BodySound Home Theater Furniture Makes Surround Sound Personal

November 4, 2009

A unique concept combining furniture design and high quality audio, BodySound creates a truly individual listening experience.

Eden Prairie, MN – November 2009 – BodySound Technologies, Inc introduces a line of specialty furniture with personal surround sound, eliminating the need for in-room loudspeakers. Experiential seatingTM with BodySound technology is the fusion of ultra-comfortable home entertainment seating with innovative audio technology.  BodySound furniture is both wireless and compact, providing full impact, large scale sound in smaller and more challenging spaces.

 

With a 7-speaker personalized surround sound system, each seat drives its own audio, giving every user the ability to fine tune the sound characteristics to match their preference. BodySound technology will then automatically adjust the volume to match the users’ settings, providing a sound that is both crisp and clear, preserving every detail of audio information.  The built-in speaker system coupled to the steel framing construction produces pleasant, full-spectrum vibrations throughout the user’s seating area. Users can customize how much or how little they wish to feel.

“BodySound enhances the listening experience even more than HDTV adds to the viewing experience,” says Dan Cohen, CEO and Founder of BodySound Technologies. With BodySound’s Experiential seating, every user can experience movies, TV, gaming, and music in a way that more fully engages their senses.

BodySound is the culmination of 12 years of research and development including medical research on the relaxation effects produced by sound and vibration.  Refinements in the seating construction and sound system were developed to enhance the relaxation effects.  During this process, the developers of BodySound technology recognized how much fun and enjoyment they derived from watching TV and movies as well as listening to music in their relaxation chairs. As a result, they enhanced the furniture even further to produce the most innovative home entertainment seating available today.  Each seat powers its own 7-speaker system with a built-in multi-processor and 650 watt amplifier.  With easy wireless setup, BodySound seating becomes an ideal solution for a theater experience in any room.

 

BodySound technology is seamlessly embedded within custom luxury furniture, covered in fine leather. Seating can be ordered as recliners, connected rows or curves of seats, love seats, couches, or custom configured.  BodySound furniture starts at $5,995 MSRP and can also be custom designed based on customer preferences.

For more information on BodySound Technologies, please visit www.bodysoundtheater.com

About BodySound

Based in Minneapolis, MN, BodySound Technologies, Inc. is the leading developer of home entertainment furniture with personal surround sound technology built in. Experiential™ seating with BodySound technology is the fusion of fine furniture and innovative sound technology. Sound and seating become one and the same, delivering a personal audio experience in both luxury and comfort.

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Become a Fan of Paradigm on Facebook, Win a Cinema CT System

September 29, 2009

Paradigm Electronics, an international leader in speaker design wants YOU to be their friend on Facebook.

If you are on Facebook click here to find Paradigm’s page. Sign up as a friend of Paradigm and every thirty days, starting October 15th, they will choose a random “Friend” to win one of 6 Paradigm Cinema CT systems. If you are already a friend of Paradigm, you’re already in the draw!  You have six chances to win – and all you have to do is become a fan.

The Cinema CT systems are Paradigm’s most affordable complete and compact speaker systems to date and feature the company’s award-winning Monitor Series technology (the company’s affordable high-end line of speakers). With the Cinema™ CT line, Paradigm delivers real audiophile quality sound – at modest prices.

Cinema110CTWhile you’re there, why not become a fan of Caster Communications on Facebook as well?  We have less than 30 fans people.  This is a sad state.  Help us!


Paradigm Introduces Special Edition Collection

September 8, 2009

Paradigm Electronics Inc., an international leader in speaker design and manufacturing, announces the Special Edition (SE) Series, a limited and unique addition to the Paradigm® collection. Combining elements from the affordable audiophile-quality Paradigm line and higher-end Paradigm Reference line, the SE series speakers brings a new generation of affordable elegance to the company’s vast offerings.  The SE series features the SE1, a bookshelf speaker, the SE3, a floorstanding model and the SE Center and SE Subwoofer, all outfitted with stylish real wood veneer cabinets. Paradigm Special Edition (SE) speakers, with soft edges, clean lines, state-of-the-art technology, compact dimensions and real wood veneer cabinets are a stepping stone to the world of high-end audio for budget conscious consumers.

Like the award-winning and ever popular Monitor Series, the SE line will boast Paradigm’s SuperDrive technology, which combines very high efficiency with very high output and ultra-low distortion. This results in top-level performance from the Special Edition line regardless of amplification.  The drivers represent a best of breed hybrid mix that includes high frequency drivers from the Paradigm Monitor Series and mineral-filled polypropylene bass/midrange drivers handed down right from the Paradigm Reference Studio Series.  Both the SE 1 bookshelf and SE 3 floorstanding boast the benefits of an aluminum midrange including remarkable clarity, superb extended bass response and elimination of unwanted resonance and distortion.

