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Multi-Room Audio Technology and Distribution


Online Course Length: 6 hours | Course Price: $149
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Learn principles of sound reproduction, amplification components, distribution, and control

Grasp the fundamentals and key principles of audio and multi-room audio distribution. This course covers sound technology, impedance, source components, distribution equipment, speakers and control options. Discover how to choose the appropriate speakers, calculate power needs and select components for multi-room audio.


Students should be familiar with the operation of a basic stereo system and have basic knowledge of structured wiring.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Identify the options and components of multi-room audio
  • List the planning steps of a multi-room audio system
  • Calculate speaker impedance and system power needs
  • Illustrate the relationship between amplifier power and sound pressure level
  • Explain the installation steps involved in the pre-wire, trim-out, and final installation phases

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Course Information

  • System Requirements
  • Navigating the Course
  • Course Learning Objectives

2. Introducing Whole House Audio Systems

  • Multi-Room Audio Head End
  • Multi-Source
  • Multi-Zone
  • Components

3. Benefits of Whole House Audio Systems

  • Living with Whole House Audio
  • “Basic” Audio System Features
  • “Advanced” Audio System Features
  • “Performance” Audio System Features
  • Industry Certifications

4. Safety, Tools, and Standards

  • Safety Considerations
  • Planning Tools, Rough-in and Trim-out Tools
  • Testing Tools

5. The Basics of Sound

  • Watts, Decibels and Loudness
  • Amplification and Speakers
  • Monaural, Stereo and Surround Sound
  • Room Acoustics

6. Whole House Audio System Components and Speakers

  • Source Electronics
  • Distribution Electronics
  • Control Electronics
  • Speaker Types
  • Keypad and Volume Controls

7. Amplifier Performance Fundamentals

  • Speaker Impedance
  • Amplifier Specifications
  • Selecting Amplifiers and Speakers
  • Calculations

8. Audio System Wiring

  • Wire Types and Uses
  • Wire, Impedance and Performance
  • Series and Parallel Wiring
  • Amplifier Selection

9. Volume and Keypad Controls

  • Locations
  • Autoformer Volume Controls
  • Impedance Matching Volume Controls
  • Keypad Control

10. Designing a Whole House Audio System

  • Steps in the Design Process
  • Types and Locations of Speakers
  • Component Selection
  • Design Documentation
  • Whole House Audio System Examples

11. Installing a Whole House Audio System

  • New Construction and Retrofit
  • The Planning Phase
  • The Rough-in Phase
  • The Trim-out Phase
  • Training the Customer

12. Troubleshooting Whole House Audio

  • Methodology
  • Common Problems
  • Ground Loop
  • Top 10 Distributed Audio Problems
  • Troubleshooting Tools

13. Course Summary