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On the Beach. Sonneteer at the 15 Audio Show Brighton.

15AudioShowBrighton-webSonneteer will be enjoying sometime by the beach this coming weekend hosted by NuNu Distribution and the 15 Audio Show.

Recently described as, ” ..probably the most musical gear I’ve had come through my music room in recent memory” by one reviewer, on demonstration at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel will be the whole current range of Sonneteer  high fidelity separates. Another exclaimed they were, ” ..enjoying the music as it should be” whilst another was so consumed he told how the equipment, “pulls you into listening to and enjoying song after song, album after album.”.

Reviewers in recent times have certainly been kind to us. If them saying that our products were, “absolutely musical and organic sounding” wasn’t enough the fact that they found that, “The build and finish is exceptional” certainly cemented our belief in what we do.

To experience first hand what made one reviewer write, ” Right away I sensed there was something special happening.” then come along to the Hilton Brighton Metropole this weekend, 29th and 30th of March 2014. It’s FREE too.

Sonneteer at the X-FI high end show The Netherlands.

The Koningshof in Veldhoven having hosted the VAD show in times gone past will host the third X-FI show this year and Sonneteer of Britain will be there again alongside Penaudio loudspeakers of Finland. The show will be on for two days, the 29th and 30th of September 2012. The British luxury mark will be hosted by their partner in the Netherlands, Riverside Audio. Sonneteer managing director was quoted as saying, “Riverside have put in a great deal of effort over the years in representing Sonneteer and showing us in our best light. The people of the Netherlands welcomed us in with warm hearts all those years ago when we first started. It really is the best place to come in the world to show and meet the enthusiasts.”

Riverside Audio, are the representatives of both Sonneteer and Penaudio in the Netherlands and have a wealth of more than 30 years experience in hifi. On show will be all the Sonneteer favourites including, but not only, the Alabaster amplifier, Byron CD player and the Morpheus Music Centre, integrated amplifier and Streamer.

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.