Articles tagged with: Sonos

Sonos Introduces 5.1 Surround Sound with Software Upgrade

on Wednesday, 23 October 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Audio


This week I am so excited about the new software update from Sonos. Just when I thought the Sonos Playbar Soundbar couldn’t get any better, now the update can turn it into a 5.1 surround system by allowing the Connect Amp to drive two rear channels turning the Soundbar into a 5.1 DTS surround sound system. Before, users would be limited to using the Play:3 speakers, but now you can use other options. I used my existing Sonance Invisible Series speakers for the rear channel and it worked out perfectly. I love that this update gives you complete control on rear channel type and placement. Now the options are truly endless. The software update, which released this month, is quick and only takes about two minutes. Other features with the update allow the mute button to function as play, pause, or skip.

This is why I love Sonos so much. Without having to buy new equipment, they released a whole new set of features that can completely transform already existing speakers.

Sonos also recently introduced the Play:1 just in time for the holidays. This would be the perfect gift for the music lover in your life. It's definitely going on my Christmas list! Its small size doesn't compromise on big sound and it is so easy to use that anyone could figure it out. Wirelessly stream your favorite music from your library or online streaming services and control the Play:1 right from your smart phone. Start with one and over time add a Play:1 in every room to fill your entire home with music.

UT Game Day Gear

on Wednesday, 21 August 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Audio

With kickoff only 9 days away, it's time to start getting all your big orange gear ready for another season. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of all our favorite stuff to get you game day ready.

1. Woven Tristar Tie in Orange from Volunteer Traditions

There is no doubt you'll be the most dapper fan at the game with this festive orange tie. Going for a more casual look? Volunteer Traditions also has a great selection of shirts, pullovers, and hats.

2. Power T Tervis Tumblers

These tumblers are perfect for game day. Whether you're tailgating on campus or watching from home, these tumblers will keep hot beverages hot and cold beverages ice cold. They come in all kinds of different designs and are made right here in America.

3.  Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses with Dark Havana Orange Frame

Ray-Bans never go out of style. Throw in some classis clumasters with an added hint of orange in the frame and you'll be the coolest Vol fan on the block.

4. Tennessee Volunteers Pet Hat from Football Fanatics

We can't leave out all the pups on our list. This adjustable dog hat is perfect for any sized pooch looking to show off some good old fashioned volunteer pride.

5. Sonos Playbar and Sub
Watch the game with incredible HiFi sound with the Sonos Playbar and Sub. Then get the party really started after the big win by streaming all your favorite music wirelessly and effortlessly. This pair will provide your guests with soul-shaking sound they won't forget. Rocky Top will never sound the same again. 

Go Vols!

Shark Week Gear

on Monday, 05 August 2013.

Shark Week has begun and we want to make sure you have the best gear to maximize your shark-viewing experience. Let's start with the basics and get you going with a sweet TV.

The Sharp 1080p 240Hz 3D LED Smart TV (LC70LE857U) provides 70 inches of crystal clear viewing with enhanced features such as Quattron color technology and Aquomotion 960 reduces blur by quadrupling the refresh rate during those action-packed scenes.
What's a great TV without a great sound system? The Sonos Playbar and Sub make the perfect choice for your sound upgrade. This easy to set up system provides high fidelity sound without sacrificing style. Control your new playbar with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

So you've got the perfect TV and sound system for Shark Week, but you're going to need some snacks. May we suggest a watermelon shark fruit salad?

Now you are well on your way to throwing the perfect Shark Week party, but you're going to need something to wear. Don't worry, we've got you covered...

Happy Shark Week!


The Reveal!

on Sunday, 14 April 2013. Posted in Knoxville Organized Wiring

A while back we showed you a project we were working on.  It is a perfect illustration that shows just because you purchased quality equipment, does not mean you get a quality system.  The most important decision you make in any project is choosing the professional subcontractor that will give you the greatest level of service before, during and after the sale.  That is what we at iSS strive to do everyday. 

In this particular case, the client had paid a large sum of money for good audio gear.  Naturally they assumed they would receive a professionally installed system that ran just as it was sold to them and give them years of enjoyment.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.  Instead they received a very poor level of service, a rats nest of wire and a system that never performed as it should.   

This project came to us through a referral from a long term client.  Initially we were only going to upgrade their system to a Sonos whole house system, but upon inspection of the wiring disaster, we advised that it would be in their best interest to clean up ALL the wiring and clearly lable all wires so that future service of the system will be efficient and POSSIBLE. 

Needless to say, once we cleaned up the wiring and turned over a very functional system to the client, we made another lifelong relationship.  We are continually trying to ensure that every project we walk away from, the client will have zero hesitation to call us back to perform another service for them.  That was exactly what happened in this case.

If you have a system that could use a little TLC, then we are exactly the company you need.  Call us for a free consultation.