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

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

Crestron “Green” Initiative Complies with RoHS Standards

All Crestron Products Comply with European Union

Crestron, the global leader in advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential solutions, announces that all of its products will be in compliance with the European Union (EU) Directive 202/95/EC Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Crestron has been dedicated to this "green" initiative, modifying its entire product line, for more than a year. With several established dealers, hundreds of ongoing projects and corporate offices in Brussels, Munich, Milan, London, Paris and Barcelona, it was vital to Crestron to meet RoHS standards and support the European market.

The RoHS directive mandates that effective July 1, 2006, all products sold into the EU must significantly curtail the use of Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers. Per the directive, the maximum allowed concentration by weight in homogeneous materials is 0.1 percent for each material, with the exception of Cadmium, which is 0.01 percent.

"Europe is an important and growing market for us, so compliance with the RoHS directive was never a question," said Tom Buzzell, Crestron General Manager. "Our efforts to meet RoHS standards began about a year ago, when we began working closely with all of our suppliers worldwide to determine which parts needed to be replaced in each product. It was a complex and expansive project." Randy Klein, Crestron Executive Vice Presidents adds, "Crestron's European dealers and installers should remain confident that the solutions that they rely on to be successful and grow their businesses will continue to ship without interruption."

While the U.S. has not passed similar legislation requiring "green" compliance, all products shipped within the U.S. and elsewhere will meet the same environmental standards.

Jun 29, 2006 / Industry News

Crestron Introduces New Isys® TPS-4L Compact Wall Mount Touchpanel

tps-4l.jpgCrestron introduces the next generation Isys®; TPS wall mount touchpanel. Crestron's latest Isys touchpanel delivers amazing performance in a compact size. In the space of a common light switch, the TPS-4L packs a bright, high-contrast 3.6" active-matrix color touchscreen with vibrant 16-bit Isys color graphics and 10 white backlit pushbuttons. [ read more ]

Apr 5, 2006 / Industry News