Music Friday at the Lancaster Museum of Art

First off, thank you to everyone who attended the opening for “Pennsylvania Seen: Southeast Landscapes” at the Lancaster Museum of Art. I think we all will agree that the museum’s curator, Stanley Grand, did a fabulous job pulling together an excellent cast of artists and their work. Secondly, thanks to all who put their time and effort into bringing the “Art of the Party” together and making it a huge success. If you missed either of these events, you still have a chance to visit the exhibit from now until May 22nd.

Residential Media Systems sponsorship has provided us an unique opportunity to share another art form during the exhibit, music. On April 15th, RMS will be sponsoring a “Music Friday” reception from 5-8 PM. “Music Friday” is a Lancaster citywide event that occurs every third Friday of the month at a multitude of venues throughout the city. It  promotes the musical renaissance within Lancaster and makes it a hot spot for the abundance of great musicians and bands that live and work here.

Our participation in this event will provide an evening focused on the emotional connection we make between our love of music and nature. We will be showcasing our finest audio systems within several of the galleries and procuring a symbiotic experience of music and it’s connection with the landscape theme. As an added bonus, we will be providing the musical selections via the timeless format of the vinyl record. A turntable from Thorens will emanate sounds, from the grooves, that will soothe and calm visitors as they stroll through the museum.

The equipment chosen will be as unique as the music. In the main first floor gallery we’ll be showcasing a Thorens TD309 turntable. Its unique design has caught the eyes and ears of the European press and was awarded “European Turntable of the Year 2010-2011″. The main electronics on display will be from Bel Canto Design. Hailing from Minneapolis MN, these artfully designed components use Class D amplification and are at the forefront of high performance digital technology. Flanking the electronics will be a pair of the elite Joseph Audio Pulsar speakers. Released for the first time with absolutely rave reviews at the Consumer Electronics show this past January, The Pulsars create a new benchmark in sound quality that needs to be experienced first hand to be believed.

Utilizing the wireless technology of Sonos, we will be broadcasting the music from the first floor gallery up to the second floor. In this gallery, we will be highlighting the timeless components of NAD. This company has been a staple in the audio world for over 40 years and is well known for offering high performance sound quality on a budget. Speakers from Monitor Audio will complement the electronics bringing an unique British sound to this system.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available to help along the soothing sounds! Please help spread the word to others so that the masses can share in this exciting experience. Also remember that you will be supporting the arts in your community!

Apr 10, 2011 / Industry News / Inside RMS

Let’s Get Connected

Today we are connected in so many ways that it’s hard to remember what it was like before the Internet or the mobile phone. These technologies have transformed the way we live and have created many innovations that we can’t (as much as we hate to admit it) live without. The need for a fast, reliable, and properly engineered home network is critical to fully enjoying the features and benefits of this technology age. RMS has the solutions to allow you to maximize the capabilities of your Internet and all your connected devices.

Today, a high speed Internet connection can provide your home with almost unlimited entertainment.  Music, television shows, movies, and even video games can be easily accessed through a properly designed and managed home network.  You wouldn’t consider equipping your home with an antiquated electrical system, plumbing that won’t support your needs, or a climate-control system that won’t keep you comfortable. A home network has become a very important sub-system that needs proper design and implementation to ensure your family can enjoy all the “Cloud” has to offer.

Cable boxes, DVDs, and CDs will be things of the past in the very near future thanks to the “Cloud.”  We’re hearing a lot about the “Cloud,” but what exactly is it? The concept is quite simple:  the “Cloud” is how high-speed Internet provides this content to our homes, on-demand.  In addition to entertainment options, the “Cloud” offers a secure location for backing-up your personal digital content, and the ability to access it anywhere.  The “Cloud” provides vast access to media material and its uses are almost limitless. New innovations are constantly being developed.

Online media services such as Apple’s iTunes, Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and YouTube enrich many of our lives. Interactive, online game services, such as XBox Live and Steam, are popular family experiences connecting players around the globe. Communication services, like Skype, have given us the ability to easily, and economically, connect with family and friends on another block or even another continent. Through Facebook and Twitter, we can keep in touch with childhood friends and keep tabs on a son or daughter away at college.

