Anatomy of a Remodel – Part 1

Our living room has sat unfinished since the day we moved in.  And it’s all because of that couch.  I love it; it’s got that classic, vintage modern, low slung, sexy vibe. Adam hates it.  So we sat at an impasse for the past three years until we decided to call in the professional, Ken Fulk, to mediate and take this project to the finish line. We both love and trust his style and taste – as a professional and a friend.  He’s the best in San Francisco and has an eclectic, rock star style that’s hard to replicate.  So we decided his call was the final call on the couch.  The verdict?  I win. YES! Justice prevails….and perseverance.  The couch is being refinish and reupholstered as I write this.

So what does this have to do with technology?  Well, part of the overhaul of this room is the sound system. We’re installing new reference series Paradigm SA-15R in ceiling speakers for our Sonos system.  And since I’ve preached so many times before on this blog how important it is to have in wall speakers in every room to truly leverage the capabilities of the Sonos system, I thought I would give you an inside look into the installation process. It does require professional installation, but the aesthetics and audio experience are totally worth it.

Stay tuned for more remodel updates…

Cutting speaker holes in ceiling.

Cutting speaker holes in ceiling.

 

Pulling wires through walls.

Pulling wires through walls.

Speaker wire pulled and ready to mount.

Speaker wire pulled and ready to mount.

 

Paradigm Speaker installed

Paradigm Speaker installed

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Pandora Ranks as Top iPhone App

Techcrunch reported that Pandora is currently the fourth most popular free app on iTunes (behind Apple’s Remote, AIM, and WeatherBug), and has reportedly been seeing a new listener every 2 seconds. Usage over the weekend hit an all-time high for the service, with 3.3 million tracks streamed to iPhone listeners alone. Perhaps more impressive is the retention rate of listeners, who are averaging over an hour of listening per day.

The Pandora music stream is great on the new iPhones with the 3G and Edge networks.  Between the iPhone and Sonos Digital Music System, music lovers are no longer tied to their computer to enjoy the benefits of Pandora’s personalized music recommendation service.  Rock on.

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Rhapsody Launches Beta MP3 Store

Anyone who knows me is well aware of how big a fan I am of Rhapsody.  It’s one of my essential tools for digesting and discovering new music.  The music subscription service model has always made a lot of sense to me and I believe is a model we’re going to see a lot more of.  Especially as more and more artists attempt to circumvent labels and go direct to fans (with the help of technology like Topspin).  

After all, why wouldn’t you want to pay $12/month to access a virtual unlimited amount of music – anywhere, anytime.  It’s beautiful.  Especially when leveraged through the Sonos Digital Music System (in which Rhapsody is already integrated).  I have an ongoing Rhapsody playlist of new music that I add to whenever I hear or read about a new artist.  Then I just queue up the playlist and listen to it whenever I’m at work or futzing around the house.  With the combination of Rhaspody and Sonos, listening to music is no longer a dedicated form of entertainment.  

Finally, Rhapsody has added an MP3 download component, without all the DRM (Digital Rights Management) hassles like Apple iTunes.  (Which means when you download a track or album you can do whatever you want with it – no proprietary formats, limited sharing, etc.)  I still love eMusic and inSound for their great selection of Indie music.  But I find that Rhapsody is the ideal platform for most of my music research.  I’m very happy about this new MP3 service and hope that the the next iteration with include the option for monthly download bundles as part of my subscription.  🙂