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Audio-visual integration

The right sound and screen solutions could add practicality and wow factor to your home

If the idea of a cinema-quality TV experience and the ability to listen to different music in different rooms sounds like an appealing prospect, it’s probably time to look at investing in an audio-visual (AV) system. But the possibilities don’t end at streaming party music into the kitchen-diner, with the bifold doors flung back and garden speakers booming the same tunes out in sync. Here’s our guide to getting started with AV – and how it can integrate with other smart tech.

TV & data

The wired vs wireless debate is perhaps no more furious than in the AV sphere, with so many mainstream wireless solutions available. But if you’re taking on a major project and having smart home infrastructure works done anyway, it just makes sense to run lines to every room. That means fitting both adequately-specified structured data cable and dedicated speaker cable. “In a large 500m2 new house, the material costs going into the infrastructure might be around £2,000. To my mind, that’s pretty insignificant compared to what you’re spending on the house,” says James

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Inside the October edition of Build It magazine: - Smart Homes special: How tech can simplify your lifestyle - Beginner's guide to winning planning permission - Extension costs guide - Passivhaus: Does it make sense for eco renovations? - How to knock through walls & open up space - Building contracts explained - Underloor heating innovations ... and more!