A Quick Guide to Buying High-End Audio


If you’re ready to take the plunge toward true audiophile status by adding high-end audio to your Seattle area home, then it’s best to have a solid understanding of the options! We’re here to help. We’ve been serving Washington homeowners with high-performance audio and automation solutions since 2010.

So what do you need to know about audio before choosing your sound system? Just keep reading to find out.

What Makes Audio “High-End”?

Audio is not black and white. Speaker quality is more of a spectrum, ranging from low-end, low-quality speakers to truly top-notch ones. If you’re evaluating different speakers that all claim to be high-end, you’ll want to look for a few different characteristics:

  • Not Mass Produced: Mass production inevitably leads to lower quality. With speakers, the slightest inconsistency or flaw during manufacturing can cause the audio to sound subpar.
  • Quality Material: The rigidity of the materials used in the speakers affects sound quality. If the material flexes, it leads to audio distortion. As a result, many high-end speakers are designed with unique materials such as diamond, Kevlar, or beryllium to ensure sound distortion is kept to a minimum.
  • Amazing Sound: The best way to distinguish high-quality speakers is to listen to them! Yes, it’s one thing to talk about how these speakers more accurately recreate the sound of original recordings, but it’s another thing entirely to hear it for yourself. You really can tell the difference!

Which Brands are Best?

There are many different audio manufacturers out there that we wholeheartedly recommend for different environments throughout the home, such as private home theaters, dedicated listening rooms, and multi-room music systems.

Some of the most prominent audio brands that we feel are truly top notch are Triad Audio, MartinLogan, Audio Control, James Audio, Integra, and Sonance.

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Control4 and Triad One: The Perfect High-End Audio Solution?

Control4 and Triad One: The Perfect High-End Audio Solution?

If you consider yourself an audiophile, you’ll definitely want to hear about a new development in the world of high-end audio. Our favorite home automation brand, Control4, has teamed up with Triad, one of the best audio manufacturers in the world, to deliver an even better music experience. Read on to learn why Triad audio (and Triad One in particular) is worth adding to your Seattle, Washington area home.

What is Triad One?

Triad One is, simply put, the easiest way to add powerful, high-resolution audio to any room of your house. It’s a streaming amplifier that is small and sleek, but packs a powerful punch (we’re talking 100 watts of power per channel and -107 dB signal-to-noise level).

Triad One is not intended as a standalone speaker set. Instead, it’s an amplifier that can transform any set of speakers into an easy-to-use multi-room music setup.

All you have to do is plug it into a power source, connect it to a local audio source like a turntable or television, and hook it up to your network (you can do either wired or wireless) and your Control4 smart home automation system. You’ll have instant access to all your favorite media and streaming sources, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, TIDAL, and more!

Why is It Better than Other High-End Audio Solutions?

Think of Triad audio as Sonos on steroids. You get the simplified user experience that puts the focus on enjoying music, not on struggling to manage your different music collections or adjust the volume on a speaker. The difference is that Triad One delivers much higher quality audio. It’s a gorgeous amplifier that delivers 100% on its promise for great-sounding music.

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