Aesthetically speaking, the Paradigm SE series presents a system with clean lines, soft edges and general design characteristics seamlessly integrated into the home décor.  With a reasonable footprint, this collection provides real wood veneer finishes for customers seeking sophisticated appearance at a competitive price.

SPECIFICATIONS

SE 1 Bookshelf

  • Two-driver 2-way bookshelf/stand-mounted:
  • 5-1/2˝ M-ICP mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD dome
  • Estimated $299 MSRP

SE 3 Floorstanding

  • Four-driver 2-1/2-way floorstanding:
  • Two 5-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass,
  • 5-1/2˝ M-ICP mid/bass,1˝ H-PTD dome
  • Estimated  $699 MSRP

SE Center

  • Four-driver 3-way center channel
  • Two 5-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass,
  • 3-1/2˝ M-ICP midrange, 1˝ H-PTD dome
  • Estimated $499 MSRP

SE Subwoofer

  • Bass Reflex Single Driver Design
    • 10 Driver with CAP™ Carbon / Aramid Fiber Polypropylene Cone
  • 900 watts Dynamic Peak / 300 watts RMS Sustained
  • Paradigm’s Proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP)  Design
  • Comprehensive Range of Input and Control Facilities
  • USB Port for use with the critically acclaimed Paradigm Perfect Bass Kit (PBK™) Room Correction System
  • Estimated $699 MSRP

The SE Series will be available and shipping at the end of September 2009.  Paradigm’s Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) is available as an upgrade and sold separately.

The SE Series will be showcased in the Paradigm booth (3325) in Hall C at CEDIA EXPO 2009 in Atlanta.  Come by and check them out!

Posted by: Ashley / follow me on Twitter


Comprehensive Resource Guide and Recommendations for A/V Brands

July 29, 2009

Respected McClatchy-Tribune News Service reporter and blogger Don Lindich recently created a listing of A/V brand websites with personal recommendations for the brands he prefers and uses. Mr. Lindich is as knowledgeable about audio and video technology as anyone in the Milky Way and his recommendations can be trusted if you are considering a purchase.

In his post aptly titled, Don’s Huge and Useful Link Page, 301 to start…, Don offers his recommendations and links in a variety of manufacturers covering areas such as: receivers and amplifiers, speakers, televisions and projectors, Bluray, DVD player and DVD Recorder,  video rental, turntables, pho cartridge, phono preamp, record cleaner and accessories, A/V furniture and Speaker stands, cables, connections, speaker wire, headphones, earphones, table radios, portable audio, camcorder, video making, editing and burning software, cameras, digital SLR, digital image editing and more if you can believe it.

Started Monday 7/27, this resource is already one of the most complete compilations of A/V brands on the web and a great resource. He’s open to suggestions to so if you’re a PR flak or manufacturer whose website isn’t included, contact Mr. Lindich here.

Posted by: Nick

@PRnick


What Is Multi-Room Audio? What Is Whole Home Audio?

July 23, 2009

When I tell people I represent NuVo Technologies, a lot of them ask what NuVo does. I tell them NuVo does whole home audio.

And then I ask if they’ve ever heard of whole home audio, or multi-room audio for that matter (NuVo and I prefer the more inviting term “whole home” as opposed to the more clinical “multi-room”, although they both mean the same thing).

Usually, the response I get is to the effect of, “Of course I know what whole-home audio is!”

But I press: “So what is it?”

The frequent response is something like: “You can hear your stereo through speakers in different rooms in the house.”

Well, that’s partially correct but it only scratches the surface of what a whole home audio system like NuVo’s can do.

A more descriptive but far more wonky term for what NuVo does would be multi-source, multi-zone audio.

Yikes… what’s that? Quite simple and quite cool: You have multiple sources of audio that go to multiple zones (rooms or outdoor areas) of a house. You either have user controls mounted on the wall in each zone, or you can use a wireless device or web browser for user control. You also have speakers in each zone.

Wait, you might ask: What are multiple sources of audio? Think AM/FM and satellite radio, think internet radio and services like Pandora, think iPods in network-connected docks, think all of your iTunes and Windows Media Audio content residing on your PCs and servers, think even old-school devices like CD players. That’s enough variety and choice to keep you entertained for a while, I’d say.

In each zone, the user can select any of these sources instantly through his or her on-wall or wireless user control, and enjoy that selected source immediately. The cool thing is, other users in other rooms have that same option, meaning that numerous different sources can be played in different zones at the same time. This setup is perfect for families where, for example, Dad likes sports talk on AM, mom likes 80s music on XM, the son likes Pandora and the daughter likes her iTunes.

