed from your phone.
  • Roadie 2: If you play any type of string instrument, you can tune your tool in just 30 seconds with this automatic tuner.
  • Jamstik: Whether you’re new to guitar or a seasoned pro, the Jamstik can help you fine-tune your craft. The Jamstik+ is a versatile and portable MIDI controller for music production, while the Jamstik 7 is a training tool for newbies.
  • Specdrums 2 Rings: While designed for kids, these app-connected rings are so cool you may want to play with them yourself. The Specdrums turn colors into sound, allowing you to create music by tapping on different colored surfaces around you.
Wonderful flex space featuring many instruments and smart, next-gen music technology
Serena at Gale Ranch, Arcadia model in San Ramon, CA

 

As the market for connected devices expands, more brands are coming out with next-gen music technology—any of which would make an amazing addition to your music-filled home. So what are you waiting for? Set them up, and start jamming.

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Camryn Rabideau

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Camryn Rabideau is freelance writer specializing in fashion, beauty, home, smart technology and general lifestyle content. She holds a degree in fashion merchandising from the University of Rhode Island and jumps at any opportunity to combine her love for fashion and writing. Camryn is a regular contributor to popular media sites such as Martha Stewart, Food52, InStyle, Taste of Home, USA Today, Reviewed.com, The Spruce, Elite Daily and The Everygirl. She has also worked with several Fortune 500 companies to create engaging articles for their content marketing initiatives.

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