Best Sound Systems for Stores and Restaurants in 2021

When picking the ideal sound system for your business, the options can be overwhelming. Should you go with a budget product, high-end, loudest, most clear? The possibilities go on and on. We wrote this article to help your business make the best decision when buying a system that will mesh seamlessly with your brand and workspace.

What is the Best Option for My Business?

First, consider what kind of business you are running. For instance, if you are playing music for a retail store, it would probably be a wise decision to get a loud and clear-sounding sound system. However, if you were looking to play music in cafes, coffee shops, or smaller spaces, a simpler system might do the job. Keeping that in mind, our list below has the best specific use accommodations and sound systems ranging from budget to high-end based on particular needs for different business types. 

sound system for bars

Sound system for playing music in bars (Value Option):

Rockville 6-Zone Amp and Wall Speakers set ($579.95)

The noise level is usually pretty high in a bar, so you need speakers to match that noise level for the background music and the TV Audio. That is precisely what the Rockville 6-Zone amp and commercial indoor/outdoor wall speakers do. 

These speakers are fully customizable to the size and shape of your bar, making them the perfect fit for your business. The audio quality is quite good for the price and is the ideal value option for any bar of any size.

Each 6-zones has a separate volume control which gives you the flexibility of setting different volume levels for each area of the bar. 

Package Includes:

  • (1) Rockville RCS180-6 180-Watt 6 Zone 70 Commercial/Restaurant Amplifier/Bluetooth
  • (6) Rockville WET-6B 70V 6.5″ IPX55 Commercial Indoor/Outdoor Wall Speakers – Black

Sound system for playing music in bars (Highest Quality Option):

Bose FS2P Mount Speakers and Bluetooth Mixer ($2500-$4000)

Bose has been the go-to option for decades when it comes to top-quality restaurant and bar audio equipment. They continue their dominance in the high-end space with the FS2P Mount Speakers. This speaker and Bluetooth mixer amplifier setup is top of the line when it comes to audio quality. It can play the music at a full volume with crystal clear quality and without distortion or unwanted noises. The mixer amp is straightforward to use and connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device; computers, tablets, dedicated music players, such as Jukeboxy Player Box, and TVs. It has a wired input connection as well. 

These speakers come with the option for professional installation when purchased, yet again allowing for a fully customizable fit for any bar.

Package Includes: 

  • (12) Bose FreeSpace FS2P 2.25″ 64W 70/100V pendant loudspeakers
  • (1) Pure Resonance Audio RMA240BT 240 watt Bluetooth mixer amplifier
  • (2) Pure Resonance Audio VC100S 100W stainless steel wall mount volume control
  • (1) 500′ of 16/2 non-plenum speaker wire

sound system for coffee shop

Sound system to play music for Cafes and Coffee Shops (Value Option):

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 ($399.00)

Unlike lively bars, coffee shops and cafes have a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. The perfect sound system to fit this atmosphere would be a simple Soundbar setup.

Bose is usually not known for their value prices, but they check all the boxes when it comes to an affordable, high-quality Soundbar.

This Bose Smart Soundbar has the top audio quality of all their other products, packed into a simpler one speaker system. This soundbar has easy connectivity to Alexa and Google Assistant and has an even easier connection to any phone with Bluetooth. 

As a Bose smart product, it also has easy connectivity to other Bose speakers and products, which allows for expansion to additional speakers like Bose Surround Speakers. This value-added functionality allows for music outside of the cafe or coffee shop with a patio or outdoor seating.

Package Includes: 

  • (1) Bose Smart Soundbar 300
  • (1) Remote control (battery included)
  • (1) Power cord
  • (1) Optical cable

Sound system to play music for Cafes and Coffee Shops (Highest Quality Option)

SONOS Arc Soundbar ($799.00)

SONOS products provide many advantages for your business, including some of the highest audio products available. Having SONOS in your business allows for easy connectivity, extreme customization, and of course, easy control of your music selections.

SONOS products also enable connectivity to several other programs specializing in music for your business, such as Jukeboxy Music for Business. Jukeboxy, through its SONOS for Business partnership, allows for easy connectivity to any SONOS product with the SONOS Control applications. 

Jukeboxy’s dedicated hardware, Jukeboxy Player Box, is optimized to work flawlessly with SONOS speakers that have a line-in option. The Jukeboxy Player Box is easy to set up and enables additional remote-control options for SONOS speakers. The Jukeboxy Player Box can connect to SONOS Arc Soundbar via Bluetooth or Auxiliary cords. 

Jukeboxy Music for Business service in the SONOS Control app is simple to install and connects to SONOS products within a few minutes. Jukeboxy can be seamlessly paired with all your SONOS speakers for simultaneous music across all the areas when speakers are grouped. Or, you can play different music in different areas with multiple Jukeboxy accounts under one SONOS Control app. 

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With this simple setup, you can choose the best soundtrack for your business from over 300 expertly curated playlists. You can also custom create playlists by mood, decade, tempo, and genre with the Jukeboxy DJ Set that will perfectly suit your brand.

