CES 2011: Expect an iPod, an Android and the God of dreams. Sonneteer are back in the limelight.
The Sonneteer Morpheus Music Centre has come of age and acquired a family. It has its own stand, a Server which rips and stores music and, courtesy of Reciva the internet radio people, an App that will remotely control all functions on all the Morpheus units you may have in your home.
All of these will be on show alongside a selection of beautifully crafted loudspeakers from Sonneteer’s brothers in arms, Penaudio.
The Morpheus Server will be showing off its skilled silence as well as its ability to look beautiful in its hand crafted, engraved aluminium coat. The Music centre as well as a new stand will be going blue in the form of a Blue tooth option so iPhones, iPods, iPads and just about any other mobile phone or device with bluetooth built in can send music to it.
Talking of colours the full range of 12 will be on show; options now available on all Sonneteer products.
“Sonneteer director Haider Bahrani showed us the Morpheus, which we imagined would look nice in our living room.” This was the comment Vintage Rock came up with about the Sonneteer Morpheus Server and Music Centre. They were reporting back on the CES show at which they popped into the Sonneteer and Penaudio Suite at the Venetian Hotel.
They saw a number of systems attempting to gain traction in this new age of high fidelity. The Sonneteer Morpheus system to them was, well let’s just let you read what they said: “The Morpheus from Sonneteer was the sleekest and most discreet. It stores three terabytes of tunes, and like the others, will rip your CDs while you “go make a cup of tea.” You can even control it, like most of the other music servers, with your iPhone[or iPod Touch].“ You can see their full report at Vintagerock.com
The one thing they omitted from their report, as they were comparing Ethernet connections, is that the Sonneteer Morpheus is Wi-fi compatible(wireless network) as well as being Ethernet capable(wired network). So if you don’t have your house wired up for Ethernet in every room and your home router is wireless(nearly all are these days) you can be up and away in a matter of minutes.
We’ve reported back ourselves and our guy’s blogs will soon be buzzing with more (once over the jet lag) so here is a moment to see what some of the rest are saying about Sonneteer:
The Stereophile have long been great supporters and always good for a conversation or two have published a fulland detailed CES show report as usual and the bit that interests us can be found here:
Oh and more from them in multi colour:
ecoustics.com have clearly been reading our news pages. Happy to have you on board ladies and gents:
Elite Choice, but of course:
Audio Video Revolution:
These guys popped into the show room and we had a good natter. We, at S-news and Sonneteer, think their vision of where the home entertainment electronics industry is going is akin with ours and will be following their bulletins avidly. Recommended reading, shall we say.
And Phile web from Japan: Fans of ours for a while.
http://www.phileweb.com/news/audio/201001/10/9658.html in Japanese
http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.phileweb.com/news/audio/201001/10/9658.html&ei=tWZPS6npHo6I0wSGpKGwCg&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDYQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3DSonneteer%2B%2Bces%2Bphileweb%2BCES%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1C1GGLS_en-GB___GB316%26sa%3DG%26tbo%3D1 google translated into English.
I4U. This one has been linked to from all over the web:
And for lots of show pictures:
We are also twittering:
CES: Las Vegas – The morning of the 11th of January, Las Vegas hosted late breakfast and check out times for 10s of thousands of Engineers, sales reps and marketing folk as the 2010 CES show flies off in to the distant sun.
CES this year was dominated by news of 3DTV and ebook readers whilst nearly every journalist jumped on to these band wagons the rest of the show’s exhibits were lost or should I say hidden by the fog of it all. The best of the show is generally away from the ‘flash in the pan’ media frenzy and often a better guide to what will change our lives over the next few years.
What caught my eye, were things like the Adidas miCoach, a device to aide runners and joggers to measure their performance, and the prevelance of internet connected devices. Internet radio going in to cars, as announced by Ford, could be the sounding of the last bell for DAB for instance.
Of course the high end audio area, at the Venetian Towers is of Particular interest to us and, as we have already reported, Sonneteer, the British luxury music systems maker, were true to form in bringing new ideas to the show with their ultra quiet Morpheus Server, to match their Morpheus Music Centre. Also showing off that their products will be available in a wide range of colours to special order. The server was shown both in black and a sumptuous Burgundy, red.
Needless to say, Sonneteer, though at the luxury end of the home entertainment electronics market have been internet connected for quite sometime now.
Penaudio, the high end luxury loudspeaker manufacturer from Finland were accompanying Sonneteer this year with the launch of their Ambient range of speakers in its Series 2 form. As one enters the show suite, one finds it laid out as a typical home with a dining room area in the upper level and a living room area below over looking the Las Vegas Strip. Two systems were on display both being served by a Sonneteer Morpheus server and a music Centre driving a pair of Serenades from The Penaudio Classic range in the living area and a pair of Red Chronos from the Ambient in the dining area. The Penaudio Ambient range, as mentioned, has been tweaked up market by using better drive units and a dusting of Sami Pentilla (their chief designer and founder) magic. These will be available in three standard colour, but much like the Sonneteer range, the customer can request other colours which will be available at a premium to the standard price.
