Distributed audio/video technology is one the hottest trends in home technology today. Imagine anywhere in your home, indoors or out, you can have access to your complete media collection. You will hear it called by many names like distibuted audio/video, whole house audio/video, multi-room audio/video, as well as others. The concept and idea behind them all are very similar, manage a select group of audio/video components in a central location (and in some cases from multiple locations) and make them availible throughout the home.
Distributed audio systems are affordable and easy to use. Its the kind of home improvement that brings you pleasure every day. Imagine you are entertaining guests one evening. You could have a playlist you have chosen playing in multilple locations (ie Family Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Patio) to create a wonderful ambiance. At the same time, you could have something different playing in the Gameroom for the children. The possibilities are endless.
Distributed video systems are a great way to manage a select group of video sources. Why purchase and setup a DVD player for each TV in your home. Why not install 1 or 2 DVD players and distribute them to every TV in the home? Another great video source is a media server. These devices have gained much popularity in the last few years. They give you the ability to access all your digital media either stored on the device itself or from multiple computers in your home and distribute it to the tv’s, audio players, and computers in your home.