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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Haiderway and diSegno Blog on the Server: We take a peek.

The news pages and blogs have all had their say. Even we’ve had a word or two. Time to see what the boys behind the products have been spilling from their minds. You can access their blogs from the column opposite.
Haiderway on having the Morpheus Server round for Christmas:

“When we got back,[from Christmas in North Yorkshire] Vicky bought me a copy of Tori Amos’ Midwinter Graces CD……
…Got home, switched the server on and popped the CD in. Oh, I have to say the server is so quiet, it makes my Buffalo Linkstation sound like a vacuum cleaner!Where was I? Oh yes; as the CD was being consumed by the server, I popped down stairs and switched on my Morpheus music centre and then My iPod Touch which has the Plug Player installed (about £3 from Apps store). All this took about 3 to 4 minutes.

As you can see in the picture, by the music centre was switched on in our living room I was able to start playing the (ripped and stored) CD from the Server.
The Morpheus music centre was  singing through my loudspeakers and I had full control via the iPod Touch. Oh I made cup of tea at the same time  and my other hand was holding it!  yes, I hear some of you shouting, I should have left it brew for longer to get that fuller flavour.” More Haiderway

A little bit technical, as Remo often likes to be [from diSegno]:

“Now you hear it! has been our slogan for the longest time but not this time for this bad boy! This unit has to be ultra quiet itself and also vibration free so it would not cause noise to its surroundings. So the first thing was to get rid of the need of fans in the unit. All the main components, power supply unit etc. must also be fanless versions so they can operate indefinitely without needing a fan to cool it… sounds simple until you realise that they are like hen’s teeth to find! Only the latest generations of components are thinking along that way to save power and be silent!

Vibration elimination was a bit more complicated! We have 2 fast hard disk drives inside which whirls, crackles, clicks and vibrates like hell, so the way they are mounted has to be carefully looked into. Having been into cars and our office situated not far from a Lexus dealer, I have looked into ways cars have used to reduce vibration, centrifugal or torque issues when mounting their engines! After some experimentation, the hard drives inside the Morpheus are now mounted on 8 rubber damper mountings, selected by sampling several shores and numbers used before deciding on the best combination. The drives themselves are coupled in a way that their individual vibrations cancels each other, inspired by silent shafts used in car engines, and the final result was rather spectacular!” Oh he does get excited talking about cars. Oh please don’t start him off sir!  More diSegno…

Look who’s talking about Sonneteer at CES 2010

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:

http://blog.stereophile.com/ces2010/sonneteer_morpheus_music_server/

Oh and more from them  in multi colour:
http://blog.stereophile.com/ces2010/sonneteer_color_palette/

Alan Sircom’s Best of CES report:
The editor of Hi-Fi Plus, a member of the Absolute Sound’s stable of publications, pasts his thoughts online with regards his CES experience. It was good to see him in very good spirits with lots of optimism for the audio industry.

ecoustics.com  have clearly been reading our news pages. Happy to have you on board ladies and gents:
http://news.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/10381/610921.html

Elite Choice, but of course:
http://elitechoice.org/2010/01/05/ces-2010-sonneteer-to-unveil-morpheus-music-centre/

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.
http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/music-servers-mp3-players-news/sonneteer-breaks-barriers-with-new-music-server.html

And Phile web from Japan: Fans of ours for a while.
http://www.phileweb.com/news/audio/201001/10/9658.html  in Japanese
or
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:
http://www.i4u.com/article29620.html

And for lots of show pictures:
http://live.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/ces.pl?&VT_29-310&RoomView&FM&&&&&&CES10

We are also twittering:
http://twitter.com/Sonneteerhifi

CES – Show report: As CES 2010 comes to an end we report back

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.

CES – Sonneteer Morpheus shown off controlled by iPod touch and iPhone at CES

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.

Sonneteer Morpheus Server Debuts at The Consumer Electronics Show In Las Vegas January 2010

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