To fully utilize these services, and many more, a reliable wired and wireless home network is required.  In addition to allowing easy access to these online services, RMS is able to integrate your home’s other sub-systems, including lighting, HVAC, and home security onto a comprehensive, secure, home network.  RMS has the knowledge and experience to design, engineer, and implement a network tailored to your family’s specific needs.

Once a customized home network is established, using it couldn’t be easier!  A home computer, iPad, or even an iPhone can access and control all the systems on a properly constructed and integrated home network.  Imagine using your iPhone to turn up the heat in your home as your plane touches down on the runway, ensuring a cozy and warm homecoming.  Or, turning the lights on in your foyer as you pull into your driveway on a dark night. RMS can design a reliable infrastructure to channel this amazing technology.

Managing all those systems and gadgets can be frustrating and consume a lot of precious time when you’re trying to figure out a problem. To make things worse, the only person you could rely on has now gone off to college! We are proud to have very experienced technicians that can solve problems quickly as well as answer any questions. As part of our commitment to our clients, we take extra steps in setting up your network to provide monitoring capabilities that alerts us of potential problems, even before you know they are happening! In many cases, problems are solved remotely right over the Internet.

RMS has built its reputation on fast, reliable service. We want you to know that your investment with us is in capable hands.  Let RMS design a system to provide you with the best experience possible. We’ll provide you with the sensible solutions you deserve. Let’s get connected!

Feb 22, 2011 / Features

Now Available: Sonos Wireless Dock

Dock anywhere. Play everywhere. Charge anytime. That’s why the Sonos Wireless Dock is the perfect accessory for your Sonos system.

Now you can wirelessly play all the music that’s stored or playing on an iPod® or iPhone® in all the rooms where you have Sonos. And because it’s wireless, you can dock and charge wherever it’s most convenient and still enjoy the music all over the house. Best of all, the Sonos Wireless Dock delivers the highest fidelity audio quality by playing the digital music stored on your iPod or iPhone without ever converting it to analog like most conventional docks.

If you have any questions regarding the Sonos wireless dock or are interested in purchasing one, please feel free to contact RMS today.

Oct 31, 2010 / Blog / New Products

Sonos Updates Software to v3.2, Introduces Crossfading, S5 Stereo Pair Support and more

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – May 18, 2010 – Sonos®, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today released Sonos System Software v3.2, a one-button free software update for Sonos customers that features free content and new audio features.

Key features of Sonos v3.2 include:

  • iheartradio on Sonos – Sonos customers in the U.S. can now enjoy the iheartradio service for free, providing instant, computer-free access to more than 750 of America’s favorite local radio stations as well as exclusive digital stations like Christina Aguilera Radio, CBGB Radio, Radio Weezer, AT40 with Ryan Seacrest, Jim Rome, Dr. Laura and much, much more.
  • Crossfading - Customers can create smooth transitions between songs just like the DJs do. You can select the crossfading playback mode from the Now Playing screen for any tracks in your music library, plus select music services including Last.fm, Napster, Pandora, and Rhapsody.
  • S5 Stereo Pair setting – This innovative audio feature allows customers to use two Sonos S5s in the same room with one S5 serving as the left channel and the other as the right channel.
  • Japanese and Simplified Chinese language support – Customers using theSonos Controller for iPhone*, the Sonos Controller 200 and the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC can now control Sonos in 9 languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish.
  • New alarm settings – Sonos customers can now customize alarms for different days of the week. Wake up to your favorite radio station on one day and a Pandora station or playlist on another. Set the room, the time and the music for any or every day of the week.

“Sonos v3.2 continues the Sonos tradition of improving your Sonos experience long after you purchase it,” said Phil Abram, President, Sonos, Inc. “The additions of crossfading and Stereo Pair demonstrate how we’re using software to redefine and reshape the home audio experience.”

*All 3.2 features will be available for Sonos Controller for iPhone 3.2 following approval by Apple.

May 17, 2010 / Industry News

Product Spotlight: Sonos

With more and more clients requesting the ability to access online music services such as Pandora and Rhapsody, RMS has researched several products that deliver these services intuitively and at a good value.  One of these has become the go-to product for RMS clients who want a standalone music system which offers streaming music content as well as their local music collection in a simple, easy-to-use interface.  That product is Sonos.

