If you’re one of those people that likes to have great sound when you watch a movie, or listen to music, but you’re considering a condo, you’re in luck. You don’t need a big, private house to be able to have a great custom system with today’s audio equipment. There are plenty of condo home theatres on the market now that you can purchase that will give you great sound without sending cracks up the walls or driving your neighbors crazy.
In terms of systems, you no longer need a giant stereo with ten foot tall speakers. Manufacturers are creating things like sound bars that have really great sound and some kick, but are affordable and still sound good at low volumes. One of the best systems out there right now is the Sonos system (www.sonos.com), which are hi-fi speakers and components that work wirelessly with each other. You can control the system from most devices like an iPhone and it will access your music library, whether on iTunes or on streaming services like Spotify.
The beauty of the Sonos system is also that you can build it piece by piece. For example, maybe you started with a soundbar and two back speakers so you could watch movies. But now you want a speaker for your kitchen, so you can listen to music while you’re cooking dinner for friends and family. With Sonos, you can add another zone in your condo at any time. You can play that speaker by itself, or create a party atmosphere by running music in all the zones at once.
And for those who love condo lifestyle but also like deep bass — the Sonos subwoofer is the way to go. It has a beautiful design if you like to showcase that sort of thing, but if you want to save space in your condo, it can also lie flat. In fact, you can tuck it under the couch and it still works wonders. You can also adjust its power through the app, so you can find the perfect balance of bass with not bothering your neighbours.
In fact, while you’re setting up any brand of condo home theatres available on the market, explain to your neighbor that you would like to calibrate your system so that it does not interfere with their quality of life. Ask them if you can take a few moments to observe how your system sounds in their apartment. They’ll appreciate that you care about their lifestyle and in the end, it will help you both. Then, all that’s left to do is kick back and listen to your favourite album, or watch some great movies in surround sound.