Additionally, you can create a weekly playlist schedule by daypart with multiple playlists for a more extended play and non-repetitive music. 

With all these benefits, Jukeboxy and SONOS create an unmatched atmosphere that is only available for your company when using SONOS products, such as the Arc Soundbar.

Package Includes: 

  • (1) Arc
  • (1) Power Cable
  • (1) HDMI Cable
  • (1) Optical Audio Adapter

sound system for Restaurants

Sound system for playing music in Restaurants (Value Option):

Polk Audio OWM3 Multi-Angle Speakers and Onkyo TX-NR757 Multi-Zone Receiver ($635 – $935)

When streaming music for business in a restaurant, volume is usually a top concern. Most patrons prefer restaurant music not to be too loud or overbearing – it should truly be in the background. 

Polk Audio OWM3 Multi-Angle Speakers are top of the class in quality and price for background music in a restaurant. By purchasing just a few of these speakers for your restaurant, your business can play music in the background without breaking the bank. When it comes to audio quality, these speakers are competitive enough to any top brand speaker while still at a value price. 

The speakers have multiple mounting options, which give you the flexibility to fit your needs:

  • Angled wall mount
  • Corner mount
  • Horizontal wall mount
  • Vertical wall mount
  • Shelf mount
  • Horizontal shelf mount

You can purchase an optional articulating bracket for ceiling or swiveled wall use. 

There is no bundle package available for this setup. You can purchase the Polk Audio OWM3 Multi-Angle Speakers directly from Polk Audio and the Onkyo TX-NR757 Receiver from Amazon.com or any other retailer.

Sound system for playing music in Restaurants (Highest Quality Option): 

JBL 24 drop-ceiling speakers with Rockville 6-Zone Multi-room Amp ($2,622.30)

To achieve the right atmosphere for your restaurant, look no further than this JBL setup. These top-of-the-line drop-ceiling speakers will fully immerse your customers in the music without it being too loud or obnoxious. 

With 24 speakers in all, this setup can efficiently serve a large restaurant or any other large space needing a high-quality sound system for streaming music in a business establishment. 

The 6-zone multi-room commercial amp allows routing any source to any zone(s) and selecting individual volume levels for that zone(s). The amp has both RCA AUX input and Bluetooth capability. 

For a large restaurant setup, it truly doesn’t get much better than this package from JBL.

Package Includes: 

  • (1) Rockville RCS350-6 350-Watt 6 Zone 70v Commercial / Restaurant Amplifier/Bluetooth
  • (12) Pair JBL LCT 81C/T Commercial Drop Ceiling Tile Speakers for Office/Restaurant/Cafe

Bonus Read: How Does Music Affect Business? Click here

sound systme for retail store

Sound system to play music for retail stores (Value Option):

6 Bose FS2SE Wall Mount Speakers with integrated zone amplifier ($1,500 – $2,500)

Retail store sound system usually requires louder yet crisp sounding audio equipment. That is why retail store speakers make the most significant dent in one’s pocket. There needs to be a decent number of speakers to create an even sound distribution, and they need to be clear. 

These Bose speakers with IZA 250-LZ Integrated Zone Amplifier would be a good fit for smaller retail stores with excellent peak volume and crystal-clear audio. 

Also, the compact amplifier with this system allows for less confusion and a more streamlined operation that any staff member can easily operate.

Extra: 5 Reasons Why You Should Play Music in Your Retail Store. Click Here

Package Includes: 

  • (6) Bose FreeSpace FS2SE surface-mount loudspeakers
  • (1) Bose FreeSpace IZA 190-LZ integrated zone amplifier
  • (1) Bose ControlCenter CC-2 zone controller
  • (1) 500′ of West Penn 225 16/2 non-plenum audio speaker wire

Sound system to play music for retail stores (Highest Quality Option):

Bose 8-inch Ceiling Speakers with 4-zone Pure Resonance Audio Bluetooth Mixer ($7000 – $8000)

This system has got you covered when it comes to a top-of-the-line audio setup for larger retail stores. This Bose speaker package allows the speakers to connect to the Pure Resonance Bluetooth Mixer in a total of 4 independent areas while having the ability to cover up to 14,000 square feet. Depending on the size of the space, you can add more speakers when needed. 

The setup includes Bose ceiling and wall-mounted speakers, allowing for a fully immersive soundscape in top-of-the-line audio quality throughout the store. The included amplifier, while very advanced, is also simple, easy to learn, and easy to operate. 

There is no bundle package available for this setup. You can purchase the Pure Resonance Bluetooth Mixer Amplifier directly from Pure Resonance Audio and the 8-inch ceiling speakers from Bose.

Conclusion

When purchasing a sound system for your business, there are many things to consider, and the process can feel overwhelming. We tried to provide guidance and clarity of the many choices available as you begin enhancing your customer environment with these suggestions. We hope that the recommended sound systems above will guide you to a successful decision and, more importantly, improve the customer experience and help grow your business.  

If you prefer to leave the guessing to an expert and work with an Audio/Video equipment provider, we would be happy to connect you with our global solution partner for a commercial sound system and a professional installation. Just give us a call or contact us