Looking At Sonos: Why Every Family Needs Some

Music is important. Numerous studies prove that music can help us concentrate better, sleep better or feel better. Having quality speakers in your home not only improves your life but also wins you instant bragging rights. Which speaker is right for you, your home and your life?

Do the millions of songs, radio channels and sounds on the internet make you feel as excited as a kid in a candy store? Do you love the latest voice activated gadgets? Then Sonos One is the one for you. With a powerful microphone system One will allow you to effortlessly control your music without lifting a finger.

If the idea of something spying on your conversations freaks you out, perhaps have a look at the PLAY range. PLAY:1 has the same dimensions (6.36x 4.69×4.69in) as the one but even at its small size the two internal speakers pack quite a punch. Significantly smaller than the PLAY:3, this is a space saving option.

The bigger option is the PLAY:3. Ideal for you if you need more oomph than the PLAY:1, but do not have space for the PLAY:5. The PLAY:3 provides significantly more base than the PLAY:1. If you need to fill a large room with good sounds the PLAY:5 is for you. The only one in the range with an additional audio point that allows additional connections. This means easier sharing of music to one, or the whole speaker system.

A more function specific speaker range is the Music for TV range, with additional choices to be made. Although all these speakers can be used on their own to stream music they have a cable that allows connection to a TV. The choices here are easier as the functions of each are more defined. The easiest add on to your current system, the PLAYBAR might be the solution. Crisp, clear sound and the PLAYBAR can be controlled with your current remote. The PLAYBASE on the other hand might be more suitable to start your home entertainment system as it provides a platform for your TV to rest on and a well rounded sound range.

The Sub speaker is in a class of it’s own and is the one for you if you need extra base. The internal architecture delivers excellent sound with no rattle. This is a good addition to any Sonos speaker.

Bear in mind that your personal Sonos system can easily be expanded, so no worries if you desperately want them all but life only lets you choose one.

6 Tips for Soundproofing Within Your Home

In a perfect world, we would live in peace and quiet. There would be no noise to irritate us and we would be able to work, play and rest in tranquility. Unfortunately, the world is far from ideal. Whether you are at home, work or in the car, we are assaulted
constantly by noise. Most of us reluctantly accept this as part of daily existence but there is certainly certain things that you can do to alleviate this situation. The most effective solution is soundproofing. It employs materials that absorb sound vibration and structures that reduce sound interference.

Achieving a quiet home or office takes quite some work but if you want to relax in a quiet place as you enjoy a good book, then it is a well worth effort. Here are 6 tips for soundproofing within your home

1. Install Acoustilay on floors

Installing acoustilay as an underlay for the floor finish is by far the easiest way to improve sound insulation performance of a timber floor.

2. Install maxiboards on walls and ceilings

High performance composite maxiboards are effective in reducing interference through walls and ceilings. To reduce transmission of noise from noisy neighbors through the walls, you should install Maxiboards of Maxi resilient. They offer maximum
acoustic performance while using minimum space.

Noise from above by be reduced by installing Maxiboard dropped ceiling.

3. Use mineral fibre

Mineral fibre is an effective sound absorber as well as an excellent thermal insulation material. However, it does not provide high sound insulation performance. For maximum sound absorption, you should include other absorption material in conjunction with
acoustic isolation such as resilient bars and heavy board materials such as maxideck and maxiboard.

4. Reduce movements

Creaking and squeaking floorboards cause big nuisance. There is no definite solution to this problem. It is just a case of ensuring that the timber joists are stiffed using noggins and plates and ensuring the timber floorboards are screwed perfectly. After
carrying out this, you can install acoustilay to reduce transmission of noise through the floors.

5. Control noise from the washing machine

Install Acoustilay insulation boards beneath noisy washing machines and other noisy appliances to reduce transmission of vibration. These boards are only slightly thick hence can be accommodated under most household appliances.

6. Consider secondary glazing

Just like water, sound exploits the paths with least resistance. Windows on the external walls present easy transmission paths for sound and can allow great deal of noise such as aeroplane and road traffic noise.

The most effective way to reduce this is by secondary glazing. This involves the addition of a slim, well sealed second window to an existing window.