Not neglecting their analogue roots, Sonneteer were also demonstrating the Sedley Phono stage which was on show in one of their USA distributor, May Audio‘s eight show rooms at CES where is was singing merrily to the tune of a Roksan Turntable and a London Decca Cartridge and using Gut Wire cables. The Sedley, now globally renowned for its musical abilities and unmatched flexibility is also available with a USB connection. We have linked to a couple of recent reviews in our pages in the past from UHF and Audio Audition.
Back home and catching up on sleep, we look forward to 2010 with optimism. Roll on CES 2011.
Sonneteer, while at CES, the worlds largest Consumer Electronics Show, have been showing off how their Morpheus music centre can be controlled using an iPod Touch or an iPhone. As mentioned when we brought you the news about the Morpheus server, the Plug Player App’ can be downloaded for just under £3. It will see any number of Music Centres and Morpheus servers you have on your network and allow you to choose and play back your music through the Morpheus Music Centre you have selected.
It rips, it stores, it shows up on the Morpheus Music Centre and all while you are making a cup of tea! all in glorious WAV or FLAC and you can have it in MP3 if you will. Naturally, Sonneteer would prefer you to store everything in an uncompressed format to enjoy playing it back through the Morpheus in all its glory.
The Morpheus Server, as it will be known, will be officially launched at CES this January as Sonneteer will be showing between the 7th and 10th at the Venetian Hotel, Suite 29-310. The set up will be resembling that of a normal home with a living room and a dining area both with a Morpheus Music Centre installed and a Server neatly places to, ehem, serve them both.
Sonneteer will also have an iPod Touch handy to demonstrate how any number of their Music Centres and Servers can be controlled from such a device. It also works with the iPhone. All you need is to download the Plug Player application for a minimal cost (£2.99 in the UK).
Album art is displayed and play lists set as music in different parts of the house can be set and adjusted whilst sitting on the sofa and sipping that, aforementioned, cup of tea.
We promise a few more details very shortly as well as pictures and news from the show itself.
For more information and some high resolution images please got to the Press release www.sonneteer.co.uk/press_release_server.htm
for more Sonneteer press releases go to: www.sonneteer.co.uk/press
The annual pilgrimage to CES takes place again this January and as all the major players in the Consumer Electronics Industry squeeze into buses, trains and planes, Sonneteer too take to the skys.
Showing off at the Venetian Hotel suite 29-310 from January 7th through to the 10th Sonneteer will have set up the mock renaissance room to look like a typical apartment with a luxury home entertainment system gracing it’s living and dinning room areas.
The designers, Remo Casadei and Haider Bahrani will be on hand to take questions, demonstrate the performance and even share the Las Vegas hospitality. The Sonneteer Morpheus will be on show and their recently announced range of colours will be vividly on display. New will be the eagerly anticipated Morpheus Server which will be announced properly on these news pages shortly as the razzmatazz of the show is in full voice.
Sharing the stage with Sonneteer this year will be Penaudio who are very much partners in the industry as they often share design expertise, marketing platforms and the odd vodka.
Penaudio themselves will be launching the next generation of their Ambient range as they adopt a higher end stance akin to their sister range, the famed Classic Penaudios. For more goto www.penaudio.fi
Shown here are the Chronos loudspeaker which are available in a range of colours and wood finishes. The designer, Sami Pentilla voiced these using Sonneteer amplifiers such as the Alabaster and the Orton. Both of which grace Panaudio mansions.
“Customers can now enjoy a system from both Sonneteer and Penaudio and have the whole thing delivered in the colour of their choice” said Haider Bahrani in conversation with our editor. He was also reminded by Remo[Casadei] that “If customers have any interesting requirements then we can sit down with them and see how we can best meet their needs”. He was, of course, referring to the numerous colour possibilities on tap for the products.
As the Sonneteer Morpheus sits pretty in both Seflfridge’s Oxford Street, London and Harrods Sonneteer have announced that they will going bespoke. This means that as well as the standard Black and Silver, their entire Sonneteer range will be available in a range of colours to special order and, of course, at a premium. This would bring the number of colours available to twelve. They have also indicated that should a customer have a special request then they would be more than happy to talk them through the possibilities and cost accordingly.
“It all really started when we made a red Morpheus to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show(CES) in Lass Vegas last January and quite a few took a shine to it.” said Sonneteer’s Haider Bahrani. He also indicated that they recently made a Blue Byron to match a Blue Morpheus ordered earlier in the year and they will be showing the full range of possibilities at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas at the 2010 CES show, 7th to 11th of January next.
For more..[See Press release]