Once installed by a professional, a whole home audio system like NuVo’s is easy to use. You won’t need boomboxes in every room anymore, for starters.

I’ll have more to share about this pretty exciting product category going forward. Thanks for reading!

Posted by Joe Paone


Paradigm, OmniMount and Control4 Earn Innovative Housing Technology Awards

June 3, 2009

A congratulatory round of ‘ataboys goes to three Caster clients who were named winners of the prestigious 2009 Innovative Housing Technology Awards.IHTA2009Logo_WEB

According to a release issued by the sponsor, “Now in its ninth year, the award program—owned by CE Pro, TecHome Builder and Electronic House—honors the most innovative products, builders and CE pros serving the homebuilding industry. The awards are presented every June in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.”

A seasoned panel of tech building industry experts and journalists evaluated the 2009 finalists and made the tough choices, clearly using sound judgment in choosing the victors. The winners represent best practices by CE pros, builders, home technology makers and IT innovators.

Without further ado, Ringo, can we have a drum roll please…

Winner – Home Theater Category: Paradigm RVC-12SQ In-wall Subwoofer with X-800 Amplifier and Perfect Bass Kit

Even with IHTA abolishing the “Longest Product Name” category for 2009, Paradigm manufactured a winner here with a structurally sound, high-powered in-wall subwoofer that includes a bracketing system, room correction and amplification. You might ask how an in-wall subwoofer is beneficial to builders? I’m glad you asked:

The RVC-12SQ benefits builders because it solves the last major challenge of architectural audio. With floor space at a premium, the demand for unobtrusive A/V solutions will continue to grow, and builders who can offer a full home theater or entertainment solution will differentiate themselves. While the subwoofer is only part of the equation, its importance to audio performance cannot be understated. The RVC-12SQ is also the first subwoofer to offer freestanding performance from inside the wall with no risk of structural damage or weak audio playback.

Winner – Home Theater Category: OmniMount MotionPicture Series Power55

Power55 is a unique solution that tilts, pans or swivels the TV to achieve optimal viewing in multiple rooms. OmniMount provides builders with every tool necessary to install it, an installation template, level, and a labeled hardware kit, for a quick, easy and perfect installation every time and anywhere in the room regardless of construction challenges.

Winner – Integrated Home Control and Networking: Control4 Home Controller HC-200

With the HC-200, you are no longer tied to a coffee table cluttered with remotes. Instead, a single remote and easy-to-use on-screen interface allow you to enjoy the same intuitive Control4 navigation on every video display in your home. Adjust and control the lights either individually or collectively. Manage your home theater system. Free your digital music collection and easily stream it to any room throughout the home. Check the status of your doors and windows, and adjust the thermostat – through convenient, easy-to-use, powerful on-screen menus.

This is a proud day and we’d like to thank our mothers, the academy and all the journalists and tech experts who made these awards possible. We couldn’t have done it without your support and look forward to bigger thing in the years to come.

Posted by: Nick

@PRnick  

 


The Ultimate iPod Dock

March 26, 2009

Here at CasterBlog, we’re not above the occasional bit of self-promotion (or rather, promotion on behalf of our clients) every now and then, particularly when it’s warranted, as is so often the case with our clients. So please indulge me here.

Universal Remote Control has a sick new product called the PSX-2 Personal Server that is the ultimate iPod dock. Bar none. End of story.

Universal Remote Control PSX-2 Personal Server

Universal Remote Control PSX-2 Personal Server

The PSX-2 essentially turns your iPod into a full-featured music server.

You know how most iPod docks provide a TV screen interface that basically mimics the iPod menus? The PSX-2 (which you can control via a remote and a TV or, for the real high-end, URC’s swanky MX-6000 touch screen), transforms those iPod menus into a much more user-friendly and much more functional interface that lets you do things with your iPod you could never do before.

For example, with the PSX-2, you can “Play More from This Artist/Genre/etc,” or shuffle on similar parameters (for example, “Shuffle Indie Rock”).

You can create on-the-fly-playlists, which makes the iPod more convenient and social, especially in a party environment.

You get alpha search capability. No more need to get endlessly jiggy with the scroll wheel to find an artist whose name begins with “T”, for example.

You get cover art!

The PSX-2 interface on a TV screen.

The PSX-2 interface on a TV screen.

There’s no longer a need to navigate through seemingly endless nests of iPod menus to get to what you want.

And it’s so much more. But I’ll stop there.

URC’s Mitchell Klein put together a cute lo-fi video that displays some of the PSX-2’s capabilities.

If you’re a serious iPod user and you want to get the most out of the little bugger, I highly suggest you check the PSX-2 out. Here’s where you can get your very own.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled CasterMusings, already in progress.

Posted by Joe Paone