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Smart Home - Home Entertainment Systems

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Complete instruction on the possibilities, benefits, technology, design, and installation of whole house music systems for residential installers/integrators, builders, developers, contractors, and real estate professionals.

Home audio systems are much more complicated than a simple stereo system these days, and this course teaches what students need to know to understand and install complex whole house audio systems. Low-, mid-, and high-end whole house installation possibilities are reviewed, as well as important safety considerations, standards, and codes that must be followed during installation.

Students are taught the basic physics of sound and acoustics, though the course is very practical in nature, focused on how to successfully design and install whole house audio systems. Source electronics, control electronics, and speakers are explain in great detail, as are the necessary wiring schematics to tie the system together. Special attention is paid to component selection based on calculated performance requirements and homeowner specifications (for both indoor and outdoor applications). Both new construction and retrofit installations are considered, with a clear process outlined for each situation. Finally, testing and troubleshooting methodologies are provided to ensure a successful installation.

Informative text, detailed color diagrams, and engaging case studies make learning distributed audio efficient and enjoyable. Special In Depth articles provide deeper background and technical information on critical topics, and Project Management Tips coach installers on good management practices. An online Glossary provides ready access to definitions of key terms.

Course Outline

  • Introducing Whole House Audio
  • Benefits of Whole House Audio
  • Safety and Tools
  • The Basics of Sound
  • Whole House Audio Components and Speakers
  • Amplifier Performance Fundamentals
  • Audio System Wiring
  • Volume Control
  • Designing a Whole House Audio System
  • Installing Whole House Audio
  • Troubleshooting Whole House Audio


Course Learning Objectives

  • To understand the four phases involved in installing a whole house audio system in a new construction project
  • To know the three phases involved in installing a whole house audio system in a retrofit project
  • To know the four steps to follow when planning the installation of the whole house audio system
  • To understand the specific steps involved in the pre-wire, trim-out, and final installation phases of installation


The course is divided into 11 training modules - each module ends with a quiz, and a comprehensive test at the end of the course allows students to demonstrate their new found knowledge of whole house audio systems. After completion of this course, students are prepared for hands on, product specific training in a training center or on a job site. Three months access to this course.

course quick facts
course code PRO2013
cost $465.00
estimated time to
complete course
20 Hours
course materials
3 Months