Posts Tagged ‘Sonos’

Another wonderful review

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Gonzalo Estay from Etobicoke Sep 09, 2013

I hired Audio Amigos when I was finishing my basement. They wired my surround sound, mounted my TV, connected my apple TV and installed my Sonos system. They were great in educating us with the systems we should be looking for to complement our budget. They also gave us great service with the installation process and had the patience to show us how each system works and their final price was reasonable. I would definitely recommend them.

Sonos adds AirPlay support as Android Controller app hits the Market — Engadget

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

For months we’ve been wondering aloud how Sonos would respond to Apple’s September AirPlay announcement. After all, Apple’s promise to “stream music throughout your entire house” steps all over Sonos’ reason to exist. Would Sonos start building its systems with BridgeCo chips? As it turns out: no. Instead, Sonos is opting for a rather ingenious solution, at a cost of $99. Rather than licensing BridgeCo technology at additional expense atop Sonos’ already costly components, the company has instead devised an approach that links Apple’s own AirPlay-compliant AirPort Express into Sonos’ proprietary wireless mesh network. The solution (illustrated after the break) works by first shutting off the WiFi on the AirPort Express base station and then stringing a cable between its audio-out and the line-in jack on any Sonos ZonePlayer, including the S5 all-in-one speaker. You then run an ethernet patch cable between the two and you’ve just enabled your iOS devices to play AirPlay audio to any (or all) Sonos device in the home from any compatible AirPlay app. Naturally, the Sonos solution does not integrate with AirPlay speakers like those from iHome, JBL, B&W, Klipsch, or Philips and the AirPlay audio won’t be synced with video; but it’s a start. The new functionality requires a software update to your system in the form of Sonos System Software version 3.4 — available now — which also adds iOS multitasking amongst a few other goodies.

Today also marks the official release of the free Sonos Controller for Android app in the Android Market making it a pretty good day to be a Sonos owner.

ORIGINAL SOURCE Engadget.

A little intro, and some much needed links

Friday, April 1st, 2011

My name is Mike, My partners name is Anthony And we are AUDIO AMIGOS. Taking toronto’s A/V industry by storm!

We Both worked for one of the most reputable companies in toronto, which will remain nameless, as they’re soiling their name plenty fast on their own! When I started there, Anthony was training me, and certain things that ‘went down’ were very questionable! It didn’t take long to realise that This company was taking advantage of ALL of its customers. Making up costs, Exaggerated Labour rates, insane markup from MSRP! This angered me, as I (or any other employee, who was truly commiting the crime) was not benefitting from the monetary gain of the owners…

So I decided that, this wasn’t going to go on, at least not without me behind the wheel! Eventually convincing Anthony, we both jumped ship, and talked, and talked, and argued and talked some more before coming to a conclusion of how we wanted to run this company, or moreso this industry. The way its going now is just embarrassing for ‘installers’ and even more for customers who think theyre getting top notch service, because they’re paying top notch rates.

Its similar to sitting down at Mortons steak house, ordering a NY striploin for 60$. Then the waiter puts the order into the kitchen, the owner grabs the chit, RUNS to the keg, orders the same NY striploin for 25$ and brings it back to your server to deliver to your table! SO here you are with a 25$ steak (that you paid 60$ for), a business owner with a quick extra 35$ in his pocket! And a server and chef, who must keep up the lie and insist its their quality of meat, for fear of their job!

The choice is yours toronto! DONT make the wrong one!

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Static mount with 5.1

Friday, April 16th, 2010

52″ samsung plasma, with a Sony 5.1 surround system, DVD player and a cable box. Pretty simple, with an unfinished basement to help facilitate the hiding of wires. Coax is on the wrong side of the room, and there is no power behind where the tv would like to live.

Broadcom Crystal HD chips. Damn!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Have a read about this amazing New technology designed by broadcom to do all your video decoding, its tiny, its CHEAP, and it will change the way we build media centers!

quoted from Davilla, From XBMC.org – 1080p HD content playback has always been the Holy Grail for any Media Center application but this has traditionally been difficult; playback using software decode alone requires a very hefty CPU and hardware decoding has only been made available recently using the nVidia’s VPDAU technology, available only on Linux. Windows has its own platform specific solutions and poor old OSX has no public APIs available at all. There really is nothing around with a common API that enables hardware accelerated 1080p HD content playback that can also be used under all three major platforms (OSX, Linux, and Windows). Well, that situation is about to change.

crystalhd-pr-shot

The Dark Knight vc1 running at 1080p on an AppleTV

Through hard work and the joint efforts of several TeamXBMC/Redhat developers and the Broadcom Media PC Group, cross-platform hardware decoding of mpeg2, h.264 and VC1 video content up to 1080p will be coming to XBMC on OSX, Linux, and Windows via the Broadcom Crystal HD Hardware Decoder (BCM970012). The Broadcom Crystal HD is available now in a mini-PCIE card with ExpressCard and 1X PCIE form factors to follow. This means that the AppleTV and all those lovely new netbooks, Eee Boxes and older Intel Mac Minis have exciting new potential.

This solution has a common programming API, so many 3rd party developers and applications will be able to leverage hardware accelerated video content playback across OSX, Linux, and Windows platforms with minimal source code changes. Best of all, this is an open source solution with full source code for driver and library available for OSX and Linux under a GPL/LGPL license. Wow, this indeed is the Holy Grail and a major score for the open source community as this means no more tainted Linux kernels! Support has already been added to XBMC under the svn trunk. Our bleeding-edge users can expect to find the feature in the next nightly builds from our community builders, the more patient can wait until the next stable release. Other media projects such as FFmpeg, MythTV and Xine will soon follow as their developers add support.

The Windows driver binary, as well as the Linux source code for the driver and library can be found at the Broadcom web site. For OSX, the binaries and source code for the driver and library will be hosted at google code. Users in the USA can purchase the Crystal HD mini PCIE card from Logic Supply for $69 at the time of this posting, and of course there’s always ebay for those outside the USA.

Damaged hdmi cable

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Damaged hdmi cable repaired! A 25 foot cable fished from a closet in an adjoining room, was damaged at the connector.

The internets claimed repair was impossible!

All soldered And ‘B’ Connected ready to go, Lets test  it!

Absolutely perfect!

Hanging a 54″ panasonic plasma with articulation and floating shelves

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here we are hanging a 54″ panasonic plasma on a double arm articulating bracket, with 3 floating shelves underneath. 2 hours all is said and done with minor remote programming, and a temporary DVD hook up, until a blu-Ray player is purchased.

Hanging a 37″ sharp over a fireplace

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here we are, hanging a 37″ sharp aquous above a fireplace. There was no power or cable above said fireplace, but never a problem if you’re willing to patch and paint! 2 hours to fish the wires, hang the tv, and shelf!