Music in your house.

When it comes to playing music, we believe all rooms should be created equal. That’s why you can put Sonos in absolutely any room where you want music. With Sonos, no room is off-limits and you can add music wirelessly to practically any number of rooms: the bedroom, the backyard, even the bathroom.

Music in your hands.

Sonos puts the control of all your music and all your rooms right where it should be — in your hands. With the touch of a finger you can find and play a world of music, whether it’s streaming direct from the Internet or stored on your computer. Tune in to your favorite radio station or browse through your entire music library. You can play the same song in every room or choose different songs for different rooms. It’s up to you. And so is which Controller you use — the dedicated Sonos Controller 200, Sonos Controller for iPhone™, Sonos Controller for Mac or PC, or a combination of all four.

SonosNet: Wireless that works like magic

The key to designing a music system that plays music all over the house is having a wireless network that works all over the house. That’s why Sonos created a wireless mesh network called SonosNet to deliver the range and performance required of a multi-room music system. When you need to stream music wirelessly, the network you use really matters. When a network is overloaded or stretched to its limits, you hear echoes and delays from room to room, and your Internet speed can be sluggish. Not so with Sonos.

Sonos chose a mesh network because a traditional network with a central hub relaying all the traffic didn’t provide the house-wide coverage we wanted. What’s more, access point networks were plagued by performance issues. SonosNet changes all that — providing the extensive range and superior performance you need to enjoy music in every room without requiring a massive wiring remodel.

Key Products of a Sonos system

  • Controllers
    • Sonos Controller 200 (CR200): The Sonos Controller 200 is a wireless, handheld Controller with a 3.5” full-color VGA display and ultra-responsive touch screen. Pick it up or touch the screen and it’s instantly on, ready to play your music. You can quickly find and play all your music and control all your ZonePlayers with the touch of a finger. And dedicated Mute, Volume and Zones buttons get you to the functions you use most. The Sonos Controller 200 provides instant access to your personal music library stored on your computer, plus thousands of Internet radio stations and the most popular online music services. And, it comes with a Charging Cradle so it’s always ready to go and easy to find.
    • Sonos Controller for Mac or PC: The Sonos Controller for Mac or PC is free software that’s included with every ZonePlayer. It offers almost all of the functionality as the handheld Sonos Controllers, and allows you to control your entire system from any desktop or laptop computer in your house.
    • Sonos Controller for iPhone: The Sonos Controller for iPhone is a free application that turns your iPhone (or iPod touch) into a full-fledged Sonos Controller. Plus, it fits in your pocket so you can carry it with you all over the house.
  • ZonePlayers
    • ZonePlayer (S5): A high-performance wireless music system with 5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amplifiers for crystal-clear, room-filling sound. Just plug it in wherever you want music.
    • Sonos ZonePlayer 120 (ZP120): The ZP120 has a built-in 55W per channel digital amplifier. Just add speakers to bring superior audio quality to any room.
    • Sonos ZonePlayer 90 (ZP90): The ZP90 connects directly to your home theater receiver, stereo system and more, so you can instantly add music to the audio equipment you already own.
  • Sonos ZoneBridge
    • The ZoneBridge™ is a wireless product that can be used instead of a ZonePlayer to set up your wireless Sonos system. If your house doesn’t have Ethernet wiring or your router is in a room where you don’t want music, connect the ZoneBridge to your router to instantly activate the SonosNet wireless mesh network. The ZoneBridge can also be used as a wireless extender to increase the range of your system and expand the Controller’s wireless coverage.

Instant access to endless music.

Sonos plays it all. Music from your personal library stored on your computer. More than 25,000 free Internet radio stations, shows and podcasts. And music services that let you stream and download their vast collections of songs from the Internet to the rooms of your choice.

Sonos gives you the freedom to listen to whatever you want, wherever you want. Play a classical album from your music library in the kitchen and the living room. Wake up to a local radio station in your bedroom or use an online music service to create a custom radio station to play all over the house. Whatever you’re into, rock or rap, interviews or instrumentals, Sonos gives you instant and endless music gratification.

If you would like more information on Sonos or if you are interested in purchasing a Sonos system for your home, please feel free to contact RMS.

Apr 20, 2010 / Features