6 Commercial Music System Must-Haves

Every commercial environment needs a reliable and user-friendly music system, but finding such a system is often easier said than done. Why? There’s no all-encompassing commercial audio solution. The perfect system for one business may not meet a different company’s audio requirements. Your commercial music system has to be tailored to the size and shape of your space and the number of people it will serve.

Why can’t you use a home audio system in your business?

Put simply, home audio systems aren’t designed for commercial spaces. While these systems offer fantastic surround sound audio experiences in small, relatively quiet environments, in larger, louder spaces, such as restaurants, bars or high-traffic storefronts, home stereos can’t produce much more than patchy background music. 

Commercial music systems require more power and capabilities than home audio systems. They have to deliver consistent, high-quality sound throughout your space and provide a simple and highly customizable user experience. So what do you need for your commercial music system? Although your company’s audio infrastructure should be designed to meet the unique demands of your space, most systems consist of the same six components.


  • Speakers


Surprise! You need speakers for a commercial music system. But which speakers are right for your business? Between in-ceiling and in-wall speakers, pendant speakers, horn speakers and soundbars, business owners face no shortage of options. To figure out which speakers will respond best to your space’s layout, contact an A/V expert.


  • Amplifier


The intermediary between your playing device and your speaker system, an amplifier is an essential piece of audio equipment. Amplifiers link and manage entire networks of speakers, regulating volume and improving sound quality by eliminating any static or feedback produced by the playing device. As is the case with speakers, multiple amplifiers can be connected to provide additional power; however, many commercial music systems rely on a single amplifier to control speaker performance. 


  • Wire


Wires connect your amplifier to your speakers and your speakers to each other. In general, wire size depends upon the amount of electricity your system requires. Thin, narrow wires support a typical 70-volt system, as the electrical current flowing through the system is low. 


Don’t know which type of wire is appropriate for your system? Ask your audio system designer. They’ll help you find the right solution.


  • Volume Controls


Wall-mounted volume controls give you more power over your audio system’s performance. For instance, maybe you want the music in the bar to play at a louder volume than the music in the family dining room. Installing separate, localized volume panels allows you to make such an adjustment quickly and easily. 


  • Acoustic Panels


The equipment we’ve covered so far allows you to distribute and control sound, but this gear can’t change environmental factors. When it comes to commercial music system design, the smallest details matter. Does your space have hard surfaces or high ceilings? You may need to install acoustic panels to get the most out of your music system. By reducing echoes and reverberations, these panels will limit sound variation and create a comfortable listening experience for your customers and staff.


Different spaces require different types of acoustic treatment. Consult with an A/V expert to determine which sound absorption solution is right for your business.


  • Expert Design and Installation Services


Owning high-quality audio equipment doesn’t guarantee a high-quality audio experience. If poorly designed or installed, your costly gear may sound, well, cheap. Partnering with a trusted A/V expert ensures that your music system will be able to handle the challenges presented by your space and meet your company’s needs.

Are you looking to install or upgrade a commercial music system? Contact AV Designers today for a consultation, design, and installation services.

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