RTI iPod Dock

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Introducing the new RTI iPod Dock, although a little late to the party the RTI iPod Dock is worth the wait, this is the best iPod docking solution that we have used so far.

Simple navigation and operation of your docked iPod can be either an on-screen TV GUI ( Graphical User Interface) or by using a compatible RTI 2 way touchscreen remote control or keypad.

The sliding tray means your iPod is always securely connected and safe. The RTI dock can either be rack mounted or placed on a tabletop. Once docked you can also sync your iPod with iTunes so you can keep it as a fixed music source for your system.

If you have an RTI system this is the iPod dock for you.


New from Sonos!

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The guys at  Sonos have been very busy recently with some interesting new products and services.

First off is the Sonos iPad Controller app, this allows you to control your Sonos system using Apple’s fantastic touch screen tablet. It makes browsing for music from your own collection or from one of the streaming music services an easy and pleasurable experience.

It is available as a free download from the App Store.

The long awaited iPod dock for Sonos will be released at the end of the month. The £99 unit connects wirelessly to a Sonos system allowing the docked iPod or iPhone to be played around the house from any convienent location.

It’s an excellent addition to any Sonos system giving another valuable source of music!

Sonos is also now offering the Spotify music streaming service. This service is already at favourite at Powerplant  because of it’s PC software and iPhone app, the introduction on Sonos is a very welcome addition. You need the premium subscription which is £9.99 per month, this gives you higher quality audio and is advertisment free.

uPlay Bluetooth Receiver

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Just to prove that great installation solutions are affordable for everybody, let us indroduce you to the QED uPlay Bluetooth reciever. Just plug into your amplifier or Multi room system pair your iTouch, iPhone or bluetooth compatible computer, sit on the sofa with your iPhone or iPod, choose your music and listen to it through your system. All for £64.99 inc. VAT.

URC PSX-2 iPod Dock

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With over 220 million iPods out there, it is pretty safe to assume that the iPod is here to stay. The iPod began life as a portable music player and seemingly overnight became podcast, photo, video, phone and gaming..  Today the iPod, especially the iPod touch/iPhone, is a great device to use.  And it’s even more lovely when you make it part of your home Hi-Fi or multi-room audio visual system.

Contrary to popular belief, the iPod can sound very good.  It just requires adjusting certain settings in the associated iTunes library so that when CDs are ripped (copied) into iTunes and synced to the iPod, they retain their full bandwidth and are not overly compressed. This can make the iPod ideal as a central music server for your home system. However, because the iPod is based on a limited number of buttons and a small screen, you must constantly navigate up and down through a series of ‘nested’ menus, and remember a ‘mental map’ of where all the special features are accessed this can make any iPod awkward to use when it’s not in the palm of hand.

So what is the best way to make your iPod part of your home system?

The URC PSX-2 is an AV iPod dock, with built in automation for your iPod, that provides simple to use high-end music server functionality using a programmable control system and a TV. As well as all the standard iPod features the PSX-2 also enables non-standard iPod functions like; play more from this artist, shuffle my jazz, alphabetical search and the intuitive ability to create a play list from a keypad, remote control or your TV set, all without having to remove the iPod from its dock or use iTunes.

The URC PSX-2 displays cover art and title information either on your TV screen or on a selected URC remote controls. The PSX-2 also acts as personal jukebox enabling you to add albums or songs to your jukebox and them playing them back without them being stored on the iPod – this is ideal when using a friend’s iPod at a party! The ability to alphabetically search music is another great feature of the PSX-2 , especially if you have a large music collection.

The URC  PSX-2 is £340.00 inc VAT, if you would like to find out more how it could be integrated into your system please contact us.